Tuesday, 13 March 2007

A Forgotten Art?

As we walk through the streets of Montreal, we don't usually tend to admire the paint of the store walls, or in the back of alleys, or on the walls of different buildings... We walk by them, sometimes quite fast because they make us feel unconfortable, as if we were in a bad part of town.

At the sight of graffiti... we keep on walking.. and never stop and to admire the art. Omen514, Ako, Aika as well as The Architekts are just some our own Montreal Graffiti Artists who are unknown to the public, but quite famous in their own world. People call Graffiti part of the Hip Hop Culture, them along with DJs and Breakdancers. These artists have travelled the world, and are known by many as some of the most talented graffiti artists in the world. You can see some of their pieces in the slideshow below...

I have never had an interest for graffiti until I travelled to Melbourne this summer. Melbourne is the Graffiti central of the world with complexe and interesting graffiti I have ever seen. In the slideshow that I added to this post, the last two pictures are from Melbourne. A friend of mine baught a Volcom t-shirt for her boyfriend when she was visiting Australia. This t-shirt's design was made by a Melbournian artist. Volcom and this artist had come together to create a lign of t-shirts with an interesting twist. Finally, Graffiti artists are gaining more respect in the art world. But we are still far from letting our city be covered in graffiti.

I believe their are 2 kinds of graffiti.. or maybe 3. The cheap yucky kind that you see... that are mostly tags... (I am not a big tag fan..), then you have developped tags which use techniques like shadowing and color coordination which are both techniques used in canvas painting. Then complexe mural type graffiti which I adore. These artists usually get paid to do this type of art on a wall. Montreal has some very interesting murals!

I had the idea to write a little piece about this art because I find that we don`t appreciate it to its fullest and also... I thought about this while driving downtown this Sunday... as I came to the corner of Bleury and Ste-Catherine, right on the wall on my left.. in the parking lot of the old Luba Lounge.. there is was, the most interesting mural I had ever seen.. not that I have seen a gazillion to compare with.. but this one.. was WOW! The artist had used the Mario Brothers theme to its fullest and created something REALLY COOL!!!! I couldn`t find a picture of it on the net, but if you have the chance to drive or walk by there.. make sure to stop and admire!

There are a few events in Montreal that do celebrate these artists and this art like the Montreal Under Pressure Graffiti Festival...but its mostly illegal.. and not encouraged...

The McGill Daily ran an article about this topic a few years ago. They brought up a few interesting points especially about what it has done for illegal writers:

"The city’s direct sponsorship of graffiti art, in the from of the Under Pressure event and murals throughout the city, is both born of increased public tolerance and also contributes to the opening of minds. This, coupled with the increase in private funding for painted walls, leads us to a neighbourhood quickly morphing into one of the city’s first living museums.

You can’t turn a corner in the Plateau without seeing walls covered by the city’s finest painters. KOPS Krew and Urban X-Pressions are represented “TO DA MAXX” in several places, and close by are the different styles of crews DA and UNC, among others. The area is a mélange of spray paint that reflects Montreal’s diversity of culture. Well-defined shapes, vibrant colors, and lively, inventive characters all serve to bring a unique aesthetic to the otherwise grey and wintry urban environment.

At the heart of the open-air exposition, though, is the commercialization of the art form.
The abundance of painted walls commissioned by private funding has contributed to such a relaxed atmosphere that even illegal walls can be done as large-scale productions. Says MAYSR, “The cops come by and say, ‘is this legal?’, and you say, ‘uh, yeah.’ and by the time they check it out and come back, you’re already finished and gone.” And yet, the money greasing the wheels is made up of double-sided coins."


Full article: www.mcgilldaily.com/view.php?aid=2013

So take a look at this slideshow of different Montreal graffitis... some you might reconize, some not.. next time... when you are dt, or on the Plateau, or any area.... look around.. and admire!





Graffiti in Montreal

Here are a few websites that show different graffiti around the city...
http://www.ohword.com/gallery3/442/meeting-of-styles-graffiti-event
http://www.bombingscience.com/prod1.htm
http://www.citynoise.org/article/1705
http://riotsound.com/Graffiti/art-gallery/Montreal-Graffiti


- NC

Sunday, 4 March 2007

Wikiwiki What???

We are all victims of it, all seen it, used it, referenced it, quoted it and simply love visiting it...even though it might not be totally accurate.....we still love itttt!!! What is it you ask???

