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This blog features news, pictures and event info to keep you updated with what is happening in the world of South African graffiti and street art.

STREET BUZZ \\ Street Detective

The streets are alive with CoeOne‘s Street Detective in Zonnebloem, Cape Town.

PICS \\ Overhead Sketch Battles - Roundup

The Overhead Sketch Battles came to an end last week Thursday. The final was the closest battle yet as it came down to the very last vote. Here are some pics to roundup the whole event:

Round 1

Rekzo:

AE:
(* pic below by Rasty)

Myza420:

Ben:

Mr Alpha:

Rowan Toselli:

Breeze:

Kevin Love:

Semi-finals

Rekzo vs. Ben:

Mr Alpha vs. Breeze:

3rd & 4th Place

Rekzo vs. Mr Alpha:

Final

Ben vs. Breeze:




Congratulations to Breeze who won the first Overhead Sketch Battle.


All pictures courtesy of

http://www.pndwind.blogspot.com/

(except *)

PICS \\ My Culture Resurrection Jam 2011

We finally received some pics from the graffiti battle which took place at last weekends My Culture Resurrection Jam…

Muro (1st Place):

Kanz (2nd Place):

What (3rd Place):

Anser:

Drake:

Fumes:

Jestr:

Kuts:

Luna:

Monk:

Mozi:

Nake:

Pork:

Tone:

Toys:

Q&A \\ Interview with The Amazing Ske

New York based graffiti artist The Amazing Ske was in Johannesburg in March 2011 for the City of Gold Urban Arts Festival, which included the Just Writing My Name graffiti jam. Part of the FX, TNB and MAD crews and known worldwide for his realistic characters and letter burners - both 3D and wildstyle. Graffiti South Africa caught up with him after his visit to find out more about the man himself and his time in Africa…

Can you please introduce yourself…

I’m The Amazing SKE - FX, TNB, MAD.

Where do you come from?

I am from a town in Puerto Rico called Carolina.

How did you get into graffiti and how long have you been doing it?

I started in 81. By that time some guy from…

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VIDEO \\ Overhead Sketch Battles - Last rounds

Check out this video on the Overhead Sketch Battles semi-final which took place at Grayscale last week:

The final takes place tonight…
- Ben vs Breeze (Final)
- Rekzo vs Mr. Alpha (3rd & 4th place play-off)

>> MORE INFO

VIDEO \\ Graffiti Fine Art?

What is Graffiti? What is Fine Art?
This is ‘Graffiti Fine Art’…

Graffiti Fine Art - Official Extended Preview from Jared Levy on Vimeo.

Trailer for an upcoming documentary film about graffiti and its place in the world of art. 65 artists from 13 countries took part in the 1st Biennial International “Graffiti Fine Art” Exhibition at the MuBE Museum in São Paulo, Brazil.
Directed by Jared Levy.

Africa Day - Graffiti in Africa

Today is Africa Day
We thought we’d share a piece that was painted a few years ago:

Ryza

Check out our Graffiti Africa Gallery for graffiti and street art in other African countries.

Many well-known international artists have visited the continent:

>> Banksy

>> C215

>> Chas (Loveletters Crew)

>> Jace

>> JR

>> Zéh Palito

>> Zoo Project

http://www.graffitisouthafrica.com/rest-of-africa/

AFRICA \\ Cairo Trains II

More train graffiti in Egypt:

Thanks to Disco Rick.

PICS \\ Smash137 in South Africa

Montana Writer Team member Smash137 from Germany was in South Africa earlier this year. The internationally renowned artist was in Johannesburg for the City of Gold Urban Arts Festival.

Here are pics of what he painted during his stay:

>> OTHER INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS IN SA

NEWS \\ BoaMistura in South Africa documentary

Spanish art collective Boamistura have just released the trailer for their forthcoming documentary about the time they spent in Cape Town earlier this year.

AFRICA \\ Epik and Raze in Lesotho

Cape Town graffiti writers Epik and Raze spent their 2010 Christmas in Lesotho…

Q&A \\ Interview with HacOne

Johannesburg-based graffiti artist HacOne grew up in Soweto and has since moved to the city. He began drawing at an early age, making comics as a kid, and slowly getting into the graffiti scene. This love for the graffiti art form inspired him to take his art more seriously and he began a course in graphic design after finishing school. This was his ‘first formal creative training’…

When did you first start graffiti? What got you into it and why did you start?

I started writing around 97-98. I had been sketching before then because I had seen graffiti before in rap videos and stuff. When I got more into the hip-hop culture graffiti art became a more natural element for me.

Tell us about your name and why you chose it.

I started out writing Icon but always struggled with connecting the I and the C so I changed my name to Hack. Later, I found out that there was a Hack in Cape Town, so because I had already been using the name, I just changed it to HacOne. I liked the way the letters worked together.

You are one of the first-generation writers in Johannesburg. Give us some insight on the early graffiti scene there.

