Graffiti Taxonomy on the Web

This is a really interesting and fun site to play around with. Look through tons of tags and compare letters. It shows each one as a black and white isolated tag with a letter highlighted in red, then as full color photos after you select it individually. It could be a great reference tool as well.

http://graffiti-taxonomy.com/

Sticker Phiends IV

StickerPhiends 4 -2011
On April 8, 2011 I worked the Sticker Phiends show at Cartel Coffee Lab in Tempe, AZ. It was a great show with some amazing work by street artists, graphic designers and graffiti writers. It made me feel a bit better about the Phoenix art scene, although it’s still no New York , of course. I guess like everything else here, it’s not that good things (art, food, etc.) don’t exist, it just takes a lot more effort to find them. But enough of my homesick ranting, I loved that the show was such a great fusion of street art, writing, and graphic design (and I got free stickers!). I stayed pretty busy all night and didn’t get to take any photos, but there are some good ones on the Sticker Phiends site http://www.stickerphiends.com/

Canvases

As I haven’t actually posted any of my work so far, I thought I’d post some pictures of some of my canvases. These are all from a few years ago, I’ve been focusing on my graphic design work for awhile, but I’m finally getting back to doing canvas pieces. I also got a pack of On The Run paint markers for Christmas, so I’ve been looking for places to use them. These pieces were done with a combination of aerosol, acrylic, and paint markers, and most of them are pretty small. The series with single letters was meant to be part of an entire alphabet. If I can find the same canvases again I will probably complete it at some point. Unfortunately, some of them were damaged a little while I was transporting them. I will probably be posting more as I unpack my stuff from New York, and as I complete more pieces.

Renata A Piece

3" x 4"

Renata B Piece

3" x 4"

 

Renata C Piece

3" x 4"

Renata Small Aur Piece

“Aur” 2″ x 3″
Renata Aur Piece

"Aur" 9" x 7"

 

Back to Work

So, I haven’t updated in awhile. This blog was started as part of my thesis at Pratt Institute, but unfortunately after I finished the project I kind of abandoned it. I got a bit burnt out on the whole thing and wasn’t sure if I wanted to continue with it, or what direction I wanted to take it in. I also felt a little restricted by the goals and requirements of the project, but now I’m free to take this blog in whatever direction I want. I also moved from Brooklyn back to my hometown of Phoenix, Arizona a few months ago. While I’m trying to make the best of my time here I really miss New York and I’m hoping to move back at some point. So for now I’ll be talking about type and graffiti related subjects from a slightly different perspective.

Just so this post has something other than me talking about myself, here’s a recent photo from downtown Phoenix. I’m not sure who this writer is, but I’ve seen a lot of his work around and I like it. There’s a photo of another of his pieces in my earlier post about Just Blazed.

Downtown Phoenix Piece

Marian Bantjes

Bantjes "Theory"

An illustration Bantjes did for a piece in Wired Magazine.

Marian Bantjes does these amazing lettering pieces and illustrations. She uses a wide variety of media in her work (even creating letters out of sugar). Her beautifully elaborate scripts and ornamented letters remind me, if not in style at least in concept, of graffiti pieces. See more on her website: http://www.bantjes.com/

Handselecta and Graffiti typefaces

Joker Medium Swash typeface

Joker Medium Swash Caps B from Handselecta

Handselecta is a type foundry that turns graffiti handstyles into typefaces. The founders both have backgrounds in graffiti and are working with other writers to turn their work into typefaces. They seem to be some of the few people making quality graffiti typefaces, and taking the idea beyond novelty fonts. As they say on the “Thesis” page of the Handselecta website,

Our intent is to intelligently extend the art form of graffiti into the world of typography and graphic design…Just as calligraphy was the inspiration for type designers of generations past, today’s urban glyphs are the inspiration for a new typography of tomorrow.

I’m interested in what others from the type and graffiti communities have to say about past and present “graffiti fonts,” please post a comment if you have any thoughts.

Revs

Revs and Peak

Revs and Peak in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Revs Sculpture

Metal Sculpture by Revs

I’ve been a fan of Revs’ work for awhile. He started in the 80s and has been an influential figure in the graffiti world. From his roller letters and subway tunnel journal pieces to his graffiti sculptures, his work always stands out. Although I like the variety of styles and media he uses, I think his sculptures are some of his most interesting work. I really like the idea of sculptures as graffiti, as well as the way he has turned the letters of his name into 3D objects.