WIKIPEDIA.. of course!!! The ultimate online encyclopedia that I practically use to search anything that might interest me!!!
So basically...this little post here is to show you that... ANYTHING can be found on Wikipedia..

Starting with the origin of my blog's name.. TE KI TOI!!!!!! I love saying it.. Té ki toi!?
"Tékitoi is a studio album released in 2004 by the Franco-Algerian musician Rachid Taha. The title is a nonstandard spelling of the French question "Tu es qui, toi?" which might be pronounced in speech as "T'es qui, toi?" and means "Who are you?" informally."

Well to be honest, i used it, cuz in my family, its a quite common saying... that with.. T'es un koi toi?

Another great find on Wiki... is the definition of a CAMELTOE..http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cameltoe


"Cameltoe is a slang term that refers to the outline of a woman's vulva when seen through tight, form-fitting clothes. Usually, a cameltoe is visible from the front. Web sites exist that are dedicated to publishing photographs of cameltoes. It can also be referred to as "moose knuckle."
The word cameltoe generally refers to a visible cleft between the labia, as between a real camel's toes. The size of a cameltoe is largely dependent on the size of the labia majora, not the labia minora, although the latter can contribute."

WOW! Quite specific if you ask me!!! LOL!!

Ok ok... another interesting one that I like very much is the answer to the famous question...

What came first the chicken or the egg??

The chicken or the egg is a reference to the causality dilemma which arises from the expression "which came first, the chicken or the egg?". Since the chicken emerges from an egg, and the egg is laid by a chicken, it is ambiguous which originally gave rise to the other. When used in reference to difficult problems of causality, the chicken and egg dilemma is often used to appeal to the futility of debate and lay it to rest.

Theological answers
According to
creationists who believe in Biblical inerrancy, birds were created "on the fifth day" as adolescents or adults. Since there is no reference to the creation of eggs, they presumably were then made by chickens afterwards by the normal process. Therefore, the chicken came first.
Alternatively, for those who accept the
intelligent design form of creationism, Eugene Volokh has noted that "In my experience, most creationists are also pro-life -- in which case, the egg is a chicken."

There was an article written by CNN which analyses this question...if you are interested, check out the website.

So as im writting about the chicken and the egg... at the end of the page on Wikipedia..and then there is a link to another famous question...

WHY DID THE CHICKEN CROSS THE ROAD???

Lets see what Wiki had to say....

"Why did the chicken cross the road?" is one of the oldest and most famous riddles still in use in the English language. The most common answer is "To get to the other side." When asked at the end of a series of other riddles, whose answers are clever, obscure, and tricky, this answer's obviousness and straight-forwardness becomes part of the humor.

This riddle is very, very old and as a child's riddle, the original form might be lost forever. The modern-day version of the riddle makes its first published appearance in 1915. A 1905 reference mixes the riddle amongst other children's riddles. The earliest published form of the riddle as a joke can be found in an 1892 edition of Potter's American Monthly, which on page 319 gives the riddle in this form:
Why should not a chicken cross the road?
It would be a fowl proceeding.

Quite surprising how a simple riddle can turn into such a difficult and overdevelopped answer...

And the last one... well.. for all you fans.......you know who u are...!! (not including me...)

JACK DANIELS

Jack Daniel's is a Tennessee whiskey distillery and brand known for its rectangular bottles and black label. The company, based in Lynchburg, Tennessee, has been owned by the Brown-Forman conglomerate since 1957.

Tennessee whiskey is similar to bourbon but is different in that it is filtered through maple charcoal in large wooden vats prior to aging. Tennessee whiskey is also not subject to the regulations relating to bourbons, such as the use of new barrels and low level of distilling proof.
In October, 2004 it was announced that all generally-available Jack Daniel's products would thenceforth be bottled at 80 U.S. proof (40% alcohol by volume), which is the highest proof allowed in some jurisdictions; this will simplify the production process. (This reduction in alcohol content was condemned by Modern Drunkard magazine). Previously, the famous black-label brand (the better-quality, higher-priced product) had been 86 proof, where legal, the lower-end green label 80 proof; these marked reductions from the previous practice until recent years of bottling the black-label product at 90 proof and the green-label product at 86. Both are made from the same ingredients; the difference is determined by professional tasters who determine which of the batches will be graded out as worthy of being labelled with the prestigious black label, the rest being sold under the green label.


If you know of any other interesting Wiki articles.. tell me about it!!!
So have a nice weekkkk... be talknig to u soon!

-NC