For the third instalment of the Westdene Graffiti Project - a suburban make-over - we recap all the new walls painted in 2016, from January to June…Keep reading →
Graffiti artists decorate the pillars under the M2 highway in Newtown, Johannesburg every year.
The crew efforts are judged in a competition as part of the Back To The City Hip Hop Festival.
This year, NVS crew were crowned winners. Photos of the freshly painted pieces below…
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For the second installment of our new feature, Then & Now (check out #1 here), we showcase the growth of one of SA’s most notorious writers, ever - Mr Tapz!
One of the first ‘Tapz’ pieces, dated April 2003:
Over a decade later, 2014:
Large and in charge - an older Tapz piece from 2006:
Mastering the original style in 2014:
The launch of the latest range of clothing by Butan Wear SA in collaboration with the Demolition Squad.
“Maneuvering through the precarious streets of Johannesburg one can’t help but notice a particularly emphasised name: DEMOLITION SQUAD. Established in 1999, DS has undoubtedly become one of the most prolific graffiti crews in South Africa. The crew consists of five artists; TAPZ, MARS, TYKE, FIYA and AYBE, who have been flying the flag “high above the toys” since its inception. This garment was created by fusing street level graffiti knowledge with cutting edge street wear design, resulting in a piece of art that reflects not only our collective passion for street culture, but offers a unique perspective of our world through the eyes of our generation.”
Limited edition clothing including caps and T-shirts will be on sale on the evening. Get yours before they hit the shops.
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Demolition Squad are one of the most elite graffiti crews. Tapz, Tyke, Mars, Fiya and Aybe (in the UK) continue to develop their individual styles while dominating the streets of South Africa.
They recently recorded their first ever video interview:
Their blog slogan; ‘Demonstrating Style In All Disciplines’ is only too true…
>> Pictures via http://www.demolition-squad.tumblr.com/:
New walls painted in Jo’burg throughout January 2014:
(Click ‘next’ in the top right corner to navigate through the gallery)
Pieces, left to right:
Rasty & Myza, Tapz & Tyke, Anser & Riot, Trips, Dekor & Tower, Bias, Tyke, Eron & Jers & Gasr, Tapz & Tyke & Spent (Angola), Mars, Fiya.
Freddy Sam’s Nelson Mandela tribute mural was also completed last month:
Trees on Trial is an exhibition that explores the nature of the wildlife featured on our South African Rands since 1994. Many of the Big Five that served as unobtrusive mascots, free of judgment, during a time of great change in our country are under threat of extinction. They marked a significant and refreshing change from the outdated portrait of Jan Van Riebeeck, which is also reported to be a misplaced portrait of Bartholomeus Vermuyden. The recent introduction of the new currency featuring Nelson Mandela, has come at a time of a quickly diminishing rhino population and rising inflation amidst a struggling economy.
The spray paint on canvas artworks originated from a deeper look at the reasoning and political agendas behind what we often take for granted and oversee on South African currency past and present.
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Recently painted graffiti pieces in Johannesburg, South Africa:
Rekzo, Rasty, Myza