Stuff From Abroad

Actual abroad this time, not just beyond the boundaries of Bristol.

Perhaps a symptom of its success, this blog gets loads of random traffic from around the world (Jody in the New Zealand Herald anyone?) and even more random stuff sent it. Lots of it’s from PR companies, attaching their client’s ‘brand’ to ‘urban art’ or whatever, but there’s been a bit in recently that’s less blatantly corporate, so here it is.

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First up,  a new site called Babelgum, that’s been set up to cover art and ‘urban culture’, whatever that may be. Presumably not videos of a load of people fighting on a Saturday night, or stuck in a traffic jam looking glum on a cold dark morning. They’ve set up some manner of competition for artists to win $20,000 and have their work displayed on the screens in Times Square. If you fancy lots of money, accompanied by a fame you’ll probably never see, then there’s more here.

They’ve also got ‘Bomb It – The Movie’ up there, which looks at grafurbanstreet art from all over the world, and seems pretty interesting on first glance. Click here to see if it is.

Also, if you fancy free flights and accommodation to go to Sao Paulo in November for the Meeting of Styles that will be taking place there, then enter your email address through the link on the right of this page.

Back to the New York theme, there’s a new book out on graf over in the city that never sleeps (because it’s a city, and that’s not what cities are capable of doing). Here’s some chat if you fancy seeing what goes on in the newer version of that fine northern city.

Decades after the movement globalized, New York is still the mecca of graffiti culture. Painting there is a badge of honor, with graffiti artists from around the globe making pilgrimages to New York for that purpose. This is the city where it all began.

There have been many books and films documenting New York City’s graffiti movement, but most focus on specific time periods. Graffiti New York fills that gap, detailing the concepts, aesthetics, ideals, and social structures that have served as a cultural blueprint for graffiti movements across the world.

The book features approximately 1,000 images, complemented by texts by the authors and relevant players in the movement, as well as descriptive graphics and sidebars. Ranging from the birth of simple signature tags to today’s vibrant murals, and covering the ups and downs of the movement, the culture’s value system, its social framework, the various forms of graffiti, and significant artists and crews. Readers will depart with a greater appreciation and understanding of the culture and will be able to observe graffiti with an informed eye.

More info and so on here.

Abroad hey? It’s a busy old place.

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