Mention the Bronx in a few places around the globe and you’re likely to get one of two responses from those that know— intrigue or dismay. Both stem from the same source, the borough’s infamy. Infamy for the sheer poverty that has historically plagued it, and ironically, created the conditions that birthed one of the most revered pockets of early, bourgeoning hip hop culture. Ask Wane COD and he’ll probably tell you firsthand what his esteemed borough meant to him and his style in the early ’80s, when he dived headfirst into the language that’s taken him around the world— graffiti.
M.A.C. – Montana Artist Collective. A group of international recognised writers and artist who are at the forefront of their game. Innovators and leaders in their feilds, making an impact worldwide on their peers as well as the “normal” world. Coming together to make extrodinary creative projects happen, the M.A.C enables these artist a platform to use as a firm base to develop and launch creative ideas and projects. The M.A.C. consists of Revok, Dmote, Reyes, Sever, Risk, Steel, Wane, Cantwo, Atom & Kent.
Wane is a legendary figure in the NYC graffiti scene who is a natural story teller. Wane had hours of stories to tell about growing up and painting in the 80’s that covered all aspects of the graffiti, and wider hip-hop scene. Rumours, facts, dangers and style are all covered. Wane’s stories are presented as a series of spoken vignettes set against super-8 footage of Wane painting and moving through the modern city. Shooting the film on a small Super-8 camera allows to blend in with WANE as jumped on and off the tracks and moved through yards and in between trains during the shoot. The Super-8 provided a grainy film texture to the final piece that speaks to the era WANE brings to life in his words and the unique wild style that adorns his collaborative Classic Leather 30th Anniversary sneaker dedicated to the city of NYC.
Here’s a video from the Nekst tribute BBQ in Williamsburg/Brooklyn. That LRG Artist driven put out two weeks ago. For more pictures from the event check out our Nekst tribute post we did 20 days ago!
After graffiti artist Nekst died in december 2012 we have seen a lot of tribute pieces around the world. Here is some of the pieces from a wall in Williamsburg, New York that were painted for him. For more pictures of the wall visit the site Animalnewyork.com.