There is a story behind Vyal One’s shovel. When Mike Bam brought in Vyal’s art piece, I was amazed by his illustration but surprised that he chose a shovel as his canvas. Definitely different from the others that were on canvas or wood… saw how the illustration fit “Don’t Sweat the Technique: Ode to the Spraycan” theme but still couldn’t connect the shovel. Then, Bam shared Vyal’s story. He told me that the current graffiti game, with all the new techniques and tools (like the array of Montana 94 colors) was bringing back the old school writers from the dead. And then it was clear as day.
Deep, man, very deep. It made me love his piece even more.
Info on Vyal One:
Los Angeles proved to be a worthy canvas for Vyal in the 80’s to publicly paint out his fears, dreams, loves and hates. As an extension of his love for graffiti, Vyal reaches out to youth conducting graffiti art workshops. Between the gang infested streets and politics on the streets of LA, Vyal produces images that inspire hope in youth and bring smiles to the faces of the insane. For more information about Vyal, visit his website www.vyalone.com. or check out Estria’s blog.
“Don’t Sweat the Technique: Ode to the Spraycan” exhibit at 1:AM gallery through October 10th, 2009.