Payback Jam 2018

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Payback Jam is a hip hop event that takes place in Jyväskylä, Finland. This year in the middle of the town, Kauppalaispiha to be more precise.

And why am I posting about this..? Well, in addition to rap music, street dancers, parkour and whatnot there’s also live graffiti painting on the spot. For example by a local writer, Rives, whom I think happens to be one of the best stylewriters in Finland at the moment. Seriously. Check the dude out! But yes, I will be painting there too.

So, be there or be… something. And if you decide to just be something, at least check out the FB-event and Insta-accounts of the organiser. If possible, I’ll try to post something from the event as well. Most likely on my Insta-account.

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Espoo Art Attack

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As if my calendar wouldn’t be full already, there’s another group exhibition right behind the corner! An exhibition where I have the pleasure of having my art on display, of course. But even more stoked I am about the fellow artists as well as the actual place where the exhibition will take place: my old hometown Espoo. And the place there none other than the Culture Centre of Espoo. You know, I have to admit that it’s been a long way to from the concrete walls of Länsiväylä highway, a large highway in Espoo that I used to paint alot in the 90’s, to a gallery wall of the very same city.

The exhibition is curated by Sellekhanks and Hende, fellow artists and mighty fine chaps on top of that, if you ask me. They have done a killer work in relatively short time. Unbelievable.

More info from the Facebook-profile of the exhibition.

So, go and pay a visit, the exhibition runs from October 10th ’til October 29th. You won’t be disappointed!

Rest of the artists on the roster are: Dandysteele, Hende, Kiss, Koponee, Ninakuu, Psyke, Ray 52, Rosk, Salt, Sellekhanks and Soved. If you paid attention, you’d notice that there’s two HRC crewmates included. The very ones who spent their early teens with me decorating the various spots of Länsiväylä.

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Meeting of Styles Wiesbaden

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Last year I had the priviledge to participate in Meeting of Style‘s Copenhagen’s event. This year I will be painting at Meeting of Styles, again. But not in Copenhagen but in Wiesbaden, Germany. And with my Raw Deal crewmate and long time friend mr. Psyke. And what’s even more cool is that compared to many other Meeting of Styles’ events, where participants get to paint their individual pieces, we’ll be painting a group wall instead. Accompanied by three other writers from around the world. Writers we’ve never met before. Now talk about challenge! But we are so looking forward to the event.

Need I say that if you wanna follow up the happening in real time, go and check out both the Facebook-page as well as Instagram-profile‘s of the event. And yes, Psyke and Yours Truly will try to update our personal IG/FB accounts as well during the event.

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Meeting of Styles Copenhagen

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I’ll be participating this years Int. Meeting of Styles event at Copenhagen. This is truly an honour for me. The festival is the biggest graffiti event worldwide, held annually in over 20 countries. And the skills of the participants are unbelievable so I know I need to pull my 110%. Come to think of it, I am not sure how many (if any?) finnish graffiti artists have participated in the MOS events outside Finland prior to me.

Expect bunch of photos after the event. And if you are interested to follow the event almost in real time, I suggest you follow their Facebook-page or Instagram-profile. I try to update my Instagram-profile from the event as well but I know my focus will be on the actual painting, not documenting it.

To see the complete flyer, click here and my photos here.

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Vielä sananen työn arvostamisesta

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Julkaisimme reilu viikko sitten kannanoton, jonka pointti lyhykäisyydessään oli “ammattitaiteilijan on saatava palkkaa tekemästään työstä – myös graffititaiteilijan”. Mielestäni tämä on täysin selkeä ja ennen kaikkea reilu vaatimus. Olisiko ihan Suomen työlainsäädännönkin mukainen? Lisäksi pyysimme taiteilijoita harkitsemaan tarkkaan, miten suhtautua ilmaistyötarjouksiin. Kannattaa ylipäätänsä pohtia sitä, kuka ilmaistyöstä hyötyy – ja miten. Useimmiten se hyöty valuu aivan muualle kuin sen luovan työn tekevän ammattilaisen “laariin”. Ylläoleva videokin käy tätä samaa ilmiötä läpi, toki hieman yleisemmin ja humoristisesti luovan alan näkökulmasta. Ilmiö ei ole siis rajattu vain ylvääseen kotimaahamme. Continue Reading

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Artists not always paid fairly

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Every now and then I feel like we graffitiartists are the only outlaws at the art market and the only ones forced to work for free, only to grow our cv and get positive visibility or any other lame excuse like that. Ok, those arguements are (or have been) commonly used in graphic design as well as web design related projects. Fortunatelly to a lesser extent. Or at least so I hope. Anyways, when news like this pop up to the news feed of various social media services I start to see red. The problem is very real and still rooted very strong. I demand change. And feel like I need to raise my voice further on this matter and hope it gets heard somehow, somewhere. Continue Reading

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Vantaa Art Museum ARTSI

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I had the pleasure to participate at “Our Street” exhibition at Vantaa Art Museum at late fall of 2014. Since my work was painted directly on the wall, it was naturally painted over after the exhibition.

Later next year museum announced a major change in their concept: they’d be the first finnish museum to concentrate on street art, graffiti included. As part of this they ordered a painting from me, since all the other participants at the “Our Street” exhibition had left some of their work for the museum. Now my painting is part of their collection as well. That’s a huge thing for me. Continue Reading

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Make Sense Not War

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Arcada is a multi-professional university of applied sciences located in Helsinki. Their media students made a short documentary about street art and graffiti in Finland.

They interviewed one graffiti artist and one street artist, first one being Yours Truly, the latter Jussi TwoSeven. Check the video above! I have to admit that even if I hate watching and listening myself on tape, the documentary in general is very well executed. It probably answers a lot questions concerning both Jussi TwoSeven’s and my motives and what drives us forward.

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Art Graffiti Music Video

Sotajumala is a kick ass finnish death metal band from Jyväskylä. They released “Raunioissa” album at January 16th 2015. A video “Sinä et ole yhtään mitään” (translates to You are close to nothing) was released a month before. The song itself immediatelly became my favourite track from the band and the video was nicely executed, plain old band video. Yup, the one you see in the beginning of this post. I asked my wife would it be possible to do a graffiti video which would pay homage to the original music video. She said she’d give it a shot.

First task was to get permission from the band. Both for the idea as well as for using the song. So I sent an email, being sure that they wouldn’t answer. But they did, relatively soon even! And gave me permission and wished luck with the project! I love the band even more. Continue Reading

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Art Graffiti Video

Slider (Bandits) is multitalented graffiti writer from Dresden, Germany. Once upon a time (late 2013) he arranged an online competition on his Facebook-page where participants were given the task to draw “Slider” outlines. Slider himself would choose the winner and paint a piece to him/her. I naturally took part in the contest – How could I miss an opportunity like this?

Well, I didn’t win.

But I held liking in the lines I drew. What can I say, the word “Slider” does have good letters. And I hate to draw stuff which doesn’t end up being used somehow, somewhere. So later on I asked Slider would he have anything against it if I’d paint a “Slider” piece based on the sketch I sent for the contest. Quite the opposite, he actually gave green light and said he’d be more than interested to see what I come up with.

It took me some time to find a suitable moment for this project, but finally on early December 2014 I found a good spot and had all the colors sorted out for the painting. Considering Slider is a Molotow supported artist, I naturally felt that my version of “Slider” should be painted with Molotow colors as well.

Since more than a year had passed since the competition, I decided not to use the original sketches I drew for the competition. I made new ones instead, which in my opinion turned out even better.

So, here’s the piece, couple of making of shots and a short video above from the overall project.

Thanks again to my wife for editing the video.

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