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When Will They Make Better Skateboarding Shoes?

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I have been troubled with the notion that skateboarding shoes need much improvement.  I am realizing that a good skateboard obsession requires new skate shoes just about as often as you need a new deck.  What’s up with skateboard shoes lately?  I have seen others try all kinds of different shoes but at the end of the day the sport wears out your shoes faster than Fred Flintstone’s feet wear out from braking in his floorless car.

There has been much improvement in terms of skateboard technology such as lighter and more reliable decks, polyurethane wheels, and frictionless bearings, but where are we with grip tape and shoes?

I spoke with my sons who are competitive skaters and I suggested that I develop a pair of shoes that came with the grip tape on the sole (imagine this on a wood top board – the grip on the shoes, not on the deck?)

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Brand New Vans Shoe Torn After Only 4 Minutes!

I’m sure the combination of gritty sand on your soles and braking after doing tricks is the main cause for premature sole wear but what about other wear and tear on other parts of the shoe? (see photo below)?

I’m sure Vans, DC, and now Nike can come up with a winning formula for making better skateboard shoes.  Oh yeah almost forgot to mention that we don’t see the problem of worn skateboarding shoes with longboarders, only with those who skate short decks.

 

 

 

 

When will they make better skateboarding shoes?

How to Paint a Skateboard

How to Paint a Skateboard Professionally at Home

Hey folks if you are trying to figure out how to paint a skateboard professionally jump in the blog and comment or criticize in the comments section below.  This article is meant to solve the problem of those decks you trip over in the shed that the kids don’t want anymore.

I’ve read several similar articles but they don’t go into detail more than “sand board, then prime”.  I wanted to provide more detail as to what sandpaper to use, etc.  Please consider that these tips are for the hobbyist and produce as much a “professional” result as possible, but do not equate to a professional skateboard manufacturer’s methods.  The point being that skateboards, in order to gain speed and agility, require the lightest weight possible in order to defy physics.  Believe it or not, painting a deck in your backyard can produce great looking results, but manufacturers take great lengths to keep the manufacturing process as controlled as possible in order to apply the minimum required amount of paint.  Applying too much paint will increase the deck’s weight and even if you were to increase the weight by only one gram, that would be all too noticeable to a professional skater.  I’m sure Tony Hawk and Shaun White are past the stage of backyard shed projects.

 

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The “Before” Shot

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The Other “Before” Shot

Unless you can guarantee that you will not sand off too much of the underside art to the detriment of the wood, and apply the exact same amount of paint as previously applied, please ensure that if you are repainting the deck of a pro skater that you set the expectation.

 

Recommendations

First you’ll need a decent workspace, whether it be a shed or garage or even outdoors.  If you intend to work outdoors, careful when spray painting in a breeze.

 

You’ll also need some work clothes.  You will get dirty and unless your clothes and workspace has been previously approved by your partner, spouse, or girlfriend, you could find yourself in trouble and ultimately skating alone.

 

You’ll need to have adequate clean up materials such as a wet cloth to wipe excess paint, a paint area covered by a sheet of cardboard or dropcloth.

 

Also, though these steps took me about an hour to complete, the whole process took about three days to complete, allowing for the primer and paint to dry sufficiently between steps.  Also, sanding by hand is not recommended.  I highly recommend the use of an electrical sander as it will sand the surface uniformly without creating valleys or carve lines in.

 

Before beginning, do make sure that the board you are restoring is in fact repairable and that the plies have not separated.

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Unrepairable Deck – The Plies Have Separated

 

Tools & Equipment for How to Paint a Skateboard

  • An X-Acto or surgical knife
  • A putty knife – a metal one, not a plastic one
  • A blow dryer or paint heat gun
  • 40 grit sand paper
  • 150 grit sand paper
  • 220 grit sand paper
  • An electric sander – with protective glasses and a dust mask
  • Wood filler
  • Acrylic aerosol primer
  • Acrylic aerosol paint
  • Aerosol lacquer or Varathane
  • Mom, dad, or the babysitter’s permission and approval before proceeding

 

