Friday April 26th, 2013 7-10pm Codak Smith//Ralph Ordaz, Los Angeles

April 23, 2013 at 3:57 am

Featured at The Space Gallery, friday April 26th, 2013 7-10pm Codak Smith//Ralph Ordaz. Come see these amazing artists work and chop it up and enjoy! Located at 5500 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90028

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Peeped on the NYC Streets… OWNS!

April 19, 2013 at 2:43 pm

I spoke with my boy Hoacs out in Brooklyn, New York recently, and he told me to keep my eyes on his painting partner Owns. After looking him up I understand why, Owns is really fresh! Owns paints with Dmote and Sen2, as well as Hoacs. All of these NYC writers are putting it down in the Big Apple, check it out! Do yourself a favor and click on these pics to blow them up and peep out their quality!

 

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Dissizit!

April 18, 2013 at 4:22 pm

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I recently went down to the Dissizit! Compton Compound to paint a spot given to me by Slick, Owner and creative force behind the brand. If you don’t know who Slick is, and you draw or paint characters in graffiti, then you probably owe Slick a “thank you” for using some of the techniques he’s invented.

Slick came to Los Angeles in the mid 1980’s from Hawaii and became affiliated with the K2S Crew. He quickly shot to the top of the graffiti game with shading on his characters, and action poses on his art that felt like there was actual movement going on. Slick partnered up with Risk of WCA to form Aerosolics. The 2 of them upped the standard of graffiti productions again with products like the wall used in the “Whose the Mac/” video for Ice Cube in 1990.

I think one of the things in graffiti, like other “sports”, that spurs on greatness is a great rivalry. This brings me to the story of the Legendary Hex and Slick Battles. I remember them well. I had missed the first battle, coming later to get pictures after the action. I have herd of it over and over from the friends that were there. Everyone says the same thing, “the 2 artists went back and forth. One artist would add something, the other would then add the same element or character, but in a “make fun of” or “better than you” sort of way. The result was epic! The huge walls of the Belmount Tunnels were covered top to bottom, with amazing work. It was hard to call who the winner was because no one had seen a battle this big or talented before in graffiti, ever. And I don’t mean in LA graffiti, I mean in graffiti everywhere. They laid the ground work for what became the modern graffiti production, it was a game changer.

The beef wouldn’t lay though, and there was the Hex and Slick battle #2. This one I have to say it had a different feel. Still amazing work, and this is where Hex introduced his portrait style painting of characters using spray paint (another game changer)  But the 2 artists, for the most part, did there own walls, side by side, and there wasn’t the same energy of them working off of each other, and I thought it showed in the finished product. Still huge amazing walls, but maybe missing a little bit of the first battle’s energy. The battle had a media storm, not of just graffiti writers, but also of local news stations and newspapers. It was a circus sideshow by the end and not as pure as the first battle at all. It was a strange moment for Los Angeles graffiti, with the same media that condemned us all the time, showing up to get the scoop. The aftermath of the battle was this, these 2 amazing artists upped the ante on the graffiti production game with size and coverage, but both walked away with a bad taste in their mouth about the outcome and media coverage.

Now for most artists this would have been the peak. Going somewhere no one in graffiti had gone before. But it was just a chapter in Slick’s story. Slick has gone on to create more and more work, slowly but surely building his name bigger and bigger as the years have rolled on. Growing from a Los Angeles heavy hitter, to being a nationwide power, to a now world famous innovator and all time great in both the graffiti, clothing and the art world.

 

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Okay, I have to say this, I am not a hater at all. I will give props to anyone who deserves them for talent, whether I like them personally or not. But I do get pissed off when someone makes or does something so Fresh or Original it actually stirs anger in me for not having thought of it first. I had that feeling a lot at Slick’s place. There were loads of eye candy everywhere, from toys to canvases, from new clothing designs to skateboards, to oldschool collectables, the list goes on and on. Two of my favorites? The LV spraycan characters (that are waist high by the way) and the Spam roll cushion chair with character face. Genius!

The outside and inside walls were covered in beautiful work.  Everywhere I looked, and the quality of the showroom and design spaces where top notch. I’ve been to many artists work spaces and showrooms of clothing companies. This is one of the nicest out there. I thank Slick for the invite and talking with me. He has reached a truly humble place in his life, and it shows. Having gotten to the 10 year mark of Dissizit! And showing no signs of slowing down, my baseball hat is off to this amazing artist. Keep your eyes on him for more!

