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    at first i thought that picture had to be nz but looking at the numberplate there it's actually aus

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    I think I knew him (Keen) back in the day. Met him, rather. Crazy to see him still graffing, 30 years later.

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    Here Danny I think this is the best Instagram account out there. It'll make you cry.

    https://www.instagram.com/johnnation/

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    Thanks for that. A few there I remember seeing in the flesh.

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    As someone mentioned on this thread there's this step change when specialist paint is introduced and as a result of that the older stuff becomes extra evocative. It doesn't have the modern gloss and pop and density

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    Yeah, really good point. Plus the texture of faded photos for added nostalgia.

    It's interesting to me to look at the characters and letter styles in particular. I was always really into letters. The characters are typical teenage boy stuff, gangsters gesticulating, but, just thinking London did have it's own distinctive lettering for a long while and there's something to me that looks very teenage about it also Quite cramped, not fully taking up the space like you see in later pieces where the artists have thought about their practice and are more confident, more mature.

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    Yeah I agree. London was never as arty as Europe, or even as Brighton. i agree it feels cramped. I often think about how a kind of relative crapness is, for people who were there, cherished much more then the polished iteration that succeeds it but it's impossible to fully appreciate in retrospect, where the tendency is to condescend or disdain.

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    "Relative crapness" is perfect! Yeah, it's bound with memories and the as you said, the texture of the city. Polished wall graf or - shudder - street art is nothing like it.

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    It's funny, for all the time I spent in London the graffiti that I mainly remember isn't the big impressive stuff so much as the minor taggers, the ones that are really just a short word or phrase sprayed or even written with a pen with no discernible skill or artistry. TOX, TEK 33, E-dog, Inch, Rogue MP (always liked that one). ELAMENT scratched into the window of a Central Line tube carriage.

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    There's an economic factor with paint as well, as I guess there always is with art and artists tool. The new brands of paint and the colours available are indicative of a time of a more professional class of painters who pay for the paint. The old stuff was all stolen, racked, or if you had big balls, taxed off other writers. BITD, the only nice paint available was Buntalac which you could only get from art shops, and was by the time i was involved, under double lock and key. I can the lilacs and pinks in some of those pieces and think that must've been a can on Bunt.

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    Tox is one of the most famous of all time cos of his omnipresence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luka View Post
    Tox is one of the most famous of all time cos of his omnipresence.
    Yeah, he's there wherever you go. A sort of genius loci for London as a whole.
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    I loved how crude Tox was. No fannying around.

    You seen this Luka? I only found out about it earlier this year, totally brilliant:


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Tea View Post
    It's funny, for all the time I spent in London the graffiti that I mainly remember isn't the big impressive stuff so much as the minor taggers, the ones that are really just a short word or phrase sprayed or even written with a pen with no discernible skill or artistry. TOX, TEK 33, E-dog, Inch, Rogue MP (always liked that one). ELAMENT scratched into the window of a Central Line tube carriage.

    Glad I moved out before all this tedious NAT HAS HERPES bollocks.
    The best I've seen is one scrawled at the foot of a billboard saying "Connor has bare credit".

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