the book about Disz1, from the Dutch Graffiti Library 2018

earlier on this blog, i posted a story about DISZ1 from Holland, who was the first guy from europe bombing trains in NYC. But he was not only a train bomber, documentarist, fotograf under his own label "Rudeboy Flicks" and van bode fanatic collector. He was a real great person in life. maybe other would say a real human. He used to live for a while in Berlin. Now the bad news is he passed away 6 years ago. The Dutch graffiti library maked it happen, to put a book together with his family, about DISZ1. its a very nice book, worth to check out and buy. the Dutch Graffiti Library wrote about latest book:
Proud but with respect we present: Disz. The first Dutch writer bombing the New York City subway. Finally after more than 30 years an answer to the question “What is a young man from The Hague doing bombing the one line in the 145th Street Tunnel with Bodé nudes?” asked in the book ‘Spraycan Art’ has arisen! A publication by Dutch Graffiti Library with quotes of Sae FC, West FC, Jean Badboyz Inc., Henry Chalfant and Jim Prigoff. After intensive research and determination, we have uncovered the startling and unique story of René Westhoff aka Disz. A life that unfortunately ended far too early in 2012, when Disz died at the age of 50. In the early 80s, Disz documented the graffiti culture and his own role in it and recorded this in unprecedented detail in his handwritten diaries and notes, supported by personally taken photos and sketches. <br/>Now available: hardcover, 192 pages, text in English. 
its European graffiti history. Rest in peace homeboy.( just click on the dutch graffiti library to jump)
Disz1 on Berlin S-train early 90ties

Disz1 on Berlin S-train early 90ties


GFA account on Instagram

Just wanted to let everybody here know, that You find me on Instagram as Poetgraffiti. After 28 years i leaved the GFA crew from Berlin. Then also you find under the alias Gloriousfiveartists, a gfa-graffiti page on insta, where i try to show and tell my version of GFA, from the perspective of an Ex-member and Ex-president. The site with the similar ending Glorious5artists on instagram, (the 5 is not in writtentext) is not from me



Martha Cooper getting up one week with 1Up crew. The book. Nice to see, she still has the love for the youth and the support...


even if Revok is copying Dtaggno...

The H&M case is serious. But i have to add that the idea/work that Revok had done (and then used by H&M for promotion)  is probably taken from a berlin writer called Dtagno. Dtaggno works from 10 years ago, really look the same style. He made his spray instrument in 2006-08 and one of the gallery stops he had, was at Ruttkowski68 gallery. And guess who had a solo show at Ruttkowski68 in 2015, Revok. So for me its clear that Revok copied this original idea from Dtaggno. But its not a shame because Dtaggno is a outstanding writer in the History of writing from Berlin. he belongs to the very best style writers and contemporary artists at the same time. more earlier works from Dtaggno on this blog here and here
Dtaggno's gadget.

Dtaggno using his gadget.
On "best damn art blog" they quote: Job Wouters and Roel Wouters show off a similar machine that they call the Rainbow Gun. In a demonstration of the tool, the duo spray the numbers 1234567 in a script font using the number of spray cans that correspond with the specific numeral. Coolest part? This video precedes Revok’s new series by 7 years. Another cool part?  In the description of the video, the Wouters pay respects to Daniel Tagno, a graffiti artist that also independently invented a similar tool in 2008 for the street.


H&M: Against Graffiti & Street Art

H&M: Against Graffiti & Street Art
A threat to artist's rights.
This week, fashion retailer H&M filed a lawsuit in Federal Court in New York, allegedly asking the court to essentially rule that any and all unsanctioned or illegal artwork, such as street art and graffiti, should be devoid of copyright protection and can be used by any brand or corporation, without any payment or even needing the artist's permission. This action taken by H&M is a full out assault on artists' rights and we must raise our voices. This could render millions of murals and important pieces of artwork worldwide completely unprotected and available for corporate use, without any payment or permission needed whatsoever.

We must not allow this company to use our artwork and appropriate our culture to sell their products, for their own financial gains, while at the same time allow them to devalue and delegitimize our artwork, our culture, and everything we work for.

