RUN COLORZ FESTIVAL – « Une immersion totale »

– La 2ème édition du Graffiti 974 JAM intitulé RUN COLORZ FESTIVAL aura lieu les 12 et 13 décembre prochain à Saint-Louis, Ile de la Réunion.

A cette occasion 40 street-artistes et graffeurs seront unis gratuitement autour d’une même thématique dans l’un des plus beaux spots de graffiti du Sud, l’ancien parc aquatique de Saint-Louis à la Réunion. En plus d’être un tremplin pour les artistes, en étant ouvert à un public inter-générationnel, l’événement comprend une programmation gratuite permettant l’accessibilité et les échanges, avec la découverte et le partage des savoirs vers la valorisation de ces modes d’expression graphiques urbains lors des performances live.

Organisé par l’association Le Graffiti 974 et l’association LORD, le RUN COLORZ Festival veut être un tremplin aux jeunes talents dans une démarche d’expression artistique, passant du graffiti à la peinture, par la danse pour en venir à la musique. Des ateliers d’initiations au graffiti permettront d’animer l’événement auprès des plus jeunes, en créant pourquoi pas de nouveaux futurs talents. Au-delà de ça, l’éthique du mouvement se fonde sur le partage et la transmission. Le RUN COLORZ Festival repose sur un concept simple : être une manifestation culturelle, festive et artistique, organisée dans le but d’offrir au public un panel complet d’activités que représente le mouvement Hip-Hop et de réunir les acteurs de ce milieu. Ce que font déjà l’association Le Graffiti 974 depuis 2011 par sa plateforme web et l’association Lord à La Rochelle depuis 2001.

Au programme :

– Soirée d’ouverture du Festival au Downtown, le jeudi 10 décembre 2020 dès 19h : exposition collective, rencontre artistes, performances live, Mix by DJ.STEW et pleins de surprises !


– RUN COLORZ Festival les 12 et 13 décembre 2020 : grande fresque à thème par 40 artistes, murs libres par jeunes talents et/ou talents méconnus de La Réunion !

Découvrez le line-up 2020 : https://www.graffiti974.com/festival-run-colorz

AFRO l 100% GRAFFITI, 100% VANDALE

Influencé par les writers parisiens et new-yorkais des années 90, AFRO pratique le graffiti traditionnel à sa sauce à la Réunion après un début sur Paris dans les années 95. Vandale et 100% graffiti, AFRO recouvre les murs de l’île !

Qui es-tu ?
Je suis AFRO, AFRONE, FROA… Artiste Graffiti, avant 2005 je posais FLUT.

Comment as-tu découvert le graffiti ?
Comme beaucoup de monde, en regardant le bord des routes dans les années 80 et également à la TV notamment dans l’émission H.I.P H.O.P. de Sydney[1]. J’ai ensuite atterri à Mantes-la-jolie en 92, en plein essor du Rap. Puis en 95, je me suis retrouvé à Paris, dans un lycée métro Stalingrad, un endroit clé du graffiti (terrains légendaires, magasin Tikaret, une véritable institution dans le hip hop… et j’ai commencé sérieusement l’année suivante en 96.

Parle-nous de ton ou tes crews ?
Je fais partie des KIE depuis mes débuts, et je suis aussi dans le 96PF, un crew récent. KIE a été fondé dans les années 90, j’ai été recruté comme la jeune génération par SKOFE et LOFE.

Le graffiti pour toi c’est quoi ?
Mon point de départ pour beaucoup de chose, apprendre à élaborer et à structurer des projets… C’est surtout une contre-culture, un monde dans le monde. Une sorte d’addiction et de thérapie en même temps.

Plutôt lettrage ou perso ? Pourquoi ?
Les 2. J’étais plutôt Tags et throw-ups, block letters, chromes… Et j’ai, plus tard, fait des pièces colorées. Je fais également des persos.

Pourquoi AFRO ?
C’est un nom que les gars de mon crew m’ont donné. J’ai essayé et les lettres m’ont plu. J’ai donc continué.

As-tu toujours graffé à la Réunion ou tu as aussi voyagé ? Si oui, raconte-nous (les différences, les spots, …)
Alors comme je te l’ai dit plus tôt, j’ai commencé à Paris, ici à la Réunion, c’est très nouveau pour moi. Je n’ai pas vraiment voyagé avec le graffiti mis à part la Belgique, la Suisse, l’Allemagne et la Grande Bretagne… Les Pays-Bas, l’Espagne… OK, j’ai bougé un peu …
Chaque endroit, chaque époque sont très différents. Dur de comparer. Les spots et supports sont sensiblement les mêmes partout ; terrains, rues, roulants…

Pratiques-tu le vandale ? Pourquoi ?
Oui, ça me parait essentiel, écrire son nom c’est la base de cette pratique.

Comment vois-tu l’évolution du graffiti ?
Le graffiti évolue au fil du temps c’est certain : techniques, matériel, infographie. En tout cas je pense que ce mouvement va perdurer… les peintures murales sont éphémères mais parfois intemporelles. Ce qui fera une constante évolution.

