Brixton’s Brian Delatorre Interview

Brixton's Brian Delatorre Interview

Brixton's Brian Delatorre Interview

Words by Adam Sullivan | Portrait By Jason Lee

Few people ever get the chance to have a career in front of a lens. Fewer still take the time to jump behind the lens. Meet Brixton Skate Ambassador Brian Delatorre, who’s just as likely to shoot as be shot.

WHERE DO YOU LIVE IN SAN FRANCISCO?
I live in the Mission District; the city is changing, though.
There’s tons of development, tons of tech industry now… It’s a bummer, but I try not to pay any attention to it. If you let it bother you, you might as well just get out. I got my own thing, anyway.

IS ALL THE CHANGE GOOD FOR SKATING?
Eh, like any major city, spots come and go. If anything,there’s new buildings, but even they come pre-knobbed.
But you know what? The hills ain’t changing, and that’s the whole point of SF—you go there to bomb hills.

Read the rest of the interview here: https://www.brixton.com/blog/2017/03/15/brixtons-brian-delatorre-stopping-time-interview/

STEVE CRACK / ARTIST STATEMENT

Hopeless, Cashless & Pathetic

“ I like to see my work as some sort of criticism towards society, religion, culture, idelogies and authority. The status quo. Our PERCEPTION of normality. The absurdity of our existence.”

Love Is In The Air

Steve ‘Crack’ deliberately deconstructs the irrelevant notions of normality that define ‘Us’ and our lives within contemporary societies. He does so by incorporating themes, symbols, words and ideas which make people feel uncomfortable and could be even considered offensive.

“ Growing up listening to Punk music and moving between different subcultures, is my primary source of influence. I like poking at taboo subjects and stirring shit up. Nothing should be exempt from ridicule and I think that ridicule is the best way to engage people to question everything. The images I forge have a nihilistic connotation, with an unhealthy dose of humor. In some way, they are a reflection of both how I perceive the world and how the world lays itself out in front of me.”

“ Even though my work is predominantly digital, I don’t limit myself to one medium. The medium I choose is at random and mostly the one I feel most comfortable with at that specific moment. Stylistically, I see myself moving somewhere between Low Brow/Comix inspired street tattoo art. ”

Burn A Church

Space Between Gallery is excited to launch it’s first solo artist Steve Crack, whom will be visiting Cape Town from Abu Dhabi to present his Solo Exhibition ‘Hopeless, Cashless and Pathetic- We Are All Going To Die’

The human species is disgustingly fascinating, weird, fucked up and fundamentally useless. We have created a world around us which only makes sense in our own context.

Never Don't Give Not Up

Politics, governments, religions, cults, gods, diseases and authority. Cures to our own diseases and solutions to man made problems. Orders without questions, a promise of an afterlife and many carrots from father state.

Clinging on to ideologies for our dear life without knowing that we are already dead.

This is an adventurous excursion into the nihilistic deconstructions of said notions and norms. A journey to realization through ridicule, satire and just plainly taking the piss out the sacred and unquestionable norms we created and live by.

Nothing is holy, nothing is sacred.
You are your own authority.’

6 May 2015 18H30 –
13 May 2015

The Loft, 139 Albert Road, Woodstock
Space Between

For more information on the show and artwork availability, please contact megankathleendesign@gmail.com
// +27762130442

www.stevecrack.com
www.sb-gallery.co.za

https://www.facebook.com/events/699411563501955/

Shooting the Breeze with Skullboy

Shooting the Breeze with Skullboy Interview

Shooting the Breeze with Skullboy Interview

Canvas by Grolsch recently did an interview with Skullboy. They spoke to him about how he started in art, why he uses only black and gold, what inspires him, and some other things.

He also mentioned the upcoming collab with Verb Skateboards:
“Also, I’m working on a range of products for Verb Skateboards at the moment, which we’ll be launching around midyear. Another great project with some great people.”

The Lake Magazine Issue 3 Out Now

The Lake Magazine Issue 3 out now

The Lake Magazine Issue 3 out now

The Lake #003 / Here Come the Warm Jets is out now.

Available online now.

The Lake 3

THE LAKE is a new FREE bi monthly publication which is available nationwide at selected outlets. It takes a more in depth look into the minds of individual thinkers and creatives. We want to focus on the people who make South Africa one of the most creative countries in the world today. Our aim is to create popular culture rather than to follow it. Making a platform for the multiple talents and individuality of young and old across the cultural fabric of our diverse society.

Faith Forty Seven: Equinox Release

Faith 47 Equinox Release

Faith 47 Equinox Release.
20 March 2015.
5pm GMT
Los Angeles: 10am
New York: 1pm
London: 5pm
Johannesburg: 7pm
Beijing: 1am

The second in a collectable series of intimate books and screen prints.

THE HIDDEN YEARS :: VOLUME TWO
A compilation of photographs taken in the Karoo, Beijing, Jerusalem, Shanghai, Johannesburg, Cape Town, London, Melun, Rochester, Kathmandu, Los Angeles, Miami, Durban, Bangkok, Malmö, Antanarivo, Madrid, Wuhan, Rome, Missouri and Gaeta.
A5 size, 80 pages.
Signed and numbered.
Edition of 100.

BLEED :: SCREEN PRINT
5 layer screenprint on Stardream Antique Gold.
12 x 15 cm.
Signed and numbered.
Edition of 100.

Click here to order.

Faith 47 Equinox Release

Paul Senyol New Works Cape Town Art Fair 2015

Paul Senyol New Works for Cape Town Art Fair 2015

SenyolFinding Material – mixed media on wood – 1050mm x 1250mm

Some new works by local Cape Town artist Paul Senyol for the Cape Town Art Fair 2015.

SenyolSimple Sentences – mixed media on wood – 1250mm x 1450mm – framed

SenyolSynonyms – mixed media on wood – 1240mm x 1250mm – framed

SenyolThe Mariana – mixed media on wood – 1050mm x 1250mm – framed

SenyolThird Person – mixed media on wood – 1250mm x 1240mm – framed

SenyolWinter Sun – mixed media on wood – 1250mm x 1450mm – framed

Rituals Exhibition by ELLO at The Eye, Cape Town Tonight

The Eye Presents Rituals by Ello Xray Eyez

The Eye Presents Rituals by Ello Xray Eyez

The EYE Presents: Rituals by Ello Xray Eyez

Ello Xray Eyez is a visual designer from South Africa, living and working in Cape Town. Inspired by comics, animations and people amongst other things, her work is predominantly character-based with an unknown narrative. The viewer is left to find relevant connections within their own iconography and experiences. Stylised and surreal elements are combined to create energetic compositions that are graphic and colourful. Working with themes of memories, fun times, current feels, characters and personal relevance, she is also influenced by the dynamics of organic versus geometric shapes, straight vs curved, balance, composition and texture.

www.yoyo-ello.tumblr.com

RITUALS will Launch “First Thursdays” February 5th
The Eye, Cape Town

Vinyl DJ Sets – JUSTIN POULTER, HEINSTEIN

Facebook event link

FRIENDS Launch on Thursday

Friends Launch RVCA First Thursdays Cape Town

Friends Launch RVCA First Thursdays Cape Town

RVCA First Thursdays Presents
FRIENDS
‘Zine launch & exhibition
& Performance by Medicine Boy

Introducing the first of 3 nationwide free events, welcoming FRIENDS Occasional into the world. We celebrate with a magazine launch as well as a photographic exhibition.

With DJs:
Hey, no!, Look, The Diabolical Electric Eel, Snakes and Far Out!

**Entrance is limited**

About FRIENDS:
Having been conceived as a brand ‘zine and then developed as a men’s lifestyle publication, FRIENDS is welcomed into the world and born a free-of-charge ‘Occasional’: an ongoing series of publications to be released on a project-to-project basis and not on scheduled release dates. Issue 01 is themed ‘THE MALE DAZE’ and features content from around South Africa, Hong Kong, Seoul, New York and London.
#occasionalfriends

FRIENDS – an Occasional on Facebook.
Facebook event link.

Graffiti South Africa Book Launch Events

Graffiti South Africa Book Launch Events

Graffiti South Africa Book Launch Events

The Graffiti South Africa book launch will take place at three prestigious events across the country. The launches will coincide with diverse group exhibitions featuring talented urban and street artists. Other activities include video screenings, street art tours, live painting, sketch wars and book signings. The author will be present at all launches.

Graffiti South Africa Book Launch Cape Town

Cape Town, 29 January

Space Between, 139 Albert Rd, Woodstock.
Official launch of the new studio and gallery space, Space Between.
‘Urban A’ group exhbition, featuring work by Nardstar*, Ariel23, Ninjabreadboy, Skullboy, Fersyndicate, Steve ‘Crack’, Chris Auret, Jack Fox and r1.
Video screening by Cale Waddacor.
PLUS:
Street art tours in Westridge (SA’s graffiti birthplace) on Friday 30 January and in Woodstock on Saturday 31 January with The Street Is The Gallery Tours.
Book signing and live graffiti at the Open Wall on Saturday 31 January at Side Street Studios (48 Albert Rd).

