Category - Street Art

“Graffiti is no destruction”- 1up graffiti crew Berlin

Remember that green mushroom from Super Mario Bros.? Well this “1up” is giving “an extra life” to that original outlaw spirit of grafitti art.5wdg7 The German capital has always been a melting pot of alternative and unconventional forms of rebellion, and graffiti art has been an important component of its underground art and culture scene. “One united power” is a graffiti crew based in Berlin, but you can find their tags on walls, roofs, subway trains and abandon buildings all around a globe.gdfg6 ghfjh9 They have been doing their thing for 14 years, and to become a member you need a certain doze of insanity, as these guys are shifting boundaries. Both large-scale and throw-up graffiti are usually made by spray cans and color rollers. There is no unique and recognizable signature of the group, as they use different font styles like sculpture, fire extinguisher tags, bubble tags, and rollers.brooklyn-street-art-1up-jaime-rojo-berlin-08-2016-web-5 1UP_rooftop The graffiti art of the group is meant to be thought-provoking and political. Mysteriously their 1up tags can be found in absurd places such as rooftops of skyscrapers or moving subway trains. As graffiti art is illegal and usually considered vandalism, “1up” has been criminally charged more than 300 times, but Berlin police have not been able to catch the group since 2003. Sometimes to make a tag, facade climbing and fast running from police are necessary. Crew members, both men and woman, are cover their faces with masks and wear gloves during “the crime”  leaving little traces that would lead to their capture.fgg6 brooklyn-street-art-1up-jaime-rojo-berlin-08-2016-web-1 Most of their activity is being video documented and can be watched on AGGRO.TV YouTube channels. In 2011 the adrenaline driving film “One United Power” was released, documenting their actions around the world including Berlin, Paris, Istanbul, Thailand and India. Being part of Berlin hip-hop scene, the group has been portrayed in book “KING KOOL CITY BERLIN – From hip-hop to graffiti” published in 2016. The group is driven by idea that “the urban space belongs to all and may be painted” and that “graffiti is not destruction”.

The gang’s prolific work has been more and more stepping from dark abyss of underground culture scene. Martha Cooper, photojournalist who has been documenting graffiti scene since 1970s, gave thumbs up to their work and will be collaborating with the group in the future. After opening of museum “Urban Nation for Urban Contemporary Art” on 16th September 2017. crew become part of  “the collective memory of urban contemporary art” as manifesto of museum claims it to be.gjvg6 nvzxv4 The idea of this new museum is to narrow boundaries between indoor and outdoor wall art, so all the surfaces of museum building have become canvases for many street artists.

  1. TV hyperlink- https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL2yt9TY3ZomOBjlwoN23H7bh329ub-he5
  2. Urban Nation hyperlink- https://urban-nation.com/
  3. Images that are taken from http://www.brooklynstreetart.com/theblog/2016/08/24/1up-in-berlin-all-city-doesnt-even-begin-to-cover-it/  must include © BrooklynStreetArt.com, photographer © Jaime Rojo

Croatia based street artist Lonac may hate his name, but he loves creating outdoors

Lonac, which means cooking potin Croatian, got the nickname when he was just a kidand hated it. It wasnt until Lonac became a street artist as an adult that he realized he, yet again, needed a nickname. Unhappy with everything he was coming up with, the Croatian went back to his roots and brought back the childhood moniker.tumblr_ofioddg8kj1rv33k2o1_r1_500 Now, as an internationally recognized and respected street artist, Lonac creates incredibly detailed, oversized murals on walls all over the world. His work is often met with a sly sense of humor and social awareness. In one, a vividly orange goldfish jumps from a fishbowl straight into a glass of champagne, a trick many humans wish they could pull of on the regular. In another, more surrealist work, a shirtless man transforms into a tuba, his chest bearing the buttons to make the instrument play. [h/t crossconnectmag.com] tumblr_ofioddg8kj1rv33k2o2_r2_500 tumblr_ofioddg8kj1rv33k2o3_r1_500 tumblr_ofioddg8kj1rv33k2o4_r2_500 tumblr_ofioddg8kj1rv33k2o5_r1_500 tumblr_ofioddg8kj1rv33k2o6_r1_500 tumblr_ofioddg8kj1rv33k2o7_r1_500 tumblr_ofioddg8kj1rv33k2o8_r2_500 tumblr_ofioddg8kj1rv33k2o9_r1_500 tumblr_ofioddg8kj1rv33k2o10_r1_500