JERSEY FRESH JAM 2017

Headlining today’s post – Jay Mack and Menas together again

Legendary – that single word is the appropriate way to describe Jersey Fresh Jam 2017 which Charm City Streets attended this past weekend. Jersey Fresh Jam is New Jersey’s premiere Hip Hop Festival. Each year artists, DJs, graff writers and musicians from up and down the Mid-Atlantic come together in Trenton to celebrate Hip Hop culture. The tunes are unforgettable, and the artwork is stupendous.

Heavy-hitters from the graff world abounded: Part One, a style master pioneer who started writing back in the mid-1970s in New York City; Jay Mack, one of Jersey’s most respected graffiti muralists; the celebrated New York aerosol artist Meres One who says I don’t do graff, I am graff; the prolific Meca and Rok275 from Baltimore; the prominent Jah One and Mizta from Washington, DC; and dozens of other talented street artists and graffiti writers.

Our photo tour through the grounds of TerraCycle Inc, the site of Jersey Fresh Jam, starts off with a look at Part One from start to finish of his piece:

Part beginning to fill in his outline

Shading and additional colors lends depth and dimension to the piece

Working on fine detail

Ensuring lines are sharp

Part One for Jersey Fresh Jam 2017

Next to Part One we see Rok275 in action:

Working on his outline

Shadow work

Rok275 for Jersey Fresh Jam 2017

Meca painted next to Rok275.

Just starting to add the fourth color

Laying down fine lines

Finished piece immediately dissed by a toy

Meca for Jersey Fresh Jam 2017

In succession along this wall you could see:

Washington DC writer HKS181 for Jersey Fresh Jam 2017

MIC – Moon Mane for Jersey Fresh Jam 2017

Esze (@bnmprez) for Jersey Fresh Jam 2017

Rain – Leon Rainbow for Jersey Fresh Jam 2017

Next we see Bark (BadAssRicanKid) and YNK in action.

Bark spraying on fill and gradation

Bark – work in progress

Sometimes, acrobatics are required.

Bark (BadAssRicanKid) for Jersey Fresh Jam 2017

YNK working on his outline

Fill taking shape

Fleshing out depth and dimension

YNK for Jersey Fresh Jam 2017

The wall opposite Bark and Ynk is fairly long, and it begins with a sizzling collaboration by Mek and Sew entitled Space Mayhem.

Space Mayhem Ack! Ack!

Mek for Jersey Fresh Jam 2017

Sew for Jersey Fresh Jam 2017

Shue for Jersey Fresh Jam 2017

Meano for Jersey Fresh Jam 2017

Next we see noteworthy DC area writer Mizta in action.

Working on the outline

A page from Mizta’s sketch book

Adding the fill

Taking care of fine detail

Mizta for Jersey Fresh Jam 2017

Continuing on we see Cynic, Grope, and Revenge

Cynic for Jersey Fresh Jam 2017

Grope will be writing left-handed for the next 12-18 months.

Grope for Jersey Fresh Jam 2017

Revenge – outline and initial fill complete

Revenge in action

Revenge for Jersey Fresh Jam 2017

Here the wall takes a turn to the right, and we encounter:

Unidentified writers

Jah-One creating a dope rusted metal effect

Adding a final detail

Jan One for Jersey Fresh Jam 2017

 

Woo-hoo, I can see!

Spraying on stencil detail

Lank for Jersey Fresh Jam 2017

Ras creating a mural of singer-songwriter Sade

Ras for Jersey Fresh Jam 2017

M2 (Marthalicia) begins her mural

Another example demonstrating acrobatic skills are a must-have

Work in progress

Taking a break to dance to the hip hop beat

Work in progress by M2 for Jersey Fresh Jam 2017

Mek for Jersey Fresh Jam 2017

Souls NYC in action for Jersey Fresh Jam 2017

Doener (aka Damien Mitchell) for Jersey Fresh Jam 2017

Jerms for Jersey Fresh Jam 2017

Spectacular collaboration by @badnewzcard, @proxonewb, @brainpaste and @renardkelley for Jersey Fresh Jam 2017

From up above

There was more activity in the back lot:

Pike and Alew for Jersey Fresh Jam 2017

Bale and Bake for Jersey Fresh Jam 2017

Bake for Jersey Fresh Jam 2017

Outline complete, Habit begins his fill.

K-Ron creating a scary new variety of rose

Fine lines control depth and dimension

Habit and K-Ron for Jersey Fresh Jam 2017

Gank in action

Gank for Jersey Fresh Jam 2017

Ofend – spray on

Ofend for Jersey Fresh Jam 2017

Out front along New York Avenue you could see:

SMS and Dever for Jersey Fresh Jam 2017

Jay Mack paying respect to the late great rapper Prodigy

Clearing a clogged cap

Jay Mack and Menas for Jersey Fresh Jam 2017

Manik and Enem for Jersey Fresh Jam 2017

Zar for Jersey Fresh Jam 2017

Meres at work on his outline

Adding his trademark

 

Working on fine lines

Work in progress – Meres One for Jersey Fresh Jam 2017

Jersey Fresh Jam 2017 was a blast, and Charm City Streets highly recommends adding next year’s event to your calendar. You can find more information about Jersey Fresh Jam here.

 

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