Event link

Graffiti South Africa Book Launch Johannesburg

Johannesburg, 26-28 February

Kalashnikovv Gallery
153 Smit Str, Braamfontein
Video screening and photographs by Cale Waddacor.
Live graffiti painting.
Book signing.
Braamfontein street art tour with Past Experiences.

Event link

Graffiti South Africa Book Launch Durban

Durban, (T.B.C)*

Open Plan Studio
39 Station Dr, Durban
‘Tracksides’ group show by a selection Durban’s finest urban and graphic artists (Artists TBA).
Sketch wars.
Video screening by Cale Waddacor.
Other entertainment throughout the day.

Event link TBC

Graffiti South Africa Book

Keep up-to-date via the Facebook event pages and our Twitter feed (@graffitiafrica).
Please note that the event itinerary may be subject to changes.

Book your place on one of the street art tours by emailing mail@graffitisouthafrica.com.
The tours are 90-minutes long with very experienced tour guides. Costs vary per tour, all welcome.

Limited copies of the Graffiti SA book are available for purchase at a discounted rate of R650.00 – first come, first served. Reserve your copy to avoid disappointment.

http://www.graffitisouthafrica.com/book/

Paul Senyol New Work: Golden Haze

Paul Senyol New Works Golden Haze

Paul Senyol New Works Golden Haze
‘Golden Haze’
mixed media on wood
1020mm x 1220mm
framed

New Works: Golden Haze, Group Show at Salon91, 6th December 2014

Paul Senyol New Works Golden Haze
‘Mountain Top’
mixed media on wood
1220mm x 1410mm
framed

Paul Senyol New Works Golden Haze
‘Ocean’s End’
mixed media on wood
615mm x 465mm
framed

Paul Senyol New Works Golden Haze
‘South West’
mixed media on wood
1220mm x 1010mm
framed

Paul Senyol New Works Golden Haze
‘Summer’s Blue’
mixed media on fabriano paper
hexagonal
framed

Paul Senyol New Works Golden Haze
‘Valley’s End’
mixed media on wood
615mm x 465mm
framed

Interpret Durban 5: Durban DNA

Interpret Durban Call for Artists

Interpret Durban Call for Artists

It is that time of year again; Interpret Durban is back and they’re celebrating their 5th birthday! For those of you not in the know Interpret Durban or #ID5 as this year’s installation will be more commonly called is a creative competition that covers photography, video, illustration/design and visual art that culminates in a night of awesome exhibitions and live music where the prize giving’s take place. This year’s theme considers the building blocks of a city under the title Durban DNA and asks, what makes a city?

The #ID5 crew have put together over R90 000 worth of prizes across 5 categories with sponsors such as Red Bull Studio’s Cape Town, The Delphic Games, Broadcast Lighting and Savior Brand to name a few.

It’s the kind of incentive you creative types always want but seldom get. So listen up. Here are the categories and sub themes:

Professional Photography – I am Durban
Amateur Photography – Pure Durban
Illustration/design – Durban Bulletin
Video – Durban Atmosphere
Visual Arts – Durban urban

To be part of this great creative challenge and stand a chance to win your share of over R90 000 in prizes (including fat cash prizes) AND exhibit with the best Durban has to offer at #ID5 all you need to do is go to www.interpretdurban.com and download the brief and separate entry form for one of the 5 categories mentioned above. Simple.

Time’s ticking and the deadline will get here quicker than you think, so get going!

Submissions for Interpret Durban 5 close December 12, 2014 at 15h00.

https://www.facebook.com/interpretDBN

http://instagram.com/interpretdurban

(Just a note for those of you outside of Durban. Apart from the cash prizes for 1st places, a lot of the other stuff is Durban focused i.e. Gallery exhibition space and Vouchers so just bare that in mind)

Atlanta’s Tattoo Culture

Atlanta Tattoo

Atlanta’s tattoo culture looks and sounds amazing.

The city of Atlanta is one that is waiting to be shaped by the influence of the creative types that inhabit it. A creative competition founded on support rather than the suppression that exists within the art communities of major cities. In part 2 of The Atlanta Project series, we take a look at those who have channeled their art into ink. Atlanta’s thirst for creative output catalyzes the birth of new tattooing styles that have the potential of being lost in the dilution of creative expression in both east and west coast cities. Featuring artists such as Miya Bailey, Jason Kelly, Russ Abbott, Keet D’arms, and Eddie Stacey, this exploration of tattoo culture in Atlanta will have you thinking about what your first/next piece will be.

I Was a Skate Rat

i was a skate rat

i was a skate rat.

The sun drenched, cascade of sub and ex-urban cul-de-sacs crawl across the state of Florida, much like its creeping kudzu brethren to the north. A constant source of derision among urban planning futurists, architects, and environmentalists alike, the vague banality of suburban life has been excoriated for Continue reading “I Was a Skate Rat”

La République du Skateboard

La République du Skateboard

French film maker Neels Castillon created this beautiful ode to street skating – La République du Skateboard.

“An impressionistic ode to street skateboarding.”

(Shot in Red Epic with Kowa Anamorphic Lenses)
A Film by Neels Castillon in collaboration with VAGUE & LAME.
Featuring: Arthur Turpin, Andrea Giallonardo, Vincent Perrin, Victor Jambus, Antoine Champenois, Steve Malet, Maxime Djadel, Samuel Chochon, Mathias Pardo, Yann Garin, Franck Barattiero, Amine Benhmade.

Faith 47 Exhibition at Aqua Regalia, London

Faith47 Aqua Regalia Exhibition London

Faith47 Aqua Regalia Exhibition London

FAITH 47 :: SOLO EXHIBITION

AQUA REGALIA :: CHAPTER ONE :: LONDON 2014

Opening Reception: 9th October 2014 / 6pm to 9pm
Exhibition on display: 10th – 19th October 2014 / 11am to 7pm daily
Gallery Location: 91 Brick Ln, London E1 6QL, United Kingdom
Enquiries: Tina@monikerprojects.com

Moniker Projects is proud to present ‘Aqua Regalia,’ the premier London solo exhibition with internationally acclaimed Contemporary artist, Faith47. Following an active street art career spanning more than fifteen years, her work can now be found in major cities around the world. Using a wide range of media, including graphite, spray paint, oil paint, ink, photography and collage, her approach is explorative and substrate appropriate – from found and rescued objects, to time-layered and history-textured city walls and their accretions, to studio prepared canvas and wood.

Aqua Regalia or ‘royal water’ is the alchemical name for a highly corrosive mixture of nitric and hydrochloric acid that transmogrifies, dissolves and changes the most powerful substance – gold.

In Aqua Regalia, Faith embeds found and created objects in an enshrined space and thus, in a manner of the reliquary, pays homage to the sacramental within the ordinary. Torn up begging cards, betting sheets, discarded eviction notices suggest the fall-out of a lost struggle, while visions of supplicants insist upon the power of faith. Eclectic in its mash-up of art as fetish and art as rebooted trash object, it reprises the core question which drives the artist at odds with the cynical neo-liberal force at work today. Such affinities and discordances between hope and yearning seek to restore value and re-inscribe new meaning to the rejected, discarded, the lost or the overlooked.

The restoration of value to discarded things when combined with pictorial conjuring’s of some undivided divinity, suggest a schism between the knowable and the unknowable. Whether the divine resides inside the everyday, or whether it merely intimates an absent-presence. Ultimately it seems that we are dealing with a felt experience – part belief, part yearning.

Along with these found objects are pictorial representations of incarnated divinity: animals, sacred geometry and other symbols. The question is – does the experience attest to the power of things over and above the human apprehension of them, or if the experience compels us to reconsider the object as indivisibly connected to the divine? If the viewer remains unclear it is because this exhibition arrives at a point in history in which it has become impossible to decipher a future, interpret history, let alone grasp the present. By combining found objects and art- incarnate thoughts, Aqua Regalia presents an immersive experience as much as a viewing. In this sacred space, Faith47 asks us to reconsider, and feel the hidden embattled role of the spirit in a secular realm.

www.aquaregalia.com

Senyol Odd Traditions Show

Senyol Odd Traditions

Senyol Odd Traditions‘bounty’ – mixed media on canson montval 300g – 1400mm x 1200mm – unframed

‘ODD TRADITIONS’
A conversation of painting and installation by Paul Senyol and Pierre le Riche opens Wednesday the 15th of October at Salon91.

Senyol Odd Traditions‘bush fire’ – mixed media on fabriano watercolor 300g – 805mm x 685mm – unframed

Senyol Odd Traditions‘golden days’ – mixed media on fabriano watercolor 300g – 805mm x 685mm – unframed

Senyol Odd Traditions‘tomorrow land’ – mixed media on fabriano watercolor 300g – 805mm x 750mm – unframed

Obey Giant Mural in Johannesburg

Obey Giant Mandela Mural in Johannesburg

Obey Giant Mandela Mural in Johannesburg (Photo taken from https://www.facebook.com/ObeyGiant/)

Shepard Fairey (Obey Giant) recently did a mural of Mandela in Johannesburg, South Africa. Go check it out if you get the chance.

