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This is the archive for June 2011

I was doing research for some random job that required stock imagery, and out of curiosity, I decided to search for Los Angeles Graffiti. I was surprised to see many familiar images pop up. I'm posting screen-grabs of some of the stuff I recognized. To see if any of your work is being sold, this here link is a good place to start.

These are some pages from the homie M.B's most recent zine. It rocks! Holler at wayout [dot] mb [at] gmail [dot] com for more info...

These are some pages from the fourth issue of my zine Lost, published circa 2000. It featured a tribute to DJ Rob One, a report on the already-burgeoning sticker/wheat-paste scene, a special on Mers CBS, a recap of the first Seeking Heaven crew exhibit, and much more. It's been long out of print, but here are a couple of ways to check out the entire issue:

• You can save some trees and view the whole issue online here.

• Or make your own bootleg copy by downloading the large print-ready PDF here.
(Print pages in order, back-to-back. When done, staple down the middle and fold in half. Or fold in half and staple down the middle.)

Other issues available for viewing/download:

• Issue 0001 available here.
• Issue 0002 available here.
• Issue 0003 available here.

The MONOKROME book is now available for online ordering! I'm one of the contributing artists along with luminaries such as Kofie, Ben One, Remi/Rough, Hush and Cute.

From the book's website: "MONOKROME brings together writers from all four corners of the globe with different styles, different views and different periods of time spent in graffiti. It creates an arena that is compelling for the veteran graffiti writer, the newcomer and the outsider alike... You'll see what you don't normally see; the work that happens before it gets to the wall, the work that builds upon what went before it, the work that bridges the gap between the old and the new. All in black and white..."

Purchasing info here.

I had the honor of doing the graphics for DJ Prolifik Adiktshun's upcoming mixed CD titled Painted Vinyl. Word up!

Earlier this year, Tokyo-based type foundry Wordshape published my typeface Cinta Adhesiva. I designed the font using tons of adhesive tape, hence the name. I've been incorporating it into much of my recent work, so I thought I'd share a bit about its background.

An early version of Cinta Adhesiva appeared on the cover of a few issues of a graffiti zine I put out called Free Copy. It was then developed further for another zine I made in collaboration with Moab called Text. (I'll be posting downloadable copies of some of the early issues soon.)

Cinta Adhesiva was inspired in part by signage I'd been documenting over the years that incorporated stencils clearly formed by adhesive tape and/or featured letters drawn by using the tape itself.

I also looked to hand-painted letters and numerals for inspiration, particularly those executed with broad brushes and paint rollers.

The random traces of tape left behind on many city surfaces helped me work out the font's punctuation marks and special characters.

Of special note is the large-scale lettering of graffiti writers Hael and Crae. Their work directly informed the weight of Cinta Adhesiva and the decision to shape the letters using wide tape.

I am currently working on a type specimen/zine featuring Cinta Adhesiva. I'll post it here when it's done. In the meantime, you can peep more info on Wordshape and MyFonts. Over and out.

Looks like these public service announcements didn't work too well...

C-Rocka just published an interview with me over on Frank 151. Peep it here.

New Order - Temptation

I had this one up on here before but somehow it got lost in the fire. It features Victoria Bergsman from The Concretes getting her digging-in-the-crates-and-racking on. Shoplifters of the world, unite and take over...

The Concretes - Crack In The Paint

1. Mazinga
2. Dragun
3. Gaiking
4. Kamen Rider X
5. Daimos
6. Goldorak
7. Raydeen

Jumbo Machinders from the Laboratorios Margen Permament Collection.

Got some ups on Hi-Fructose's review of the Street Cred exhibition currently on view at the Pasadena Museum of California Art.

• Full article is here.
• Show info here.

I got pointed to this photo on TruthSeeker1's Flickr set by DWA Art... Dope stash!

Sunday June 5 & Monday June 6, 2011

Youth Of Today | Mouthpiece |Outspoken

200 West 2nd Street
Pomona, CA 91766
$15/All Ages

Sunday June 5, 2011
Part Time Punks
Aberdeen | 14 Iced Bears | Phil Wilson

The Echo
1822 w. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026

Back to the future, oh yeah!

From around midnight Friday until late Saturday, my website was down due (allegedly) to a power failure at my hosting company's server farm in Seattle. Hopefully it will be the last time this happens...

In full MCP voice: "****ica experienced a power event which caused the Seattle data center to go offline. At this time power has been restored, and we are working on bringing all devices back online into working order."

* Other People's Graffiti

Nice video by Chaim Diesto featuring Patrick Martinez' signage work. Fresh!

I got some ups on media behemoth yesterday, courtesy of Michael Dooley's article on Rebecca Mιndez and the current exhibitions at the Pasadena Museum of California Art. Check it out here.