Friday, December 23, 2011

Mister CFH

I was taking a photo of this bottom piece the other day and was thinking that a lot of Aussies have tended to over generalize about what European style is. In short, It's actually super diverse.
For the Australians that haven't come across him, Mister is a Dutch writer from CFH crew. CFH is comprised mainly of many of the Netherlands active stylists that began in the '80s. I find a lot of similarity in the Dutch and Aussie writer mentality and scenes, particularly a lot of parallels can be made between Amsterdam and Melbourne.
Mister has the ability to mix it up on call. He's got style, and burns on brick and steel.
Maybe you need a Flickr account, not sure, but check a selection of flix here:

Dabs Myla Witnes - Willie T Video

Art Basel Miami Feat. WITNES, DABS & MYLA from LRG on Vimeo.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Fiend Projects

The organizational maestro at Fiend Projects is at it again.
I am currently making some work for the exhibition at this event and will be doing some live painting.
Some of the details about contributing artists, speakers etc are below.

Friday, December 9, 2011

New x Mass

Got to catch up with the eternally productive Mass for some silver action.
A lot of people have skipped the Tasmania on the Aussie map, however fortunately the triangle on the bottom of W served my purposes, Van Diemans Land!

Complex Australian writers list.

Thanks to Dmote for slipping me into the list, very kind..
Check the article here:


Thanks to Dvate the stitch master for the photo.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Miami 2011

Orlando and Kevin, our super helpful hosts.

It was great to catch up with friends new and old and get a big piece done. Good times.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Gorilla in the mist.

Check the illusion of a whiteish outline on the green squares. 
Drips of another awkward kind.
The fog didn't lift all day, probably metaphorically as well. The wall got increasingly wet and I opted for the quick version. 4 hours at the wall, as friends would attest, is pretty fast for me.
I managed to use up some of my shelf of pinks and satisfy my penchant for psychedelic rock poster color schemes. Didn't have the back ground paint to cover what was underneath but all in all, can't complain.

Friday, November 18, 2011

New - Silver lining...

A city-guide TV show came to film in Antwerpen this week. They filmed artists, Ephameron, Steve Locatelli, fashion designer Kid Vanilla, MC Nag, myself and Im guessing others. So I ventured out for my first piece for a while. I painted a lot of it with the left and saved my less than flexible right hand for it's first workout on the outlining of this silver. I'm looking forward to getting into a serious piece asap.

Monday, November 14, 2011

My left-hand sketchbook and 'piecing beyond the piece you pieced'

So, with the injury of my right hand, I decided to give left-handed drawing and painting a try. The sketching proved more difficult. These flix show a bit of the progression. The physicality of piecing and looking just ahead of your line made for less of a challenge than making my already quite small outlines on paper.
With the left hand unable to fall into habits, lines had to be considered actions, and as with painting I had to look slightly ahead of the line I was drawing for accuracy. I think the swapping over to the other side of the body can have an interesting effect creatively. A friend said that apparently Frazetta had to change to his other hand and his work improved! Give it a crack!
The last photo here of the beginnings of an 'N' is with my left and a partially moveable right. 
Normally, these days, I would consider drawing my letters on paper as a loose empirical study on an idea or set of lines. 
On one end of the spectrum, the notion of a complete sketch on paper traced over in fineliner and then carried out on a wall with exactitude can sometimes feel a little limited. Although, this was at a time the only way I knew. I personally prefer to see seminal ideas with all the human imperfection.
The best pieces I see and strive for myself can look like they were hard work, are painted as best as the person can, done with an effortless appearance, but with a touch of 'perfection in imperfection' that constant forward development naturally provides. So often, writers get caught up in the 'wow' factor of a flashy piece without personalized substance that is not much more than an amalgamation of other styles and can tend to totally overlook others' solid quieter contributions to the tradition. Obviously, you want writers to appreciate your stuff, but not at the cost of the fun had with moving forward with your own interpretation of letters.
Having just enough on paper allows the recent developments to be put up stress-free and allows for a little unforeseen progression and the unexpected to happen. 
To the other extreme, complete freestyling can run me out of fresh ideas and also run the risk of creating  personal mediocrity within a piece.
In summation, in an issue of IGT, P.H.A.S.E 2 pointed out something to the effect of: "800,000 people out there are great at drawing, but what we do is different, it's about piecing beyond the piece you pieced."