When I started out there was a few writers I used to see around…

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PICS \\ Fresh Jozi Walls

Recently painted graffiti pieces in Johannesburg, South Africa:

Tyke

Tapz

Mars

Fiya

Rekzo, Rasty, Myza

Myza

Rasty

Rekzo

Myza

Boas

Eron, Gas

Jerk

Angel

Vesa

Naid (Zebo)

Zesta

>> VIEW MORE JOZI PIECES

PICS \\ Overhead Sketch Battles: Round 1

The first rounds of Grayscale’s Overhead Sketch Battles took place on the 5th and 12th of May 2011. Check out the pics of the artists at work:

All pics courtesy of Rasty.

The onlookers were asked to vote for a winner of each battle and the winners progressed to the next round.

The semi-finals take place this Thursday, May 19:

  • Rekzo vs. Ben
  • Mr. Alpha vs. Breeze

>> MORE INFO

PICS \\ SA Artists Abroad

South African artists are painting all over the world and we just love seeing what they are getting up to. Check out some of the pics in our SA Artists Abroad picture gallery.

Bryite1one - Dublin, 2011
Bryite1one - Dublin
East, Aybe - London
Aybe - London
Editor, Cast
Editor
Cast
Balrog
Balrog
Gfunk
Gfunk

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AFRICA \\ Zéh Palito in Zambia

Brazilian artist Zéh Palito spent 6 months volunteering for an American/Danish N.G.O in the rural areas of north Zambia in 2010. He educated people about water and sanitation during the week, mainly working with the children. Then on weekends, he could show off his artistic talent.

On Saturdays, Zéh Palito and another friend from Korea, Sim, held classes where they taught the kids about geography, sport and art. They realised that there was not much entertainment for the kids besides them playing games with stones (kabulila), playing with tyres, and soccer. These new interactive classes became the Saturday Club.

On Sundays, it was Zéh Palito’s day off - painting time!

Having only come across spray paint twice in his whole 6 month trip, which was very expensive, Zéh Palito mainly used water-based paint and was lucky enough to have a friend get him a much needed red pigment and gold pigment which became the most prized possessions during his stay.

One does not get to see pictures of Zambia very often, especially street art in the rural areas. Because Zéh Palito took so many great photographs and painted some pretty cool pieces, we decided to share some more pics with you.

Below are more pictures from his trip. Be sure to check out his Flickr page for even more pictures of his first African adventure.

“Anyone can’t do everything, But everyone can do something.”

http://www.flickr.com/photos/zehpalito/

LINKS \\ South African graffiti blogs

40HK

The blog of UK/SA graffiti crew, Forty Hit Kombo.
http://www.fortyhitkombo.blogspot.com/

Dead Beat

A New Zealand graffiti blog that features the SA Artists that are in NZ.
http://deadbeatmeat.blogspot.com/

Die Skurrel

A Cape Town graffiti blog.
http://www.dieskurrel.blogspot.com/

Faith47

The blog of graffiti artist Faith47
http://faith47.tumblr.com/

Maddy Fresh

The blog of Maddy Fresh
http://maddyfresh.wordpress.com/

Megatheriums

A blog about Cape Town culture that features graffiti.
http://www.megatheriums.blogspot.com/

EVENT \\ Exhibition: “Moniker” by Orda

Moniker”, a solo exhibition by Kilmany-Jo Liversage aka Orda features portraits of well-known street artists. Large, colourful, street art-inspired paintings made with traditional aerosol sprays ‘to create works that redefine identities as a mark of contemporary life’.

Venue: Worldart Gallery, 54 Church Street, Cape Town CBD
Date: 7 - 29 May 2011

>> MORE INFO

>> RSVP

EXCLUSIVE PICS \\ Sex in South Africa

Spanish graffiti artist Sex (a.k.a. El Nino) was in Joburg last week. Check out the pics of what he painted - crazy, cool stuff!

PICS \\ Worldly Woodstock Walls

Below are new photographs of the murals in Woodstock, Cape Town. Some were painted recently for the I Art SA community mural project and some by international artists as part of the /A Word of Art residency programme.

Artists that feature are:
- Freddy Sam
- David Shillinglaw (UK)
- Boamistura (Spain)
- Andrew Breitenberg
- Faith47
- Tika (Switzerland)
- Bison
- Black Koki
- Dathini Mzayiya
- Xanele
- Fuzzy Slippers
- Indigo (Canada)
- Dal
- Rasty

All photos courtesy of Derek Smith.

EVENT \\ Upcoming Exhibitions in Joburg & Pretoria

5 May 2011 - Overhead Sketch Battles

Artists battle it out against each other on overhead projectors. Starting this Thursday.

Venue: Grayscale Store & Gallery, Braamfontein, Johannesburg

>> MORE INFO


7 May 2011 - Hybrid Graffiti Exhibition

Artists exhibiting:
- Rasty
- Angel
- Snatch
- Jimmy More
- Irene Loureiro Gowa (Spain)

Venue: St Lorient Fashion & Art Gallery, Brooklyn, Pretoria
(Shows runs until 31 May 2011.)

>> MORE INFO