Far past few months we’ve been working hard on new backend, new APIs and database improvements. While it’s something what you may hardly notice in coming days, fact is that it allows us to advance to the next chapter of Graffiti Walls. (you curious, eh?)

It has one downside though. This week, we’re about to update to latest version and during that time, our current iOS app won’t be functional. For that reason, we put together this status board, so you can check back regularly to see where we at.

Service
Status
Web
Database and APIs upgraded
Current iOS App
Unavailable
New iOS App
Waiting for App Store review

Far past few months we’ve been working hard on new backend, new APIs and database improvements. While it’s something what you may hardly notice in coming days, fact is that it allows us to advance to the next chapter of Graffiti Walls. (you curious, eh?)

It has one downside though. This week, we’re about to update to latest version and during that time, our current iOS app won’t be functional. For that reason, we put together this status board, so you can check back regularly to see where we at.

Service Status
Web Database and APIs upgraded
Current iOS App Unavailable
New iOS App Waiting for App Store review

The BUSTER Film Festival is a showcase for new, exciting, innovative, challenging, and entertaining films for children and youth from all over the world, and offers a wide variety of opportunities with over 130 movies such as animations, comedies and topics from the real world.

To celebrate this explosion of creativity, festival wants to give young and the young at heart, the opportunity to make their own artistic interpretation of the famous BUSTER character. The top 10 entries will be printed and exhibited at the Danish Film Institute, and offered for sale on the BUSTER arts site, where the artist will receive royalty on all sales, and all profits will provide the BUSTER Film Festival valuable funding for next year’s event.

The winner will be announced at the end of the festival and will receive €500 and star billing! The competition is open to artists, students, and anyone who would like to make an artistic statement! Festival is excited to see great drawing, painting, photomontage or scribbling — no later than the 12th of September.

Preferred format is A3.

You can choose to send it electronically at:
art@culturenordic.com

or by post to:
Borgergade 111
1300 Copenhagen C
Denmark

The BUSTER Film Festival is a showcase for new, exciting, innovative, challenging, and entertaining films for children and youth from all over the world, and offers a wide variety of opportunities with over 130 movies such as animations, comedies and topics from the real world.

To celebrate this explosion of creativity, festival wants to give young and the young at heart, the opportunity to make their own artistic interpretation of the famous BUSTER character. The top 10 entries will be printed and exhibited at the Danish Film Institute, and offered for sale on the BUSTER arts site, where the artist will receive royalty on all sales, and all profits will provide the BUSTER Film Festival valuable funding for next year’s event.

The winner will be announced at the end of the festival and will receive €500 and star billing! The competition is open to artists, students, and anyone who would like to make an artistic statement! Festival is excited to see great drawing, painting, photomontage or scribbling — no later than the 12th of September.

Preferred format is A3.

You can choose to send it electronically at:
art@culturenordic.com

or by post to:
Borgergade 111
1300 Copenhagen C
Denmark

BEACH STREET FESTIVAL 2014

1-3 of August, Mytilene, Lesbos island

Graffiti Press Release

Graffiti is everywhere, in the street, on rooftops, along the rail tracks, on trains and subways. Readable or not,these colorful letters and characters have spread all over our cities and breath life in them. But have you seen their authors in action?

While graffiti is often a secretive and clandestine affair, 1-3 of August on Beach Street Festival you will have  the opportunity to see graffiti writers in action!

After the successful mission of the first BeachStreetFestival, to breathe life into the huge abandoned hotel of Vatera and fill it with color, this year’s aim is to create a series of colorful walls & murals, in honor of the 80 years since the death of the local folklore painter Theofilos and his famous murals(1870-1934).

So Beach Street festival will gather dozens of graffiti writers from all over Europe and worldwide to paint and create a route of painted walls along of Mytilene city,  in specific locations starting from the ancient port of the city with final destination the museum of Theofilos Chatzimichael-Teriade. This route will represent the connection and transition from the traditional Theofilos’s murals to the modern graffiti, from throw-ups to Murals, with a lot of different styles and techniques.

