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Inkfetish – Chotto Matte

Inkfetish was recently asked by restaurant curator Kurt Zdesar to paint 2 huge new walls for his new frontier ‘Chotto Matte‘, which opened in Soho on Frith street last month.

With Jasik and Poer, they painted two 17 metre walls inspired by contemporary Tokyo/Japan.



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Support Spraying Bricks

Spraying Bricks is a new video channel which explores the artistic process behind fantastic works of art, created by artists both established and up and coming.

It exists as a tool to expose the inner workings of these talented minds and works seamlessly as a portal between the artists and art appreciator. With a bunch of videos already creating a stir amongst the community with a look at art from the likes of Eine, Smug, Jimmy C, Inkfetish, Artista and more, this is a project which deserves to grow, but they need your help.

You can support this project via Kickstarter by donating as little or as much as you can afford, there are some great incentives as well. These include the opportunity to have your portrait painted by the legendary photo-realist master Smug, or having a room of your choice decorated by Jimmy C and for the less wealthy amongst you there are some great t-shirts and works of art up for grabs as well as eco-friendly prints by our friends wehangit. You can find out more HERE and hear a little from the man behind it all in this video.

Monokrome Two

The new ‘Monokrome Full Kolour’ book is about to launch and having flicked through a copy at the office we can assure you that this vibrant look at the international street art and graffiti culture as it stands in 2012 is a must-have for graffiti lovers.

Packed with the work of 33 of the world’s best graffiti artists, this book is endorsed by some of the most exciting names on the worldwide graffiti scene. There are interviews with all the artists so you can learn more about their drives, creative ambitions and how they got where they are. Some of the artists featured include REMIROUGH, DOES, CODAK, MR WANY, TILT, KOFIE, EAZ1, PEETA, SHOK1, AZEK, SUIKO and INKFETISH.

The book launches on Thursday 6th December at 347-349, Old street, EC1V 9lP (under the railway bridge just before you get to Kingsland Road) in association with Joys of Childhood and End of the Line. The first 100 people through the door wil receive a free print and the book itself will be on sale for a reduced price of £20, down from the RRP of £29.99. That’s 999 penny sweets you can buy and eat whilst perusing the book when you get home.

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An interview with: Tom ‘Inkfetish’ Blackford

Tonight sees the long-awaited opening of Tom ‘Inkfetish’ Blackford’s debut solo show ‘Imaginary Friends’ at Blackall Studios – we thought we would have a quick chat with him beforehand..

When did you start painting?

I haven’t been painting graffiti for that long in the grand scheme of things. I got into it when I was about 13 but really just as a spectator that was caught up in the excitement of it all. I was into tagging but didn’t really take it seriously throughout my teens, as I was more interested in trying to become a comic book illustrator. I really began to use graffiti as a method to push my illustration work after dropping out of university in my early 20’s.

So did you move from typical letter style pieces into more character based work?

I’ve kind of done things backwards in that respect. I grew up obsessed with tagging and sketching letters but really made a name for myself painting characters in an attempt to stand out but also because I think I felt more confident putting myself out there as an artist as opposed to a ‘writer’. It’s only really been over the last couple of years that I’ve started painting letter pieces again under the ‘OTAKU’ moniker. However letters are still something I consider to be something I do for fun with my crew and not something I take too seriously.

Your solo show ‘Imaginary Friends’ features new works on canvas, what brought on the decision to move away from your work on the streets?

I’ve always painted canvases as I find them to be a place where I can suitably combine my strengths in painting and illustration. I used to do a bit of commercial illustration but can’t stand working digitally so decided to completely quit doing anything art related using a computer. This decision naturally increased my desire to develop my painting skills and concentrate of canvas work in-between painting walls. I definitely don’t feel like this is me moving away from street work but rather extending it into an environment where it can be appreciated for different reasons.

Do you think your work translates from the street onto canvas and will be received well in a gallery environment?

In all honesty, it’s not something I’ve thought about too much. I’ve exhibited artwork for years so besides the fact that this is my first solo show, it doesn’t feel like a huge jump for me. I do however feel like it’s my strongest body of work to date.

The show is entitled ‘Imaginary Friends’, where did this stem from?

A lot of my paintings have featured boys/girls in the presence of some kind of fantastical creature. I guess you could say there’s a creepy undertone to my work as I think there is with the concept of an imaginary friend. The title also shares the initials of Ink Fetish so seemed to fit nicely.

What can we expect to see in the way of canvases and prints tonight?

15 new pieces of work will be on display. A few pretty large in scale which I felt was a good challenge but also something that felt natural given the fact that I’m used to working pretty big on the street. I also have a limited run of prints based on the central piece ‘Daydream’.

How have you found the process of getting this body of work together?

Really interesting actually. Definitely challenging and exhausting. My daily routine over the course of the last two months has pretty much involved getting up at about 3pm and going to the gym in order to justify sitting hunched over a canvas, painting, smoking, drinking stupid amounts of coke and snacking before returning to bed at 5am. Big ups, big downs and little epiphanies…hopefully some of these things will have filtered through into my work.

What’s next for you once this show is over, any plans to exhibit internationally?

I’ve exhibited in The States a few times in group shows and would love the opportunity to at some point do a solo show out there. One step at a time..

Check out the show tonight at Blackall Studios – supported by Global Street Art & Tiger Beer. RSVP@globalstreetart.com
More from Tom can be found on his website.

Imaginary Friends – Tom 'Inkfetish' Blackford

Legendary graffiti and street artist Inkfetish aka Tom Blackford’s new exhibition opens in two weeks and we can’t wait. This long-awaited début solo show ‘Imaginary Friends’ will open at Blackall Studios in East London on 18th October and marks Tom’s further progression into the fine art arena, although will be accompanied by a series of street pieces as well!

Inspired by his passion for Japanese animation and pop culture, “Imaginary Friends explores the mythologies of childhood, transporting celebrated archetypes of youth into a surreal adult world. Placing a veil of dark humour over icons of innocence makes this an unmissable journey into a twisted world of strangely familiar characters.”

To ensure your presence at what promises to be a packed event, RSVP to rsvp@globalstreetart.com. The event is supported by Global Street Art & Tiger Beer.

Check out the promo video for it below!


Inkfetish – ‘Imaginary Friends’ from four-eyes-good on Vimeo.

Monokrome: The World’s Best Graffiti in Full Kolour

Monokrome have just released their latest book, an in depth 340 page hardback book dedicated to some of the best graffiti writers round the world. With previously unseen work from artists including REMIROUGH, DOES, CODAK, MR WANY, ELSE, TILT, KOFIE, EAZ1, HUSH, PEETA, SHOK1, AZEK, JEROO, SUIKO, INKFETISH, ESTRIA, BATES, ASKE and AMATIC amongst others, this book was compiled by old school graffiti writer Robert Whitelock so you can be sure it’s something worth getting your hands on. You can grab it from www.monokrome.co.uk