Wednesday, October 28, 2009

CDA's graffiti Black Book

The Christian Democrat political party's devision here in Amsterdam wants to get rid of the city's graffiti problem. (Do we have one?) They are requesting civilians to send in photographs of walls defaced with graffiti to start their own blackbook. Helas not to show it to graff writers, but to convince the city counsil that graffiti is vandalism and needs to be destroyed.
I would like to suggest to Maurice Limmen of CDA Amsterdam, to go have a look around f.i. in Kopenhagen, Berlin or Rome and compare our city's graffiti to the amount over there. Or check photo's of the Amsterdam streets in the 1980's.
 I do not understand why one politician creates so much negative energy for himself and the city over the little amount of graffiti in Amsterdam.

Why not get rid of the big billboards and roof high scaffold advertisements everywhere?

Monday, October 26, 2009

Micklarock contributor to Australia's HellYeah magazine

"Hell Yeah!  is a new, free, quarterly Aussie mag for anyone out there who’s into art,  music, rabble rousing, fashion and everything in between. Unlike other free glossies currently in rotation throughout Australia, Hell Yeah! is uniquely focused towards street culture, an area that’s often talked about but widely uncatered for. Our magazine will feature un-PC, no-holds-barred, raw social commentary; 100% stilleto and anorexic model free; interviews with cats from all over the world and what’s goin’ on in the art, music and design scenes that’s got people in the know talking, thrown in with a good measure of humour, sarcasm and shit-stirring. Basically we’re goin’ to let you in on all the dope shit that’s going on here, there and everywhere. And to enlighten y’all in-between issues, we’ll also be blogging regularly from right here!"

HellYeah magazine's first issue will drop first week of December. It will initially hit Australia since that's its homebase.
Check their blog here

I'll be contributing in issue #1 with an article about my first trips to NYC in the early 90's and the effect that had on my bamboo earring collection.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Stage decoration for SoSo Lobi concert

Dj Jane Doe                                   photo: Auke VanderHoek

Stage decoration at a concert thrown for the family of a 19 year old MC who got shot at the playground in front of our studio.. Check it out on film at AT5

Or click here.

SoSo Lobi means "Nothin' but Love" in Sranan Tongo, the language of Surinam.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Bijlmer Graffiti 2004-2007

 Photographer and artist G. Oosterhof shows you all kinds of graffiti in the Bijlmer area and adds literature and philosophy to it. 
 Site is in Dutch language.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Book release: ALL CITY WRITERS - A.Caputo, 07/11/2009

7th November 2009: release of an incredible book about the development of NYC graffiti of the 70's/early 80's into the rest of the world.
Interviews/quotes/photos of the writers that really mattered during the upcoming underground graffiti scene of Europe, Australia etc. of the mid 80's to the mid 90's... and more.

see you in Milano!!!