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Youtubular

Made a youtube video for you guys, ’cause of how good you are to me and all. Let me know what you think!

Its sort of a creation process video.

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Images For Your Scrimmages

Okay so I know the title to this post makes absolutely no sense.. I did it cause it rhymes and I like it. You will live, I’m sure.

So as I said yesterday I would have some new stuff up for you soon in terms of what I did this past week/weekend. Here you go guys, let me know what you think. One of them is a d4cks post, cause he wrote on a garage right next to where it is. Some of the photos are taken later or whatever.. and I saw megaman on a bus so I threw that in there. There will be a break after the gallery, check that out too.

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New Ives

So I have been hard at work with the whole Ives Vs D4cks act.

I will have a full write up of this later in the week but I wanted to give you guys some pictures to tide you over for a while…

One now and the rest after the break.

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Ives vs D4CKS

So today marks the day that I, Ives, will be taking on the infamous (well if you are from Pittsburgh at least- and aware of these things) graffiti tagger D4CKS. More on this after the break

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An Adaptation

So I decided to make my own adaptation of the Love Poem I recently posted on here. Let me know what you guys think.

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Ra

   Well hopefully you can guess my inspiration for this piece. I have always been fascinated with the Egyptian sun god Ra, he is said to represent light, good, growth and all those good things so I thought it would be appropriate.

   I used the line “The crow who dreamed himself to be an eagle.” To me, its really just a piece about not accepting your role in society, the role that is assigned to you. You don’t always have to do what is necessarily expected of you, but what you want to do wit your life should be up to you. Hopefully some part of that message is passed on through this piece.

 While putting this piece up there was a fight down the street (well a shouting match between two drunk chicks really) and a bunch of cops drove right by without noticing us. The compadre I was with wanted to experience what it was like to put up a piece like this, so when the cops went right by he got all antsy-in-his-pantsy (am I told old to use that line? I hope not). I am not going to lie I acted all calm and cool and collected -maybe to show off a little bit- but inside I was still a pretty mystified and anxious about it as well.

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Just Because You’re in a Suit

Doesn’t make you a man. Doesn’t make you even human.

That is what this piece is about. What makes a human a human? What I am really saying is what makes a human moral? Some of the worse crimes in the world are committed by men in business suits, carrying large brief cases.

Enron. Madoff. Bear Stearn. Apple. Need I go on?

I would appreciate any feedback.  More pictures in the picture section

-I

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Consume Consume Consume

Its Monday Monday, gotta get down on Monday. Ew, no. I dislike Rebecca Black and the system that made her famous for a ridiculously bad song.

But anyway, it is in fact Monday. Being that, around here (South Oakland – Pittsburgh) it means its trash day. And every Monday I am reminded by how much we consume, especially in a college neighborhood and how grossly our society promotes gluttony.

Every Tuesday I am again reminded of that and the fact that the Oakland garbage men are terrible at their job, when the streets are just filled with random gross garbage. Its sort of sick. Really, and that is what inspired the creation of this piece. As I was walking around, I noticed about 3 discarded sofas (? people no longer need places to sit?) a ton of beer cans, pizza boxes and even some piles of cloths. All thrown on the street since the dumpsters are full.

I realize the font is real thin and hard to see in the picture, but I hope you can read it. More photos in the photo section.

Also, I realized some twenty minutes afterward that a large garbage truck will soon come and lift that dumpster, and may or may not knock off the work. Oh well, live and learn. Hope you enjoy.

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Temporary Art

 After getting rejected from a few bars, with my real (albeit expired) ID, I decided to cause a little mischief. Being of age and not being allowed to is cruel cruel torture, almost on par with water boarding – well maybe not quiet. But anyway, I returned to this strangely virtually unmarked mailbox with duck-tape and cardboard in hand. I was explaining to one of my friends that this piece (to me) is about so many things including the joys of creation/expression and freedom of speech and fair usage (fair usage I will talk about later, in another post) when he asked why I use cardboard instead of spray painting it or pasting it on.

Well I decided that it would be a good idea to clear up my stance on this. First and foremost, as I have mentioned before, it is not my goal to be malicious and to avoid destruction of property. Yes, I know, that seems very counter intuitive to Street Art but hear me out. Property is just that, property, someone owns it and payed good money for it to be doing whatever it is doing, I have no right to permanently damage it. Sorry, thats just how I feel. But on the other hand, public property is just that as well, belonging to the public. So I should be able to do with it whatever I want (well sort of), the problem is I don’t want to ruin it for everyone else, so what am I supposed to do?

My process is this (and it will be the only time I explain it unless asked) is I first have a drawing, which in itself is a process, and I photocopy it to a larger size. Then I take that and probably draw on it some more before wheatpasting it to some cardboard. Usually I find the cardboard out of dumpsters all around the city or in the street or behind stores (you would be shocked how much unused cardboard is out there). Then I cut it out, and duck-tape it to whatever I want. If someone wants to remove it, its pretty damn easy, but then again it will stay up for a long time before it naturally falls off. This is the least malicious way I could possibly imagine without altogether just stopping.

But for me it also works on another level. A street artist by the name of Morley once said (in so many words) that we are as temporary as our art. I took two things to heart from that quote. First, we are very temporary beings and many times we don’t think about it. Yes its a little bit sobering to think about that, but at the same time it also made me reflect on how temporary graffiti and street art is. I mean, really whether its spray paint, sticker, poster or cardboard, all it takes is one determined person and its gone forever. One person has to not like it enough to do something about it (which in a way is at least getting people to take a stance on something). So what does it matter to what degree its temporality is? And yes. I just made up that word.

But you get my point. Well I hope you enjoyed the post and the piece, if you have any feedback at all I would really like to hear it. Any response to the post, really. I am open ears.

Oh and one question. Which boarder do you guys like better? the solid boarder with no white (Burnout) or the thick white blocky boarder from this piece? My friends tell me the ladder, but I am not sure yet. Still contemplating.

More pics in the picture page,

-Ives

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More on the way

Well I know its been slow, for those tw

o people who have yet to visit the blog (thanks wordpress statistics!).

But it is about to get better. I was in a transition period, some moving involved, crossing continents and all that is a demanding process. Then my laptop was MIA for a good week. But everything is good now, I was able to put up my Burnout piece. Pretty much symbolized how things have been for me lately, burnt out of all the stress of moving and all that, blah blah. Not mo most favorite of pieces because of the message, but I do like the drawing. Hope you do to, and I do enjoy creative criticism so let me know what you think in comments or emails.

– Ives

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