Also, during the Beach Street Festival there will be graffiti workshops for anyone wishing to learn the history of graffiti and try their own skills(more infos during the festival at the “BSF INFO” kiosk, 1 of August)!

The Graffiti Line up till now is:

ALEX MARTINEZ (US/GR)

DM(NORWAY)

MOSA (PAL CREW/FR)

MR CENZ (UK)

OMICK(OSP/FR)

PAUSER (CZ)

YABOY(US)

NR4T CREW (ASOD/ FAKE /  KENLAR / SCAR / VALES / VATO)

OFK CREW (CASER / JAMER / NERS)

USE CREW (ELZ / LUNE82 / TASER / URID )

YAKUZA CREW(RASEL / RISK / SIVE)

SAME84
SENOR (TBD)

TARTA (381)

ZOFOS

Τhe participation for the graffiti writers is open -as it was last year- and EVERYONE can participate*. If you want to paint send an email here: graffiti@beachstreetfestival.gr



There is space for everyone!

The participation deadline is 13 of July and the Graffiti line up for 2014  will be announced around the 15th of July.

*The Beach Street will try to provide free cans to as many writers as possible, depending on the generosity of the Sponsors and the number of participants. It is very possible that not everyone will get free cans.
There will be a kiosk selling Kobra sprays from 3 euros, so there’s no need to carry your own on your way here.

Production

Umbrella Culture & Events



Festival Links

Web. www.beachstreetfestival.gr 

Facebook. www.Facebook.com/beachstreetfestival.gr 

Twitter. https://twitter.com/beachstreetfest 

Youtube. https://www.youtube.com/user/beachstreetfest

BEACH STREET FESTIVAL 2014

1-3 of August, Mytilene, Lesbos island

Graffiti Press Release

Graffiti is everywhere, in the street, on rooftops, along the rail tracks, on trains and subways. Readable or not,these colorful letters and characters have spread all over our cities and breath life in them. But have you seen their authors in action?

While graffiti is often a secretive and clandestine affair, 1-3 of August on Beach Street Festival you will have  the opportunity to see graffiti writers in action!

After the successful mission of the first BeachStreetFestival, to breathe life into the huge abandoned hotel of Vatera and fill it with color, this year’s aim is to create a series of colorful walls & murals, in honor of the 80 years since the death of the local folklore painter Theofilos and his famous murals(1870-1934).

So Beach Street festival will gather dozens of graffiti writers from all over Europe and worldwide to paint and create a route of painted walls along of Mytilene city,  in specific locations starting from the ancient port of the city with final destination the museum of Theofilos Chatzimichael-Teriade. This route will represent the connection and transition from the traditional Theofilos’s murals to the modern graffiti, from throw-ups to Murals, with a lot of different styles and techniques.

Also, during the Beach Street Festival there will be graffiti workshops for anyone wishing to learn the history of graffiti and try their own skills(more infos during the festival at the “BSF INFO” kiosk, 1 of August)!

The Graffiti Line up till now is:

ALEX MARTINEZ (US/GR)

DM(NORWAY)

MOSA (PAL CREW/FR)

MR CENZ (UK)

OMICK(OSP/FR)

PAUSER (CZ)

YABOY(US)

NR4T CREW (ASOD/ FAKE /  KENLAR / SCAR / VALES / VATO)

OFK CREW (CASER / JAMER / NERS)

USE CREW (ELZ / LUNE82 / TASER / URID )

YAKUZA CREW(RASEL / RISK / SIVE)

SAME84
SENOR (TBD)

TARTA (381)

ZOFOS

Τhe participation for the graffiti writers is open -as it was last year- and EVERYONE can participate*. If you want to paint send an email here: graffiti@beachstreetfestival.gr



There is space for everyone!

The participation deadline is 13 of July and the Graffiti line up for 2014  will be announced around the 15th of July.

*The Beach Street will try to provide free cans to as many writers as possible, depending on the generosity of the Sponsors and the number of participants. It is very possible that not everyone will get free cans.
There will be a kiosk selling Kobra sprays from 3 euros, so there’s no need to carry your own on your way here.

