THE HUNDREDS X RIME “ADAM” GRAPHIC TEES

As part of their collaboration with TheSeventhLetter crew, The Hundreds’ new graphic tees with Los Angeles legend RIME feature the artist’s signature, colorfully stark style transferred into the streetwear brand’s iconic character. One of the kings of the character, it was a natural progression for the collaboration to move into logo redesign for RIME, while some of the other artists involved - from SABER to REVOK, EKLIPS to EWOK - designed their own style of collaborative tees, which you can check out now.

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THE HUNDREDS X THESEVENTHLETTER: REVOK 

When MOCA’s Art in the Streets exhibit was in full swing, LA graffiti writer REVOK was sentenced to a much-hyped 180 days in jail for violating probation on previous vandalism charges. One can understand why an artist in one of the most talked-about art exhibitions in recent years would have gripes about the police. In this at-times-dramatized and at-others-endearing interview, The Hundreds asks REVOK to share some stories from his crazy career as one of the world’s foremost writers. 

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INTERVIEW WITH BIRDMAN

We met up with street art photographer and building scaler BIRDMAN for his showing at L.A. is Paradise - which was great. Before meeting up with him, we got the chance to interview the photographer about his adventurous work. See the interview below. 

ThinkTank Gallery (TT): What was your response to Mr. Brainwash’s street art documentarian role in Banksy’s film Exit Thru? Did his experience and the subsequent  launchpad of his career inspire any movements in your own work?

BIRDMAN (BM): “What the fuck is this asshole doing?” Every time I drove through Hollywood I always asked myself if anyone else saw what I was seeing, but after I saw that movie I just got really pissed off that his image of street art is what people were viewing as the be all end all answer. So what ended up as me just posting pictures to Facebook evolved to where I am today.



TT: Where do street photography as a whole and street art photography in particular cross over? Where do they differ?

BM: Street photography, in my opinion, is capturing the vibe of the city you are photographing. The odd people you find, the dirty or beautiful streets as well as the skyline the buildings create. “Street art photography” can be just a picture of the art or surrounding atmosphere. I like to cross the two in making sure to capture the area the art is in rather then just the piece itself. Half of the art form is placement so I try to document it as best as I can.



TT: What has LA contributed to your work that no other city has provided? What is LA lacking?

BM: Where do I begin. Right now there so many murals going up in the Arts District thanks to “LA Freewalls” and Culver City with “Branded Arts” it’s hard for me stop snapping. I doubt I’ll be running out of material any time soon. Artists from around the world come to LA to paint our walls I couldn’t ask for a better time to be living here. LA is lacking informing the people and authorities how to deal with the art form. Luckily city planner Tanner Blackman is helping that happen in recent drafts on the new mural ordinances in LA. Art is subjective already but where some see vandalism some see art and I feel like its going to be a long time until people can grasp it which is which. 


TT: Any notable or crazy experiences that your career in street art photography has provided (that you can share)?

BM: Almost died a few times as well as some close calls with the authorities, but thats normal. One of the crazier things I had to do for a picture (above, Three Kings) was to shimmy up a pole about 10ft to get to a ladder that was suspending off the side of a 6 story building to get to the roof top…I like to climb, hence my nickname. You’ll be able to see that picture at the show. 


TT: How long do you see yourself climbing buildings and taking pictures of legal and illegal art?

BM: TILL I DIE! \m/

Find more of BIRDMAN’s work here.

An interview I did with BIRDMAN for my gallery’s blog.

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JUXTAPOZ MAGAZINE ISSUE #136 - STREET ART

Issue #136 of the long-running contemporary and pop art magazine Juxtapoz features a large celebration of street art as it makes what is likely its victory lap in a journey through the limelight. The May 2012 edition the magazine makes a “special examination on the state of public art in 2012” as we transition to a Post-Street Art era. Public art programs such as the LA Freewalls Project and similar programs across the nation set the tone for what can be done with street art, and the value of such projects and the idea of public art in general is the focus of this month’s issue. 

Interesting discussions with people all across the board, from festival stakeholders to politicians and all the way through to the artists actually working in these initiatives should make for a great read in this magazine with four limited editions covers by Steve Powers, JR, Swoon and El Mac. Features with Nuart, FAME Festival, Ron English, and Revok and Saber make the art journal worth a purchase for any street art fan here.

THESEVENTHLETTER: REVOK - MOTOR CITY IS BURNING VIDEO

Featuring a dope piece by Revok and friends RIME and ROID, and a blues song that captures the feeling of transition in American economy, this short film directed by Willie T is the first of many you can expect out of TheSeventhLetter’s camp in the coming weeks.

(Source: hypebeast.com)