DSA award winner David Roos AKA Droos86

Congratulations with winning the award for best Street Art Photographer.

How does it feel winning an award?

Thank you. Well, it was already really nice to be nominated to be honest. I didn’t have expectations about winning the prize actually. Taking pictures of street art is my passion, and it’s always nice when other people like what you are doing.

The Street Art awards are new in the scene of Street Art, what is your opinion about an award show for Street Art?

It thought it was a great night, well organized by Amsterdam Street Art and Boomerang. I think the Dutch Street Art awards are a great way to give more attention to all the artists out there. Most of the artists don’t see each other that often, so it’s also nice to meet each other once in a while.

Do you think Street Art deserves a place in the timeline of art history?

Oh for sure. I think graffiti and street art are one of the most important arts of the last 40/50 years, and will continue to be so.

The award was designed by artist 2FAST from Croatia, what did you think of the award?

Really like it! It looks like a prize, it has a street art vibe and you can hang it on your wall! What more do you want?

Any advise for the 3th edition of the Street Art awards ?

Well, I can’t compare it with the first edition, because I wasn’t there. I thought it was a great night with a lot of great people. Maybe you can try to involve other cities into the event, but that’s just a little advise. Keep doing what you do, I am sure the third edition will be amazing!

 

For more photos of @droos86 check his instagram

The protest art of Marshal Art

We like to introduce you to this great artist from Hamburg, so we did a small interview.

Also check out his FB page

1 We are a big fan of your work, what is coming up that we need to know ?

– good question .. I can’t say that exactly. I have a lot of ideas in my head but I never know, which one will make it out of my head and on the paper. So .. stay tuned:).

2 What mediums do you use at the moment to make the artworks and are there any new progress in new mediums or formats.

– I’m working with spray paint on Paper and i’m pretty used to it. But I’m constantly searching for new substrates like wood or tiles.

3 How do you look at the Dutch streetart/graffiti scene

– very very colorful. You can feel the different cultures and openness, so candid! I really appreciate the idea of the streetart museum.

 

 

4 what is the next step in to the future of StreetArt in your opinion

– In my Opinion streetart need some more Rebels. Do more ugly, provocating stuff and don’ t care about your followers or likes.

5 If you have to choose, which city would you like to conquer next

– Definitely Tel Aviv, London, Paris and of course Amsterdam.

6 I have seen a big progress in your artwork. What do you think about your own progress of the last years

– In my early years, I orientated myself towards the “idols” ,like Banksy for example. With the years I learned a lot about myself, my own style and my demands on streetart. So I created my own style and that was the most freeing thing!

7 Your a very dedicated artist is there any advise you can give to younger dedicated artists and your fans

– take your time to find your own unique style. It might take years, but its worth the effort.

8 What is the biggest change in the last 20 years if you look at Streetart/Graffiti scene

– Streetart became more popular, but also more mainstream. You can now see streetart in ads, for example. Not everybody is happy about it because some say it should stay this “underground ” thing.. rebel and non Profit.

9 What is your favorite work of the last year ?

– i am quite proud of my last exhibition, which took place in March. It really reflected my progress and it def took me a step further. “Oberfett” Gallery in Hamburg made an awesome Job, I am very thankful.

 

THANKS FOR HAVING ME ! SEE YOU SOON AMSTERDAM ! Marshal

DSA winners interview: Karski&Beyond

Congratulations with winning the award for best Dutch mural.

How does it feel winning an award ? It feels good of course, we didn’t expect winning one, the line up of nominees was very impressive. That we won an award for our work might also help for future projects.

The atreet art awards are new in the scene of street art, what is your opinion about an award show for Street Art? Its a good thing that there is a spotlight on the art form called street art, it creates a bigger audience. But in the same time it’s hard to tell who is the best, that really comes down to a personal taste as well.

Do you think street art deserves a place in the timeline of art history? We think it already has a place on the timeline of art history. But yes it’s a well deserved place. street art and graffiti are both accepted for many years now. street art can not be denied anymore, it’s everywhere. It’s in musea, galleries, magazines, commercials and of course huge murals in the public space all around the world. Many artists that are coming from graffiti and street art are heavily involved in contemporary art now. If you think our art form didn’t earn a spot in art history you have been sleeping big time!

The award was designed by artist 2FAST from Croatia, what did you think of the award ? We know 2FAST his work, it’s a cool looking award.

Any advise for the 3rd edition of the street art awards ? To be honest, just like this interview, it’s not about the artists but about Street Art and the award show in general.

Karski and Beyond

Beauty meets decay by RONE in Melbourne

Rone does it again. The internationally renowned Melbourne street artist Rone has taken over the inside of an old house in Melbourne.

