Bangs Meets Graffiti Life
I am lucky enough to be offered a lot of things through this blog, but none have excited me as much as the offer of participating in a private graffiti workshop. When the kind peeps over at Graffiti Life asked if I’d like to do it, my inner b girl body popped and did a windmill. Being somewhat obsessed with the early years of hip hop and films such as Wild Style and Beat Street, becoming a master graffiti artist has been somewhat of a childhood dream of mine. And the workshop did not disappoint.
Adam and Iona of Graffiti Life were patient teachers. Sure, I love graffiti (as my holiday pictures will prove. Most people take pics of landmarks, I go in search of the graf), but I can’t draw to save my life. They assured me my lack of artistic flare wouldn’t be an issue. Adam talked me through the various techniques used to create different effects. Spray paint looks cool but it’s a tough medium to work with! Nowhere near as easy as it looks, I tell ya.
Once the basics were taught, we had to draw a letter (mine was ‘B’ for Bangs, obviously) and use our newly found shading skills. The pic above is my finished product. Clearly, there’s room for improvement (let’s file that under ‘Understatement of the Year’) but it’s not bad for a first attempt.
Graffiti Life are an organisation who do a lot of cool shiz. Along with using their graf skills to do commissions for big brands like Adidas, Nike, Topshop and the BBC, they also work with the yoof, showing them that they can turn their artistic talents into a career with the right guidance. Anything that helps give young people a positive outlet for creativity is something I’m 100% behind.
They’re currently working with 18 young people between 16-25 putting work together which is being displayed in an exhibition at the O2. An organisation called somewhereto_ who help young people find a space to do what they love, were donated the space by the O2. Graffiti Life got involved and the rest is history.
I had a great time learning how to do cool stuff with spray paint. It truly was a childhood dream come true for me. If you’re interested in graffiti, something like this is excellent to show you how it’s done – maybe a good idea to try this before you get brave and go tag a train.
Check out the wonderful work of Graffiti Life here. If you fancy learning the art of graf, they do offer evening courses – worth check out.
The exhibition will run at the O2 until March 27th.