I’m an advocate of human rights, justice, and equality, so it should be obvious why Nelson Mandela is a hero of mine. Some people seem confused by the use of purple and the slogan on my Mandela mural but they reference the anti Apartheid Purple Protest that you can read about here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Purple_Rain_Protest

-Shepard

Faith47 Poster Child Prints

Faith47 x Poster Child Prints

Faith47 x Poster Child Prints

Faith47 recently collaborated with Los Angeles based Poster Child Prints to create this beautiful artwork.

‘WILL YOU LOVE ME UNTIL THE VERY END?’
Signed edition of 70
Seven colour silk screen on coventry rag, 100% archival paper
Size 12 x 36 inches

Faith47 x Poster Child Prints

‘MY RULES’ Book by Glen E. Friedman

Glen E Friedman and Ian Mackaye discuss My Rules

Old friends Glen E. Friedman and Ian MacKaye get together down at Dischord House just outside of Washington DC to discuss some of the photographs in Glen’s forthcoming book MY RULES. You can pre-oder the book HERE.

MY RULES, The book, will be released on the 20th anniversary of FUCK YOU HEROES original publication, in September of 2014. This book will be released by RIZZOLI international publications. Hard cover – 11.5″ tall by 13″ wide – 324 pages. Taking much inspiration from the same title used for GEF’s 1st ever solo publication, Self-published in 1982 – (MY RULES Photozine, the one and only issue).
 It will contain the best of both FUCK YOU HEROES (out of print for over a year now) and FUCK YOU TOO (out of print for over two years now). Over 30% of the book will be never before published work (over 100 never before published photographs). There will also be essays from many of GEF’s favorite and most respected and interesting subjects over the years.

Contributors include:

Tony Alva
Ian Mackaye
Ice-T
Lance Mountain
Henry Rollins
LL Cool J
Duane Peters
Keith Morris
Chuck D.
Rodney Mullen
Rakim Allah
Jay Adams
Milo Aukerman
Darryl McDaniels
Alan “Ollie” Gelfand
Jello Biafra
Rick Rubin
Jeff Ho
Tony (Cadena) Brandenburg
Adam Horovits
Gary “Dr. Know” Miller

Introductions by:
C.R. Stecyk III and Shepard Fairey

Afterwords by:
Lisa Fancher and Gary Harris

Windows 0.2 Exhibition

Window 0.2 Exhibition

WINDOWS 0.2 Exhibition at Kalashnikovv Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

An ongoing collaborative art project by Love and Hate Studio (Black Koki + Ello) and Jean de Wet.

Working closely together, resulting in multiple series of paintings, drawings, mixed media collage, silkscreen prints and zines.

Kalashnikovv welcomes the second installment of WINDOWS.

Continuing where they left off from last years “MIXED EMOTIONS” group show at the Kalashnikovv, Love and Hate Return with a more focused approach on their own rapidly evolving practice. Continuing with the blurring of lines between collaboration, fine art, street art and illustration.

RSVP to the Facebook event HERE.

Juan Smit Interview

Juan Smit

Juan Smit is the all-round nicest guy ever, he skates for enjoi and Revolution, he’s a fireman, and runs Snap Originals, where he “upcycles” broken and used skateboard decks into some pretty awesome things. We find his DIY approach to life inspiring, so we caught up with him for a quick interview…

How Afrikaans are you, from a scale of 1 – 10?
10 being the highest? I’m probably a 12, haha.

Where did you get the idea to start Snap Originals?
Kieron Mans, a close friend, was a big influence. I saw him making a platter and a spoon once for his college project at the time and asked him if I could start playing around with some new ideas. Kieron moved back to Namibia and I started getting good at it and started to get clients and that’s that. Now here we are three years later.

Snap Originals

What creation are you most stoked on so far?
All of them. I can see I’ve got better and better in my craft work over the years. I think progress and improvement is a big factor in this industry, where client’s ideas and input to improve the product helps a lot. I’ll say the yoyo though just because it brings so much joy and it’s so simple.

What inspires your creations?
Google, haha. No, I’ll say it’s clients, and sometimes mistakes, believe it or not. I’ll be busy with one product and see a new creation in it, don’t ask me why. Clients are also a big help; they’ll ask me sometimes if it is possible to make something, then I’ll play around with it and tell them yes or no.

What does skateboarding mean to you?
Well, let’s say everything till now. Freedom, friendship, good times, being creative, traveling, pushing your limits. If I didn’t put my feet on this plank with four wheels 15 years ago we wouldn’t be having this interview now. I’m glad I followed this route in life. Not one regret.

Do you get a lot of romantic interest being a firefighter?
Yes and no, chicks don’t actually fall to my feet if I tell them my job description, if that’s what you asking. Firefighters also have this reputation of being dogs with ladies, haha, but Ive got some digits, some lucky nights…

Snap Originals

What else do you get up to when you aren’t skating?
I exercise a lot, jog almost every day with my dogs; beach, trails or just in the neighbourhood, surf with my homies. I fucking LOVE Motorsport so I go watch that a lot; track events, drag racing, stock cars, dirt racing… I’m also a bit of a green thumb in the garden, planting and finding cacti plants. Then the usual: movies, braaiing, camping… yeah.

Where do you hope to take Snap Originals? Is it just a hobby or something you’d like to turn into a bigger thing?
It’s a passion/hobby/small business I guess. I just like making stuff for people and why not if i can make cash from it – ‘extra income’ – and I’ll probably do this until I’m 80. It keeps you young and your mind healthy.

What do you think is a good way to motivate people to start thinking more ‘DIY’ and stop being complacent and lazy?
It’s a good way to save money! Taking something old and making it look new. Have pride in your creation or work. The first step comes from you. If you want to there’s always that question “what if?” Stay positive and keep true to your roots.

https://www.facebook.com/SnapOriginals

Snap Originals

Snap Originals

Buck Tour 2014 Trophy by Snap Originals

Senyol New Works: RVCA CircleCulture

Conquest by Paul SenyolConquest / mixed media on canson montval 200g / 1300mm x 1000mm / unframed

Some visual inspiration for your eyeballs. Check out the rad new artworks that local Cape Town artist, Senyol, has been working on for the RVCA CircleCulture Gallery Group Show.

First Blush by Paul SenyolFirst Blush / mixed media on canson montval 200g / 1300mm x 1000mm / unframed

Mirage by Paul SenyolMirage / mixed media on canson montval 200g / 1300mm x 1000mm / unframed

Passeth Through by Paul SenyolPasseth Through / mixed media on canson montval 200g / 1500mm x 1000mm / unframed

Second Light by Paul SenyolSecond Light / mixed media on canson montval 200g / 1300mm x 1000mm / unframed

Check out more works by Senyol here.

AUTOCONTROLE by Fabiano Rodrigues

Brazilian skateboarder, artist and photographer Fabiano Rodrigues has an exhibition on at the moment at Logo Gallery, made up of a new series of self-portraits. This is the teaser video for it.

In AUTOCONTROLE, Rodrigues explores the relationship of his own body, usually in movement, with the architecture and landscape of urban centres. A former skateboarder, Rodrigues captures the climax of his manoeuvres in compositions that are usually previously planned. The artist’s performative accuracy goes sometimes in harmony, sometimes in disarray, with architectural forms, resulting in great and geometric images, drawn by a magnificent play of light and shadows. In AUTOCONTROLE, Rodrigues continues photographing himself within symbolic and modernist constructions, such as Igreja da Pampulha (Pampulha Church) and Conjunto JK (Housing complex JK), both located in Belo Horizonte, in the state of Minas Gerais. The title of the exhibition alludes not only to the formal rigor of Rodrigues’ compositions, but also to the restraint and physical balance to which the artist submits his own body. His artistic process requires an intense physical training as well as a rigorous exercise of looking. It is the harmony of both that allows Rodrigues to capture the decisive moment, imprinting on the camera the perfect combination between space, light, body, and movement. Fabiano Rodrigues (Santos, 1974) lives and works in São Paulo. Rodrigues was the recipient of the Banco do Espírito Santo Acquisition Award during the SP-Arte 2012 edition, a prize that also led to a donation to the Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo collection. In addition, Rodrigues’ work is part of the Instituto Figueiredo Ferraz collection. His most recent group shows include Deslize (Museu de Arte do Rio – MAR, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2013-2014), Love and Hate to Lygia Clark (Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsow, Poland, 2013-2014), FotoBienalMASP (Museu de Arte de São Paulo – MASP, São Paulo, Brazil, 2013), and Arte Contemporânea Brasileira (Estação Pinacoteca, São Paulo, Brazil, 2012).

Check out another rad video by Fabiano below…

Let Us Roam: Atiba Jefferson

Atiba Jefferson is a professional photographer from Colorado Springs, CO. He discovered photography in high school and quickly developed a passion for the camera. Since skateboarding was his first love it naturally became his primary subject and the focus through the lens. His desire to capture the movement of skateboarding, precisely how he saw it, pushed him to move to California and chase his dream of becoming a professional photographer. Atiba now shoots everything from skateboarding to Lakers games to portraits of world-famous musicians and athletes. This short film gives a glimpse into the crazy life of Atiba and how he became a professional photographer.

