11.02.2012

Gone84 larger than life!Hello again!  I know It’s been forever since I updated this page.  Been busy as can be with work and other things.  Got lots of good stuff coming up though.  Hurricane Sandy came and went. Thankfully it wasn’t much more than a loud whisper out here which is less than we were expecting.  My prayers and hopefully yours go out to all of our brothers and sisters in New York and New Jersey who didn’t fare so well.  If it weren’t for my work schedule I’d be out there with a shovel in hand.  For now though, my prayers will have to suffice.

Got some canvas in the works!  Still trying to put together a decent body of work and get a full-on gallery thing happening in the near future.  Perhaps if i quit being a bohemian about it and actually set a goal things would happen better.  Who knows.  This showing will let you see a different side of Gone84.  More figurative and abstract.  Far beyond the limited reach of stylized lettering!

Working on a couple new jackets for the fall and winter.  These ones will blow your mind once they’re finished!

As always, I’m taking on new commissions for 2013. Be it murals, canvas or whatever.  Just be quick because my schedule books up almost as soon as people know I have openings!

 

I guess that’s all the news I have for now.  Be sure to come back soon and often as the site will be getting a facelift probably before Thanksgiving!

nitro888_50blurBeen a minute since I posted on here so I thought to share some insight on the life the Gone 84ster. Since my last post, I have put three new coats of paint on my favorite wall in Altoona. Would love to get a monster production up, but I just don’t have the resources at this point.  I really need to buy a ladder hahahaha.  All-in-all, I will consider today’s effort a success in that it was all done with dollar cans and still came out looking pretty decent.  I only have one shitty pic of it because it was pretty dark out, but if it’s still up next week I will add a few to the gallery.  In the meantime, you will have to deal with the shitty blurred pic with the saturation cranked up.

From time to time I get a small audience gathering as I paint and lots of questions, which is a good thing. More often than not its things like “how do you do that” or “can you write my name in graffiti” or something of that sort.  Every now and again I’ll see the one or two inspired kids that really want to learn how to do it but past experience has shown me that they usually go their own way when they figure out that it’s actually art and takes work.  Some will roll off and do just enough to impress their friends or girlfriends and never actually learn anything but what they can copy off of the internet.  They buy the expensive paint online, load their pockets with caps and then proceed to make a god-awful mess of their neighbourhood in the effort to impress those who don’t know any better.  I am sure you have seen them around, the fake gangstas speaking some foreign language they presume to be “street” and just wreaking of “wannabe”.

Well today, after two years of beating on this wall, I have found a new audience, or rather they have found me.  A few of the local kids popped up and sat there…watching.  Asking the good questions, talking about their blackbooks and how they have to refine their letters.  This to me is an inspiration. It’s one of the few reasons I haven’t retired from the sport yet.  The craft needs to be passed on in all of its forms.  The LIFESTYLE just as much as the techniques that make us writers different from most of the society that comsumes our art. Could it be, that there is a real future for graffiti art in this town?  Is it really possible that there are some local kids who don’t equate writing graffiti with snoop dogg and crippin’?  One of these young cats was even bold enough to show me one of his drawings.  I was amazed to see simple, clean letters.  No arrows, no 3d, no chips or none of that shit that the fakers like to do as soon as they pick up a pencil.  This young man may very well have the right idea.  A notion of concept that escapes those who are in it for the wrong reasons.  I am not going to say that they were very good letters, definitely not the work of a skilled craftsmen, but the beginnings, if pursued of an enlightenment offered only to the true seeker.  I never did catch their names, but I was sure to extend the invitation to stop out with their blackbooks any day when I am out there.  Its been a really long time since I have witnessed kids that were as dedicated to this vocation as I am.  It takes a certain kind of insanity, it really does. But I am hoping they continue to pursue this and will forward this tradition in any way possible.

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11.03.2009
Photo by CB Photography

Photo by CB Photography

I added a new section to the gallery today called MODELS. Every graffiti writer loves seeing their work used outside of the graffiti world. Whether it be on some random TV show, somewhere hidden in the background of a newspaper or magazine picture or whatever. It just adds to the premise that graffiti is an ARTFORM as opposed to just some petty crime done by uneducated hooligans. Personally, I enjoy seeing my stuff photographed as the backdrop for people and especially beautiful women! Its as simple as looking around myspace or the other social networking sites out there. The local photographers, both amateur and pro, enjoy using my pieces as backdrops for photos. Its a match made in heaven for sure. The new gallery section showcases the better of these photos and will be growing as time goes on I’m sure….enjoy

11.01.2009

As promised. Here is the 1st video in the series. This will be one of 6 or so(haven’t finished editing) in the series. My intention is to demonstrate to those that are trying to learn, some of what goes into painting on a wall. If anything, there ae multiple tips and tricks that you can pick up regarding graffiti letters, planning, spacing, filling and outlining your own pieces. I won’t even pretend that this is the way that everyone does it because there is no “way that everyone does it”. This isn’t even how I do it everytime. But still, for those who don’t have access to a writer in your area, this is at least something to learn from.


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10.30.2009

Very unhappy today

by TheGone84

unfinished pieceFor those that haven’t been following, I set up a new site recently called graffitimassive.com. Its awesome really. All the goodies, forum, gallery….etc. Well, just as people are starting to join and post and all that fun, boom…down it goes. It’s been down for the last couple hours so hopefully the people that signed up find their way here. I am assured by the service people there that it will be back up in a few hours, but I am not trusting it for a minute. I need to scrounge up a few bucks and transfer it over to my own hosting. This is ridiculous…Anyway, that’s my rant for the day. Hoping for some good weather tomorrow so I can go PAINT

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