Steps to Prepare for How to Paint a Skateboard

  1.  Take a photo of the “before” deck top and bottom for sake of posterity.  If you can, weigh the board so you have a reference as to the weight of the removed paint and the paint you’re to add.
  2. Using the knife, lift the grip tape at the end of the board and begin peeling

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    Remove the Grip Tape

  3. If required, use the heat gun or blow dryer to warm the grip tape glue in order to facilitate the peeling process.  Removing the grip tape should take between three and seven minutes.
  4. Using the sander and 40 grit paper, proceed to remove the graphic from the bottom of the deck.  Be patient as this can take 20 minutes.  Apply a lot of pressure on the sander but avoid digging or carving into the wood with the edge of the sander.

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    Sanding the Deck

  5. Once the graphic has been removed, re-sand with a 150 grit paper in order to smooth out the wood.  This step should take no more than five minutes.
  6. Repair the board as needed using a carpenter quality wood filler paste.  Wood filler is available in many colours and you can even collect some of the sawdust from the previous step and mix it in.  Apply liberal amounts of filler and don’t worry about getting it perfect.  You are not icing a cake.  The important point to remember is not to over work the filler.  Put it on, let it dry, then you will re-sand.  This step should take five minutes.  Then wait 24 hours before sanding the filler.
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    Fill in the Pressure Cracks

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    Some Repairs are Needed – Apply Wood Filler

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    Apply Wood Filler to the Deck

  7. Re-sand the repaired spots with 150 grit paper.

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    The Wood Filler After Sanding – Looks Pretty Good

  8. Using a damp (not wet) cloth, wipe any excess sawdust from the deck and wait about fifteen minutes.  Next is the real how to p
  9. For the primer, ensure you have properly mixed it.  Apply the primer to each surface of the deck.  I used a paint brush but try finding an aerosol primer.  The trouble with brushes is that you may apply too much primer in certain areas.
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    Apply the Primer

  11. Wait for the primer to dry (about 30 minutes) and re-sand with 150 grit paper.  Do not resand the primer off to the point you will see the wood grain.  Just provide a light sanding to remove any blistering or bubbles from the primer.  You may see the wood through the primer, this is ok.
  12. Before painting the deck, again wipe extra primer dust from the deck with a damp cloth and again wait fifteen minutes before painting.
  13. Shake the aerosol primer can for at least two full minutes.  Hold the can about ten inches away from the deck and spray very lightly until the paint covers the entire surface.  Aerosol cans cause drips and bubbles so if this occurs, wait for drying and resanding, do not overpaint or try to fix wet paint.
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    Getting Ready to Spray the First Coat

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    First Coat Applied

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    First Coat Applied

  14. Wait 24 hours.  Seriously.  This is the most crucial step to allow the paint to dry.
  15. Sand the painted deck with 220 grit paper and again wipe with damp cloth and wait fifteen minutes

 

Thanks for reading How to Paint a Skateboard

 

 

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My New Shoes

I go through a pair of skate shoes about every three weeks.  My parents are getting annoyed but I got me a summer job mowing lawns so I’ve been pretty much buying all my equipment this summer.

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Skateboarder hit by car, left for dead: ‘He just hit me 60-70 miles an hour …

Elias Krom, 22, was hit by a driver while he was skateboarding early Sunday morning. (Photo: KCPQ-TV)

Elias Krom, 22, was hit by a driver while he was skateboarding early Sunday morning. (Photo: KCPQ-TV)

SEATTLE — A skateboarder hit by a car and left for dead.

The victim, Elias Krom, said Tuesday from his hospital bed that if it weren’t for some Good Samaritans in the right place at the right time, he’s convinced he wouldn’t have made it.

“I’m in the most pain I’ve ever felt in my whole entire life,” Krom said.

The 22-year-old was the victim of a hit-and-run early Sunday morning while he was skateboarding across Airport Way South near Alaska Street in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood.

“I turned to my right and just BANG! I had no idea what just happened, it happened so fast,” Krom said.

Witness Elliott Carr said, “All we saw was something fly up and a body rolling.”

Carr happened to be nearby with friends.