Production 
Umbrella Culture & Events



Festival Links

Web. www.beachstreetfestival.gr
Facebook. www.Facebook.com/beachstreetfestival.gr 

Twitter. https://twitter.com/beachstreetfest
Youtube. https://www.youtube.com/user/beachstreetfest

DRAW A LINE / collection show

Berlin art publishing house DRAW A LINE recently opened some temporary gallery doors to show their collection of limited edition art prints to the public. The two-week exhibition in Potsdamer Str (Berlin) kicked off on Saturday evening with a busy vernissage. Though it was a little rainy outside, the gallery was still crowded with friends and enthusiasts who came to view the existing collection and a number of yet-to-be-released editions from international artists such as Mark Jenkins, Cleon Peterson and Markus Mai.

A highlight of the exhibition is the very special lithograph print from Osif Seiksuh that was made at traditional printing house Tabor Presse. The show also displays a number of personal works from the Berlin-based artist and a short film on the printing process of his DRAW A LINE edition.

The DRAW A LINE / Collection Show will run until April 6th as part of the byWILLIBENDER project. It’s open from Wednesday-Sunday between 2pm-7pm. The prints are available to purchase on their site: drawaline.de

REVIEW: Pasta Oner – Man on Fire

11/29/2013 - 1/5/2014
Chemistry Gallery, Prague

Could one possibly add anything innovative, what has not been repeated yet, about Pasta – the icon of Czech graffiti and street art – and his latest exhibition in his home territory the Chemistry Gallery? Tough challenge, but let me have a try.

What I’m going to write about is his truly ravishing second solo show in the Chemistry Gallery, introducing us to Pasta’s pieces shot in the last two years. One might feel a little puzzled by the considerable hotchpotch of images, themes and techniques, lacking a common storyline if compared to his previous Peep Show exhibition. There, the underlying idea was easy to spot. Nevertheless, all the current exhibits abound in wit and jauntiness.

The exhibited pieces of Pasta Oner – all BTW sold within a few days after the opening - are balancing on a thin edge between kitsch and pop-art. He keeps to his original graphic art background. His use of script and graphic art techniques is flawless. We shouldn‘t grumble about the simplification of his work by pre-printing the canvass underlay. Nowadays it is a common technique used by many artists.

Looking for the underlying theme of the exhibition we might turn to the world of cartoons. We might be guided by notorious Mickey Mouse – coming to life, or at least his well-known glove, on many canvasses. Mickey entertains the visitors especially in the last room, dedicated to recycled pawnshop paintings. Pasta adds Mickey to second hand paintings you may buy in any street market. We meet Mickey adoring a holy scene or adding flowers to the bouquet in a still. We even run across amusing items recalling Pasta’s previous ‘Peep Show’ exposition such as a Lego figure wearing a latex suit or a teddy bear with a gag in his mouth.

The thing to be especially praised is Pasta’s mastery in the use of script. One could take it for granted, especially with a legend of the Czech street art. Nevertheless, the technique of using the script he presents at this exhibition is worth discussing. Not forgetting to mention the series of screen printed small canvasses I would like to highlight his famous technique of engraving in the aluminium foil. Moreover, Pasta introduces us to a brand new technique of ‘glittery script‘, in which the shapes of individual letters and objects are sprinkled over with glitters that are usually used as a cheap decoration of the nail extensions. Let’s hope for the early arrival of more, possibly even bigger format variations of the three series of these graphic art pieces executed in this innovative technique, which were instantly sold at the exhibition.

Another memorable part of the show is dedicated to Pasta’s 3D objects. Unmistakably noticeable is the burning VW with flames radiating from its windows or the just triggered fire extinguisher. His technique of cutting and shaping of the polystyrene, which is then sprayed on in colour is brought to perfection there. The most amusing exhibit is probably an object called ‘Inside the Gamble’- an aquarium full of real fish made of the gambling machine glass shields.

