Painting on Bates’s birthday in New Jersey
Bates, one of the most influential and consistent writers in the world, put together this video covering some of his travels from 1997 to present. My personal favorite it the buses of children in Malmö, Sweden showing up to Bates’ private hall of fame to check out his work…
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Opens May 15th, 2012
MAQUIS-ART Shop and Gallery
42, rue Quincampoix
75004 Paris, France
(entre Agnès B et le citadium beaubourg)
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GRAFFITI /// Bates, Great, Poet, Soten
STREET ART /// Kissmama, Basco5, Don John, Miss Take
Well Done Daphne presents a giant exhibition with graffiti and street art at Carlsberg. The exhibition runs from the 19th of November through the 19th of December, 2011.
BATES “A PIECE OF ME”…
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Bates (All In One, COD, TNB, 156, WCA, PCP, WR2, FTP) is an internationally renown writer from Copenhagen, Denmark. Bates has been active in the writing community since 1984 and has travelled extensively while creating artwork throughout the known world including the United States, Brazil, Mexico, Japan, New Zealand, Malaysia, Africa, Russia, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria, Spain, Italy, Poland, France, Slovenia, Greece, Ireland, England, Cyprus and Turkey. Bates has also had artwork and special features in several books including On the Run Vol. 2, Graffiti Art, Freight Train Graffiti and Burning New York. He’s also recieved sponsorship and support from top spraypaint companies including MTN Hard Core Montana Spain, Molotow Belton and German Montana (which also released Bates Power Pink!). Bates has designed for many top companies including Tribal Gear, Third Rail, Dickies, Redrum, Osiris, Alis, Aerosoul, New Era, Writers Bench, Backjumps
and Thetruth.com among others. He currently spends most days working in store and running projects such as Magic Moments.
Bates’ primary focus is on good letter styles, handstyle tags and throwups.
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Ehrensvärdsgatan 10 ( ingång Kungsgatan)
212 13 Malmö Sweden
Thanks to the organizational skills of Serval, I had the pleasure of joining him along with Bates and Poet on a trip to Geneva promoting The Exchange book. We were special guests at a book fair in Morges, hired to paint and conduct some workshops with local Swiss kids.
In usual fashion we wasted no time in getting up on a city wall. Fresh from the airport Bates and I decided to swap names in a freestyle exchange.
The following day we drove out to a small town along Lake Geveva called Morges. Here we spent the next few days talking to locals about the always exciting task of being a graffiti writer…
For this freestyle of Serval’s name I wanted to paint something reminiscent of the graffiti I was inspired by and motivated to paint as a teen. Classic shapes with a twist and large box 3-d’s going straight down. I purposely chose a color scheme similar to what may have been done with old Krylon. Instead of True Blue, Rose, Pastel Yellow etc., I’m rolling with top notch 94…
Towards the end of the fair, the wall we painted was dismantled and sections of the wall were sold to the locals. Half the profits made went to a local charity, the other half went to an even greater charity (supporting artists).
Funny, several people told me they liked the first piece better. In a lot of ways i did too, what I didn’t like is that I felt it didn’t match either Jazi’s character or Rime’s piece at all. It was an ok piece, kind of a throwback to earlier stuff I did, and a little sloppy as well, but ok, it just didn’t make any sense to me next to the others. The fact I thought the two pinks I used in the back would be more different meant that the huge pink cloud really set it off. It was too big and too important and in my view overshadowed the nice subtleties the others had done.
When I came back to put a lighter second outline I felt that the piece in itself made sense, so I didn’t want to change it, but i rather wanted to complete the wall that Rime and Jazi had started. Hence the fact I just did a quick one over it that matches, in my sense the other’s work better and makes for a more coherent total. The final piece is not amazing, again a throwback to late 90′s stuff, but it makes for a balanced composition and allowas each elemnt ( Rime’s piece and Jazi’s character) to be appreciated in turn…
Another hit from the Danish masters Great & Bates
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