Evolution of C-215

August 16th, 2010 at 5:29 pm

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C-215, one street artist who is consistently blowing my mind. He has got to be one of the most prolific guys out there right now. I did a post on him a while ago and since then, he has continued to push the boundaries of his ultra refined craft and style. If you look at the series of photos in this post, the bottom being what he was rocking a year ago, the middle when he started introducing color into his work, and the top being where he’s at now. What a gorgeous emergence from black and white, to muted washes, to straight fluorescence, accompanied with splatters adding more expression and energy. I don’t know how this guy makes so many stencils, he can’t just be using an exacto. If so, he better watch out for arthritis.

Check out this series he did for a show in London recently, great examples of where his work has evolved.

Brooklyn + Pico

August 16th, 2010 at 12:38 pm

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Two great things found in Brooklyn + Pico

MWM – Diagonal Thinking

August 3rd, 2010 at 1:45 am

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Just got MWM’s new book in the mail today. What a gorgeous mix of his artwork on bikes, walls, photos of his studio and random shit, design, and graffiti (he loves montana paint!) etc.. I love how the thing is in black and white, it puts the focus on the geometry and form of his otherwise very colorful work.

Go get your limited edition hand signed copy

Play Area

May 14th, 2010 at 6:17 pm

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Here is a shot of our newly arranged art space in my loft. Interior design courtesy of neighborhood vandals, and my roommates. One of my roomates took this shot, and if you will notice he rigged quite a technically advanced cat box, only the best for Iggy The iPad Cat, yeah in case you didn’t know. I’m roommates with a celebrity.

L’ outsider

May 12th, 2010 at 6:47 pm

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L’outsider is a street artist from france. I don’t know a whole lot about him beyond his work. But what he does resonates with me deeply. He has taken the effected piecing style graffiti, and meshed it with a very Herb Lubalin typography. Looking through his sketchbooks you’ll fine he’s an extremely creative individual with his type, using negative space really well. His abstract art is also well crafted and fun to look at.

Them frenchies keep killin’ it!!

One thing about graffiti i find interesting, is it’s basically a career created out of a calligraphic / typographic study of one word, spanning over years and years. Funny to think about, considering all the different words designers set and manipulate through their career.

FFFFound Highlights

May 4th, 2010 at 8:36 pm

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Recently a friend of mine was kind enough to hook me up with a FFFFound account, which i’ve been loving! Now i have a place where i can have a mood / inspiration place without spamming my blog. Here are some highlights from last night’s internetsssss raid.

Maxim Zhestov

May 3rd, 2010 at 3:14 pm

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I have to say this video gave me the strongest visceral reaction i’ve had in a long time. Maxim’s other videos are also amazing, i’m loving his strong throw back to retro psychedelia, and the MC Escher undertones, this guy has a great handle on black, white, and minimalism.

Maxim Zhestov is a 24 year old designer from Russia.

Up There

April 28th, 2010 at 5:59 pm

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UP THERE from Jon on Vimeo.

An amazing short documentary on NYC sign painters called Up There, produced by the forward thinking ad agency, Mother. Between jumbo screens and vinyl; a dying trade within advertising. Personally i love and pay more attention to hand painted advertising, an aged craft that has human sweat and blood behind it, and i feel less like the ad is cheaply being jammed down my throat by the now mechanical / digital world that advertising has become.

It’s also wonderful when you see an old, faded, hand painted ad on a building, it’s the only advertising that i feel adds to the city’s character.

Found via: World’s Best Ever

C215

April 3rd, 2010 at 11:46 am

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C215, one of the most prolific and talented street artists i’ve ever had the pleasure of seeing, almost daily in NYC, that’s how many ups he has. He is from Paris, but he spreads his beautiful work, all over world, from Brazil to India. This shot was taken in Brooklyn, in the DUMBO neighborhood where i used to work, sadly it’s been buffed (painted over). Take a peek at his flickr, it’s cool to see how complex is work has gotten over the years.

Spring Cleaning

March 30th, 2010 at 2:49 am

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So i was doing a little spring cleaning on my computer this evening and I found this little poster i did back at my old agency. It was a belated secret santa gift for my good friend, and office manager, Brian Kerr. This last christmas i made an exodus to arizona and totally ditched the office festivities, and soon after my return, i was showered in well deserving guilt. Thankfully i was able to mend the friendship with a little extra time at work, i don’t think i’d be able to endure the holidays every year with the secret santa shame.

Brian also runs a great indie music label called Two Syllable Records, i recommend checking them out. They’ve got some great bands like New Villager on their roster.