The history of Graffiti in Greece 1984-1994

by Charitonas Tsamanakis

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A book about the evolution of Greek graffiti, including interviews with the first artists and a rare image archive.

images by Paris Tavitian/LIFO

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El Seed – Perception

El Seed

In my new project ‘Perception’ I am questioning the level of judgment and misconception society can unconsciously have upon a community based on their differences.

In the neighborhood of Manshiyat Nasr in Cairo, the Coptic community of Zaraeeb collects the trash of the city for decades and developed the most efficient and highly profitable recycling system on a global level. Still, the place is perceived as dirty, marginalized and segregated.

To bring light on this community, with my team and the help of the local community, I created an anamorphic piece that covers almost 50 buildings only visible from a certain point of the Moqattam Mountain. The piece of art uses the words of Saint Athanasius of Alexandria, a Coptic Bishop from the 3rd century, that said: ‘Anyone who wants to see the sunlight clearly needs to wipe his eye first.’
‘إن أراد أحد أن يبصر نور الشمس، فإن عليه أن يمسح عينيه’

The Zaraeeb community welcomed my team and I as we were family. It was one of the most amazing human experience I have ever had. They are generous, honest and strong people. They have been given the name of Zabaleen (the garbage people), but this is not how they call themselves. They don’t live in the garbage but from the garbage; and not their garbage, but the garbage of the whole city. They are the one who clean the city of Cairo.

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Short film “OSGEMEOS” by Ben Mor

Um pequeno filme d’OSGEMEOS produzida por Ben Mor. Ben transformou seus registros em imagens surreais em movimento, como se fosse em um sonho. Um filme de 2 minutos, mas que transmite parte da essência do mundo dos irmãos em uma visão tão lúdica quanto o próprio trabalho.

A short film about OSGEMEOS (The Twins) produced by Ben Mor. Ben weaves their work into a surreal moving portrait that feels like a dream. One 2-minute movie, but that transmits part of the essence of the world of the brothers in a vision as playful as the work itself.

By OSGEMEOS Official Channel

Low Bros video footage between 2013 and 2014

The Low Bros is an artist duo, which is made up of brothers Christoph and Florin Schmidt – formerly active as graffiti writers Qbrk and Nerd. Their work most often centers around stylized animal characters with human features, and addresses graffiti, hip hop, skateboarding and other elements which influenced and shaped the artists’ youth in the 1980s and 1990s.  Taken from

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Arabian Street Artists hacking Homeland “Homeland is racist”


At the beginning of June 2015, we received a phone call from a friend who has been active in the Graffiti and Street art scene in Germany for the past 30 years and has researched graffiti in the Middle East extensively. He had been contacted by “Homeland’s” set production company who were looking for “Arabian street artists” to lend graffiti authenticity to a film set of a Syrian refugee camp on the Lebanese/Syrian border for their new season. Given the series’ reputation we were not easily convinced, until we considered what a moment of intervention could relay about our own and many others’ political discontent with the series. It was our moment to make our point by subverting the message using the show itself.

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The Arabian Street Artists //
Heba Amin
Caram Kapp

al watan bateekh (Homeland is watermelon: Watermelon is a word often used to indicate that something is a sham or not to be taken seriously).
al watan bateekh (Homeland is watermelon: Watermelon is a word often used to indicate that something is a sham or not to be taken seriously).
al watan mesh mosalsal (Homeland is NOT a series)
al watan mesh mosalsal (Homeland is NOT a series)

GhalamDAR قلمدار

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ghalamDAR (which means “the writer” in Farsi) Is an emerging artist working primarily as a graffiti artist. He experiences and creates by using calligraphy, Miniature painting (Negar-gari) and folk objects as parts of his subject inspirations. Traditions and such art movements like saqqakhana hs directly inspired ghalamDAR to challenge the dominant pictorial material of Iranian street art aiming for developing an aesthetic with particular Iranian markers. His works share an affinity with the interlocking aesthetic of “wild style” graffiti and traditional calligraphy which demonstrate an amalgamation of these two cultures. While other artists look at the western hip hop as the source of graffiti, ghalamDAR thinks of the relations between his works and the graffiti of Iranian revolution of 1979 and past artistic streams as his roots.

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Ergo Sum – Valerio Polici

Text by Valerio Polici

“Graffiti was the missing piece in our puzzle to remain teen ager forever”
(Ruzd Drm crew. Berlin 1999)

Becoming an adult, it is a complex and sometimes very painful process. The responsibility, the renunciations, the loss of the wonder are not always easy to accept. Terrorized from this transition some kids decide to stop for a while in a halfway stage to take their “out of cell time”, before that the tranquillity and the carelessness will vanish forever. I decided to tell this suspension through the community of the graffiti writers, that in this activity they find the perfect tool for such evasion. In the obsessive research of a momentary freedom, they tend to substitute the real world with their micro-reality, to which they feel to belong much more. For this reason, their existences got catapulted in this limbo populated by myths legends and heroic deeds, where often they remained locked for the entire life.

The graffiti sub-culture, born in the New York ghettos during the years of the Warhol’s prophecy of the “15 minutes of fame for all”, was the expression of the sense of inadequacy and depersonalization, that groups of persons felt in a society that would have never perceived them. Therefore they tried to chase that fame, writing their invisible stories on all urban surfaces, to shout their existence out into the world. Almost half century later, this “movement” infected all the western world, taking roots on several social net. Not anymore a tool of expression just for the less fortunate social classes, but an occasion for everybody to rebuilt their own identity, although in a parallel world, free from the personal limitations.

The appeal of being outlaw, the obstacles, and the theatricality of the location where their “missions” take place, make their life appear as those of modern knight errant, in a constant request of new adventures.

In the last three years i followed several groups of graffiti writers between Europe and Argentina.

Among intrusions, climbing, infinite running and a lots of adrenaline, this is the story of their escape and to a certain extent also about mine.





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KCBR – Live Life Like

In Switzerland, the KCBR crew appears to be having all the fun. Are they filling eggs full of paint and throwing them at passenger trains in the daytime? Yep. Did they just paint a large chrome penis on the engine of a passenger train? For sure. What about riding the outside of the train in the daytime, getting off, painting the train and then confronting the conductor inside the car all while wearing GoPro cameras? The end is amazing and we suggest you take the time to watch. Plus, there’s a ridiculous soundtrack and plenty of humor sprinkled throughout.
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