Heroine & Group Photo Exhibition at The Pit

Tow Aways Group Photography Exhibition At The Pit

There is a group photography exhibition at a free performance by local band, Heroine, taking place at The Pit in Cape Town next week Thursday! Click on either of the photos to go to the Facebook event.

“Tow Aways” Zine Launch & Group Photography Exhibition

Lani Spice will be launching her photo zine “Tow Aways” showcasing analog work from some great local photographers. The “Tow Aways” exhibition consists of hundreds of photos from the many photographers who have been connected with The Pit and Clarke’s throughout the years. The exhibition will tell the story of the space, the people and what goes on in their lives beyond Bree Street.

Featuring: Black Koki, Ello Weezi, Suzy Snakes, Dewald Bruwer, Thys Lötter, Andrew Turpin, Jess James Harris, Danielle Clough, Laura Windvogel, Leon Bester, John Alex Second, Donovyn Le Roux, Justin Poulter, Thomas Pepler, Adriaan Louw, Juliette Raymer, Pauline Anne, Kent Lingenveld, Natalie Pereira, Anke Loots Alexia Webster and more…

Heroine at The Pit

RVCA x The Pit First Thursdays
133 Bree Street
5pm-7pm

Cape Electric Tattoo Interview

Gareth Lloyd and Waldo del Rocca in Cape Electric Tattoo

We did a short interview with local Cape Town tattoo parlour Cape Electric. They’re a crew of solid individuals producing amazing tattoo work with a smile and a rad attitude. We asked Gareth and Waldo a few questions…

What is Cape Electric’s history? What is the story behind its opening?
It was a combination of things to be honest. We felt the need to create a space for ourselves with creative freedom where we can pursue our preferred styles of tattooing and also create a relaxed, comfortable and professional environment for us, our clientele and the general public. A tattoo shop wall to wall in paintings and hand-painted flash, a space where every corner would inspire us to be better at what we do and to make everybody that walks in here know they are in the right place to get a tattoo.

What is the most difficult thing about running a tattoo parlour?
Nothing is easy in tattooing.

What is one of the negative trends that are peaking in the tattoo industry at the moment?
People getting watered down ideas of tattoos, paragraphs of script, upside-down tattoos, white tattoos and tattoos that contain no black… A picture says a thousand words and it should still look good 20 years down the line.

Tattoos by Gareth LloydTattoos by Gareth Lloyd

What makes a good tattoo artist?
Dedication, hard work and sacrifice, everyday, on repeat.

Any future plans or goals for the studio? I recently saw a picture of Waldo building a mini-ramp.
Hahaha, it wasn’t a mini ramp. We put up a photo Gareth took of Waldo while doing some renovations around the shop and said he was building a mini-ramp just to get some reaction. If we had space for a mini ramp there would probably be one and none of us would work. We will just continue doing what we do best, doing tattoos and having a good time doing them. The shop has been open now for almost 3 years and we’re not going anywhere anytime soon. The shop is constantly evolving and we’re always busy with some sort of renovation or expansion.

What are some of the weirdest things you’ve tattooed/been asked to tattoo?
Vaginas. They’re not weird, just an awkward place to tattoo.

Cape Electric Tattoo Flash

What are people’s most common questions when getting their first tattoo that you can settle right here?
“Does it hurt?” YES!

Who holds the record at the studio for tattooing the longest session? How long was it?
We don’t really keep track of that kind of stuff, as long as the tattoo looks good nothing else matters, but maybe between 5 to 6.5 hours.

Tattoos by Waldo del RoccaTattoos by Waldo del Rocca

Has Cape Electric been involved in things outside of the studio like the skateboarding or music industry?
Gareth sponsors a band called Truth and its Burden and other than that we sponsor Peasant and we get involved in certain music events where we can or get approached. Skateboarding has always been part of us all, but we haven’t really been active in sponsorships or events. We should be.

Any last words?
Stop thinking about it and COME GET TATTOOED!

http://www.capeelectrictattoo.com/

Cape Electric Tattoo

Cape Electric Tattoo Tee

Cape Electric Tattoo

Foundation: Swank Zine

Foundation Skateboards just put out Swank Zine, a fanzine to celebrate the re-release of the Tea Pot deck. This is issue 3 and features Neil Blender on the cover (1984).

Swank Zine cover

Swank Zine

10″ x 31″ Justin Lovely / Swank sidecut type action with a point type nose and a wide type tail. Teapot graphics. Limited re-issue deck that comes with a copy of a Swank Zine made by Justin Lovely.

Goddo Supiido Exhibition

Goddo Supiido Exhibition

The House Of Machines in connection with First Thursdays bring you an exhibition of limited edition artist bandanas taking inspiration from adventure, speed, and Tokyo biker gangs.

Artists: Gerhard Human, Daniel Ting Chong, Jade Klara, Emma Cook, Adam Hill, Joey Hifi, Simon Berndt, Justin Poulter, Dani Loureiro, Hanno Van Zyl, Ninjabreadboy, Manuela Grey and Alice Edy.

Proceeds go to the Ride for Larry Pierce charity.

Facebook event link.

The LB Project: A European Art Exhibition Through Skateboarding

The LB Project

The LB Project has been created to unite the European skateboard scene through art shows in Berlin, Copenhagen, Barcelona, Paris, Amsterdam and London.

A Year ( June 2014 – June 2015 ) where artists, skateboarders, stores, media and brands will unite to make skateboarding and art accessible to all.

Featuring:
Michael Sieben, Todd Bratrud, Jeremy Fish, Mark Foster, Jeremyville, Kid Creature, Funeral French, Mike Kershnar, Chad Eaton, BB Bastidas, Lucas Beaufort

Everyone who suscribe on this project will have the opportunity to get a chance to win 27 from the 54 unique skateboards.

Registration will end on june 2, 2015 at midnight.

Winners (27) will be announced on june 9, 2015 via the-lbproject.com.

The other half of the artworks will be donated to Skateistan in order to support this NGO to run their fight in Afghanistan and Cambodia.

http://the-lbproject.com/

Painting Cape Town

There is a preview screening on Painting Cape Town on Saturday 24 May. Please message them if you would like to be there.

Painting Cape Town Screening

Painting Cape Town; Graffiti from South Africa is the first print publication to cover the graffiti subculture in Cape Town, South Africa in significant detail. The book, written by Matthew Olckers and released in 2013, includes interviews with 29 of Cape Town’s most prominent graffiti artists. Each story provides a unique insight into the rationale behind the artist’s passion and obsession for spreading their names.

During 2013, Painting Cape Town found it’s way into the hands of Katey Carson, an upcoming filmmaker. The material has inspired a documentary by the same name. Painting Cape Town, a documentary, probes deeper into the views of Cape Town’s graffiti artists. Established figures within the subculture such as Falko and Wealz130 share their experiences of the consuming passion to paint the surfaces of the city.

http://www.paintingcapetown.co.za/

R1 ‘Yield’ Street Art in JHB

r1. YIELD from r1r1r1 on Vimeo.

Street artist, r1., recently did a piece entitled Yield in Johannesburg city. We think it’s pretty rad.

This piece is based on the common yield street sign. A street pole was set into the sidewalk, and one hundred yield signs were fitted on the wall behind it.

The heart of Johannesburg remains a mystery for many. The aim of the project was to encourage visitors and citizens to engage more actively with its swarming life and creative activities that keep transforming the city. This piece is based on the familiar yield street sign that we find in every other road to indicate that we must “give way” to another. It is interesting that yield also means “to produce” which becomes relevant in the city context. This tension between being productive and giving way exist in every city, and bustling Johannesburg is a good example of it. This piece illustrates that these two seemingly opposite forces are in fact symbiotic; both embodied in the symbol of the yield sign.

Day to Night Exhibition

Day To Night Exhibition

DAY TO NIGHT
New work by Ello Weezi
RVCA First Thursdays
The Pit – 133 Bree Street
Thursday 3 April
5pm

Facebook event

yoyo.ello.tumblr.com

“DAY TO NIGHT” || NEW WORK BY ELLO from The Pit on Vimeo.

About Ello:

ELLO is the pseudonym of an artist from South Africa. Known for her collaborative work with Black Koki as Love and Hate Studio. Inspired by life, comics and animations amongst other things, her work is mostly character based with themes of memories, people, everyday experiences, current times and personal relevance.

NEW RESOBORG PRINTS

New Resoborg Prints

Resoborg has 2 new limited edition prints available for purchase over here and here.

Resoborg Pigeon Keeper Print

The Pigeon Keeper, Limited edition on archival print, 30 units, signed and numbered – R700

Resoborg Secret Country Print

Secret Country, Limited edition on archival print, 30 units, signed and numbered – R700

The first 10 orders get a free shirt.

Resoborg Secret Country Print

Resoborg Pigeon Keeper Print

FORMS: RODAN KANE HART EXHIBITION

Forms - Rodan Kane Hart Exhibition Poster

South African artist Rodan Kane Hart launched his exhibition last night. It’s on now at NIROXprojects, Arts on Main, Johannesburg. Go check it out!

