Stevio...LA LA Lovin' It?

I'm British-born Chinese from Bristol, UK. I’m LA-based. I’m a hip hop aficionado. After 15 years in London I moved to LA to pursue a new career and outlook on life.

Back in the 80s I was a DJ. In the 90s I contributed to the world's first street style exhibition at London's Victoria & Albert Museum. In 2011, I had my first interviews published. Today, I’m keeping busy with music, art, photos and writing.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Scion happenings

Scion's started its film series of events this week. I attended the Doug Pray (Hype!, Scratch) Infamy film screening about active graffiti writers across the States. The film featured SABER (amazing art), TOOMER, JASE (mildly obessive), CLAW, EARSNOT (total dickhead), and ENEM.

Infamy was fascinating and illuminating, even though I've followed graffiti for many years, but left me feeling kinda depressed. It was something about Earsnot's arrogance and hatred for everybody. His sneakiness, petty thievery, and general pointlessness of his energetic tagging. I mean, I believe things have moved on. Graffiti isn't just about scrawling your own name on public/private spaces. It's about statements about the world around you. Where are Earsnot's pieces? Tagging is for toys.

The humorous moments were all about Joe "THE GRAFFITI GUERRILLA" Connolly, the notorious LA "buffer" who strategically tries to out do the graffiti taggers and bombers. I have seen Joe on a speaker panel before and he's a frantic maniac. Infamy captures his energy and drive; the film also features one on his conquests and as soon as I saw it I remembered I had this photo in my library. It's on Fairfax down on Pico Blvd. It's not often Joe leaves his mark as markedly as this. May be he jealous of the attention his foes get? May be he's turned to the Dark Side?! Hahahh

The opening short film was a Boost Mobile produced documentary on the so called 'Retail Mafia', primarily based out of NYC. It features ANYthing, Frank 101, Alife, J Money, Situationormal and SSUR.


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