Today I have to add a category to my Artistic activities. I begun in Art with the practice of graffity in the mid 80´s in Paris France suburb. I was ten years old a friend show the classical and fatal artbook “Subway art” by Martha Cooper & Henry Chalfant. It was for me a revelation. Saddly I have very few pictures of the first pieces I did in this early stage. So will show a oldschool flavoured piece of my master and mentor in graffiti art.
It´s a kind of upwelling of past and unshowed works. Actually I am exploring other medium and process, but I still have in mind this stage in my life and works. It´s still present the spirit of this period. When and why I enter in matter with the Graffity and Zulu nation movement and why switch off. I grew up with this strong cultural influence, especially from the NYC scene. I lived with my hommies of the hood, this dream in our isolated popular neighbourhood in the outter suburb area of Paris city, very very far from the sunlight and the glamour appereance of the city of the light. We inmediatly recognize us in the Harlem & Bronx kids ways of identity expression, by tagging, painting walls, rapping and dancing. This mood is a state of mind that is screams the injustice, racism of the system. Screaming by the accesible ways of expression, the hanger that is generated to segregated in a ghetto.
In this first post, I am greating my old fellow friend and mentor SHAOLYN. TCB (The Cosmic Boyz), that around 1984 show the hooly book Subway art and iniate me to graffity art. 28 years have passed and still have the sweet memory, and fresh flavor of hard and gooddtime blended. Thnk´s Fred.