The impact broke off the driver’s side mirror.

Carr and the others did what they could to comfort Krom.

“My spleen was split and I kept on having these crazy spasms. I didn’t know what to do, it was so horrible,” he said.

Krom already has had one surgery to fix his arm and he can barely move his right hand.

“He just hit me 60-70 miles an hour and he never stopped. That’s horrible,” Krom said.

But he’s counting his blessings too..

“I could have been left for dead if it wasn’t for those witnesses,” he said. “I’m lucky that they got there and came and saved me because if they didn’t, I probably would have bled out.”

Krom said he hopes the driver will do the right thing and come forward.

Take a look at the car police are looking for — they think the suspect was driving a 2011 Toyota Camry. It probably has a broken mirror on the driver’s side.

If you know anything that can help detectives — call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-tips.

Article source: http://q13fox.com/2014/08/19/skateboarder-hit-by-car-left-for-dead-he-just-hit-me-60-70-mph-and-never-stopped/

2 skateboarders arrested in videotaped beating of LOVE Park ranger in Philly – The Patriot-News

With their faces seen far and wide in the viral videotape of their brutal beating of a Philadelphia park ranger in LOVE Park, the skateboarding suspects had no place to hide.

And two arrests have quickly followed in the nationally publicized case.

According to Fox News in Philly, 19-year-old Curtis Tanner, of Pottstown, Pa., and an unidentified 17-year-old now face charges of aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and making terroristic threats in connection with the beating on Friday. 

Fox News writes that Tanner has been identified as the one seen punching, kicking and spitting on the ranger in the videotape made by a bystander.

The assault occurred after the ranger told a group of young people to stop skateboarding in the park.

Background: Video of the assault shot by a park visitor from New Jersey was posted on YouTube and resulted in hundreds of tips for detectives. Police said they are still looking for other teens pictured in the tape.

The park used to be a skateboarding mecca and was even featured in a video game. However, in 2000, the city passed an ordinance banning the activity on public property, including in Love Park, unless otherwise authorized. 

Watch the video:

(Warning: graphic content)

Article source: http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2014/08/2_teens_arrested_in_videotaped.html

Street League Skateboarding Nike SB Super Crown World Championship

Street League Skateboarding Nike SB Super Crown World Championship

The final course for Street League Skateboarding Nike SB Super Crown World Championship.

Street League Skateboarding Nike SB Super Crown World Championship

PRESS RELEASE – The stage is set for this Sunday’s Street League Skateboarding Nike SB Super Crown World Championship in Newark, New Jersey and the Top Eight SLS Pros are ready to battle it out.

Will Nyjah remain undefeated and win the contest that matters the most, or can P Rod get his first Championship? Will hometown hero, Ishod Wair, take his first victory in his home state? With the absence of 2013 Champ Chris Cole, we are guaranteed to see a brand new Champion – who are you rooting for?

Catch all of the madness live this Sunday, August 24th, on FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports GO and international webcast on streetleague.com.

Joe C. and California Skateparks have worked their magic once again and the 2014 SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Championship course looks amazing! Head over to streetleague.com now for an in-depth look at the final course of 2014. 

Download and watch the entire 2014 SLS Nike SB World Tour on iTunes to get caught up on what you might have missed, and get pumped for the 2014 SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Championship this Sunday, August 24th, live on FOX Sports 1 at 9pm ET.

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Article source: http://business.transworld.net/152593/news/street-league-skateboarding-nike-sb-super-crown-world-championship/

Greenport Village considering ‘No Skateboarding’ code

Located just 11 miles east off the tip of Long Island, the remote Fishers Island could be considered Southold Town’s forgotten hamlet. The island has 236 year-round residents, who live 2 1/2 hours by boat from the New York mainland and are served by their own school system, police station, utility company and ferry district. […]

Article source: http://suffolktimes.timesreview.com/2014/08/51323/greenport-village-considering-no-skateboarding-code/

Dew Tour et coupe du monde ISU : des nouvelles des français ! – e

Ce week-end fût plutôt riche en contest avec notamment le Dew Tour à Portland en Oregon (Etats-Unis) et une étape de la coupe du monde ISU de bowl à Malmo en Suède.

