Urban Art and the Unboxing Of Sneaker Culture

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This is a blog about urban art and sneakers from an artist’s viewpoint. I’m a graffiti writer and sneakerhead.

I’ve been interested in art for as long as I can remember, but it wasn’t until a few years ago that I started writing graffiti and becoming involved in the street art scene in New York City.

I write my name “MOSE” on walls using stencils. I love painting sneakers and customizing them.

I like experimenting with different styles of writing my name: freehand, bubble letters, all-caps, etc.

I also do some photography and design t-shirts, stickers and other things in my free time.

I’m a self taught artist who likes to draw and paint amidst the concrete jungles of the city. I enjoy urban art and graffiti, but I also like to incorporate subtlety into my work.

I use markers, spray paint and acrylics to create my art whether it be on canvas or on found objects. I enjoy the process of making a work of art as much as seeing it out in public for people to admire. I started this blog so that I could share my artwork and thoughts about urban art with others

I don’t think that’s the only reason, but it is the biggest. There’s a problem with sneaking something into an art gallery. It’s not about whether the sneakers are conformist or countercultural. In fact, sneaker culture has been almost aggressively conformist since the 1980s.

The problem is that sneakers aren’t art. Sneakers can be fashionable, they can be designed by artists, they can cost as much as art, but they’re not art. They’re a commodity, and when you put them in an art museum, you are saying that a commodity is art.

I’m not saying that sneakers have no place in an art museum. I’m saying that sneakers have their place out on the street where we can all see them: a sneaker is made to be worn, not hung on the wall like a painting.

The idea of the urban artist or graffiti artist is something that has been developed in the last decade or so. It was not an area that I initially became interested in but it was one that I felt I had to look at when I was approached by an art gallery in London with the idea of becoming an artist through my work as a graffiti writer…

I have always had an interest in art and have particularly loved photography since a young age. I was always fascinated by the camera, seeing it as a tool for communication rather than just a way of taking pictures. I loved the fact that using this simple device, it was possible to communicate with people on a mass scale and show them things they would never see otherwise.

The process of art and culture.

Art is a concept that can be simply described as the process of creating art. It’s a concept that can be broken down into many different forms and types, whether it’s fine art or street art. Art is a universal language that the majority of people can understand and appreciate.

Urban Art began in the streets, parks, and other areas in urban areas where graffiti artists would go to express themselves through their work. Many people may see it as a nuisance but to others it is an inspiration to pursue their creativity. This form of art has evolved over the years as technology advances and new equipment becomes available. People exposed to urban art will be inspired by the colors, designs and messages that these artists portray throughout their work.

Urban art has been compared to graffiti however there are some distinct differences between the two forms of art. Graffiti focuses on letters with little or no color while urban art contains colors, shapes, letters and images to produce its imagery. Some graffiti artists have even moved onto becoming very successful in various forms of urban art such as painting murals on buildings in the community.

Urban Art is now being recognized quite frequently in many major cities around the world here are some examples:

Los Angeles Murals – http://

The show, organized by art writer and curator Camilo José Vergara, will give you a chance to see the work of some of the most exciting street artists at work today. And on Saturday, October 1st, from 2-5pm, the artists will be in attendance to discuss their work and the process behind it.

Tattooed Mom is located at 540 W. 72nd Street, in New York City. For more information or directions call (212) 496-6667 or visit www.tattooedmom.com.


Saturday, October 1st 2-5 pm

Artists in attendance:

Revok, Mear One, BAMN (Barely Above Minimum Name),

Zevs (aka Eroko), Kenny Scharf & Troy Lovegates

$12 admission; free for children under 12

All proceeds from the event benefit Amnesty International

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