This Is NOT Graffiti

One weird thing about graffiti is how pervasive it has become in the graphic design community. It seems like all these original writers ended up in graphic design after more or less giving up spray cans. Ever since the Beautiful Losers came along though, there’s been a new generation of writers who are able to strike a balance between a graphic design career and a graffiti life. AKACORLEONE is one of the artists who can strike that balance. Graffiti doesn’t just influence his design. Design influences his graffiti. I love when that happens.

Here’s some info on his latest solo show in Lisbon:

This is NOT Graffiti is the latest up coming exhibition from 24 years old graphic designer and illustrator AKACORLEONE

“Graffiti is not meant to be in a gallery, exposed as another art form, it should be on the streets, fighting the system!” says the Portuguese native. With this idea in mind the 24 years old illustrator with a graffiti background based in Lisbon, decided to create an exhibition about this strange world where kids run from cops, go underground, always looking for the perfect mission, the coolest style, the fame and glory that comes with becoming the king!

This is not a Graffiti exhibition, it’s a 6 step program to become a writer and blow it all up by entering the art world!

This is NOT Graffiti opens Thursday 29th April until May 29th 2010.
Montana Shop & Gallery Lisboa
Rua da Rosa NÂș14G Bairro Alto
1200-387 Lisboa, Portugal