Category Archives: Intersections

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/

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.

Fine Art, Typography, and Graffiti

Armogedon 2057 canvas

I recently discovered this artist’s website and found that his goals sound pretty familiar. He is a fine artist whose work is influenced by both graffiti and typography. According to his website:

Armogedon’s work is a collaboration of typographic elements and exploration with the formal structure of graffiti . By looking at graffiti and studying typography’s visual commonalities as lettering, much can be discovered and revealed. As graffiti matures and diversifies, more and more of it’s aesthetics filters into contemporary art. It has gained acceptance in popular culture at large and now comfortably accepted as a contemporary mode of communication. Graffiti has mass appeal due to its illegality and excitement. Typography is omnipresent in today’s PC-based information society. Armogedon is Striving to blur the line of typography and graffiti striving to find relationships between the two forms of communication.

I find Armogedon 2057’s pieces very interesting (in a good way) especially because he seems to be using shapes and colors of a contemporary three-dimensional looking style of graffiti without necessarily using letters. It’s great to see that there are other people out there with similar goals to mine using different approaches.
You can see more of his work on his website: http://www.armo1.com/home.html

iLK

iLK La Surprise

iLK "La Surprise"

This freelance design firm from Paris has done some really interesting work that fuses graffiti and typography. They’ve also worked for some pretty well known clients. Another example of the growing number of artists and designers taking inspiration from both areas. Their website has some nice examples of their work.
http://www.ilkilkilk.com/