Raconte-nous une anecdote/rencontre qui t’as marqué.
A Paris tu rencontres beaucoup de writers, toutes générations confondues. Un jour, je prenais un café rue de Rivoli, il y avait un monsieur plus âgé que moi assis en face de moi, son visage me disait trop quelque chose, je suis allé lui demander si on ne se connaissait… Il me répond avec un accent cainri : “Salut je m’appelle SEEN”, je l’avais vu dans le film “Style War”. Je n’ai pas pensé à lui demander une kasdedi. Legendary allstar.

Une dédicace ? Un dernier mot ?
Big up à tous mes OG’s, ceux qui peignent encore : large up. Une spéciale pour la nouvelle génération qui met l’ambiance !

Aux KIE Crew : LOFE, KLEBS, LIKER, ALCAZ, KOPEA, FLESH, SKOFE, BUENO, GONG, LOMBAR, PARSKE, BAFE N MORE…CISPEO SWC, RUGS THE IRIE, DEKS, MOTYF, SUPANAO, DIAZ, MAKAK, KPTN, ZEMAR, MIAOU… j’en oublie sûrement.

À tous ceux qui me connaissent.
Peace.

[1] H.I.P. H.O.P. était une émission de télévision française diffusée sur TF1, conçue et animée par Sidney, qui a diffusé la culture Hip-hop en France et l’a rendue populaire.

Crédit photo : © AFRO

Mayor Interview

At the junction of letters and characters, Mayor seems to resolve the surrealist conflict taking place between images and words, this group of poets at the base wondering what words or images were born first in the brain. Even if the neurosciences have since answered this question that it is the images, Mayor offers a pacifist compromise to this ancient conflict.

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Hi, Yiors aka Mayor, you from La Coruña in Spain, you have 31 years and you paint since 2003, your name comes from your surname, did you drawing before?
Yes, I began to paint when I was in Chile. The drawing was always a part of my life.

Did you study art in school?
No.

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What are you looking for when you create letters? 
It depends on the moment, recently I try to find the simplicity and the best contrast.

Your letters are very singular, what is your inspiration, idea for making that? 
I’m an open-minded person, I’m in a continuously searching for new ideas, the inspiration even comes from washing dishes or go for a walk… I’m searching to add a touch of humor usually including characters with simple, clean, and contrast styles.

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How was this style?
I try to find the perfect balance between the graffiti and the illustration with my touch of humor and my thoughts and all of this creates my style.

Do you travel to paint?
Yes, whenever I can.

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Did you live with your art?
It is difficult, there are good times and bad times but that is the objective.

Do you think the letters have specificities in your city and country or everything has been diluted in a great international style?
Some time ago, each city had her own style, a marked style but nowadays social networks and the new forms of communication had done that everything is diluted.

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If the artwork creates a world and life imitates art more than art imitates life, what kind of world you want your painting impulse?
Colorful and funny world fueled by constancy, love, and sacrifice.

Do you think it is like one chromotherapy for the city where the dominant is monochrome light?
Yes, a grey city is like a lifeless city. Streets need colors, I’m glad to be a part of that culture.

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Do you think that writing only modifies the space or the mentality of people, and how does it modify it?
In my opinion, I think that is something which helps in the visual appearance from the neighborhood, from the streets and it can give life to the city but not all the people think the same… It’s something that during the years It has come to be accepted.

Do you have some anecdotes?
A lot of them! The last was some months ago. I was in Porto, I was waiting for a man to get out yo the place that I want to paint and when I thought the man was gone, suddenly he starts painting the spot that I wanted.
I have crazy stories, once  The GNR (Portuguese police) pointed a gun at us after a police raid. Another day I was offered 50 € to paint a  shop window because the owner was in debt! Also, another day when I escaped from the police I broke my hand… There are a lot of anecdotes.

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Do you have a word for the end?
Thanks a lot and don’t stop the party!

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Little walk in Morocco with Mevok

In this world tour of writing, we pass through Morocco to meet Mevok.

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Hi Mevok, you from Tangier in Morocco, you have 29 years, why choose this name?
It’s just I collected the letters I like, no story behind.

Can you tell us how you started to write?
I started scratching 2006/2007 and it was just here in Morocco at the beginning of the scene so it’s was nothing and I continue scratching just for fun until I found my self addicted to this beautiful world.

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Do you draw before?
Yes, some portraits and comics books.

Why do you choose writing?
Cause writing is so creative and so illimitée to progress and discover.

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What you studied in school?
Economics license degree and I’m not working with it cause I want to follow graffiti.

Do you have a crew?
SMC, mean Street Masters Crew, with local writers and it’s since 2017.

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The question of the crew is it important in your city and country?
Not important in Morocco there are few writers so there is not a big scene.

Can you explain how the writing comes to your city?
It was me the first one in Tangier city.

