Category Archives: Editorial

Painting a Future

The project has begun…

Inspired by Durban’s legal aerosol squad PAINT THE FUTURE (PTF) is open to any and all 031 ‘aerosolistas.’ PAINTING A FUTURE is a Gangs of Graffiti and Step Up Gallery initiative with simple enough objectives: painting big beautiful walls for schools and shelters and other places of refuge, using our art to recognize the role these institutions play in our society and promoting their work by rewarding them with this unique type of recognition. We’re promoting a professional approach to producing murals and productions from participating artists, to develop our art as a professional pursuit, a career choice as well as a passion.

Wanna paint?

Step 1 – secure a wall: approach a school or a shelter in your area, or that you know of, which would appreciate some stylish paint work and get them to agree

Step 2 – produce a proper plan, including a sketch and some specs of the wall (get a few before shots, measure the space out, play with some ideas in your blackbook)

Step 3 – hit us up at Gangs of Graffiti with the plan and the details of the space and we will hook you up with some paint

Step 4 – rock it!

Step 5 – Send us photos of the finished work and we will blog it and publicize it, far and wide…


Paint for Palestine

Calling all writers and artists

Paint for Palestine

Israel Apartheid Week 5 – 11 March 2012

The Russell Tribunal on Palestine, held in Cape Town last November (2011), found Israel guilty of the crime of apartheid and the persecution of the Palestinian people.

During IAW 2012, artists and activists around the world will be staging events in protest of this continued crime against humanity, as well as raising awareness and consciousness about the oppression of the Palestinian people.

This is a focussed movement of peaceful protest action, directed not at Israelis, but specifically at the racist apartheid government of Israel.

This call to action originates from within Israel and the Occupied Territories. The international community has been asked by both oppressed Palestinians and their Israeli supporters to observe a movement of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions until Israeli Apartheid is ended and the persecution stops.

PAINT FOR PALESTINE is a call to all street artists and Graffiti Writers to use this week, to promote the Palestinian cause and raise awareness around the fight for human rights that ensues daily within Israel and the Occupied Territories, by creating work with FREE PALESTINE as the theme. The colors of the banned Palestinian Flag are Red, Black, White and Green and have come to symbolize the right to self-determination that the Palestinian people are fighting for.

Painting a fresh piece or production and publicizing it through your social networks will be a push for peace felt far away in a country where a wall is much more then just a cool cats canvas, as well as making a mark on the street that gives a face to the faceless.

Hey, you were gonna paint anyway right? Make this piece count for more then just getting up again.

Freedom for Palestine is freedom for us all.

Broadcasts Exhibition – KZNSA Gallery, Durban

04 October – 23 October 2011
Main Gallery, Multi-media room

Paul Senyol, Christian MugnaiDuane Smith, Pete Reynolds, Wesley van Eeden

(Images courtesy of Philip Botha.)

Link to the Facebook event here.

‘IWOKE’ UP in INDIA by Ewok

The short story of the IWOKE wall, Chapel Rd, Bandra (west) Mumbai, India courtesy of South African artists Ewok and JFlame and with the full-on support of THE WALL PROJECT:

My name is Ewok (not from MSK crew, from Durban, South Africa).  Out of respect for the solid work EWOK (MSK) has put into that name I choose to write IWOKE when I write style.  This is a new mission of mine, all about this year, the year “I woke…” in a lot of ways.  I am writing this piece from an internet cafe in the Himalayas, on a leg of myself and my wife’s epic 6 week journey through India.  We are expecting our first child in January 2012 so he is along for the trip as well.  Last weekend Sunday, on our way to the mountains, we totally stoked out when we hooked up a wall to paint as part of our trip.  This was the last thing I could have expected, this has been a big year for Durban Graffiti art  and this wall came as a kind of reward.  To be so welcome to paint, so far from home but fully connecting with a city and its people in this way, this is the gift that The Wall Project offers international artists on a mission to rock global spots.