L’étape de street style du Dew Tour désormais incontournable pour les stars du Street a eu lieu cette année à Portland après deux années de bons et loyaux services dans la ville de San Francisco. Le concept du street style est assez intéressant car les modules sont installés dans une rue en descente et le but est de faire le run parfait sur toute la pente.

Du coup, pas besoin de pousser mais au contraire parfois de freiner pour ne pas arriver trop vite sur les modules…

En bref : un Slopestyle de pur skateboard en pleine ville ! Les images parlent d’elles-mêmes :

C’est le Californiens Ryan Sheckler (super fan du concept) qui remportera la victoire suivi de près par Alec Mejerus et Curren Caples.

Résultats Dew Tour 2014 Skateboard Streetstyle

Cette année, l’été n’a pas été des plus chauds dans le nord de l’Europe et le temps a même été assez mauvais à Malmo en Suède pour l’étape de la coupe du monde ISU.

Beaucoup de skateurs du monde entier avaient fait le déplacement ! Américains, Brésiliens, Australiens et même les plus marseillais des Frenchies : Gui Mocquin, Julien Benoliel, Stephane Boussac et Vincent Matheron.

Pas de souci pour eux pour les qualifs, mais pour la suite ça n’a pas été de tout repos… Vincent est tombé malade, Julien qualifié 7éme des quarts de finale n’a pas réussi à skateDew Tourssr et la finale a été annulée à cause de la pluie qui ne cessait de tomber…

Bref, heureusement que l’ambiance était au rendez-vous pour égayer un peu la compétition.

C’est finalement le local Oski qui s’impose suivi par les Américains Alex Sorgente et Chris Russell.

Tous les résultats ici.

Crédit photo : facebook / Dew Tour

Ryan Sheckler reporte le Dew Tour Street en streestyle

RIP Jay Adams

Aussi, la semaine dernière, nous apprenions la mort de l’une des figures les plus emblématiques du skateboard : Jay Adams.

L’un des précurseurs et inventeurs du skateboard moderne, membre des Zboys de Dog Town, Jay, nous a quitté à l’âge de 53 ans d’une crise cardiaque au Mexique.

Toute la planète skateboard lui a rendu hommage sur les réseaux sociaux à l’image de Tony Hawk ou encore Stacy Peralta l’un des leaders des ZBoys. Si vous avez l’occasion de voir, ou de, peut être, revoir Lord Of Dogtown vous comprendrez plus en profondeur qui est Jay Adams…

Legends never die!

Jay Adams

Bon anniversaire cOLLAPSe !

Pour finir sur une note un peu plus joyeuse, c’était l’anniversaire de cOLLAPSe skateboard, la marque de Don Grego, au skatepark de Capbreton.

Les riders de la marque ont fait la démo et l’on a eu droit à une grosse session dans le bowl avec notamment Robin Bolian on Fire !

Une bonne journée ! Bon Anniversaire cOLLAPSe !

redigé par J.G

Article source: http://www.e-adrenaline.fr/urbain/actualites/dew-tour-et-coupe-du-monde-isu-des-nouvelles-des-francais/4626

Graffiti with racial slurs found in Constantine park – WSBT


CONSTANTINE, Mich. –

Some say they were shocked and in disbelief over what they saw at the little league fields in Constantine.

Graffiti was written all over some of the dugouts and other buildings on the property and one woman says they are the worst words you can imagine.

Some of the words were racial slurs.

The “n” word was used a couple times as well a racial slur targeting Hispanics.

KKK was written and there were also a couple drawings of swastikas.

A lot of people we spoke to say this does not represent how the community feels about minorities.

Karen Noga first saw the graffiti Monday when she took her son to football practice.

She says, “Oh my gosh, you know, it’s just horrible words.”

In addition to racial slurs there were several swear words written.

Most of the graffiti has been covered up with paint but Noga took some pictures before that happened.

She was upset that her children had to see this.

