Sep
20
2010

Street Art Tutorial with Miles Wickham

Looking back at all the frustration I went through learning how to do graffiti on my own, discovering techniques incrementally over a course of 10 years, I felt that maybe I could help shorten that time for others by sharing some things I have learned. Over the years I’ve come across many graffiti artists who end up focusing their time on street tagging rather than practicing their art  because their artistic skills are minimal, and lots of them, when they get arrested, or real life starts to kick in at a certain age, end up quitting all forms of art altogether. Because I focused lots of time on the artistic aspect, I was able to change directions when maturity kicked in.

I figured I could share some basic tools to keep artists inspired to take the journey for the long run, and it seems to be working! From this series of videos I have posted on YOUTUBE, I have received so many positive responses and followers, its been a really incredible surprise. Its not unusual for someone now to tell me I have the most clear and to-the-point graffiti-related tutorials, that I should make more, and that they are truly inspired! See for yourself what the hype is about. Its honestly a bit of a push for me to go from the graffiti street tagger badass who faced doing 1 year in jail, to being seen as the “good guy” who is “giving away secrets”. I sometimes sense some fear in myself in being in the graffiti-public’s eye. But I know that the cause is greater than the risk. And risks are to be taken if growth is desired!

I have done my best to make these videos interesting to the general public with the editing, music, and  speech. They are all filmed and edited by me, and most of the music is by a good friend of mine, Dorian Lopez, a.k.a. Denzity Beats.
For those who don’t know much about graffiti, when someone says “graffiti” it does not insinuate illegal tagging. The word for that is “tagging” or “bombing”. I intend these videos to be used for artistic purposes, not vandalism. I don’t think anyone should put themselves through the trouble I did 4 years ago just to get some notoriety and adrenaline rushes, although sometimes one needs the good things taken away to really develop an appreciation and value for it.
Here is the first video. In it I explain how to use acrylics and brushes to create graffiti.

Look on the right hand side bar to see “more from this user”, which will give you a list of all my videos.

-Reskew

 

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Sep
2
2010

Inspiration vs. Imitation by The Me Nobody Knows

I have been inspired by a host of artist's both living and dead, whose works made me stop and think about my creative process, or how I might create art a bit differently than I had before. My work at different stages/periods  have reflected the influences of artists such as Picasso, Romare Bearden, Francesco Scavullo, Keith Haring, Basquiat, and even my friend and at times collaborative partner AVONE. I have a voracious visual appetite, soaking up everything around me like a sponge, but then spitting it out in my own unique vernacular. For Instance, recently I have been doing works on brick panels, but the inspiration came from some new works I saw from AVONE. Imitation would have been to copy the central theme of his work, the medium, and executional elements and showcase them as my own. Instead, I drew from, got inspired by what I had saw, and began creating images that resonate with my own unique voice.

Imitating, on the other hand is, well, simply replicating that which already exists, and offering little new to the conversation. Imitating is allowing the words of another to come out of your mouth as if they were your own. I have heard countless times for instance that my work "imitates" Basquiat's  (perhaps because of liberal use of the crown symbol.) Yet, I'm quite confident that a close examination and comparison of our works will show them to be quite different.  I may be a nobody, but I don't imitate, I innovate. Inspiration, pays tribute to, builds upon and advances independently in a new direction igniting new ideas and expanding the conversation along the way. Whereas imitation, simply seeks to take the path of least resistance, mimicking the already spoken, lazily reproducing the already seen. History has always shown us clear examples of both.

I hope that my career and work will show that I have walked along the path of innovation, being inspired and leaving inspiration in my wake. For history always attaches a certain nobility an honor to the innovative and creative minds who have risked failure and contempt as they've shared their own unique vision with the world. As for the imitators and imitations they produce, the history books and landfills have a special place for them as well.

- TMNK

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Sep
1
2010

September Artist of the Month - Nicholas Rocco

My name is Nicholas Rocco and I have been painting since 2003. I have been illustrating in various ways since i can remember. Art has been my outlet for my entire life. Art is not my professional life. I make very little money doing it, and keep at itbecause it makes me happy. My goal with anything i make is to be smiling at the end. When other people see my art, i just want them to smile with me. It is not my intention to use my art to express my opinions, or make some sort of statement. There are plenty of great artists using their abilities to demonstrate the possibility of deeper thought through creation. Those artists have my respect and admiration. I personally don't feel equipped to make bold or intelligent suggestions through my work. I'm just looking for a smile. No one can ever smile enough. We should all smile more.

                             

 

                      

                                

        

 

 

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