August started off with a bang and kept up a frenetic pace the entire month. High test art was popping up everywhere one looked.
Grope, Jah-One, Meca, Mizta, and Rok275 are well-known and highly regarded graffiti writers from the Baltimore/DC Metro area. Mid-month they took part in New Jersey’s premiere Hip Hop festival: Jersey Fresh Jam. Here are the dope burners they painted that day. You can read Charm City Streets’ full report on Jersey Fresh Jam 2017 here.
During the recent Red Bull Amaphiko Festival in Station North Arts District, the renowned Brazilian artist Mundano created an intriguing and thought-provoking mural on the side of the Creative Labs building in Clipper Mill. This large-scale mural includes dozens of protest signs such as Build Bridges Not Walls, Hands Up Don’t Shoot, No Food Deserts, and Stop War. Individuals from around Baltimore submitted these ideas to the artist. You can see that each sign highlights one of the many issues of equality facing humankind nowadays. Section 1 Project and Urban Walls Brazil co-sponsored Mundano’s work.
On Saturday, August 26th, Pablo Machioli dedicated his Reclaiming Our Community mural. You can see it in person at 2200 E Madison Street. The third panel is in the design phase.
If you drove north along I-83 this month, then shortly beyond the Falls Road exit you probably wondered what the heck! Someone used a roller to write The “L” and the butterfly in large block letters below the roofline of an abandoned warehouse on the left side of the highway. What The “L” and the butterfly signifies is the proverbial mystery wrapped up in an enigma.
Elsewhere along highways and byways there were other recent graffiti pieces to encounter, if one were willing to bushwhack a trail through the overgrown weeds.
Containment walls lining park streams and storm water tunnels elsewhere in the city provided concrete canvas for additional writers, and their graffiti art is eye-catching.
There was a bumper crop of first-string new throws and burners in abandoned buildings around town.
As mentioned earlier, Red Bull was in town. Well, Red Bull must have given Zerg, Random, and Mawk wings to reach the warehouse rooftop northwest of M&T Stadium. In the same general area, ChrisSmith410 created his first large-scale mural. As always, it’s a-MAZE-ing!
Graffiti Alley saw a fair amount of art activity. Bones made a return appearance. There was a new dedication piece to Cedyk. Three skeletal figures neither saw, heard, nor spoke any evil (they did look a bit like the skeletal swordsmen Harry Harryhausen created in the classic film Jason and the Argonauts). The number of other interesting pieces in Graffiti Alley rounds out this month’s edition of What’s Up on Charm City Streets.
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