She adds, “I’m doing my best in raising my kids right and for one I’m not going to raise them to be prejudice.”

Police believe the graffiti was done sometime between Saturday night and Sunday morning.

It’s not just the little league fields either.

Graffiti was found on houses, cars and even a business.

There was graffiti at one of the parks in Constantine including the “n” word which was written in front of the drinking fountain.

Adam Like also saw the graffiti when he took his son to football practice and he says, “Considering with the things going on in Ferguson it’s certainly a tragic thing that we have to be spreading this around the U.S. like this.”

The chief of the Constantine Police Department says they’ve received a couple tips that did not pan out.

He thinks this was a random act and that it wasn’t done by a racist group or organization.

Noga wants whoever is responsible to be held accountable.

She says, “I really hope whoever did this really thinks about what they did because if they ever have kids I hope they don’t experience the bad words or the racism.”

The police chief says if this was done by minors the punishment could be a fine, community service or even time in a juvenile detention facility.

There’s several hundreds of dollars worth of damage … so the chief says if an adult did the graffiti they could be charged with a felony.

If you have any information call Constantine police.

Article source: http://www.wsbt.com/news/local/graffiti-with-racial-slurs-found-in-constantine-park/27624196

WSJ Poll: Is Graffiti Worthy of Museum Exhibits?


‘City as Canvas: Graffiti Art from the Martin Wong Collection’ is shown at the Museum of the City of New York in February.
Ramsay de Give for The Wall Street Journal

New York Police Commissioner William Bratton has been critical of an exhibition about graffiti-art at the Museum of the City of New York. The museum says the exhibition shows the evolution of graffiti as an art-form and does not glorify vandalism.

Mr. Bratton said during a meeting with Wall Street Journal editors that the decision to have an exhibition celebrating graffiti was “outrageous.” Writes reporter Pia Catton:

His criticism was sparked by the Museum of the City of New York’s graffiti-art exhibit “City as Canvas,” which opened in February and features more than 150 images from the 1970s and ’80s, including photos showing graffiti-covered subway cars as well as artists’ sketches and painted canvases. The collection, including works by artists such as Keith Haring and Lee Quiñones, was donated to the museum in 1994.

Mr. Bratton further objected to “having New York City school kids at the impressionable age of 12 years old walking through looking at this stuff and having it advertised as ‘Isn’t this great?’ ”

Susan Henshaw Jones, City Museum’s director, said the show is intended to show how graffiti became an art form, not to glorify vandalism. “We are not in the business of trying to encourage children, teenagers, grown-ups or elders to do graffiti,” she said.

Vote in our poll and read related coverage of graffiti in the city below.

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A view of the exhibition ‘City as Canvas: Graffiti Art from the Martin Wong Collection’ at the Museum of the City of New York.
Ramsay de Give for The Wall Street Journal

Article source: http://blogs.wsj.com/metropolis/2014/08/19/wsj-poll-is-graffiti-worthy-of-museum-exhibits/

Man Charged With Second-Degree Felony for Vandalizing Banksy Graffiti


Two Banksy pieces were vandalized in Park City, Utah, and a man is charged with a second-degree felony.
Jay Hamburger/Park Record

When is graffiti scrawled on a wall considered art and when is it a crime? That question has come up in Park City, Utah, where two images spray-painted by renowned street artist Banksy were allegedly defaced by another man, who has been charged with a second-degree felony for the act.

“It’s not every day I get to prosecute somebody for vandalizing graffiti,” said Matthew Bates, the lead prosecutor in the case.

Third District Court Judge Todd Shaughnessy this week issued a warrant for David William Noll after he failed to appear for a court hearing. Mr. Noll was charged with one count of criminal mischief after he allegedly vandalized two Banksy murals along the city’s main street on New Year’s Eve. Police say they have plenty of evidence: videos posted on YouTube of Mr. Noll painting over Banksy’s work.

Banksy, an enigmatic British street artist, is famous for his spray-painted stencil art, often accompanied with a political message, and his works have netted price tags that rival traditional works of art, including “Keep It Spotless,” a piece that sold for $1.87 million in 2008. Perhaps ironically, that work is a Damien Hirst painting tagged by Banksy, although in collaboration with Mr. Hirst.