The house, and the art that now lines its walls, will be demolished before the end of the month. ‘I would be crushed if this was gone before anyone got to see it,’ says Rone

For more info and interview check the website of the Guardian

 

All info and Photos come from The Guardian.

 

SAID DOKINS in MUCA Munich

Here are some pics of SAID’s last huge mural in Munich supporting the Museum of Urban and Contemporary Art | MUCA. The mural is in the heart of the city, a stone’s throw from Marienplatz, at front of the Museum there is a power electric plant that feeds the city, it has a more than 1000 square meters wall, so is the biggest mural in Munich.

This piece is a reflection on time, in it’s multiple dimensions. On one side, the concept of cyclic time, represented by a great circle, denominated by Dokins “Chalchihuite”, related with jade stone, preHispanic symbol of protection, water, vital cycles and vegetation. On the other side, he approaches the concept of time as a current situation, present time, where armed conflicts and wars produce extreme situations in diverse places on Earth. Dokins reproduces in his own unique style a poem by the Syrian writer Adonis (Ali Ahmad Said) about time, where the author does a deep reflection on Syrian War and human condition. For Said Dokins, the subject of refugees is very important within European context, especially in Germany and in Bavarian community because, despite the creation of several programs for refugees in Munich, due to the political and social situation in the city, the segregation between these communities is very pronounced. This mural is a call for diversity, flexibility an openness of society to migratory flows and to the new time that is arising in Munich.

 

 

Said also takes part  in the show “The Art of Writing” next to 5 amazing  artists: JonOne, L’Atlas, Patrik Hartl, Stoehead and Tarek Benaoum; all of them share, not only the interests for calligraphy and lettering, but the have developed it further up to create individual styles. Said participate in the show with an installation in UV light, two large format canvases: Nocturno and Autora/ Eos, here I share here an awesome video where you can take a look at the first one! https://vimeo.com/215051052

And, in collaboration with Leo Luna they’ll display a series of their light calligraphy interventions “Heliographies of Memory”.

If you have the chance to visit Munich, don’t miss this awesome show!

The Art of Writing

July 7th – August 31st

Museum of Urban and Contemporary Art, MUCA, Munich

http://www.mucagallery.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

All photos by:  Leonardo Luna – @leodluna

 

Coming to America Part 2: Donk’e Punch

Like graffiti, sneakers have always been a part of the hip-hop culture and is in constant development. From Air Jordans to Yeezy’s, sneakers are changing shapes, designs, styles and functions to compete with each other for being the lead brand in footwear. While some people enjoy the sight of the fabricated shoe in general, others go the extra mile to customize them even more. Justin Fenwick a.k.a Donk’e Punch, a Peoria local is one of these customizers who not only creates awesome one of a kind sneakers for himself but also for people like Kanye West, Floyd Mayweather and rapper Consequence. Donk’e Punch, who is still very humble about his succes, talks us through his journey of customizing shoes, being an artist and shooting dice.

– written by Ard Doko

 

– Hi Donk’e Punch, thank you for doing this interview with ASA. Can u tell our readers how u got into customizing sneakers?

It must have been ’03 I was 26 and had a shitty job making minimum wage doing nothing, not really know where life would go. I saw a magazine called The Source who wrote about these guys from New York customizing sneakers, I thought that was the coolest shit I’ve ever seen. Like, u could take a plain white shoe and throw colour on it and create something cool out of it not only for yourself but also for others. So when I started customizing I didn’t know what stuff to get, for example a lot of the paint would crack or peel off. I went through a lot of duds before making the studs . The first real sneakers I did were for a buddy of mine who was an Atlanta Hawks fan. I painted these white Nike’s in all red with yellow to match their jersey. My buddy was out of town, so he asked me to wear the shoes so they would fit him better when he’s back. I was walking through the mall and a lot of people commented on them and thought they were sick, something I never really experienced before. I didn’t know at that time where I was heading but I knew it could be something. An old highschool buddy saw my sneakers as well and wanted to buy them off me. I knew he was a hustler and made a lot of money on the streets, I was hesitant to sell them so I gave him my phone number if he was serious about it. Obviously it sparked in my mind to make them for other people so I connected with him and telling him that I weren’t going to sell those shoes, but I could make a pair for him to his likes. He was established in the scene, everyone was hustling back then so what started with one guy ended up with 5 guys wanting multiple sneakers and willing to spend a lot of money on them. In the 14 years I’m doing this now, I only took time off when my son was born just to put business into perspective.

-Like every artist, you start from the bottom and in your case u sold a lot to people from the streets. How did u get in contact with a name like Kanye West ?