FORMS / S | W
Rodan Kane Hart
12 March – 31 March 2014
NIROXprojects, 264 Fox Street, Arts on Main

NIROXprojects presents FORMS / S | W by Rodan Kane Hart. Following on from Structure, & Pattern Language (2013), Forms / S | W (2014) marks Hart’s third solo showcase in 2 ye­­­ars. The exhibition compromises an entirely new body of work consisting of sculpture, drawing, print & photography. These works follow on from previous points of enquiry regarding the constructed notion of the South African city. After a recent residency at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in England, Hart has shifted his focus to more closely examining the influence of European architectural forms onto the urban fabric of South Africa.

RSVP to the Facebook event here.

Farshid Moussavi and Michael Kubo sum up the conceptual foundations of the exhibition as a whole in a book titled The Function of Ornament. A statement is made that succinctly deifies the relevance of architectural style and ornament, “Architecture needs mechanisms that allow it to become connected to culture”. Absorbing and capturing the forces that shape society achieve this cultural connection. These forces are then used as material components to work with, forming composite materiality. When two forces found within society, Invisible, meaning; Cultural, Political, and Temporal, and, Visible, meaning; Structural, Functional, and Physical, are brought together, it gives way to, a New Aesthetic Composition. Architectural style is not easily adjustable to the changes in culture and society. Modernists utilized transparency to represent architectural elements of space and structure; Post Modernists used Décor, whereas the Deconstructivists used geometrical collage to replace transparency all together. These concepts express the inextricable relationship between, Inside & Outside, Then & Now and Here & There.

Forms / S | W (S suggesting South = South Africa & W suggesting West = England) at NIROXprojects focuses on the formal influences of European Classism, Modernism and Post Modernism. An array of artistic medium has been utilized to present the historical and personal logic behind Hart’s formally abstracted works. Hart has intentionally incorporated more handcrafted methods with those of mechanical and digital processes, setting up a relationship between subject matter, time, theory and aesthetic. Works on display include…

Charcoal drawings & 35mm Black & White photographs inspired by architectural and natural forms found in the English cities of Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool & London, are presented alongside those depicting the South African cities of Johannesburg & Cape Town. These images explore the construction of spatial context by juxtaposing figurative representations with those of abstracted ones.

Being renowned for his life-sized steel sculptures Hart has taken a more intimate and crafted approach, by producing 4 smaller generative sculpture series consisting of 4 stages (each). Hart sees these sculptures as maquettes and studies for larger experiential projects, asserting the Russian Constructivists as an influence. Finally, a series of linocuts presenting the progression of line to shape and subsequently to form over 4 stages will also be on display.

OPEN HOURS: Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 4pm
NIROXprojects | 264 Fox Street | Arts on Main | MABONENG PRECINCT | Johannesburg CBD | +27 72 350 4326 | www.niroxarts.com

DEATH PEGASUS GROUP EXHIBITION

Death Pegasus Exhibition Poster

The Kalashnikovv Gallery is proud to present the group show for Death Pegasus’ new album entitled Critical Madness.

The exhibition is on right now at the gallery, so get down there and check it out!

The group show will consist of a curated show involving works by some fantastic up and coming and established local creative talent.

Love and Hate (Black Koki and Ello)
Leigh Lebotomy
The Pegasus Art Team
Koos Van Der Wat

RSVP to the Facebook Event

VERB BLANK CANVAS PROJECT // 1 COMPETITION

Verb DIY Deck

The Verb Blank Canvas Project // 1 is a chance for you to not only win R1500 worth of Verb product, but to get your artwork printed for an actual Verb deck graphic.

All you have to do is buy a Verb “DIY” Deck (pictured above) from your local skate shop, decorate it, take a photo, and email it to us. It is that easy.

Check out all the details here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.726700777353951.1073741828.129458123744889&type=1

Entries for the Verb Blank Canvas Project // 1 Competition close 31 March, so get those entries in!

You can purchase the Verb “DIY” Deck from any Revolution store, and from Revolution Online.

Here are some other entries:

Verb DIY deck entry

Verb DIY deck entry

Verb DIY deck entry

Verb DIY deck entry

STEVE CABALLERO THE ARTIST

Steve Caballero is a legend in skateboarding. Besides for skating, he is also a musician, a motocross rider, a family man, and an artist… This is the first of five episodes.

Featuring artists Mr. WIM, Jason Adams, Andy Howell, Jimbo Phillips, Sid Enck Jr. and Dirty Donny.

Music by Tommy Guerrero.

EMMA MARIA EXHIBITION

Emma Maria A Collection of Painted Memories

Local artist Emma Maria is having a solo exhibition, A Collection of Painted Memories, at The Pit, 133 Bree Street, Cape Town, this Thursday at 5pm.

RSVP to the Facebook event here.

TAHITI PEHRSON INTERVIEW

Tahiti Pehrson

Interview by Adrian Day

A few years ago, Rudi Jeggle was telling me about a friend of his in Northern California who was this amazing artist. He put us in touch and before I knew it he had done three graphics for Familia. Fast forward a few months and I was hanging out with Tahiti and his friends in Grass Valley and Nevada City, skating burly pools and hitting karaoke jams. More than anything I was highly inspired by Tahiti and his like-minded people. Ultimately it was this broad interaction of art, on every level, that I found to be a motivator. A sort of carpe diem approach to music, skating, painting, whatever… I came back to SA and started making music. Pretty much because of the trip. Years ago we started talking about getting him down to SA to have an exhibition, and in 2014, Tahiti is having a solo show at Salon 91. Accompanying him is David Nicholson, a filmmaker who is documenting the trip which will be screened later in the year at the Nevada City Film Festival.

Tahiti is about the funniest and mellowest dude out, and his artistic virtuosity blows my mind every time I see it. The art in itself is a testament to his drive, dedication and artistic genius. Tahiti Pehrson’s show, Connectivity, has it’s opening at Salon 91 Wednesday 26th Feb at 18.30, and will be up until 22 March. Check the Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/500683666715131. Do yourself a favour…

Tahiti Pehrson

You’ve been here for a little over a week. Is Cape Town what you thought it would be?
I didn’t really know what to expect so I was pretty blown away. It can’t really be captured in photos. The clouds coming over Table Mountain – I can say I’ve really never seen anything like it.

Give us a brief skate history of yourself, beginnings, crews etc.
I grew up in Grass Valley in Northern California. I met Chris Senn in my second year of high school. I heard from a friend of mine that there was a dude who could do 360’s off a jump ramp every time. I had to see it myself. We started skating together a lot. Soon after he got hooked up on Powell so we would tag along on his Powell trips. My other close bro’s were on this company Trust Skateboards. Jason Clark, Genaro Vegoglini and Justin Smith. We lived in a car and just skated all the time. John Cardiel and Toad lived lived a couple minutes south of us so those guys would come blow our minds. John hooked me and another guy up on flow for Dogtown for like a year before it went under.

What would you say influenced the style you have become known for? Ie was it a natural evolution from stencil graffiti, or were there visual instances that triggered it all?
I was going to art school and it was just killing my inspiration, so I started painting in the streets. It was way more live and like skating. Plus I had a lot of experience ditching cops so it was it was pretty natural. That mentality got old after a while but the stencil idea kept evolving.

What is the process for one of your works?
It changes but in the last five years I have been into this really geometrical style. Those are made on a computer and more and more I have been drawing over the top of those… and even more now really organic stuff with no computers.

You told me your first board was a Blender, who had a large effect on skateboarders being artists etc. Did those early skate artists like Blender, Gonz, Miller etc play a role or sew seeds in your mind, or were you more interested broader artists?
Yeah man, super into those guys. I was into Salvador Dali and stuff like that too, but Blender, Gonz and Miller had this natural delivery and they lived their art. It wasn’t just a thing you produce it was a way of seeing and adapting so I took that with me.

Tahiti Pehrson

How much does your mental state affect the designs of your work, if at all?
I’m kind of always positive. I used to be bummed or let myself fall into it but when my daughter was born I really started to stay on a positive mental path. It really works. It sounds trite but once I got into that headspace everything fell into place and the momentum started. So now it’s pretty easy to be stoked. I mean I’m in South Africa pursuing my first loves; skateboarding and art, so I can’t complain.

5 best things about Cape Town:
Skate community rules, natural beauty, supernatural beauty, the accent, wildlife, nightlife, Adrian Day, Instagramming.

5 best things about Nevada City:
Community, skate scene, good music, lazy vibe and you can get by on very little effort. The river there is banging in the summer. Good times.

Check out Tahiti’s work online at www.tahitipehrson.com

Tahiti Pehrson

TATTOO TUESDAYS

Tattoo by Raoul Goetze

Local tattoo artist Raoul Goetze, based at Wildfire Tattoos in Cape Town, has been pretty busy lately. Check out some of his more recent work.

