Earlier this month, Mass Appeal teamed up with Red Bull to host The Burning of Kingston, a competition between some of graffiti’s most masterful when it comes to the “burner.” The competition’s participants included “Team Terrible” (Doc TC-5, T-Kid, Dero, and Dmote) and “the Spice Boys” (Ces, Bio, Doves, and Ribs). Despite the falling rain, the artists showed up to show and prove. Delivering an array of styles, letterforms, caricatures, and more, the artists truly made the first inaugural event a time to remember. Hit the video player up top to join Mass Appeal’s Sacha Jenkins for a little history lesson and to watch the battle unfold. Did “Team Terrible “come out on top or did “Spice Boys” come with the fuego?
The Burning of Kingston hosted by the Trolley Museum and curated by Massappeal magazine took place this weekend . Despite the rain , T-Kid, CES, Doves, Ribs, Dero, Bio, Doc TC-5, Revolt, Dmote, Cope 2, and YES 2 competed against each other by getting up an authentic subway car. Henry Chalfant and Sacha Jenkins were also presenting and signing their new book untitled ‘ Training Days: The Subway Artists Then and Now’. Go check the original post at: whatyouwrite.com
Blade, an old school legend from New York, painting for his exhibition at the HL Gallery. Exhibition and book signing of his new book “Blade: King of graffiti” took place the 14:th of August and 16:th of August he went up north to paint at Avalanche 2014 in Umeå!
Here you have some photos from the Blade exhibition in Stockholm, Sweden at HL Gallery. Blade is known as The King of Graffiti – a title that’s hard to dispute. He’s painted over 5,000 trains but is best remembered for his iconic whole-cars. He chose to paint characters he created instead of appropriating imagery like most writers. In 1980, he began using the trains for his more conceptual works – most notably, his Walking Letters car.
About the book: Blade: King of Graffiti
Written by Chris “FREEDOM” Pape, BLADE King of Graffiti is a hardbound book with hundreds of never before seen images of New York’s golden age of graffiti from BLADE’s personal archives, which illustrate why BLADE is considered the king of graffiti. Roger Gastman worked closely with the legendary graffiti artist to tell his story and produce this fascinating inside look at one of the most revered graffiti artists in the world. After painting 5,000 wildly creative trains by 1980, BLADE finally stopped counting. His amazing story parallels the graffiti movement almost from its inception. Through its glorious years in the mid 1970’s when BLADE earned his title, to his appearance in the global art scene where he’s still a major presence, BLADE shares his life story growing up in the Bronx in the most turbulent decade of New York’s history, where he played a big part in its creative rebirth. This book is due out in spring of 2014 and will feature events to promote it launch around the county.
The book is now available here: Amazon.com: Blade King Of Graffiti ($30.59, list price: