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TAKI 183 talks the History of Graffiti Culture, Classic Cars and the Future of Street Art

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This episode is very special to me. It’s not often I get to converse with a innovator, a pioneer or a living legend in anything let alone graffiti culture. Today’s guest on the show is TAKI 183.

 

Before recording a single episode of this podcast I made list of people I would love to have on the show. I threw Taki’s name on there under the dream big column. I wrote it not ever thinking it was a real possibility but here we are lol. That write it down and manifest it stuff I’ve always heard about does have a lot of merit to it, so I’m learning.

TAKI 183 was gracious enough to give me a few hours of his time to talk in-depth about his creative journey at the Auto Body Shop he owns out Yonkers. That being said, it was toward the end of the work day so we had to stop and start depending on if someone in the garage or a client needed to pull him away for a second.

I put a sound effect in between clips to give you an idea of when I had to stop the tape.

This episode was recorded in the waiting area of the garage… So just like when I’m deep in the city, it has it’s own sounds; like refrigerator humming, beeps, doors slamming, car lifts, wheels getting changed, sirens and of course, a healthy amount of welcomed disturbances from folks in the neighborhood.

I could totally edit this stuff out but to me, its all apart of the New York Said audio experience.

Enough with the intro, please enjoy.

Stay Up to Date with TAKI 183

Website: https://www.taki183.net

Links to the Stuff they Talked About

  1. The Words: A Graffiti Glossary 
  2. Stay High 149
  3. Wall Writers: Graffiti in its Innocence
  4. ‘Taki 183’ Spawns Pen Pals – Archived New York Times article
  5. Style Wars
  6. Julio 204
  7. Ford Model T
  8. Street Art NYC
  9. The Neighborhood That Went to War Against Gentrifiers
  10. The case of ‘The Butcher of Tompkins Square Park’
  11. Daniel Rakowitz
  12. El Marko
  13. Keith Haring
  14. Jean-Michel Basquiat
  15. Adam Cost
  16. Kaws
  17. TurtleCaps
  18. RISK
  19. BNE
  20. Street Art vs. Graffiti 
  21. Philly Writer: Cornbread 
  22. Flowers and Dice
  23. Turk 182
  24. The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
  25. Malcolm Gladwell
  26. KAWS: Companion at the Parade
  27. KAWS x Air Jordan 4
  28. Dondi
  29. VMAs celebrated Brooklyn with a KAWS-reimagined Moonman

This episode is sponsored by Gorilla Coffee.

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RAE BK on the Process of Creating Art, Film and Life Changing Experiences

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Photography Courtesy of RAE BK

It took a little minute but we finally caught up with RAE BK. In this episode RAE BK talks process, art, film, sculptures, cartoons, Beyond Vaudeville and life changing experiences.

 

 

Show Notes

  • The Legend DJ Kool Herc alongside the first MC – Coke La Rock
  • 130 Allen Street
  • Surprising people
  • Handball
  • Live streaming
  • DJ Chuck Chillout
  • Cazal Glasses
  • New York characters
  • People in the bar next door
  • Experience it
  • Train set
  • Ralph McDaniels
  • Coney Island Freakshow
  • 2014 Visit to Ethiopia
  • Creating jobs for years.
  • Courtesy – East 5th Street – Stand on the Word – Larry Levan The Joubert Singers

Keep up to Date with RAE BK

@rae_bk – Instagram

RAE BK “COMMUNITY SPREAD” APP

 

It’s been said that humor is a good way to deliver a serious message.

 

“CHRYSALIS” A Short Film By RAE

What is it to be born in a state of flux? Spending your days dreaming of an escape, only to realize there might not actually be one. The seven minute short film, “Chrysalis”, maps the journey and evolution of one such creature, a plastic-litter progeny of RAE, sprung from his current reincarnation amidst the debris of a city barren of its accustomed bustle. Our character is instinctively propelled to find a greener world, one of meditative solitude where he can continue to evolve into his higher-self. But what is the end game?

Set between the cobblestoned archways of New York City, and the verdant greens of the great-elsewhere forests, “Chrysalis” looks at the circular nature of development and the search for acceptance of our truest forms. One “Thanks, Come Again” at a time.

Are there just some things that you keep to yourself – That you can’t tell no one not even yourself?

 

“CELLBOUND” (2020)

 

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Solving for X with The Mazeking

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In this episode The Mazeking and Amon talk meditation, Marcel Duchamp, Buddhism, film, physics, the big bang theory, being bullied, the process of living and the purpose of art.

 

More About The Mazeking

 

Official Website

Saatchi Art

Instagram

American artist The Mazeking 飛龍 (Gabriel Asoka) is known for creating colorful, bold, and provocative artworks. He officially began making art in 1998 and started painting, creating various works, ranging from oil on canvas to acrylic on paper. The majority of his work is done in themed series, sometimes taking months or even a year to complete.

In 2002, Asoka had his first solo exhibition in Los Angeles at the O’Melveny Gallery. His love of life, and passion for exploration springs forth in his works of art. His works are about the Unseen (esoteric), Balance (duality), and Energy; what Asoka calls the “three keys”. When asked about his subject matter “I have always been deeply drawn to the esoteric (spirit), science and philosophy. Which are all, one and the same to me”. Inspired by everything from daily encounters to dreams, he explores various themes, including consciousness, sexuality, and the mystical, offering us a richer and more engaging perspective.