The plethora of Pasta Oner’s stunts is definitely worth the visit. It is a great source of inspiration not only for the community of graffiti/street artists. Leaving the exhibition hall you are confronted with a mural art asking you Impressed and a picture of clapping hands. I readily join the applause. Mainly to the sense of humor with which Pasta’s pictures and objects are created. What to add, just my envy for the new owners of his pieces.

See full gallery on Graffiti-Walls.com

Graffiti Walls for iPhone now available on App Store

It took us almost 2 incredible years of development, we’ve been through lots of changes and mistakes, we got accelerated in Boston and there we are - Graffiti Walls finally made its way to the iOS App Store.

If you can’t wait, go on and grab your copy of Graffiti Walls for iPhone on App Store now. And if you’re curious why it took so long, keep reading.

Ship fast, iterate later - not

You wouldn’t believe that, but Graffiti Walls started off as an iPhone app in the beginning. Soon we realized we need a network backend, so we built a simple web app to upload pictures. Then we added the map. Then we added a social features. Then we switched technologies from PHP to Ruby on Rails. Then we launched. You guess right, we had absolutely no idea what we’re doing.

Meanwhile, we learned that reliability is a rare commodity - as the various iOS developers started and failed to build the app we wanted to build and use, it looked like almost never-ending story. Not to mention that our main goal was to deliver solid app that is a pleasure to use. So the months passed. ‘Ship fast, iterate later’ was truly something we should have known earlier.

On the positive side, our iPhone app is capable of everything you’re used to. Discover art around you, browse pictures as they are added by the community, watch your favorite places and upload flicks as you go.

We’re not a company, we’re people like you and this is what we love to do whenever we can. We put a lot of effort and time to our beloved app, so we hope that you will enjoy it as much as we enjoyed building it.



Jakub
Graffiti Walls Team

Graffiti Walls for iPhone now available on App Store

It took us almost 2 incredible years of development, we’ve been through lots of changes and mistakes, we got accelerated in Boston and there we are - Graffiti Walls finally made its way to the iOS App Store.

If you can’t wait, go on and grab your copy of Graffiti Walls for iPhone on App Store now. And if you’re curious why it took so long, keep reading.

Ship fast, iterate later - not

You wouldn’t believe that, but Graffiti Walls started off as an iPhone app in the beginning. Soon we realized we need a network backend, so we built a simple web app to upload pictures. Then we added the map. Then we added a social features. Then we switched technologies from PHP to Ruby on Rails. Then we launched. You guess right, we had absolutely no idea what we’re doing.

Meanwhile, we learned that reliability is a rare commodity - as the various iOS developers started and failed to build the app we wanted to build and use, it looked like almost never-ending story. Not to mention that our main goal was to deliver solid app that is a pleasure to use. So the months passed. ‘Ship fast, iterate later’ was truly something we should have known earlier.

On the positive side, our iPhone app is capable of everything you’re used to. Discover art around you, browse pictures as they are added by the community, watch your favorite places and upload flicks as you go.

We’re not a company, we’re people like you and this is what we love to do whenever we can. We put a lot of effort and time to our beloved app, so we hope that you will enjoy it as much as we enjoyed building it.

Graffiti Walls on App Store

Jakub
Graffiti Walls Team

Current state of Graffiti Walls for iPhone

The good news is - the app exists and we’re ready for beta testing. It took us almost a year, three completely different iterations, but since we’re doing it all in our spare time, we think that the hard work and lot of time put into development was worth it.

This is the part where you come in! We are looking for individuals willing to roam their neighborhoods, test the app in the wild and report back with all possible issues. What we need right now is a feedback from daily usage.

Interested? Login to Graffiti Walls and enroll for beta program!

Current state of Graffiti Walls for iPhone

The good news is - the app exists and we’re ready for beta testing. It took us almost a year, three completely different iterations, but since we’re doing it all in our spare time, we think that the hard work and lot of time put into development was worth it.

This is the part where you come in! We are looking for individuals willing to roam their neighborhoods, test the app in the wild and report back with all possible issues. What we need right now is a feedback from daily usage.

Interested? Login to Graffiti Walls and enroll for beta program!