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Hermann Zapf

While I'm too injured to write, I'm making do watching others. I remembered this vid, worth a watch.

Those of you that grew up with chisel tip caps on their paint, and markers of course, might appreciate his technique.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Harry Crews - Writer

Harry Crews is a writer of a different sort that wouldn't normally appear on my blog. He writes literature, not writing with a can of paint. He seems to have had an existence that I as an aerosol writer and person can relate to and learn from. I don't usually look within our thing for inspiration, more to people like him. Enjoy the link.

How will you be discussing you pieces, and I don't mean gallery work, but your walls in 20 or 30 years?

Friday, October 28, 2011

Dabs Myla

So....., I was really looking forward to my good friends Dabs and Myla visiting. 
The first afternoon they arrived we pumped out some freestyle silvers for the sport of it. It's enjoyable with these guys as it's a team effort, not just painting your own piece.
Knowing they were visiting, the previous weeks were spent putting my left hand to can control practice in anticipation of getting to do a nice production together, but......
I managed to injure my back packing up my paint for the production, and got trapped on my apartment floor. So instead, they kindly became nurses for a day or so and then got me off to a doctor. Fortunately they managed to get pieces done with what little time they had left, which made me feel better about the ordeal. They also discovered the brilliance of Speculoos spread in my pantry. 
Click on your right there where it says DabsMyla, and check out the vid of their recent Mexico wall and their take on the above events. 
Also thanks to Myla's killer Brie and salad sangas, Mr Chin up himself Mio, and the expert ambulance driving paramedic Jush.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

And now for the left hand

Good times with Mio. 

Had to be a south paw of late, still at least another month of not using my right arm. It's been a fun challenge trying to draw and paint.

The nice folks Dabs and Myla are in town, and it's always a blast to hang out and paint together. Although I did my whole piece with Mio, we shared duties with these silver pieces above and to everyones benefit I managed to skip the difficult lines. More ambidextrous action to come.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Young and Free - San Francisco Video

Here's a nice video from Colin Day. It has the show set up, outdoor pieces and the opening, enjoy!

Click on this little nugget.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Prozak New Mio

Things got a little out there, acid, flying V's, Jupiler, a touch of circuitry, and in retrospect a 70's dance floor... Fun times with Prozak (Sao Paulo) and Mio.

Monday, September 26, 2011


Had big plans for this but rested on what I know due to time constraints. Hopefully next week it can be a little more relaxed and I can break out some new stuff I have in mind. My wife thankfully came down, filled in a lot of the piece, did the 3D and the blue chunks in it. Otherwise this half light shot would have been a night shot. Nice work!

Friday, September 23, 2011

New book to check out..

J-Son has compiled a book, take a look at Dmotes pages on Dmotes blog...

Monday, September 19, 2011


Fast, (not Sofles fast, but fast for an old bloke fast) piece today.
Back from San Francisco, but brought back some of the fog in my bg. Combined with a topical Victor Moscoso like color palette. I've been wanting to introduce more metallics than just silver, so I used some metallic blue and beige today. Great coverage and control and looking forward to further experiments, (check the crew piece, arrows, shines etc.)

Thursday, September 15, 2011

New - Collages from Young and Free

I just found these images of my work from the show. Sorry, I lifted them from the gallery website.

Young and Free - San Francisco photos


Ben Eine

Dabs Myla
Ha Ha


A homeless guy lent me his stool to reach the top of my piece, while the rest of my new found homeless friends sung praises, shot up, got naked, drank malt liquor , and generally partied and enjoyed watching us paint the street they live on. Nice enough bunch with some sad history. 

Dabs and Myla installation in progress
Portable rubbish bin, if you were able to get in and drive it.

Fot the entrance to gallery, we tried for a Melbourne laneway feel, maybe it was a bad idea of mine and we just made a hard clean up afterward, sorry!
Kid Zoom

Zoom and Sofles in action

"W" Approx 2.5 x 2.5 metre layered timber letter installation to tie in with my paper cut works.

Aussies rules prelim finals....

Thanks to Sandra, Andrew, Justin and their crews for putting together a great show. 

I didn't take too many photos until the end. So it's not a comprehensive selection here. I pinched 2. Actually, I don't have proper straight on shots of my own gallery work.