Asoka utilizes colors, contrast and forms as symbols. “I’ve used symbols in almost all my work, sometimes it’s just the color of something, or a shape or form, to represent an aspect of something, states of mind or experiences. It’s something that arose in my life and work over time and became part of my process”. Asoka places no labels or categories upon his work. He does not see art in classifications or categories, such as abstract or representational, stating “Everything is abstract in a way and representational in another way, it’s all perception”.

Over the years, his artworks have been collected by private collectors and can be seen in exhibitions around the world. The Mazeking currently lives and works in New York City.

 

Happiness Here Street Art 64NYC

Art by Artist The Mazeking, Happiness Here Street Art.

Show Notes

The Formula Painting

The Formula Painting by Artist The Mazeking

Fashion Maze Carine Roitfeld

Fashion Maze Carine Roitfeld by Artist The Mazeking

 

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The Story of KRINK with Craig Costello

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Krink ® New York City, Courtesy Craig Costello

Krink ® New York City, Courtesy of Craig Costello

 

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Krink: Graffiti, Art, and Invention should have been the title of this week’s podcast episode but it’s already the title of Craig Costello’s new book that just dropped with Rizzoli.

In this episode Craig and Amon talk about growing up in Queens, life in San Francisco, the birth of Krink, Alife, minimizing risk, field testing, racking and the challenges of growing a small business.

 

Krink: Graffiti, Art, and Invention By Craig Costello, Published by Rizzoli

Krink: Graffiti, Art, and Invention By Craig Costello, Published by Rizzoli

More About Craig

Craig Costello, aka KR, grew up in Queens, New York, where graffiti was part of the landscape and a symbol of the city. While living in San Francisco, he quickly garnered attention when his signature “KR” tag popped up throughout the city. As he became one of the more prominent figures on the streets of NYC and SF, he began to hone his craft by creating better tools launching his own line of homemade markers and mops, combining his moniker KR with the word INK. In Krink: Graffiti, Art, and Invention, Costello has compiled a visual memoir: from his early days of the ’80s and ’90s and launch with the hip New York City retailer Alife, which put his brand on the map, to his evolution as an artist and high-fashion collaborator.

Krink: Graffiti, Art, and Invention By Craig Costello, Published by Rizzoli

Krink: Graffiti, Art, and Invention By Craig Costello, Published by Rizzoli

More about the Book

The book showcases Costello’s seminal style and his extensive body of work, including site-specific installations around the world. It also chronicles his myriad collaborations with Alife, Nike, Coach, Moncler, Modernica, Marc Jacobs, Levi Strauss & Co., Mini (BMW), Carhartt, Casio G-Shock, Kidrobot, Medicom Toy, Stance, agnès b., and colette, among many others. Today, Costello’s reach and influence goes far beyond urban street culture. Krink has grown exponentially into a global artist materials brand with expanding collections of apparel, tools, and accessories; while Costello’s unique aesthetic can be seen on objects from sneakers to luxury goods to cars.

Krink: Graffiti, Art, and Invention is both stylish and informative, capturing the ethos of punk and hip-hop culture, and is sure to appeal to the fans of high/low cultural crossovers, as well as die-hard fans of street art and fashion.

Krink: Graffiti, Art, and Invention By Craig Costello, Published by Rizzoli

Krink: Graffiti, Art, and Invention By Craig Costello, Published by Rizzoli

 

Show Notes

  • Craig Costello
  • KRINK
  • Taking Risks
  • Conservative on the risk tip
  • Minimized Risk
  • Keeping KRINK a Secret 
  • Drippy Tags
  • Didn’t write graffiti on trains in the 80s
  • Ink tags
  • Ditto machine
  • Mimeograph
  • Supermarket ink
  • Grew up in New York
  • Graffiti traditions
  • Making ink
  • Being resourceful
  • Graffiti zines
  • Skills Magazine #7
  • TAKI 183
  • Cornbread
  • Silver KRINK
  • The early process of making KRINK
  • Field testing the product
  • Stop racking 
  • ESPO
  • The Art of Getting Over
  • Alife
  • Futura and Stash Recon Store
  • Getting press
  • The Fader
  • Keeping costs down
  • Learning things the hard way
  • No plan 
  • Pigment in solvent 
  • Graffiti carries a lot of baggage
  • Minimal actions
  • The Red Door
  • Sculptural piece
  • Beyond the Streets
  • Scaling up using color 
  • Using fire extinguishers
  • Skating banks at JFK
  • Infamy (Film)
  • Kunle Martins “Earsnot”
  • IRAK
  • Dash Snow
  • Giant silver drippy tags
  • Controlling the narrative 
  • Keep things extremely simple
  • Canon G7
  • Curious Artist 
  • Ricardo Gonzalez – It’s A Living
  • Shantell Martin
  • Built in aesthetic 
  • “Don’t Blame the Tool, Blame the Fool”
  • Hand made in small batches
  • Keeping the standard
  • Quality Control 
  • Trust yourself
  • Self-doubt

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