Vacation at home - Stuck on the City, Prague

Last 30 days was sort of a holiday for us. We went  from Boston back to Czech Republic to see our families and friends, attend a few funky events and clear out our heads for another 2 months in CzechAccelerator which starts now in Cambridge Innovation Center.

One of very interesting events we attended was The International Exhibition of Street Art and Graffiti - Stuck on the City in Municipal Library of Prague, Czech Republic presented by Taktum and GHMP. Awesome and fairly large vernisage, tons of great artists (How & Nosm, Swoon, Honet, Delta, Horfe, Pasta Oner and MANY others) and the kind of art we love. Since words can’t describe what we have seen, check out spot on Graffiti Walls, we got plenty of flicks over there! (thanks yrka!)

The International Exhibition of Street Art and Graffiti - Stuck on the City






Another part of this exhibition was painting of many new murals in Prague. Check out all of them on Graffiti Walls, leave comments and share!

Mural by Pasta Oner at DejviceMural by Mural by How & Nosm at TrafačkaMural by Honet at Meet Factory






Next article? iPhone app! Stay tuned.

Jakub
Graffiti Walls Team

Vacation at home - Stuck on the City, Prague

Last 30 days was sort of a holiday for us. We went from Boston back to Czech Republic to see our families and friends, attend a few funky events and clear out our heads for another 2 months in CzechAccelerator which starts now in Cambridge Innovation Center.

One of very interesting events we attended was The International Exhibition of Street Art and Graffiti - Stuck on the City in Municipal Library of Prague, Czech Republic presented by Taktum and GHMP. Awesome and fairly large vernisage, tons of great artists (How & Nosm, Swoon, Honet, Delta, Horfe, Pasta Oner and MANY others) and the kind of art we love. Since words can’t describe what we have seen, check out spot on Graffiti Walls, we got plenty of flicks over there! (thanks yrka!)

The International Exhibition of Street Art and Graffiti - Stuck on the City

Another part of this exhibition was painting of many new murals in Prague. Check out all of them on Graffiti Walls, leave comments and share!

Mural by Pasta Oner at Dejvice
Mural by Mural by How & Nosm at Trafačka
Mural by Honet at Meet Factory

Next article? iPhone app! Stay tuned.

Jakub
Graffiti Walls Team

Os Gemeos Mural in Boston

So, some of you may already heard that famous Os Gemeos were painting a huge mural in center of Boston, where we actually live now. This event was scheduled right before the beginning of Os Gemeos exhibition which takes place in Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston from August 1 to November 25, so if you have any plans to visit the city, don’t miss it.

Nevertheless, we have been there on Dewey Sq., met a lot of nice people from the Boston art scene (shoutouts to Caleb Neelon and Pedro Alonzo of ICA) and took a couple of flicks and uploaded them to Graffiti Walls for all you to see. Check it out and leave comments.

Os Gemeos Mural on Dewey Sq., Boston, MA






Yo, european folks, fyi: Os Gemeos should be in Poland by this time, so check them out here!

Jakub
Graffiti Walls Team

Os Gemeos Mural in Boston

So, some of you may already heard that famous Os Gemeos were painting a huge mural in center of Boston, where we actually live now. This event was scheduled right before the beginning of Os Gemeos exhibition which takes place in Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston from August 1 to November 25, so if you have any plans to visit the city, don’t miss it.

Nevertheless, we have been there on Dewey Sq., met a lot of nice people from the Boston art scene (shoutouts to Caleb Neelon and Pedro Alonzo of ICA) and took a couple of flicks and uploaded them to Graffiti Walls for all you to see. Check it out and leave comments.

Os Gemeos Mural on Dewey Sq., Boston, MA

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Yo, european folks, fyi: Os Gemeos should be in Poland by this time, so check them out here!

Jakub
Graffiti Walls Team

Director’s cut of the 6th annual Live Graffiti Show presented by Molotow & Graffiti Walls in Olomouc, Czech Republic. Contains 6m tall Graffiti Walls character performed by Ding. Thanks to all participants.

Also, check out the whole spot gallery from this jam!

Video by Johnny Vee & Pauser
Music by DTonate