Tattoo by Raoul Goetze

Tattoo by Raoul Goetze

Tattoo by Raoul Goetze

Tattoo by Raoul Goetze

Tattoo by Raoul Goetze

Tattoo by Raoul Goetze

Tattoo by Raoul Goetze

Tattoo by Raoul Goetze

Tattoo by Raoul Goetze

Tattoo by Raoul Goetze

Tattoo by Raoul Goetze

Tattoo by Raoul Goetze

Tattoo by Raoul Goetze

Tattoo by Raoul Goetze

Tattoo by Raoul Goetze

Tattoo by Raoul Goetze

CONNECTIVITY: SOLO EXHIBITION BY TAHITI PEHRSON

Lyracolos by Tahiti PehrsonLyracolos / 2013 / Hand-cut Paper / 100% Cotton Rag, Acid-free / 914mm x 914mm

Salon91 Contemporary Art Collection, Cape Town presents:

Connectivity
A Solo Show and First Exhibition in South Africa of Paper Artworks by Tahiti Pehrson

Wednesday 26 February – 22 March 2014

Artist’s Statement
For as long as I can remember I have used art to define and document my experiences. We all start that way, some of us stop doing it at some point for better suited tools of expression. The inexactness of outcome always suited me and yet my work has evolved more and more towards exactness. In the process of cutting more and more detailed works I started to become aware of variation and indeed of repetition. Each shape morphing from square to diamond to triangle, and each variation leading to the next, all forming a larger fabric and pattern. A system connected. Our world is often defined by our differences rather than the reality of parts of a whole. I became interested in the things that make us the same. Even if art is reduced only to a visual experience, trying to create an experience that could both inspire and suggest a wide variety of narratives. The viewer is invited to tailor his/her own experience, and thus engaging personally. A person of faith may read and interpret religious or spiritual implications while a more scientifically minded individual could see Geometry yet both narratives describe a larger system encompassing a whole.

There is a tension, which exists between the apparent fragility of the medium played against the strength of connectivity in a radiant fabric of variation.

Formation by Tahiti PehrsonFormation / 2013 / Hand-cut Paper / 100% Cotton Rag, Acid-free / 508 x 508 mm

Artist’s Profile
Tahiti Pehrson spent his early years without electricity growing up in a bohemian artist household in Northern California. Art was a mode of entertainment without television or music and long hours were spent in nature and drawing. Influenced by the burgeoning skateboarding and punk scene of the mid Nineteen-eighties and later engaging in the San Francisco street art and graffiti culture of the late Nineties. Traveling Europe and China in search of art enrichment and later attending the San Francisco Art Institute as a painting major, Pehrson left after a year and a half. A practice of stencil-making and street art evolved into a more and more detailed practice of paper cutting two and three-dimensional works.

Pehrson has been working and exhibiting in hand cut paper for the last fifteen years. Over the last five plus years his works have concentrated on highly detailed geometric patterns called Guilloche which date back to Classical Greek and Roman times, later to be perfected by the Rose Engine Lathe in France in the late 1700’s. Today these patterns can be seen on almost every currency in the world as well as hub cups watches and also seem to touch on the design sense intrinsic to nature. These highly detailed monochromatic works create with light and shadow a hypnotic field of Moire patterning.

With many intersections creating a larger fabric, themes in the work center around Connectivity, Systems, Variation and fragility.

Equis by Tahiti PehrsonEquis / 2013 / Hand-cut Paper / 100% Cotton Rag, Acid-free / 914mm x 914mm

Symbiosis by Tahiti PehrsonSymbiosis / 2014 / Hand-cut Paper / 100% Cotton Rag, Acid-free / 508 x 508 mm

Connectivity
Tahiti Pehrson
Salon91 Contemporary Art Collection
26 February – 22 March 2014
Opening Night Wednesday 26 February 2014 at 18h30. The exhibition concludes Sat 22/3/2014 at 2pm.

Gallery Hours:
Tue – Fri: 10 am – 6pm; Sat: 10am – 2pm; Closed: Mondays & Sundays

Address: 91 Kloof Street, Cape Town

NINJABREADBOY INTERVIEW

Ninjabreadboy

Who are you? What do you do? What is life? What is behind the name Ninjabreadboy?

I am an illustrator and aspiring artist based in Cape Town. I currently work as a freelance illustrator but did work in the advertising world for a while and decided to go freelance at the beginning of last year for obvious reasons. I don’t use any preferred mediums for the stuff that I do, I really just enjoy trying to make cool shit with whatever is available or required on certain projects. I’m all about putting my work onto whatever I can. The name is just a personal joke; I’ve always wanted to work under an alias, and it just stuck and felt right so I just went with it.

What first got you interested in art?

I’ve always been interested in art; since I learnt how to write my name as a child. I started skating when I was very young and all the visual aspects of skateboarding were the things I really found interesting; tattoos, board graphics, graffiti, clothing, were all things I really liked looking at in skate mags. When I was 13 I remember reading an article in Blunt magazine on graffiti and there was one pic in particular that really caught my eye. It was of Wealz 130 standing on a bridge with his hands in the air, above a piece he had painted. I cut that pic out and stuck it on the wall next to my bed and remember thinking “I want to do that one day.

Mind mentioning some of your favourite projects that you’ve worked on, and why?

Last year I got to tick some things of my list that I’ve wanted to do for a while now. I did a small range collab with 2BOP that I really enjoyed doing. We did a 5panel, tee, and bandana together and the response to it was really really good. Also I’ve been wanting to do a skateboard graphic since I started skating and I was super happy with how the board graphic came out that I did with Verb at the end of last year.

Ninjabreadboy x Verb

Where do you draw inspiration from?

I’m very inspired by Cape Town and my surroundings; the people, cultures, sub-cultures, and everything that goes along with it. I’ve also always been inspired by letterforms and various artforms that deal with letters. I’m always trying to find inspiration in different ways to keep my work fresh for myself. Lately I’ve really enjoyed looking at signage. Anything from old American funeral signage to more modern African street signage has all been really appealing to me lately.

You also delve into some other creative avenues e.g. tattooing and graffiti. What else do you get up to when you aren’t drawing?

When I’m not making something I’m normally skating. Lately I’ve also really enjoyed getting back into surfing, on weekends I try get to the beach as much as possible. I used to surf a lot in high school and only recently realized again how important it is for me. Skating and surfing are some of the only things that really help me to clear my mind.

Best and worst things about living in Cape Town?

I can’t think of any bad things to be honest. Maybe the City Council, and some ridiculous bylaws that have been implemented, that’s the only shit thing about Cape Town. And there are too many good things to mention. I really have mad love for this city.

NinjabreadboyFor iJusi #28

Got any exciting future projects you can talk about?

I’m busy with some really nice projects at the moment, one of which is some signage for a local photographer that I’m really enjoying. Also been working on some illustrated label designs. Also have some exhibitions that I’ve been producing some work for. Other than that there’s a few other things in the pipeline.

Your work is often quite dark in the way it references violence or substance abuse. A lot of it seems very Cape Town inspired. What draws you to that subject matter? Are you attempting to offer a commentary on certain things?

I’ve always been interested in quite dark subject matter. I don’t know why, it’s just kind of always been that way. I really enjoy making images that have a sense of humour but at the same time have a darker twist to them. I think this is a good way of getting people to think about what they looking at. Like I said, I’m very influenced by my surroundings and feel that there is so much interesting stuff going on around me that I don’t like looking too much at what illustrators or artist are imitating or representing outside of South Africa when there is so much cool shit here that has potential to become great subject matter. I think the stuff I draw is a mash up of what I see and experience in my surroundings, and because I’ve always been attracted to the “darker” things, those are the things that catch my attention in my surroundings.

Is there life after death?

I honestly don’t know, and to my knowledge no one on earth knows, and probably will never know, so no stress.

https://www.behance.net/ninjabreadboy

NinjabreadboyHomeward Bound Exhibition

NinjabreadboyKarate Water / Ink on 300gsm watercolour Fabriano

NinjabreadboyMa Slaan Vir Pa Wyn / Ink on 300gsm watercolour Fabriano

Ninjabreadboy x 2BopNinjabreadboy x 2Bop

2014 CAPE TATTOO EXPO

2014 Cape Tattoo Expo

SixLove Events, proudly presents:

The 6th annual Cape Tattoo Expo
28 February – 2 March 2014
Cape Town City Hall

Bringing you the best in global tattoo culture, The Cape Tattoo Expo is currently the most important lifestyle festival of its kind on the African continent. With a great range of top local and international tattoo artists attending and a very exciting arts and concert event schedule, Cape Tattoo Expo 2014 promises to be an exhilarating weekend of pure tattoo art bliss.

Event organiser Manuela Gray says attendees can expect an incredible visual display of tattoo artists from all over the world, as well as the best that South Africa has to offer. The tattoo booths are situated in various big open rooms in the city hall and even if you do not book a tattoo, you will be able to see the masters doing their thing while they are working on their clients. Manuela says: “The idea of the Expo is to provide the SA public with an environment where they can get tattooed by great artists of their choosing. But, as important, it’s also a platform for tattoo artists to showcase their artistry, skill, and creativity in an open and social environment and for the SA public to see how varied and evolved the industry has become”.

There will also be an art exhibition with the theme Victorian Oddities that will open on Friday 28 February and live bands in the Auditorium on Saturday night 1 February. There are also more exciting related events in the weeks leading up to the Expo.

Side events

Ride the Lightning Art Exhibition

Saturday 8 February – Ride the Lightning
Art Exhibition
House of Machine
84 Short Market Street
Free Entry
19h30

Join us to marvel at a display of custom sprayed tattoo artwork on helmets. The group show by tattoo artists and illustrators will showcase their work on helmets and also 3d laser cut wood helmets. Farryl Purkiss and DJ RAEL will perform at the exhibition.

