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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11.01.2009

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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10.14.2009

Custom Tshirts!

by TheGone84

your name in graffiti on a shirt Ever since I was a kid, people have been asking me to do their names for them. I have had more practice over the years by writing peoples’ names for them than I can ever hope to have on walls.

Thanks to modern technology and the availability of print on demand, I can now offer you your name not only on paper, but on your own ONE OF A KIND Tshirt!

Each shirt will be $35, hoodies black or white will be $60 and only the amount that you order will be made. After that, the design is history! This is your chance to own an original piece of artwork from a writer that’s been in the game since the early 80’s! All you have to do is hit the paypal donations button and drop your info into the comments box when you pay. Make sure to include your Name, The name you want on the shirt(s), the color and style of shirt you want and an address to mail it to!

I assure you that every piece will be done by me and if you order within 30 days from this post, I will send you the original drawing as well!

Better hurry, These things are gonna go faster that Zhu Zhu Pets! zhu zhu pets num num

10.13.2009

New Project….

by TheGone84

inPersonJust got done with the framework for http://graffitimassive.com . Seems like all the buttons work and the site flows smoothly. All that’s missing now is writers! Lots to see and do and plenty of chances to share information with fellow writers or just fans. Stop by and have a look, sign up for the forum and upload some flix to the gallery. I am hoping that this one builds up pretty quick and becomes useful for all involved. Anyway, GO SEE FOR YOURSELF

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08.19.2009
Funky Fresh Foto of me in action by Ekro

Funky Fresh Foto of me in action by Ekro

You know shit’s getting close when I start to post about absolutely nothing. Its looking like I will be home in 3 weeks or less. Not just in the states, but sitting on my back swing drinkin beers and forgetting about this place once and for all!!!! Definitely not a minute too soon though. There is so much to catch up on. Gotta hand out presents and love for the birthdays and holidays I missed. Gotta catch up on the old crew(at least one that I know of is going to be a daddy and a husband very soon CONGRATS). Gotta work on the websites I have acquired while I was here. Gotta fix up the graffiti board at THE BEST GRAFFITI FORUM ON EARTH as I have been neglecting my mod powers over there for so long. Now working THREE book projects and a film idea. Gotta catch up on sooo much stuff. Already have a few commissioned paintings to do in the next couple months and will be looking for many more. AND then there is looking for a job to think about. Whoever thought that going home is going to be easy street was definitely short sighted LOL. But at least its home. The baggage I carry back from this place will hopefully leave my psyche in short order so I can get my life together the way it should have been before I left. But I leave that one up to G_d and forces way beyond my control.

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