I´m back after another missing week on the blog. With regards to this column that´s more down to my decision to post less and less on Instagram. I’ve pretty much given up with it to be honest, the algorithm has sucked all the fun out of it. Also I would appear to have been shadow banned since I haven’t been able to post for four days! Yay! So this week’s column is simply three pre ban posts that I personally really liked and not paying any attention to likes etc.
Italian tattoo and graffiti artist Stefano Phen is a fairly regular presence on the streets of Barcelona. Stefano is one of those artists that likes to keep experimenting. His pieces veer from hyper-realism portrait work to more traditional graffiti writing. For this particular mural he has merged the two and created a tribute to the legendary rapper Nas.
Nas was playing a gig in Barcelona that week so what better excuse for Stefano to get outside and create. As I said he has used both realism and writing on this wall. To the left hand side is a really striking black and grey portrait of Nas, hands clasped. You can tell that Phen is a tattoo artist can’t you! In the background are buildings and trees from what I guess is the projects that the rapper grew up. To the right of the wall are the lyrics “I think they scared of us” I love the 3D effect, it really jumps out of the wall at you. The red and gold together is also a great colour choice, a real contrast to the black and grey portrait.
BL2A is another fairly regular presence on the streets here. However unlike Phen’s work it can be a little harder to find these little blue paste up’s. This one I just happened to come across on my way to a meeting. And on top of that I just got lucky that the little old lady was heading my way. Didn’t quite time the shot right but you get the effect! BL2A creates some really interesting and inventive pieces but this is one is slightly more simple. No less effective however, especially if you get lucky enough to time a shot of someone being kissed by the female paste up!
I would assume that like me Dirty is a bit of a sneaker head. All of his/her pieces that I have seen, on the streets at least, have been of kicks. And not just regular kicks but super colourful, squishy and melty ones. I simply find these super interesting to look at and I guess to the untrained eye you’d struggle to make out what’s going on. However as a lover of all things sneaker I immediately see the laces and air bubbles and just fall in love.
I wonder if Dirty only paints these on the streets or if he/she actually designs sneakers for anyone? That’s something I’d definitely like to find out.