Blues crew in Wedding, Berlin 2013
Score, Pekor, Fence & Rake
Score & Fence (BLUES Crew) spent one week in the amazing city of Moscow.For those who didn't know, Moscow is ranked 4th amongst the most expensive cities around the world and has about 17 million habitants. The huge metro system lies deeply under the ground of the capital and amazes with impressive metro stations that resemble ancient ballrooms. We were really suprised by the beauty of the city and the people of Russia.
Our first stop on a very hot summer day was at the “Just Writing My Name”-Event which was well organized by Montana Cans Russia. Around 50 graffiti writers from all over Russia were painting with us on a long wall on the backside of a subway line. It was great to see how the russian graffiti scene is developing a great variety of styles.
The second stop was a huge 500 squaremeter wall in the south of Moscow which was provided by the MOST Festival 2013. The size of the wall was a big challange for us and we had lots of trouble making it happen. Due to a lot of unfavourable circumstances such as a broken electricity generator, a weak projector and the early sunrise – it really was a race against time. But with the great support by Montana Cans Russia and the MOST Festival Team, two japanese lifts and many helpful locals, we managed to finish the mural in time after 2 days of hard work. Finally, we had the pleasure to sip some great russian vodka with our Russian friends on the last night!
Big thanks to Montana Cans, Alexey, Sergery, Ches, Liza and everybody else who helped us out!
Rio de Janeiro 2013
Recently Score from Germany went to Rio de Janeiro for some painting and beach hangout. Here are some impressions from their journey to brazil and a short interview about their experience with the local scene:
1. Under what circumstances did you make the video? How easy was it to shoot in the favelas, for you as white European guy?
The filming itself was not a big problem, except for the favelas that are not yet controlled by the police. The actual challenge was not to have the camera stolen or being ripped off. Under these difficult conditions we had to film with a small rig and a compact 50mm lens, all wrapped in an old plastic bag. Plus, we made the camera look less fancy by taping the labels on it. (It was quite a hassle!)
2. How do the Cariocas (the people of Rio) see graffiti in their city? Is it true that graffiti is considered something beautiful rather than an act of vandalism?
The (omnipresent) black Pixação tags are hated by many - if the police catch a Pixador it may end ugly... So for the people of Rio actual colorful, elaborate pieces of graffiti are a nice change. So (as a foreign writer) it is not uncommon to be offered cold drinks, a ladder or an invitation to a party with pick-up service in the evening. The reason must be that graffiti has just never been criminalized in the media like in most other countries.
3. How big is the graffiti scene in Rio? Why is it so easy to paint in the streets?
The scene is quite small. In the northern zone, where we went, the graffiti writers can be counted on the fingers of one hand. The city’s landscape is more dominated by Pixação (tagging), which is a scene in itself.
Also for the police in Rio it seems that there is nothing wrong with putting some color on a wall... So you have all the time in the world for your piece. There is another problem though: During daytime it’s just too hot to paint, so it makes more sense to go out at night. Although, if you don’t speak Portuguese or know any locals and don’t know how to get around in the city, it’s probably not a good idea to paint in certain areas.
Then you should rather enjoy the beach in Ipanema!