In November 2014, as the people of the United Arab Emirates were gearing up to celebrate their 43rd year as a country, the Ironlak Family set off towards the Middle East from their respective corners of the globe. In Dubai the Lak Fam joined over 100 artists from around the world in an ambitious attempt to set a new world record for the “World’s Longest Graffiti Scroll”.
Titled ‘Rehlhatna’, meaning ‘Our Journey’, the main feature of the event was a ridiculously long canvas on Jumeirah Beach which was stretched into the shape of the country. The artists were asked to create work which reflected the past, present and future achievements of the UAE.
On the final day, an official judge from Guinness World Records measured out the scroll at 2245.4 metres and declared the new world record set.
While working on the book TagsAndThrows vol. 001 we decided to make a short documentary about Thomas Karl-Johan Gunnarsson aka OKOK, the man behind TagsAndThrows. We joined him for a walk around Stockholm and talked about bombing, Instagram, internet fame and navigating through cities with the help of vandalism.
In this volume, the first-ever book by TagsAndThrows, we have collected a selection of personal photos by Thomas Karl-Johan Gunnarsson a.k.a. OKOK, the man behind TagsAndThrows. The best hand styles from New York, São Paulo, Stockholm and Copenhagen, documented in black and white, showing not only the styles, but also the atmosphere and street life of those cities. The book spans over 136 pages and features a lot of well-known signatures like False, Klops, Ja, Guns, Katsu, Pear, Tomcat, Easer, Os Gemeos, Sliks, Alone and many more.
It all started during a trip to New York a few years ago. In the beginning TagsAndThrows was just a an easy way to share nice photos of OKOKs pictures of tags for friends via Instagram, but after two years the feed has grown into a full concept with almost 83.000 followers on Instagram, 5 short documentaries on Youtube, fanzines and now a book. The concept is easy, like the art form itself – the most beautiful tags in the world, documented in the most beautiful way possible. The monochrome images captures the simplicity and rawness of street bombin and has become the trademark for TagsAndThrows.