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Paint the Future Party: Alliance Franscaise

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Success!  R1500 through the door equals approximately 30 cans of premium paint, plus onetwo outside donations and the generous sponsorship of 100 CANS from Durbans premier underground art store STEP UP GALLERY (Sandy Centre, Pinetown), all together creating a thick rack of color to be lovingly and finely processed and produced upon our awaiting cityscape!

With performances by SPITMUNKY and JET WENTWORTH, customization from FINK and CADE, shirt stencilling from PTF Crew, and a host of heads nodding and chilling and celebrating the postponement of the trial of the 031 Aerosol 7, this evening was a fresh approach to catalization through cans and capitilization on cannisters…much respect to all involved in pulling this off…Durban stays fresh once again!

SAPS Wall: The Alliance Franscaise

The Alliance Franscaise in Morningside, Durban.  Proud supporter of Gangs Of Graffiti, sporting a fresh facelift in the form of some aerosol artistry, completed on the day of the Paint The Future party and postponement of the trial of the 031 Aerosol 7…


Editorial: Focus on the Aerosol 7 Trial

I have been looking back at what people have written, on this site and others, and while I agree that there is need for debate, I’m getting frustrated with how futile the debate can feel, and how freely this incident is debated AT ALL with the detachment which online spaces bring. 

Until it is clear that these arrests are not an issue of taste or opinion, the conversation is useless. The awareness and enthusiasm and solidarity is nothing more than empty hype unless we open our mouths and speak up, and speak with purpose, on wrongful punishment.

There has been some pretty important, and some pretty banal conversation since word about the arrests spread. Many of us have developed relationships because of it, from no commonality besides being pissed off on their behalf. Some, particularly those juiced up on the vitriol of Facebook, have voiced their suspicion of the whole affair, that vandals are vandals and art in public property needs a different set of standards and rules, it’s not all free-the-artist and let-love-rule. Some have said we’re making martyrs out of graffiti writers and called it laughable. Read the rest of this entry

Some Get Sentenced, Some Get Awards

 A conversation with intrepid street artist JR, who recently won the $100,000 TED Prize and used it to launch his Inside Out project.

[One trend I wish would go away is] the way that brands take over the artists, sometimes not supporting them but using them. I believe there is a very fine line and a frame to respect if you want to keep your ethic. As most of the financing from states has disappeared, the only way left to live from your art, for the ones who don’t sell in galleries, is through brands.

Most of the brands don’t actually support the artists for the purpose of the artists’ goals, but for their own communication beliefs. I am still dreaming of patronage and philanthropy, but all I see is sponsoring.


Inside Out Project

S.A.P.S Wall #5


SAPS Wall #5

A letter from Durban resident Barbie Page, to The Mercury newspaper:

Yesterday I was extremely privileged to watch a group of talented young artists brighten up a drab
neighbourhood wall. My neighbour had complained about the state of the front wall of her property and I suggested inviting a group of graffiti artists to use it as their blank canvas. She jumped at the idea and so I contacted Iain (Ewok) Robinson to come around and have a look at the wall and meet the owner of the property, which he happily did. The group arrived yesterday morning and after cleaning and preparing the wall with steel brushes, settled down to work. Throughout the day I took photographs and constantly uploaded them to Facebook to chronicle the progress. By the early evening the wall had been transformed into a vibrant palette of colour and movement – an eyesore is now a thing of beauty.




What struck me was the peaceful and friendly atmosphere as these young people went about doing what they love- expressing their individuality and talent. The neighbours from our street all came along to have a look, chat with the artists and to show support.


 This kind of art is not subversive. It’s a part of today’s young culture, a form of expression like rap and hip-hop. These youngsters are not vandals- they envision and create form and design where our unimaginative brains are unable to.  They are hugely talented artists, pure and simple, and should be encouraged.



Come on Durban- show them your support. Let them help turn our city into a place as vibrant and colourful as it likes to advertise itself !




Barbie Page – “graff fan”


CRIME SEEN: Gangs of Graffiti hits Street Scene

From pencil to piece… new day, new art up in Durban. Street Scene HQ turns CRIME SEEN ahead of the Crime Seen Tour on September 14th.


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