In 2005 I got this voicemail from a guy named Malik Yusef. He told me that he was a spoken word poet that was signed with Sony Records and good friends with Kanye West. He wanted me to make shoe’s for everyone before they went on their European tour. He wanted like 10 pairs of shoes made in two weeks and I was like; “dude that ain’t gonna happen”.

-So you said “no” to Kanye?

Yeah, well I said no to their European Tour but I told them when they were done with that tour I would be working on something for them. In the long run it worked in my favor because Kanye just released the whole “Dropout bear” thing. I made these powdered blue sneakers with the bear on it and stuff and he wore them to the B.E.T awards which was really cool to see.

– Are there any other big names that u made sneakers for ?

After Kanye’s shoes I made some for Malik Yusef and  rapper Consequence as well. Shaun Livingston (NBA Player and Peoria native) is also a guy that comes to mind. I did a pair for him when he was playing in Peoria and I did a set for Floyd Mayweather.

Could u tell us more about the Mayweather story, how did that happen?

I used to go to Vegas all the time because that is a city that, if u have a dream u could accomplish it. U can become a millionair there if u fucking want it bad enough because there is a lot of money and they like a lot of art so if you can find your niche-market  you’re set. At one point in time that was where I was heading in life u know, I still love Vegas and hopefully I’ll retire there. There was a place called Laced where I try to get some commissioned stuff and that place was right next to his gym in Las Vegas. So I got connected with his people and before I knew the shoes were sold. I didn’t even meet him then because his people were my only connection. Later they invited me over but I couldn’t so I sent my cousin, he took pictures with Floyd and the shoes instead. The first one he liked so much I guess that he stuck them in a casing. I mean, the celebrity stuff is fun man but I’m not really hanging out with them. It’s not like he’s calling me up and saying hey Justin do u want to play pool or anything. It’s a really cool oppertunity and I feel humbled by it but in the end it’s just business. I could u tell u 10 other fucking art things that meant more to me than working with celebrities than again, I like to be level-headed.

Is that how u approach sneaker customizing as well or do you activly search for the latest trends?
You never really know who is going to like your new stuff. I think not limiting yourself to one group, for example just art on canvas, is a good thing. It’s the same with sneakers, u might have one group that is big into sports but other people like personalized shoes. You’re taking one thing and you’re splitting it into 5 different groups, from a business aspect that is something you need to do if u want to build a clientele u have to approach it like that. U could just go out I guess and do one thing and if that what brings you to the point that you want to be than that’s fine. As long as u are comfortable with it whether it’s regional, local or international, as long as u reach that comfortzone that is the best thing.

– How do you cope with all these orders?

Well the Cubs shoes for example, I did 10 of those last year and one of them went viral and got over 600.000 views. After that I got over a 1000 messages about the shoe on facebook, now I don’t know about you but I don’t have someone to reply all of these messages like where would I even start you know? As an artist you are the creator, your media person, your own manager and the one in touch with your customers.  That’s a lot of shit for one person to do, it’s hard man. My wife is like a ghost helper, she might not get the glory that I get but she’s a big part of the business. She’s an intrical part of the process and how I keep my head in the game. I have some people I work with that help me make some specific things but I don’t have those materials and I find them to be just as important than me, the guy who get’s the recognition in the end. People don’t see little things like that u know? Not every project needs outsourcing but when it happens, it’s the gem that completes it. As an artist u have to figure out how to coordinate it all together. I used to look at artists in a way like, you are not the person who’s doing it, now I see it as a team working to an end goal.

 

– How do u view the local scene you’re in and what advice can you give young artists?

I think locally you’re kind of lucky when you’re chosen. There are so many underground artists around here, I hate to sound cliche but you hear sometimes that it’s about who u know and I’ll be thinking about it and think; oh shit it’s who you know. Then again, what’s stopping you from knowing these people? Get out there, show your art, connect with other artists and make an effort because that is how you move stuff around. If you look at oppertunites like a house, behind every door there is something new that you’ll only see when u open it. I’d say my career was build up like that, as you do more, you meet more people and get more oppertunities as opposed to staying at home. You have to work hard to achieve certain opportunites, you don’t get a chance to sit still. People always glamorize the artist life but it’s hard as hell, I’ll always tell people to walk a mile in my (custom) shoes and see if they still like it. It’s easier to make a living with a 9 to 5 job.

– Besides creating the art itself u have to brand it in a certain way, your advertising and branding game is pretty on point, how did you manage to do that?

