In forty years, graffiti has grown from a local New York subculture into a worldwide phenomenon with its own heroes and business models. Embraced as urban decoration or buffed by all means, graffiti has escaped a slow death, mainly thanks to the internet. Actions in the real world are increasingly carried out and documented with their digital distribution in mind, leading to refreshing self-reflection and an emphasis on the performative nature of writing.
Don’t tell the taggers, but graffiti has evolved into a mature, varied artform that doesn’t shy away from difficult themes and that combines resistance against repression with a contagious hacker mentality. Meanwhile, the kick of illegality continues to be an important motivation, inextricably linked to kudos and street credibility.??
With #ViralVandals MU presents an exhibition about the second life of graffiti. Going virtually viral will replace the street in the quest for even greater visibility. New forms of expression emerge and the DNA of the scene changes irreversibly. A monument to the international, online graffiti community—young creators and global icons—in Eindhoven.
4608 & Fabian Sigurd, Boyscout, Brad Downey, Eewan, Good Guy Boris, Loiq, Mobstr, MOSES&TAPS™, MVIN, Nawas, Nug & Pike, Rage, Sauli Sirviö, TOY Crew, Utah & Ether, Veli & Amos, Zelle Asphaltkultur
Co-curators: Jasper van Es & Good Guy Boris
Everything changes when the sun goes down. A blanket of silence enshrouds the world, darkness pours into every crack and crevice. And out come NAWAS, the spraycan toting nightwatchmen from Belgium. By day they’re top-end designers, illustrators and photographers, but when night falls they don smocks, balaclavas and fool’s caps and roam the streets. They bark at the moon, cross drawing swords in empty doorways and train yards, and gush away the day’s sourness with their roguish artwork.
Here you have some panels in traffic on some of the various Belgium trains!
So, apparently my music was picked up by some members of Belgium’s most notorious and infamous graffiti crew NAWAS. When they found out that I was also a filmmaker, I was offered to follow them and the Italian RFC Crew on a tour through Italy.
Back home, in the editing room, I got inspired by the brilliant art of NAWAS & the RFC Crew. So I figured it might be a pretty cool idea to combine their work with my own, which culminated in the first promotional video for Welväert.