Last year we got over to China a couple of times for some factory visits and the ‘Meeting Of Styles’ event in Hunan Province. We have mad love for China; the people are as nice as they come, the food is dope and the landscapes can change from the urban concrete sprawl to subtropical jungles on just a short drive. Most of all, we love linking with the writers in China; Graffiti truly is a global visual language that knows no barriers – style can’t be lost in translation or misinterpreted.
In late 2006, Ironlak spray paint had been on store shelves for about two years, and was starting to gain momentum. As a brand built by writers, we were always working with our peers to improve what we were doing, and make the product better for everyone painting with it. Supporting writers is embedded in our DNA, so at that time we decided to put together an official team to rep the brand – just like a sponsored skateboard team. We called upon our five favourite Australian graffiti artists and the ‘Ironlak Team’ was formed.
Sofles, Tues, Sirum, Linz, and Reals got down – long-lasting friendships were forged, and walls around Australia were made brighter. As the team evolved into the Ironlak Family, and the years clocked on, there has always been a sense of nostalgia associated with those early days of Lak. Memories of good times spent, that could probably fill many pages of a book some day. In the spirit of those good ol’ days, the original five dusted off those old bones, and caught up on Australia’s Gold Coast to reminisce and rock a quick wall together. No frills, just quick and funky graffiti letters.
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.