Building owners are often angered when they discover graffiti marring their property. But in Park City, property owners whose buildings have been tagged have spent thousands of dollars preserving them. Both appeared while Banksy was in town during the Sundance Festival in 2010 for his documentary “Exit Through The Gift Shop.”

Ken Davis, the owner a coffee shop where Banksy stenciled an image of a videographer filming a flower, shelled out $1,500 for bulletproof and glare-free glass to protect it, and hired a local blacksmith to forge a custom-made frame. That glass was allegedly shattered by Mr. Noll, Mr. Davis said, but the work underneath was saved.

Another Banksy image, a silhouette of a boy kneeling and praying, was defaced with dark brown paint after the glass protecting it also was smashed, said Jim Tozer, the owner of the building where the painting resides.

“There is no way you could consider what Noll did as graffiti art…it could only be describe as wanton destruction of a small piece of Park City’s heritage driven by jealous rage,” said Mr. Tozer.

Continue reading at WSJ.com.

Article source: http://blogs.wsj.com/law/2014/08/19/man-charged-with-second-degree-felony-for-vandalizing-banksy-graffiti/

Brazil’s OSGEMEOS brings graffiti to Granville Island

In the past year, OSGEMEOS (Portuguese for “THETWINS”) has collaborated with Banksy during his wildly popular residency in New York, staged a triumphant homecoming show in São Paulo that drew huge crowds, and painted the 737 that was used to transport the Brazilian national squad during the World Cup.

(It’s possible their iconic, smile-inducing, yellow-skinned faces, which adorned the plane, prevented 200 million Brazilians from ripping Seleção to shreds after its loss to Germany.)

Before this banner year, OSGEMEOS showed at the now-shuttered tastemaker gallery Deitch Projects in New York (2005), decorated the monolithic façade of the Tate Modern in London (2008), and took up a large chunk of real estate in the biggest retrospective of graffiti ever at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles (2011).

Now that they’ve conquered the art world while somehow maintaining their immense street cred, the next logical career move is to execute their biggest public mural ever—in Vancouver, a city whose most revered piece of public art is the $97,000 poodle on a pole at Main and East 18th.

Preparation for this massive undertaking, which was organized by the Vancouver Biennale, began with a scouting mission back in December. While here, the 40-year-old brothers, Gustavo and Otavio Pandolfo, noticed a marked difference between Vancouver and their hometown of São Paulo, a topsy-turvy world where outdoor advertising is outlawed, heritage buildings are preserved, and tagging everything in sight is a popular daytime activity on Sundays.

“You don’t see many murals or graffiti in the city [of Vancouver]. They really control and really go against it. That’s sad. That’s really sad,” Otavio, the more talkative of the two, recalls in a home near urban-art epicentre Brentwood Mall, in Burnaby.

“We don’t think graffiti is vandalism. We think that the way the government governs the city, this can be vandalism. How they treat the people who pay tax every month, they steal and you don’t know what they do with the money. They don’t care. This can be vandalism,” he continues, and then adds: “If you don’t use the city, the city’s going to use you.”

His brother Gustavo is attentive and occasionally chimes in. However, he’s also focused on prepping a stencil that will be used on the mural, a 360-degree, 23-metre-high public art project that will spread over the six Ocean Concrete silos on Granville Island. When it’s unveiled on September 7 for the 2014–2016 Biennale, not only will the mural be a beacon for art enthusiasts around the world, it’s certain to become the most Instagrammed landmark in Vancouver. (Apologies, gum-covered head of Douglas Coupland. You had a good run.)

While the scope of the project is ambitious, the Pandolfo brothers have had ample time to prepare. Having drawn since they were four, the twins began brandishing spray cans at age nine, after spotting some guys tagging near their home. “When I saw the spray cans, I wanted to draw with them. So the next day our parents bought us spray cans, one for each of us, and we sprayed my parents’ whole house,” Otavio says with a grin. “In the ’80s, you had to find ways to play. We liked to destroy things and burn things.”

