Weekend link-o-rama

April 15th, 2012 | By | 3 Comments »

Specter for Open Walls Baltimore

This week’s link-o-rama is a few days delayed. Parents were in town earlier this week and even came to an event some friends of mine organized at Haverford College: A talk by Jayson Musson (the artist who created and plays the character Hennessy Youngman). I don’t think my mom was amused. Here’s what I’ve been reading this week:

Photos by Martha Cooper

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  • http://twitter.com/TristanManco Tristan Manco

    err… I’m not sure people would need convincing about Crash – he is already a defacto legend. But agreed someone of his stature doesn’t need any unnecessary hype after a successful 30 year career!!..;)

  • http://blog.vandalog.com/ RJ Rushmore

    For his graffiti, sure. But I am hoping someone can explain to me why, disregarding his graffiti history, his indoor work is important/interesting. There are a thousands artists out there doing work that seems to me to be quite interchangeable with his.

  • http://twitter.com/TristanManco Tristan Manco

    I’m probably not the guy to explain why the show might be interesting – I’ve not seen it and of course sometimes the work created by legends of graffiti doesn’t always excite many decades later. But they are the founders and part of the language of graffiti. In which case it will always hold a fascination for people to check out what such a renowned artist is doing. Its simply part of graffiti culture to pays respect to and to be slightly in awe of the originators… If you’re a graffiti fan you inevitably get drawn into its origins and its difficult to not be impressed by the people who invented it from scratch when it was not so easy to do, rather than people who improve upon it today. There are not thousands of old school legends out there, so that’s the importance. Is indoor graffiti work inherently interesting? Usually its not all that interesting, unless that artist has become a master of studio-based art or really knows how to rock a show, but like meeting your favourite author or comic book writer the attraction is get closer to the artist and their craft. I prefer a bit of Blade myself when it comes to the old school ;)