To me, Ramm:Ell:Zee was the most pioneering artist to have ever picked up a can of paint. And he stopped writing graffiti long before many of us even started. From his seminal opus Beatbop, to his cameo appearances in Wildstyle and Stylewars, through to his teachings of Gothic Futurism and Ikonoklast Panzerism – he was a true inspiration. I even liked the Gettovetts album he did with Bill Laswell.
Going against the advice, you should never meet your heroes, I felt blessed to meet Ramm:Ell:Zee at one of his concerts with New Flesh back in 2001, which was not long after I’d read his Ionic Treatise. He explained that it wasn’t important what wildstyle lettering looked like from the front, but what it looked like from the back that counts. Word. Here’s a few photos I took that night – with and without his Crux The Monk costume.
Ramm:Ell:Zee Rest In Peace. You will be truly missed.
Download the Ramm:Ell:Zee half hour tribute mix here – courtesy of Johnny Dett.
I’m elated to tell you SOUTH YORKS Vol. 1 is available now as a free download. 50 exceptionally mixxxed minutes, courtesy of yours truly and your boy, Slick Dixxx (he did the mixing I helped pick the songs). Nowt but smashers and bangers from artists inextricably linked with Knife and Forkshire (That’s right numb-nuts, Squarepusher lived in Netheredge).
This is by no means a definitive history, this is purely a celebration of the music heritage and wealth of creativity to come from the 7 Hills so many of us call home. Special thanks to Slick Dixxx, Benjamin Hatton, Pipes, Rob Gordon, Christian Bennett, Eve Wood and Alex Usborne. Big up yer sen.
Probably the biggest wall I’ve done to date and still just a speck of dust in a giant’s eye. I heard them Geordie folk saying Dust In the Giant’s Why Aye Man and Dust In the Jossy’s Giant’s Eye too. Crucial.
Big up to Electrik Sheep for the hook up.
Photos courtesy of Richard Kenworthy. Thanks man.
Yo Jimmy Nail Gun. Guess who’s in town like them baddies off Super Gran?
“Voulez vous / Rendez-vous / Cou-Cou / Les Poo Poo”
Word. Here’s a set of French slogan prints I did for the Limited group show in Paris this month.
Voskel, 5 rue Jean Pierre Timbaud, 141 rue Amelot, 75011
East London’s High Roller Society have a print show opening this week. Press & Release celebrates exclusive silkscreened works by over 50 artists, including SheOne, Dave the Chimp, Mudwig, Russell Maurice and Burning Candy. Here’s my Paint Shop print – a one colour, hand-pulled edition of 10. Signed, numbered and embossed on 300gsm Somerset paper stock, complete with deckle edge and bulldog clips. Show runs from June 12th – July 24th.
I love it when a plan comes together.