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Fuzi, UVTPK in Australia

Melbourne based photographers Ryan Cookson and Michael Danischewski have teamed up to produce a new video portrait of Fuzi UV TPK.
Throughout the 1990’s, French artist FUZI grew up in the suburbs of Paris on a diet of graffiti and gang culture as part of the prolific crew UV TPK. In the mid 90’s, he pioneered a childlike yet brutal style of graffiti known as ‘Ignorant Style’. In the last few years, he has transitioned from graffiti to tattooing and developed an international following. With clients such as Os Gemeos, Diplo, Justice and Scarlett Johansson, he continues to travel around the globe, making his mark and exhibiting his work.
Documented on a recent trip to Australia, FUZI gives an insight into his current working practice and an uncompromising look at his time in France during the mid 90’s.

Hello My Name Is: Mike [DFM]

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Crew: DFM
City/Country: USA

When did you start writing: Grade school. I was fascinated with what I saw in my everyday setting. In art class I was drawing these personal logos instead of some photo realistic sketch of the cutey pie of my eye.
What’s graffiti for you: It is a medication and what ales you. It’s your best friend and your worst enemy. It’s Paying homage to the original spray masters 40 years later. The last American art form.
Influences: Time tested subway graffiti, members of my crew, marijuana, vintage cartoons, spraycan art and subway art. North eastern United States funk.
Quantity vs quality: It used to be one or the other and I feel the game has changed. I like variety. I want it all. I appreciate people who only do throw ups but I’m too much scatterbrained to do the same thing 1000 times.
What keeps you still writing: It’s a cocktail of egomania, art therapy and sadism.
Future plans: Stay active. Travel more.

Instagram: @Mikesprays

Great Art? The graffiti of the New York subway

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Forty years ago author Norman Mailer published an essay in which he declared the graffiti of the New York subway to be “The Great Art of the 70s”. But what happened to the artists and why is there no subway graffiti any more?

“It started with someone just writing their name – someone saw that, and added on to it,” recalls New York graffiti artist Nicer, born Hector Nazario.
“Letters going in front of letters, coming back through a letter, behind a letter, going across a letter… the subways became our playground,” adds Riff170.
New York in 1974 was a city in crisis. The Mayor, Abe Beame, slashed the city’s budget in a bid to stave off bankruptcy, which meant laying off school teachers, police officers and subway staff.
“They was taking the money from the schools, there was a lot of corruption here, in this community, and so they took the after-school programmes away, and there was no outlets for this. So the outlet became our city,” says Bronx-born designer Eric Orr. “And for the artist guys, those type of creative guys, it became the paint, the aerosol and the marker.”
For more pictures and reading check the whole thing here: www.bbc.com/news/magazine