Unfortunate for their family home and, possibly, the one they’re staying at in Burnaby, but it’s a good thing they got comfortable with the tools of the trade at such an early age: they’re going to use 1,400 cans on the silos, a large number of which will be their signature yellow.

“Yellow is a very magic colour, a very strong colour. We believe it can make a lot of change in a good way,” an impassioned Gustavo pipes up. “We believe in our own world,” he elaborates, shamanically. “It is a place that we go after we pass away. All the drawings that we do, most of them come from this place.”

This dreamy otherworld Gustavo speaks of is an idea they developed symbiotically at an early age. In it, downtrodden, colourfully dressed vandals, gostosas, musicians, children, and other assorted neighbourhood characters are all presented with a playful dignity. It’s the sort of work Diego Rivera might have produced if he’d watched Wild Style on Repeat during an ayahuasca trip.

Today, their surreal visions are in such great demand that people come at OSGEMEOS’s noncommissioned street work with masonry saws and dreams of selling the slab of concrete at Sotheby’s. But the two are quick to point out they don’t believe their career is simply some Basquiat-esque rags-to-riches transition to becoming contemporary-art-world darlings.

“Our school is from the streets, but we see our work as more than painting a wall or painting inside a gallery. It’s more spiritual for us. We need to find space that we can create our universe, this universe that we believe. That’s why we started to work with galleries, because we get the empty space, white space, and could transform all this into the world we believe in sharing with the people,” Otavio says. “Spirituality for us is positive vibrations—bring positive things and give positive change. This is one of the important reasons to make art.”

With Emily Carr University of Art and Design poised to relocate in 2016, OSGEMEOS and the Vancouver Biennale are ensuring that art will always be an important part of Granville Island. While the two don’t have immediate plans to give our city walls any additional gifts, the Biennale is running a crowd-funding campaign on Indiegogo to help offset the costs of the endeavour. (The budget is only about $28,000 more than the poodle’s.) One of the donation perks is a limited-edition lithograph of the finished mural, which is sure to sell out and be much easier to frame than a slab of concrete.

However, if, over the next few weeks, you see a pair of similar-looking fellas with a ladder around Main and 18th, and then hear the unmistakable rattle and hiss of spray cans, don’t call the cops. It likely means OSGEMEOS are giving that bloody mutt a much-needed make-over.

OSGEMEOS’s mural is scheduled to be unveiled on September 7 at Ocean Concrete on Granville Island.

Article source: http://www.straight.com/arts/710081/brazils-osgemeos-brings-graffiti-granville-island

Sheffield graffiti artist ‘Fista’ back in court

Graffiti artist Simon Sunderland – whose ‘Fista’ tag made him notorious in South Yorkshire during the 1990s – has admitted causing £90,000 of damage to the rail network with his new moniker ‘Bloodaxe’.

Sunderland, aged 41, of Queens Road, Lowfield, Sheffield, pleaded guilty to committing criminal damage on the rail network in and around the Sheffield, Rotherham, and Chesterfield areas by joint enterprise from January 2008 to October 2009.

Sunderland used the graffiti tag ‘Bloodaxe’, often accompanied by the graffiti crew name tag ‘TPG’, at railway locations throughout South Yorkshire.

He is to be sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court on Friday.

Sunderland was jailed in 1996 for five years for committing criminal damage on the rail network in South Yorkshire using the tag ‘Fista’.

Judge Robert Moore, sentencing Sunderland, said the Fista tag was ‘one of the most prevalent and frequent spoilers of buildings in the area’.

The sentence was reduced to 21 months on appeal after hundreds of protesters joined a campaign to ‘Free Fista’.

Sunderland narrowly escaped jailed in August 2002 after admitting spraying painting two bridges near Barnsley causing an estimated £5,000 damage.

And in October the same year, aged 29, he was jailed for 11 weeks by Barnsley magistrates for spray-painting the tag ‘Ajax’ on a bridge in the town.

He once held a solo art exhibition at a gallery on Ecclesall Road, Sheffield, displaying a series of limited edition screen prints.

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