This all began when H&M was caught using REVOK's artwork in an advertising campaign without permission. When REVOK asked them to stop, they responded by threatening him with criminal charges and filed this lawsuit declaring that all artists of unsanctioned artwork should be unprotected and have no rights whatsoever.

There are many things wrong in the world today, and most of them are far more important than this issue. But if we don't take action now, many of us may find our careers and livelihoods in jeopardy, or one day see our artwork plastered all over an advertisement for some brand we hate and there would be nothing we could do about it.

Go on social media, get the message out to the global artist community, and let H&M know how you feel about them. They have made it clear how they feel about us.


30 years anniversary The City Rockers Berlin

Happy Birthday, the City Rockers berlin celebrate their 30th.year. they are one of the backbones of berlin breakdance /b-boying. Since the end 80'ties, when GFA rappers where hitting the hip hop stages on jams in West-berlin, our breakers used to jam with the city rockers crew. this crew is until today heavy linked with the GFA history and one of our closest friends in the hip-hop universe. WE the GFA, a really proud of that we share the same legacy. old school never get out of fashion...keep on rock'in brothers.


Oz, Legendary Graffiti Artist, Killed While Tagging

by remember the true street legends , I also like to remember again to OZ from Hamburg. Another nice underrated short clip about OZ, worth to spend 4 and a half minutes to watch.

Oz, Legendary Graffiti Artist, Killed While Tagging Street Art Poet walter josef fischer—known here in hamburg, germany, as oz—was a fucking legend, even if most people could never pick him out of a crowd. aged and slow with a worn, creased face and a hunch, he walked unseen with me through hamburg as he painted walls and swore at trains. and yet, with his spray can, he'd changed the face of this city. up until his death last thursday, the 64-year-old left his tag—a simple smiley face—hundreds of thousands times on local walls, sidewalks, roofs and lampposts. vocativ got a last glimpse into the world of germany's legendary, inscrutable oz before his death last thursday


in memory of maxim, Berlin limited#1 by Def Beat Radio

Was Maxim für Hip Hip in Deutschland getan hat, lässt sich kaum in Worte fassen. In der Sendung 'Berlin Limited - In Memory Of Maxim' werden viele seiner Weggefährten und Homies versuchen es auszudrücken, denn sie werden geballt zu Wort kommen. Unter anderem kommen Kai Eikermann , Wesp, Kadir Amigo Memis, Blacky, DJ Runex, B-Boy Crok, Bee Low, José Beatsurfer, Chicco und Sir Bee von The City Rockers, Gina La Serra, Becksy Hell, Poet, Marc Hype, DJ Mesia, Cihad Aydin (Son Of Maxim), Ben Mansour, DJ Cut'em T, BAS 2, DJ Chrizz, Crazy Bone und Adrian Nabi zu Wort... Darüber hinaus ist Maxim selbst aus einem bereits 2001 geplante n Film über sein Leben zu hören und einige teilweise noch nie gehörte Aufnahmen. Wir danken allen Homies für die tatkräftige Unterstützung und die aufgebrachte Zeit, um diese Sendung überhaupt realisieren zu können, denn es ist uns eine Herzensangelegenheit. Berlin Hip Hop Culture is still alive und Maxim möge im absoluten Frieden ruhen!!! We love you...


No smart using of an image...

Its just again a sign of the times, the industry just let us no time to breath. We can do what we want, paint in the last corner of the city, behind hidden trees, they track us down. What does it all mean?! We wanted to like, again, to paint something for us. No sponsor, no rules. Just a statement, just what we want, what we love. Strange part of it is, when bringing out the poster, (to cover our own spray paint costs) all the graff-shops are concerning about the product itself, the poster, the weight and print quality of the poster, telling us from the professional graffiti selling point of view, that this Art-poster is about hard to sell. On the other hand the industry have no fear, to use this image, even if they have no rights to. They waste no time, they are not concerning about anything anymore. They just rip the shit out of this. They try to sell our souls, with their brand logo on top, as cheap as possible.... i will write within the next weeks more about the current situation about this topic, the situation in berlin and why we should take more care about our movement and who we dealing with, and maybe ask where we going to in the future.