By the time it was ’05 I thought I really needed to have something I was known for. Like you have to have something that sticks out of the ordinary and I was a really big Kanye fan back then. It’s cool like he had a mascotte bear and I wanted a mascotte as well you know? Not like a bear or anything but I need something. VH1 was playing a show at the time called something like I love the 90’s and one show they were talking about videogames. It had mike tyson’s punch-out and donkey kong and I remember my head was making it into Donkey Punch. So I wrote it out and I hated that Y at the end and then I looked it up in the dictionary and saw that you could spell donkey with an é . At that time Mark Eckó was pretty big and he had the ´ symbol in his name. And this is going to sound cheesy but at the time the é looked European to me and I know it sounds stupid but for an American it looked different. I liked the way how it looked and at that time I had a donkey mascotte but after a while I thought it was cheesy. I met Bun’ B of UGK and I remember I gave him a shirt and we took a picture and looking back at it it was so cheesy but that’s the whole process. You look back on your stuff and you super critisize the shit out of it but that’s how you evolve.

website: Donk’e Punch

 

A meeting with Doug Gillen of Fifth wall TV

A meeting with Doug Gillen of Fifth wall TV

 

1 What achievement makes you the most proud ?

If I’m honest I feel I’ve still got a long way to go before I can stamp my hand on something and say fuck I’m proud of this.  I’ve done some great things but I still feel it’s early days.

2  Favourite Dutch food ( if you know anything of course )

Does mayonnaise count?  You guys put mayo on everything and it’s magical.

3 Of who did you learned the most ?
My mum.  Hands down no doubt about that one, she taught me everything about life I needed to know and gave me enough room to continue to fuck up and learn from my mistakes myself.

 

4 What do you really love ?

Probably my morning coffee, then my family.

 

5 Which museum you like to curate for 1 exhibition

In all honest I think I’d rather take over a space than work with a museum.  Banksy’s Dismaland still stands out as one of the best shows I’ve ever been to so I’d love to take over an old prison or a mental institute or something like that.

6 With who would you like to do a collaboration ?

Banksy is the obvious answer for that but, as I work in video rather than paint his style would be something I think we could make work together.  Vhils and El Seed are a strong visual contenders for me as they have such huge scale impact pieces I think the possibilities with both has yet to be fully explored.

 

7 What is your biggest disappointment ?

Coming in 4th in the 100m egg and spoon race in primary school.  I had actually been training for months, I think it was Guy Nicholl that won it but I’m sure there was some guy of coup to out me.

 

8 Which exhibition that you have seen, inspired you the most

This is definitely cheating but it’s a 3 way tie between Ai Weiwei at the RA in London last year, Banksy’s Dismaland and “Inherit the Dust” by photographer Nick Brandt.  Ai Weiwei’s timetime dedication make him one of the all-time greats and that show was like nothing I’ve ever seen.  Dismaland blew me away not only because of the work but just the range of people it attracted, no art show I’ve ever seen could cross-culture in that respect.  Nick Brandt is a curveball but this exhibition is the only show I’ve been to that has actually broken me. He’s a wildlife photographer that has such a deep understanding and connection with his subjects he creates an intimacy that hits the whole scale of our environmental fuck-up home.

 

9 Who would you like to be for 1 day ?

Probably Putin.  I could out Trump and end support of Assad in a single day.  Would be pretty special.  I’d probably finish it off by uploading a video of me shagging a guy, reckon that’d properly wind him up.

10 Rembrandt or Mondriaan and why ?

Rembrandt dude was a different level

 

11 What is your best quality ?

No idea how to answer that without sounding like a twat.

 

12 Favourite Song

Kind of an impossible question to answer but for the sake of this I’m gonna say MJ – Man In The Mirror.  Always makes me feel the feels.

13 Do you have a (strange) ritual ?

No rituals, most of the strange shit I do leaves me writhing in shame and pity so it tends to be a one off.

 

14 When is the last time you had to cry ?

I’m a sucker for a lowkey cry at documentaries & Pixar films. Anyone that says they watched Toy Story 3 without dropping a couple of cups of salty tears is a liar.

 

15 Favourite movie

File that under favourite song, can’t really pick one but for the sake of this let’s say Shawshank.

 

16 What is your goal for this year?

Same thing it is every year, try stay out of jail and hospital, you do that and you’re winning.

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FifthWall TV-2017 is the year of the STREET ART wizard.

Great new episode of FifthWall TV by Doug Gillen

This episode looks at the artists pushing the use of technology in street art.