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How do you explain that he arrived so late by rapport in western Europe where he arrived at the beginning of the ’80s for example or in eastern Europe at the end of the ’90s
Graffiti arrived in Morocco and whole arable or Islamic world late cause people are focused on their Islamic or Arabic culture and it is hard to accept anything new even now peoples still don’t accept something coming from outside their culture. And it’s started in Morocco at the beginning of the 2000’s.

How people and authorities see the writing in your city, your country?
Sometimes talks and tell you to stop and sometimes they just let it go because of graffiti here not too much like Europe so there is a bunch of empty walls so they don’t mind if some are painted. It’s Illegal but there is no police for only graffiti so it’s not so dangerous to paint but it still illegal.

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They are many places to paint in your city and the rest of your country?
Yes, there is a lot of empty walls over here.

What are you looking for when you create letters?
I look nothing I’m feeling if my feelings are bad the letters are shit and if am happy the Graff is lit and dope. For me graffiti it with Latin letters you can make it with Arabic or Chinese but the original one is Latin.

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What are your inspirations?
Wildstyle and typography and all styles honestly.

How we can define is letters are good or not?
First thing if the letters follow the basics and then it’s OK for me.

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You spend a lot of time drawing with paper or digital?
Paper for sure digital it just in this last year.

What the digital change and bring at your work?
Digital makes sketching easier for coloring and does effects but for flowing the letters I prefer papers.

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Do you live with your art?
I’m trying to yes even it’s hard.

If the artwork creates a world and life imitates art more than art imitates life, what kind of world you want your painting impulse?
Art imitates life cause there is a lot of things in life to get inspired from.

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Do you have some anecdotes to tell us?
There is a lot but I tell you one time we were painting and the police catch us and they took us to the police station than one policeman told us you’re the guys of the jet ski.

Do you have a word for the end?
For now, graffiti is my life, my wife, my friends, and my parents who take care of me. Emotionally and all and I love graffiti so much.

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The pixel writing of Shabe

At the turn of a small tour in Europe, if passing by Kiev, in Ukraine, you come across a rather particular style of letters: pixel writing, do not be surprised too much, and take the time to count the small squares of Shabe’s painting.

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Hi Shabe, you write since 2003 et you have 32 years, can you tell us why chose this name? 
Hi, well, if you read in our language, from right to left, it means something like « let’s do it » Ebash    Ебаш

Did you draw before?
Only graffiti.

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Did you study art in school?
Studied as a manager. But now I ‘m a teacher of calligraphy at the school of art.

What is your inspiration for your letters?
I like the way the brush pen writes, and my fonts are based on calligraphy, plus I like the 8-bit game, and I have the Dandy game console, probably a lot of inspires me from there.

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Where does this way of making letters come from as if it does not have a lot of pixels or if they were tiled?
I was looking for something new, I like to make the volume of letters without an outline, they look interesting in some way, and then I tried to make the outline pixels. Now I like to do a gradient fill from a pixel.

How you can define your style?
Pixel Lettering.

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They are many people who make letters like this?
Sometimes I see fonts and flops with pixel outlines, but lettering didn’t see.

What are you looking for when you create letters?
When I create letters the most helps me draw more on paper. As I use calligraphy in my work, I have to draw every day.

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What are the good letters for you?
Well, good letters are all letters. I generally love letters and creative fonts. There are certainly complex letters, there are complex compounds. Shabe like letters I really like.

Do you think the letters have specificities to Kiev, or Ukraine or everything has been diluted in a great international style?
It’s difficult to connect our country with some kind of style, probably now everything will develop due to the Internet. Probably like everywhere you can find super interesting styles or a toy.

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Why want to change the urban space with letters?
The letters create the life of the city, their activity, and growth dynamics.  And when you get into a city where it is not there, the feeling that no one lives there.

If the artwork creates a world and life imitates art more than art imitates life, what kind of world you want your painting impulse?
The question is unrealistic in this case, it is worth choosing the side in which you don’t fall within the framework of imitation of life, you want to be outside of imitation.

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Do you think it is like one chromotherapy for the city where the dominant is monochrome light?
In our city, for about 6 months, the sky is obscured by gray clouds and expensive, which they never washed, of the exact same color but against the background of buildings built in the Soviet Union.  The color very much affects the state of people, and when you create a new piece, people in this place begin to behave differently, and most often it’s positive.

Do you think that writing only modifies the space or the mentality of people, and how does it modify it?
Pieces definitely change the space and of course, people who are often among this will change for the better.

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Do you have some anecdotes?
Once I painted a wall in Turkey at night, and when I came for me a local resident ran in. And he began to show with gestures that he wants to have sex with me I refused him and began to draw a Piece. After which he became waxed of my piece and lowered his pants and leaned over I left and finished the next day afternoon.

Do you have a word for the end?
The most important thing is that there is a connection between the people who draw, and you can find connections in any country in the world. If you draw it is not unimportant to travel the world. And you should always respect other artists and their work.

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