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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11.06.2009

New graffiti style shirt just in time for Christmas!Here ya go! Another new shirt design(just click on the picture or THIS LINK). Trying to do some without letters on them for awhile. For some reason I have been inspired to do more drawing. Painting season is pretty much over out my way so plan on seeing alot more of the online projects and drawing showing up here. I have been doing alot of work on graffitimassive and trying to get it moving. Starting a new graffiti forum isn’t the easiest thing. People like to join but no one wants to start the conversation lol. Either way, I will be adding new graffiti pics to both galleries and starting some serious work on tutorials of how to draw graffiti letters. Needless to say, I am still doing custom tshirts so get your orders to me in time for the holidays!

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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

11.02.2009

humbleshirtJust added a new shirt to the shop! For those of you who know me from bboy.org you will recognize this one. It’s available in hoodies and plenty of other styles and colours of shirt so go check it out! Just click on the pic and you will be directed to the shop where you can get more authentic graffiti tshirts and other delicious original items! I am still taking custom requests also so message or comment if you want something you can’t find.

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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