Monday, 22 September 2014

H is for Heaven - glossary of graffiti

 High up on buildings and other spots, writers paint messages and tags.  The idea is to place their designs for maximum visibility, to increase their notoriety.  These peices are also hard to remove.

This one is one of my favorites.  

It’s on rue de Rennes.  How did they do it ?  Probably scaled down with climbing gear  and swung across the wall. The smiley mouth is about three meters across.

 Graffiti Heaven by Marita Hansen is worth reading.  It's harsh.

Check out what’s on tumblr under graffiti heaven spot.  You can see it’s extremey dangerous to tag these spots.  Crews of writers use climbing equipment to dangle and spray their works.  Some hang on with one hand over highways.

Writers can fall and die, thus go to heaven.

Here is an imformative video about graffiti art called Heaven Spot.  Why do writers do it?  Not for money.

In Portland they consider this a problem.  One of the graffiti removers talks about it.

Contrary to Portland, Paris embraces street art.  Even stores are using it as publicity to tell us about their back to school sales.

The store is just ahead.  Their logo is in the heaven of the hopscotch game.

Heaven is part of my upcoming book.

But in Paris though there is a tolerance, I wouldn't say they condone tag runs and acid writing.

Here's another tag in heaven.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

A is for Acid

Acid etches glass.  

What kind of acid? 


Gee, what would it be like to come to work and see this on your window?  Nothing can remove it, just replace the glass.  Freakin expensive.  

Here is an article on Worksafe about the risks of using hydroflouric acid to tag.  Watch your skin,  your lungs, etching goes on for days.  There are other products one can use.  Check out art supply stores.  

Is this vandalism?

Tags like this are everywhere but we sort of don't see them; they are on phone booths, mail boxes, subway windows, you name it.

Here is an article in the NY times dating from 2006 about acid tag-etching in the metro.

Paris is the place for street art: read it here on Bloomberg 


Wednesday, 14 May 2014

TH is for throw up

Recently I went to Les Docks  on the quai (the banks) of the Seine to see the super hero exibit of Marvel comics at the Musée de l'Art Ludique.  Don't ask me to translate it just click on the link, ok?  Unfortunately we didn't make the exhibition because tickets for that hour were sold out.  Definitely book ahead. We queued up, hoping to enter, but when a lady came out and told us there we'd have to wait at least an hour we moved on and under.

We descended the plank stairs and found an amazing gallery of urban art. 

This is a simple throw up or throwie which looks like it was painted over another work, or several.

Here are some others.  FCK happens over and over....
see the wino?

So does DERUB

notice the tags in red underneath, could this be the crew members who frequent the place?  Who knows.

 I like the wild style on the left but the following was the best in the "gallery".

It looks lide FCK was part of this.  The whole throw up is not shown because there was a fashion model doing a shoot to the right. 

Most of the cement pillars were painted as well.

I guess that this was done not with "bomb" (spray paints) but with acrylic applied with brushes.  LOVE was abundant and so were debutant roller bladers.

There were also some guys practicing hip hop.

Judging by the throw ups there is a specific crew of graffuer which inhabits this this place.

Monday, 12 May 2014

wikipedia's glossary of Graffiti

While researching terminology about street art for the manuscript I'm finishing I needed to know some word inherent to tagging.
Wikipedia glossary of graffiti offers an exhaustive list.

Vitry-sur Seine is on my list of places to visit

C215 is the king writer and thanks to his mondial influence Vitry's governours opened the city's walls to graffiti artists, thus making it known world wide for international street artists.  Two books are published on Vitry's street art, the first sold out quickly.

Here is one of his comissioned "burners"  in Paris's 13th arrondissement

Academie de la Grande Chaumiere and Gainsbourg's tomb

Friday I went to the drawing session at the Academie de La Grande Chaumiere   on rue de la Grande Chaumiere in the 6th arrondissement, near Montparnasse.  
Abov is the scene.  The dust on the atelier walls looks like it's been there for one hundred years and thestools and grimy plank  floor are speckled with paint like millefleur.  
This model, who is an actress, was fantastic, she obviously knows what she's doing.

Here is the façade, a peice of authentic Paris.
 There is a scene in my story about the Parisien sky which happens here.   

 Then I stopped by Serge Gainsbourg's tomb at the
Montparnasse Cemetery
 because it's also part of the story. 
Look at those metro tickets.  They must have cleaned up, 
usually there are more.

Outside the cemetery on Boulevard Edgar Quinet, a tagged truck caught my eye.

It's one of the better one's I've seen around Paris;  at least, that is, on the left bank. 

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Sous-street art in Paris

The city of lights has a dark side, the catacombs of course.  Not only are crews of taggers and graffiti artists painting walls up high above the roof tops like this round lettered throw up in Place Italie
look at that white sky, shall I say achromic?

and trucks you can see almost anywhere

but they go underground hauling their materials down man holes and through metro tunnels to paint images like the Hokusai wave in a room called the Beach.

photo:  Gakuranman

Here is a blogpost by GAKURANMAN whose photo I borrowed.  

National Graphic printed a special issue in Febrary 2011 about the underground art scene. And then see a video on vimeo about sous-street art in Paris And well Don Duncan did a story in 2010 for  The Wall Street Journal did a story in 2010.

I think I'll take their word for granted and just stay above the tarmac.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Street Art in the fifth arrondissement of Paris

This is Invader, I think. It's a mosaic made from bathroom tiles, somehow applied to the facade of buildings.  I haven't read the laws yet on street art in France but from what I've heard something applied cannot be punished because it's not permanent.  I'd love to get this off the wall and hang it in my house but look where it is.

There fruit stand on Rue Mouffetard is just below this little roof.  I don't think I'll be jumping up there anytime soon with fresh strawberries in my sac.
 Now look at this sign picture. See anything funny?
What about that no entry sign?

This also is applied, just black plastic cut out and stuck on.  A French artist living in Florence named Clet Abraham does these.   I'm not sure if this is his, looks like it.
Rue Pascal and Rue Claude Bernard.