Cape Tattoo Expo Golf Day

Friday 21 February
Tattoo Expo Golf Day
Metropolitan Golf Club
16h30

Yes folks, we are doing it in style this year! R600 for a 4 ball – 9 Hole. Players can book at maria@capetowntattooconvention.co.za. Only experienced golfers can take part. The event will be free to the public and the prize giving will happen after the game at the club house bar. There will also be an after party at House of Machines to round off a perfectly cool day.

Ticket sales for Cape Tattoo Expo 2014 will open 5th February and will be available via http://www.quicket.co.za. Tickets are R100.00 per day or R250.00 for a full weekend pass. Full weekend passes allow free entry to the live music at the City Hall Auditorium on the Saturday night. Note that the day passes do not include access to the live music. The ticket also does not include the price of tattoos. These can be booked with and paid to the artist directly. To book, go to: http://www.capetattooconvention.co.za/artists/ and contact the particular artist. Walk-in tattoos will also be welcome, if time and booking schedules allow.

Doors open at 17h00 on Friday and at 11h00 on Saturday and Sunday.

Visit http://www.capetattooconvention.co.za for updates about attending artists, concerts, competitions, and info.

SixLove Events will also be hosting a ‘tattoo-athon’ in the next few months to raise money for the CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation SA. CHOC is a national organization dedicated to providing assistance to children that are battling cancer or life-threatening blood disorders, and their families. CHOC was established in 1979 and has Divisions in: Johannesburg, Pretoria, Free State, KwaZulu Natal, Eastern Cape and Western Cape. CHOC is not funded by government, but rather by the donations received from corporates, individuals and parents of children with cancer. Funds raised are applied to directly benefit the children and their families, as well as those involved in the treatment of these serious illnesses. More info about CHOC at: http://www.choc.org.za.

CHOC will be at the Tattoo Expo to tell people more about their cause. The date for the ‘tattoo-athon’ to be announced soon.

Also be sure to join the Southern Ink Xposure and Cape Town International Tattoo Convention Facebook and Twitter groups for all the latest news about related events and artist info.

@CapeTattExpo
https://www.facebook.com/capetattooexpo

Cape Tattoo Expo 2014 would like to the following sponsors: Jagermeister, Sailor Jerry, 2Evolve, Levis, Wildfire Tattoos.

www.capetattooconvention.co.za

SARAH PRATT ARTIST INTERVIEW

Sarah Pratt

Born in Zimbabwe in 1972, Sarah Pratt holds a Master of Fine Arts degree. She is a highly skilled printmaker, specializing in copper etching, linocut, collograph and monoprint. After spending 10 years in the print department of Michaelis as a part-time staff member, Sarah decided to devote most of her time to making her own work. She is an extremely prolific artist, constantly creating, and participating in a number of exhibitions. Sarah works from a group studio in Observatory, where she is currently interested in ink and gouache on paper, paper cut-out work, monoprints and drypoints.

Sarah’s solo exhibition Away opened at Salon91 Contemporary Art Collection in Cape Town yesterday, and ends 22 February. The exhibition is made up of a large body of paper-based works, created while the artist has been travelling abroad. Expect to see exotic creatures, houses that grow on trees, chance meetings, scale displacements, unfamiliar and magical environments and more… Go check it out.

Sarah Pratt

What is art?
That’s tricky! For me it is just about anything that visually invokes an emotion in me.

What mediums do you mostly work in and why do you enjoy using them?
I work almost entirely on or with paper. At present I’m using gouache and pen and ink a lot. I like the both the flatness of gouache, and it’s ability to work as a watercolour where needed. I also love the process of cutting and assembling paper.

What do you enjoy about doing more surreal artworks?
I’m not really sure that I regard my works as surreal. I try to create humorous and dreamlike situations through my choices of subject matter and use of materials.

Birds feature in quite a lot of your works. Is this an intentional theme? Do you like to stick to any sort of imagery or themes?
At present, I simply enjoy the appearance of certain birds, and this is why I paint them. I do like to stick to certain themes, for as long as it takes to work them out of my system, then I move onto something else that inspires me.

Can you take us through your typical process when creating an artwork?
I become inspired by one thing i.e. an old house or a doll and from there I amuse myself by imagining what to place around it. It’s the juxtaposition of various discordant objects that I find pleasing. Once I am happy with the mapping out of the work, I like to experiment with pen and ink linework, then paint only certain objects. I think having been trained as a printmaker, I tend to create works in layer by layer.

Sarah Pratt

What do you do when you aren’t creating art?
Sleep mostly.

Where do you draw inspiration from?
Anywhere really – a conversation, a book, something I see.

If you had the chance, would you consider living somewhere considered more of an art capital e.g. San Francisco? What is it about South Africa that keeps you here?
Yes, I would and do consider living somewhere else, why not! But I do love plants, so the Western Cape is like an Eden to me. I mostly stay here because of my dog and friends.

Do you think that South Africa is moving forwards in terms of being recognised for its’ artists or not? Do you have any commentary on art in South Africa in the present day?
I don’t know – not really my area of interest if I’m honest, but I can tell you that I love being an artist in South Africa.

Why do you think that so many South African artists’ work seems to be strongly influenced by international artists? Is there a lack of originality in South African art?
Again, this is a place that I try not to go to in my head – I tend to think that all art is international. I find some art made by South African artists mind-blowingly exquisite, and some deeply awful but I am sure this is not unique to South Africa.

What advice would you give someone wanting to establish themselves as an artist?
Make the work that you need to make – don’t be swayed by what you think you ‘ought’ to be making.

Who are some of your favourite South African artists at the moment?
Oh, Georgina Gatrix, Elise Wessels, Andrew Lovell, Liza Grobler, Michael Taylor, Frank Van Reenen…

Away – Facebook Event

Sarah Pratt

Sarah Pratt

Sarah Pratt

Sarah Pratt

Sarah Pratt

Sarah Pratt

Sarah Pratt

ROLLING THROUGH THE SHADOWS

Billy Listens to Johnny. Photo by Ed Templeton.

Photos by Ed Templeton

Mark Whiteley, skateboarder and Leica photographer, provides us with the next instalment of his interview series Rolling Through the Shadows. This series takes a closer look at the seemingly unlikely collision of skateboarding and M photography from the perspective of the skaters and photographers themselves.

Read the interview Mark did with Ed Templeton here.

Mark Whiteley is a photographer, writer and life-long skateboarder hailing from the San Francisco area and currently living in Portland, Oregon. He served as the editor-in-chief of SLAP skateboard magazine for 13 years and now works on all things digital for Nike Skateboarding. His work has been published and exhibited internationally, and his monograph of photography, This Is Not A Photo Opportunity, is available from Gingko Press. For more information on Mark Whiteley, please visit markwhiteleyphotography.com.

Kids Gambling at Tampa. Photo by Ed Templeton

Jim Grecs JD New. Photo by Ed Templeton

Johnny Signs Boobs in Russia. Photo by Ed Templeton

Kids Kiss in England. Photo by Ed Templeton

Matt Bennett Hip Bruise

Austin Bloody Hand. Photo by Ed Templeton

Arto in Hospital Clean. Photo by Ed Templeton

Skaters Sleep Outside. Photo by Ed Templeton.

Griff Wallride Car. Photo by Ed Templeton

Austin Skates Pipe New Mexico. Photo by Ed Templeton

TATTOO TUESDAYS

For today’s Tattoo Tuesdays, we’re featuring some of the Revolution team rider ink. We asked them to tell us the story behind one, a few, or all of their tattoos. Enjoy…

– Anthony de Mendonca –

Anthony de Mendonca Owl TattooKay / Anima Mundi Tattoo Studio
I just saw a pile of random pictures, and for some reason I was down for this one. I love bonsai trees and the owl, for me, is a depiction of knowledge and a sign of darkness; you know that whole story about an owl on your roof meaning that someone is going to die in the family. Basically I never plan what I’m getting. Everything I have is something from that current moment. Our body’s a temple, so why not have a few paintings? Kay is good. He has a steady hand, is super light and works really quick. Everyone at Anima Mundi has got talent and the store has the most amazing, tranquil vibe about it.

– Justus Kotze –

Justus Kotze Harmonica TattooHand poked by Irish James / Sins of Style
I have been extremely privileged to have had all these tattoos. All of them happened in the spur of the moment, but I put thought into it before. All of my tattoos are hand-poked, but Im not going to get into the details (Google it). My first tattoo was the harmonica on my right side of my ribs done by Seamus Casserly. We were in Kleinmont at Seamus’ family holiday house, and I politely asked him if he would be interested in poking me, hehe. It was that simple; on the couch in a super uncomfortable position, with my shirt off in the cold hours off the evening with a hangover. It was painful to say the least, so he only managed to do the outline. But after begging him for months, he managed to give it the final detail and shading.