 

 

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Mostly Harmless Toys

April 17, 2013 at 4:53 pm

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For the Love of Toys! This underground industry is growing quick. I myself have been around the makers of these amazing lil’ plastic toys more and more and want to showcase artists I think are creating interesting characters. I approached the mind behind Mostly Harmless toys and we decided it was go time. Here we go as we fire off questions, and he fires answers back!

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Neighborhood Love Radio broadcast premier!

April 15, 2013 at 4:50 pm

Your weekly host Johnny Scott will be bringing you Roots, Soul, Dub, and Funk from old to new, with commentary, and interviews. There will also be different guests and updates, with the podcast being available on the Neighborhood Love Website and on iTunes soon. It’s another branch of the Neighborhood Love Family and promises to be worth listening to and checking out. Last nights broadcast had music from Wheat Fields to The Clash with Johnny and myself chopping it up, about what’s coming up next.

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4sakn in Jersey City

April 15, 2013 at 4:31 pm

My good friend and Neighborhood Love official 4sakn painted Jersey City recently. As NHLove grows look for more from 4sakn on the East Coast, he’s a wall killer!securedownload-1 2

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Hoacs, Sen2, and Missy in Brooklyn!

April 15, 2013 at 4:15 pm

Another quality production from these amazing artists! I look forward to what comes next from them.securedownload

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Home furnishing

April 12, 2013 at 10:47 pm

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I have to say the game has changed when it comes to products and furniture inspired by graffiti, street culture and music. I recently found some of these online and wanted to share them with you as our content expands. From Dunny/Munny inspired vinyl toy speakers, to the female body and the amazing design of this computer station, the game is moving up quick!

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Peeped on the Streets – Culpa PFE and Elser in Venice beach!

April 6, 2013 at 6:17 pm

East Coast meets West Coast in the fun and sun! Culpa is a down to Earth cat and good guy, not to mention a real talented painter, peep his work!IMG953291

B Girl BBQ at the WritersBlock in San Diego

April 3, 2013 at 8:27 pm

Writerz Blok is a great place, period. It’s an innovative youth art program located in San Diego and boasts to be the first legal graffiti art park in the nation woth over 10,000 sq ft of wall free to the public. Writerz Blok describes itself as being focused on “education, opportunity, and leadership through programs in muralism, screen printing, urban art, and disc jockey training.”

 

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I had been invited to paint there by writers in the past, but this was my first time going down and applying paint to walls. Now I’m an out of Towner, but I love to see a place where kids, people and families and come together and paint in a friendly environment without having to worry about police or something funny happening. My hat is off to Writerz Blok for providing this spot for the past 11 years. The actual event itself was dope.  It had a really nice turn out. The “B girls” and” just girls” really showed up and proved their ground, respect there!

 For more information on Writerz Blok and upcoming events, scroll down to the bottom of the page.

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There were many booths selling everything from old school boom boxes, to new school t shirts and bags. In fact, I was impressed by all the products being sold at this event, and I have to say, having all the local brands there created a sense of community. I was also very impressed by the Wild Style Technicians, their t-shirts and their whole booth, real quality from some San Diego originals.

 

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Also, take note promoters! I have painted a lot of events over the years and it was really nice and healthy to see the event/promoter providing pop up shade for the painters. You can really fry out there in the sun, and this was def a bonus for the girls to stay cool while painting, in that Cali sun can be no joke!securedownload-18securedownload-15securedownload-8securedownload-4securedownload-5

Last, I would like to give shout outs to Blonde One, Kuta cakes and Ms Unique for painting and saying “whats up!” I know the girls haven’t been painting as long as the guys but I really feel like with role models like Miss Van, MAD C, and Claw to look to for inspiration, or just validation that women can make it in the game also, then its all good. Go for yours, ladies!securedownload-14securedownload-16image-1securedownload-6securedownload-3IMG_20130316_110157securedownload-11securedownload-7

 

Writerz Blok
5010 Market Street
San Diego, CA 92102
619.263.4914

Business Website:  http://www.writerzblok.com

Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/WriterzBlok/info

Upcoming Events at Writerz Blok

Zulu Nation graffiti jam & annual celebratory weekend at the Blok – Local artists & out of town artists will be painting murals, DJ’s providing music, BBQ, and a handful of select vendors selling hip hop merchandise.
Saturday, June 30
10am – 6pm