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28 November 2015

Wall Writers [Documentary]

Wall writers is a documentary film that traces some of the early roots of graffiti as we know it, featuring interviews with over 20 pioneers. Here's a link to the website where the director is looking for some crowdfunding to finish the project: click here 

Click here to see the vimeo trailer (1min 53s running time)

Homeless Not Hopeless Fesitval [Saturday 28th November]

Donations based festival to support a London homeless charity happening today - catch it if you can

Music, Food, Spoken Word, Talks

260 - 264 Kingsland Road, Haggerston, London E2 - all day from midday.

20 November 2015

Fresh Dressed Review- Screening At House Of Vans London

Fresh Dressed by Sacha Jenkins charts the role of fashion and looking fresh in the Hip Hop game – from the eighties through to the present day. Featuring interviews and excerpts from a good range of American Hip Hop artists and other interviewees the documentary is itself fresh, edutaining and fun. 

The documentary goes from the eighties, through RUN DMC and others, into the nineties, from the West Coast’s Cross-Colours (the original streetwear label) to Karl Kani, NYC’s Low Lifes and many others. It pushes on hard through Sean John early forays into haute couture and ends up in the contemporary Yeezy era. Whilst there is a swerve to the European fashion houses of France and Italy (this is a solidly American production) there is no mention of Britain and the international aspect of fashion or potential futures is not captured effectively as it could have been as the second half of the documentary progresses.

Nonetheless, this documentary comes thoroughly recommended and if you’re into streetwear, fashion, American culture and it’s influence on the world, Hip Hop as a movement that isn’t perceived as a fad or even just looking fly, then look out for this screen gem shiznit ‘cause it’s mad nice.

12 November 2015

Chrome & Black Winter Battle- London, UK. ROUND ONE

Check out some footage from the first round of our winter graffiti battle here:

King Of Spray Caps

A few weeks ago we had a visitor from Germany with a slightly different request that our usual customers. He wanted to know if we had any particularly interesting or different type of nozzle. I pulled out all the usual odd ones, but none of these seemed to be of any use to him. "What do you need them for?" I asked. "I collect them!" he replied.

The 'King Of Spray Caps' began in the mid 90's in a small town in the east part of Germany. A friend of his brought a hip hop magazine to school. It was a Dresden based magazine called Boomy. It was the first time he saw graffiti and was instantly hooked.

"We started drawing our first sketches and went to a local drug store to spend pocket money for Sprayfix spray cans. The cans had only standard spray caps so we manipulated them to fat caps or glued needles to it to get skinny caps. There was no opportunity to buy different caps. So every time I found caps at "halls of fame" or from other aerosol cans, I cleaned, reused and kept them in a small wooden box. A few years ago I rediscovered the box and I was excited about the old spray caps. So I decided start a collection."

It turns out the 'King Of Spray Caps' had over 1000 different caps that he had collected from travelling across Europe and Canada. After pulling out over 25 different types of caps I managed to find for him three or four caps he didn't have, which he said was amazing as he only usually gets one at the most from any graff shop he's been in.

His journey continues, find out more on his Facebook page here
All photographs copyright to King Of Spray Caps

7 November 2015

Keep The Faith magazine beats BTP!!!!

Recently British Transport police attempted to silence the press and take the author of the cult magazine Keep The faith to court on trumped up charges along the lines of encouraging vandalism just by publishing photos!!! The case and outcome will be covered in the Observer newspaper tomorrow (Sunday 9th) so to get a full insight into the case its worth a look.

3 November 2015

FOUND: HORROR SERIES- Born & Bred Halloween- Review

The line up was what sold the night to me the most, but closely followed by the venue description which got me curious when reading the line 'body kinetic dance floor'. Was this just some kind of gimmick? I went to find out.

Upon arrival to Building Six, at the 02 Peninsula Greenwich, I was pleasantly surprised by its size. The place was huge, which at the start of the night was rather noticeable with it not being filled to capacity, however after a couple of hours, once the placed packed out and the vibes had set in, we were good to go.

Klashnekoff played a good set, with the crowd singing along to some of his classic tracks and a lot of energy from the stage. Things really got live, in my opinion, when Faze Miyake took to the decks. It was only then that I felt the wrath of the venue description mentioned above, with the bass from Faze's grimey beats literally going through my feet and up throughout my whole body. It was an odd feeling, but also a pretty cool experience.

Cooling off in the outside terrace was an experience in itself and not only for the size aspect. Sweaty zombies and skeletons took over and filled the seats that lined the outskirts of the area and revellers that needed the fresh air took to the centre bar for refreshment. It was quite nice to see how many people had made the effort to dress up for Halloween, even if it was just a few drips of fake blood.

Back inside, both room 1 and 2 had filled out a little more. The only shame was the suspended sky bridge above the dance floor was closed but I soon forgot my disappointment when Slimzee took to the stage.

Overall the night was a hit. The security weren't d***s, the line up was on point and the venue was immense. Roll on the next Born & Bred event!