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Category Archives: Steel
And you’ve got folk screwing about a high speed line between London and Birmingham…
This is how you do a Harlem Shake
So we’ve received a banging email from Timo again, sharing more of his runners he’s caught by people visiting the city. Here’s what he had to say…
Napoli part 2
During my years benching in Napoli, I have seen panels by most of the well known train writers from all over the world, many of them seemed to have stopped off here and painted steel at some point. There have been 3 main lines for benching, they are the Circumvesuviana, the Cumana, and the Line 2 metro. All have been bombed to some degree and it seems to change over different time periods as to which is most hit.
Here is a good selection of interrailers panels I have been lucky enough to capture.
So it has been leaked by noir himself, that he’s writing a book about his experiences of pretty much smashing steel for so many years! Can’t deny saying I’m a little excited about this…
So I met Timo a while back after being introduced by Shady, from what I Shady told me was the man is one hardcore bencher! Something you really do not hear of in Britain but in the Naples it’s a whole new story, because of how many great photographs he’s sent us I’ll upload a few each day.
Here’s what Timo has to say…
An Englishman in Naples…
I was on holiday in Sorrento during the summer of 2005, during which time I planned a day trip to Rome. The wife wanted to see the colosseum and things, but me, I wanted to see the famous Rome metro that was running like NYC 1980 style. As the bus pulled away from our hotel to start our journey, we drove through some Sorrento backstreets where we passed a bridge. What caught my eye then, was a battered old red and white train, end to end in colour pieces. Here I was, on a 3 hour bus trip to Rome to see painted trains and all the time it was on my doorstep. Needless to say, the rest of the holiday was spent with me nipping up to the station to get photos. From this first holiday, I dont know why, but something gripped me about Naples and its graffiti scene, great food and wine and plenty of sun and funky train pieces, it all seduced me and still does to this day.
I have been visiting every year since, as many times as our budget will allow, (Thanks to a great wife), but its not been all plain sailing as i’ve been arrested and questioned about all the photos on the camera asking if im a writter etc, I’ve also been approached for gay sex twice…must have been stood too close to the toilets on the station lol.
Here are some of the main writers and crews panels that I’ve been privileged enough to photograph over the past 7 years, I will be back in 2013 for more of the same hopefully.
Big respect to all Naples writers who have put themselves on the line to paint steel over the years.
Some paint on trains from two more writers that have been hit with a bullshit charge for what is really in the perspective of things quite an innocent crime…
Photo’s taken in Napoli by English man Timo, who from what I understand is over there a lot benching runners
Another of London’s top graffiti snappers is Lee102. Quiet and unassuming, his knowledge of the London graffiti scene is extensive after a decade of following the trail around the city for the best graffiti, throwies and dubs he can find. He always has the first pics from any of the numerous city spots.
Locations traveled: Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Czech Rep, Hungary, Austria, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Poland, Italy, Spain, Portugal, France, Belgium, Holland, Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia, USA (in 2 weeks)
Years snapping graff: 10
Equipment used: My trusty Nikon D40 with various lenses
Here’s some useful links to his works:
A tasty email from the european boys Mobs! Nice one for the email! Anybody else that fancies emailing photos feel free to get them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We would like to show our support for the real graffiti archivers who have been doing their thing long before the recent surge of phoney graffiti photographers hit the scene. The West Midlands seem to have a particular problem with them. This new breed of snappers seem to show little or no respect towards the scene and the people that provide them with their picture opportunities, posting face pictures onto Youtube and other sites after being asked expressly not to, releasing postcode locations of illegal spots, and not having the common decency to ask before they shoot someone. The increased ease at which a photo can be taken and uploaded onto the web has done little good for the scene, even as far as to say it has put certain magazines out of business. We lost one of the UK’s best and favorite graff mags last year due to this. We’re running a series of features that, in our opinion, show our appreciation to the best snappers in the UK, and who we fully endorse. Love them or hate them, the toy snappers will pass by, jumping on the next cool bandwagon, while the hardcore will still be doing their thing 20 years from now. In this feature we let the pictures do all the talking…
Location – London
Places travelled for graffiti pics: UK, Paris, Lyon, Swizterland, Croatia, Prague, Berlin, Eindhoven, Alicante, Barcelona, Milan, Naples, Bucharest, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Athens, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Florida, Miami,
Years of snapping graff – 27 years
Equipment – Canon 5d MK2 – click and shoot and hope for best
Frank’s new book can be purchased here- http://www.amazon.co.uk/100-Graffiti-Artists-Frank-Malt/dp/0764341960/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1358061898&sr=8-1
To follow- Datachump, NoLionsInEngland, deleteO8, Lee102(tbc), Graffiti Junkie(tbc).
Back in a time when graffiti was taken so seriously that it was on crime watch and they were paying you £500 per tag you grassed up!