Justus Kotze Johnny Cash TattooHand poked by Tyler B Murphy / Sins of Style
The second was the Johnny Cash portrait on my left inside of my forearm done by Tyler B Murphy. This Tattoo was very spur of the moment! I was going about my own business when Melissa said “Do you want to get a gangster tattoo done by Tyler for the Departure Zine article on Hand poked tattoos?” I was a little skeptical and scared because it was my second tattoo on my forearm and it was going to be big. But whatever, I couldn’t give that opportunity up, so I sat through 11 hours from 6pm to 5am and I still have no regrets. It is a work of pure skill and art and Johnny gets to follow me wherever I go.

Justus Kotze Howl TattooHand poked by Louis Taubert
The last, but not final tattoo, is the word HOWL on my right thigh just above my knee by my German homie Louis Taubert. This is a homies tattoo, the word howl was thought up by Dylan which heard a interesting meaning behind it by someone, which relates to us as old friends. If a wolf gets lost from the pack, the Howl is what helps them find each other and unites them. Dylan Rooibokkie got it first, then me the next day, then Wynand Herholdt the next. All just on a couch at Louis and Heidi’s house and in the Pit behind Clarke’s. Its that simple but intricate and galling at the same time.

– Jean-Marc Johannes –

Jean Marc Johannes and Brian SchaeferJean Marc Johannes and Brian Schaefer

Jean Marc Johannes Tampa Tattoo

Well, firstly I don’t have any other tats and I was not planning to get either. I always said that if one day I make it to Tampa Am, then it’ll be something to remember or just remind you of that journey. So it was just after my run in Tampa, Brian Schaefer, the owner of skate park of Tampa, was there there too and he was stoked because it was my first time to Tampa, first time to the States and my first tattoo.

– Ryan Naidoo –

Ryan Naidoo Tattoo by Irish JamesIrish James / Sins of Style
Toilet paper. I just think it’s unique and different. Plus, I love taking shits; it’s always relaxing and peaceful, alone time for myself you know, haha!

Ryan Naidoo Africa Tattoo
Africa I got from my friend’s uncle who stays in Kensington. I call him Uncle Donnie. I got this tattoo because I’m a proud African. I’m not done with it, and still plan on adding something extra. I was born and bred in Cape Town, South Africa, so I’ll always be African.

– Marcel Maassen –

Marcel Maassen Tiger Style TattooRico / Wildfire Tattoos
Wu-Tang Tiger Style. I’ve been listening to Wu since I was in grade 4, so I’m still down with the Wu Gang and Gangsterism!

Marcel Maassen Hulk TattooRico / Wildfire Tattoos
The Hulk. I have two sides in life: I either want to fuck shit up and break everything when I get angry, or I have a smooth side where I help people out I guess. But everybody wants to be like Hulk sometimes and just run, jump and fuck shit up. Also, he’s my favourite Marvel character of course.

Marcel Maassen Cape Town for Life TattooRico / Wildfire Tattoos
CPT. I have fallen in love with this place. I told myself that if I can make it for a year I’d get a Cape Town tattoo. As much as I love it, I also hate it here, because it’s so easy to get drunk every night and you kind of have to say no sometimes and balance it out. Cape Town is just a damn rad vibe; all the homies, all the betties, the beach… It’s all good.

– Juan Smit –

Juan Smit Tattoo by Irish JamesHand poked by Irish James / Sins of Style
My Dad was a mechanic in the airforce for 25 years, and we share birthdays on 8 April.

Juan Smit Tattoo by Irish JamesHand poked by Irish James / Sins of Style
This is a World War II Shackolton Bomber. My brother and I used to play under one of them in a field on Ysterplaat Airforce Base.

Juan Smit Tattoo by Irish JamesHand poked by Irish James / Sins of Style
OJ design wheel with wings. A good friend of mine, Louis Taubert, has one, so I also got one. I guess you could say that skateboarding gave me a lot of freedom in my childhood.

Juan Smit Tattoo by Irish JamesHand poked by Irish James / Sins of Style
Streets Life! For the homies – Piet, Leon, Dewald, Jaakness and Craig.

– We miss you JP! –

JP du Preez KFD TattooTrevor Rogers / Dragonfire Tattoo

JIM HOUSER EXHIBITION

Jim Houser - A Position on a Map

Artist Jim Houser, from Philadelphia, has a solo show on in Italy at the moment called A Position on a Map. Here’s some of his work…

Jim Houser - A QuiverJim Houser / A Quiver / 2013 / acrylic and collage on canvas / 46×46 cm

Jim Houser - HushJim Houser / Hush / 2013 / acrylic and collage on wood / 46×46 cm

Jim Houser - PilesJim Houser / Piles / 2013 / acrylic and collage on canvas / 46×46 cm

Jim Houser - ParksJim Houser / Parks / 2013 / acrylic and collage on wood / 46×46 cm

Jim Houser - A Position on a MapJim Houser / A Position on a Map / 2013 / acrylic and collage on wood / 46×46 cm

Jim Houser - A Volley of OathsJim Houser / A Volley of Oaths / 2013 / acrylic on wood / 46×46 cm

The exhibition is on at Galleria Patricia Armocida. Jim has twenty medium and large-scale artworks and two site-specific installations up.

Jim Houser’s works are narrative microcosms in which he compulsively presents moments, instants, memories from his life as if it were a self-examination process, cathartically translating them into visual poetry with a pictorial, unique, and distinctive language. By cataloging his experiences and emotions, the artist creates his own vocabulary of images that guides us through his personal curative iconography. Jim Houser’s aesthetic combines stylized figures, hand-drawn typography, sound-symbolic words, visual sensations, and geometric shapes, creating quilt-like collages in a cohesive color palette. Houser layers acrylic on wood, fabric and found objects, blurring the lines between collage and sculpture. This deceptively dimensional quality is further highlighted when the pieces are assembled into one of the artist’s elaborate installations, adding to the complexity of each individual piece by emphasizing a greater inter-connectivity to the body of work as a whole. Once combined, it becomes clear that all of his works are associative and directly related, connected to each other as if part of a mapping system. And so, much like a position on a map corresponds to an actual physical location, his works mirror events, places, or attachments in his life, thus marking his position in the world.

Jim currently lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and is a self-taught artist and member of the art collective Space1026. He has exhibited all over the world.

All images Courtesy Galleria Patricia Armocida, Milano, Italy.

FREDDY SAM PAINTS MASSIVE MANDELA MURAL

Freddy Sam Nelson Mandela Mural

Local artist Freddy Sam was commissioned by the Maboneng Precinct in Joburg to paint a mural to commemorate Nelson Mandela, as a gift to the city. The mural is ten stories high and is based on the photo below, which was taken by Bob Gosani. It took Freddy Sam four days to do. Apparently is it based on Mandela’s definition of “Ubuntu” i.e. “You cannot be human all by yourself.”

Nelson Mandela

Freddy Sam Nelson Mandela Mural

Freddy Sam

Freddy Sam Nelson Mandela Mural

Image by Bob Gosani. Mural by Freddy Sam.

Images courtesy of Juxtapoz Magazine.

AWAY: AN EXHIBITION

Away

A Solo Exhibition of Recent Works
By artist Sarah Pratt
Titled ‘Away’

Salon91 Contemporary Art Collection, Cape Town
Wednesday 29 January – 22 February 2014

Toward or into non-existence.

While travelling from Cape Town to Dubai, Manchester to Wales, London to Singapore, and finally New Zealand back to Cape Town, Sarah Pratt presents a body of work both inspired and dictated by a ‘Journey’.

‘Away’ invokes feelings of being apart, elsewhere, afar and astray.

Travel exposes us to other worlds that, despite our scheduled timeline, seem to exist in a timeless realm.

While moving in a systematic manner from point to point, Sarah Pratt harnesses her travel experiences, both physical and psychological, to inform the nature of these works.

Using pen, ink and gouache, she focuses on producing a series of works that are an exploration of other-worldliness, works that illustrate another place and are created in unfamiliar environment.

Facebook event

Artwork by Sarah Pratt

Artwork by Sarah Pratt

MIKE GIANT: CONFESSIONS OF AN OLD DIRTY SKATEBOARDER

Mike Giant at FFDG from Fecal Face on Vimeo.

Mike Giant’s solo show Confessions of an Old Dirty Skateboarder happened in 2012, but we thought it was worth putting up in case any of you hadn’t seen photos from it.

“I’m a product of my generation. I grew up through the 80s and was drawn to the punk rock and hip-hop cultures simultaneously”, Giant said in a recent interview. “I threw myself in headfirst. A lot of those things were about personal expression, and also an anti-establishment attitude like, “We don’t need you, we have our own thing.” That’s the backbone of who I am to this day”.

San Francisco based Mike Giant has achieved fame as a graffiti artist, illustrator and tattooist. Black ink is Giant’s specialty and whether his medium is concrete, paper or skin, his signature style – inspired by Mexican folk art and Japanese illustration – is unmistakable. Mike Giant has worked in media covering, graffiti, design, fine art, photography and tattooing, making him one of the most celebrated and versatile artists of his generation. He has shown in galleries around the world.

Mike Giant

Rebel 8

Favorite skate shapes

Rebel 8

Mike Giant

Mike Giant

Mike Giant

Photos courtesy of www.ffdg.net.