In view of the challenge we face, we need many signs of solidarity. Small-mindedness or egoism cannot lead the way. Currently, on Lesbos Camp Moria alone, there are over 20,000 people living in the camp, although it’s built to accommodate only 3,000. Quarantine, hand-washing or social-distancing are essential at this moment, but if you live in Moria, none of this is possible. The virus does not differentiate according to skin colour, religion or gender. Corona affects us all. We need to evacuate these Camps now. Societies will prove that it can emerge stronger from this crisis – but only if we leave no one behind.
After the initial tour in 2018, The New Dictators movie is finally available online! Dig deep into the rich Graffiti history of Helsinki. Starting with innocent beginnings back in the mid 1980s, the journey takes us through vandal enthusiasm of the nineties to the zero tolerance politics of the 2000’s leading into county jail. Including tons of rare archival material and side-by-side interviews with pioneers and masters like the Diamonds Crew and Trama. Showing very fresh and pure styles, the documentation clearly commemorates classics such as Style Wars.
“You can’t steal everything,” Craig Costello says, as he recounts his years in both Queens and San Francisco in the 1980s and 1990s. In many ways, Costello is right. As a graffiti writer, photographer and all around innovator, Costello, also known as KRand, of course, now known as the man behind the KRINK brand of markers and inks for not only graffiti, but fine art practices as well, has been at the forefront of multiple ways of underground culture emerging into public consciousness. These moments and stories are captured in the new book, KRINK: Graffiti, Art, and Invention, and in many ways, the title says it all.
Radio Juxtapoz caught up with Costello from his home on Long Island in the midst of a pandemic, but a moment where all of us are being a bit nostalgic and mindful. Costello talked about the intricacies of NYC graffiti in the 1980s, the early rise of Mission School artists out of SFAI in San Francisco in the early 1990s and the slow evolution of his own practice that led to the now famous drip aesthetic he would go on to perfect in NYC back in the early 2000s. There is so much history in this talk; from subway cars to Barry McGee’s innovative street work, a love of photography to early beginnings of Alife on the Lower East Side. Espo,IRAK,Os Gemeos, Kaws, Revs + Cost… the stories, the materials, the style… it’s all here.