 

World Street Painting Festival in Arnhem 8 & 9 of July 2017

World Street Painting Festival 2017

On 8 and 9 July 2017, you will have the opportunity to marvel at incredible street art in Arnhem city centre during the fourth edition of the World Street Painting Festival. In various squares in the week leading up to the festival, street paintings will be created in 2D or 3D, varying in size between 4 and 120 m2. For the real ‘wow’ effect, the visitor needs to look through a lens (belonging to an artist or using your own camera). Only then will the 3D paintings really come to life.

The mesmerising chalk drawings will be created by international street painters. With spatial awareness, imagination, chalk and a piece of street, the street painters will create works of art which the public can enjoy for free simply out on the street. The works will be created over the first three days. On the Sunday, everyone will be able to marvel at all the completed works in the city. Even after the festival, the works of art will still be there to admire until Sunday, 3 September.

You can join!

During the opening weekend there will be workshops and activities in the city for all ages. The international “masters” (street painters) will spend three whole days passing on their skills to the “apprentices”. Anyone (18+) can sign up to create their own 2D or 3D street painting in the special Master Class.

The theme is… Nature!

The theme of Nature emerged as the winner from numerous public entries. This means that visitors may well see elephants, huge palm trees or even tigers. The 3D works of art will bring nature to life in the city this summer! On Wednesday, 5 July, the international street painters will set to work with their design based on this theme. You can follow the creative process here. The works of art will then be on show from Saturday, 8 July to 3 September.

History   

World Street Painting Festival 2017 The World Street Painting Festival is an annual festival with international artists. The festival consists of five days of live street painting action and an exhibition period of 2 months in the squares of Arnhem city centre. The World Street Painting Foundation organises the festival to make the city more beautiful and to make 3D art easily accessible to a wide audience.

What is street painting? A street painting is a chalk drawing, a work of art, on a pavement or in a square that is created live right in front of you. The creative process and the image are at the heart of this. Street painting is a perfect way to make a theme or art easily accessible to a wide audience in the city. In 3D street painting you as the audience can take a place and be part of the illusion. Photographs of people in various poses in the works of art provide for interaction with the art form and for surprising pictures!

What will happen during the festival? We want artists in the various stages of their careers to be able to participate in our festival. The master and apprentice method was used to great success in the Middle Ages as a way of passing on expert knowledge. The success of this formula lies in stimulating people’s capacity for self-learning. The festival will assume the role of a production (house) square. Alongside the international masters, 3D and 4D artists, an apprenticeship class will be set up for regional artists, students of the academies and street painters in the making. The playing field will also be reinforced with a community class for anyone who wants to paint and create art on the street. From amateur to semi-pro. All the street paintings will be created side by side so that cross-pollination occurs and people can learn from each other.

The 4th edition In recent years, thousands of visitors have witnessed the street painters going about their work. In 2014, 2015 and 2016, the festival was expanded into a summer exhibition in the public arena. Previous editions of the World Street Painting Festival focussed on the themes of Freedom, WOII (2014), Van Gogh (2015) and The Olympics (2016). The theme chosen for 2017 is Nature.

Why? The World Street Painting Foundation organises the festival to make the city more beautiful and to make topical art easily accessible to all kinds of people.

Artistics waves by Hilton Alves

In bringing the ocean to the public art scene, Hilton hopes to share the inspiration from the sea and waves that drives him with people all around the world. His aim in painting large 101 wave murals is to inspire people to take part in environmental preservation and have a greater relationship with art. With the sheer awe of his vibrant creations comes a greater appreciation of our greatest water treasure and the power of art itself.

 

The project includes a world record mural depicting the famous Pipeline wave, which was completed in October of 2013. This mural is the largest wave mural in the world and located in Honolulu on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. To paint this huge wall of 5 floors high and 100 meters wide, the artist used about 150 gallons of paint and it took only five days of painting complete.

Hilton has painted murals on Oahu, Maui, Los Angeles, Miami (Art Basel), Orlando, Houston (USA), Sao Paulo (Brazil) and Singapore. After participating on the HUE Mural Festival last year, in Houston, Hilton created an art collection called ‘Surf Street Art’, where he mixed his perfect waves paintings with the street art experience. 

Official website: www.101perfectwaves.com 

Murals painted:

  • Mural 16 – 17 – Ali’iolani Elementary School – Kaimuki

  • Mural 18 – 19 – Mokapu Elementary School – Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe

  • Mural 20        – Ted’s Bakery – Sunset Beach, Haleiwa

  • Mural 21        – Kalihi Uka Elementary School – Kalihi

Next: 

  • Kahuku Village Association, Kahuku

  • U.S Vets, Waianae 

  • Kailua Elementary School, Kailua 

Thanks to Titan Tool, Bomber Eyewear, Jams World, Vertical Technologies Hawaii, Route 99 Hawaii and Firewire Surfboards for your support!