Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Battle Plan

Well I hooked up with Viseral tonight cuz I have a meeting with the owner of a building tommorrow about the use of his wall. We wanted to get together to understand the vision for the piece. We sketched out each part of the piece, talked about the colour scheme, shading, scale and division of work. The plan is coming together and we both had some good brainstorms with bolts flying around and bouncing off each other. Too many ideas to describe in words so you'll have to wait to see the finished wall. I asked Viseral if he could draw me a flag cuz I stink at drawing flags, he did a totally awesome flag but his point of veiw was off a bit. We both struggled a bit at different parts of this flag, which worked out well because working on the same paper we came out with a nice looking flag. It was frustrating for the first part because apart neither one of us could do it but drawing is usually a solo project...

Anyways, we took a break from drawing and just talked about our artistic influences, comic book artists we were drawn to. He liked Spawn, Pit and early Spiderman 2099 but I remember those books and I didn't like the art at all, he loved them. I liked the clean styles of X-men and spiderman which he didn't ever care for. He was mentioning that he has been doing more positive art scince he's been painting with me and I told him about how my art has been changing too: more stylish, less real, sometimes dark but I'm fighting the darkness. I'm starting to see how our spiritual lives comes out in all our work, even artistic endevours. Viceral's self portait from back before he found christ in a real way looks so dark just like he was at the time but his peace piece is so hopeful and bright like he is now and it's all subconcious.
-Battle 3 6

Mat 12:34-37 For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks. The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.

Monday, January 30, 2006

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Redemption Park

This was the stuff that I was talking about awhile ago here

Saturday, January 28, 2006

Painful Poetry

I'm a nerd I admit it. I write poetry and not dope raps, rymes or hooks. I write regular lame poetry, like the stuff found in old books. So, I was reading some poetry the other day and it was hard to explain how it was - it wasn't the best poetry I've ever herd, it was technically bad. As a poet I saw the technical side of things and I found that it was painfull but, a non-poet also read the same piece and said it was beautiful. So, I had to check it out again to find it's redeeming qualities and find out what this person found beautiful. While I was re-reading it I found an honest voice that told a story that I could understand and relate to (once I had taken all the poetic rules out of my head). You don't have to be a master of your craft to be used powerfully by God to deliver a message. I've been focused a bit recently on getting better at graffiti and I realize that I don't have to be great for the general public who sees my work I just have to get the message "a cross".

Friday, January 27, 2006

Sketches 5



Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Seasons Sketches (part 2)


Joel (Terry)




Sunday, January 22, 2006


Today I was hanging out with Joel Terry (aka Viceral) after church. The other day he went back to a piece that we did together and he added to it. He didn't even know that I had also gone back to it and touched up some of my work too. He did a "peace" piece which I love he has so much raw tallent. We had lunch then headed back to his place. He had a blank wall in his room, I had some spraypaint and we both had some spare time. He didn't care what I painted just as long as it was colourful. It was nice just letting loose with all the bright colours. We had an awesome time painting, just looking at what each other had done, and going out to the road trying to see what pedestrians would see from the sidewalk. Everytime I hang out with him I feel blessed to know him and blessed that he also has a passion for God and Graffiti. And that we can proclaim the message of peace over troubled water... I wonder if he thought of that before he painted it.

(My stuff is on the bottom, his is on the top)

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Sketches 4

*I drew this one for a competion at gospelgraffiti

*this one is my favorite, the coolest thing was that I was just listening to kirk franklin and drawing and BAM! it was finished and the strange thing I didn't plan for it to look like a fish. The shapes just came and flowed and it was awesome.



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Friday, January 20, 2006


I was practicing drawing characters yesterday. It's not something I usually do but in the intrest of streaching my artistic muscles I practiced and what you see on the left was my first shot. It's kinda wierd and a little dark to be honest it kinda freaked me out a little bit that I drew that. I was curious so, I kept going. The next one I drew was a little more dark and wierd. Then I drew one so dark and wierd that it acctually scared me, a freakish jack in the box riving in pain twisted and grewsome I crumpled it up and threw it out. I know my friend Joel Terry would totally dig it but it was scary. I don't think I'll draw like that just for the heck of it anymore. I call this guy "fatkins" he's laughing at all those suckers who diet and excersize.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Lil' Darling

Yesterday I was drawing letters at work. First sketching them out in pencil then going back over with pen. That night I was cleaning up and I found a paper with one of the kids names drawn in block letters, arrows and then outlined in pen. The lil' darling was emulating me. And although he tends to be a bit stand-off-ish I saw the piece and I thought "Wow, I might be getting through to this kid, maybe he doesn't hate me as much as he pretends to".

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Sketches 3

2006: a seekers odyssey

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Graffiti Mission Statement

I want to provoke the intellectuals, convert the pedestrian, soften the heart of the bitter, encourage the believer. I want the worship of God not to be confined to inside the church. I want to fling wide the doors and let His praise fill the streets. I want tear down the walls the enemy has claimed and take back the land God has given me. I want to redeem an art form that has been used for pride and instead walk humbly with God. My art should strive be an understandable representation of these ideals and should accurately translate messages and themes within the bible to the community while serving the viewing audience and the owner of the property.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Battleground Records (part 3)

Local Christian Rapper and record label owner Just Issac had a huge article in the Toronto Sun on Sunday. Yesterday he asked me about how the article potrayed him and we had a good talk. He really appriciated the logo I did for him and asked me to do a banner for him (which isn't started yet). He wanted to do me a favor in return for the logo and he says he's got a surprise in mind but he asked if I'd rather take some money. I told him I'd take what's behind the mystery door...

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Blog Mission Statement

I love telling stories about my life and in peticular the part of my life that has to do with spraypaint. Because, I think back to stories that I've herd about other peoples lives and the various lessons I've learned from them and I would like to pass on the favor. The purpose of this blog isn't to talk about a specific type of ministry such as spraypaint because, really? How many people spraypaint? But all of us are on this road of life with God "Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails." (prov 19:21) God has a specific plan for your life, specific ministries and specific character traits he wants develop within you. And I'm trying to record an accurate testiment of how God has worked in my life using the art form of graffiti. I have made mistakes and I probibly will make some more mistakes while writing this account and ask that you forgive me when I do and if you feel inclined to, let me know when I've made a mistake.

Monday, January 02, 2006

The "S"

I painted a really nice "s" in my basement that no one will see. I just kept fixing little mistakes and cutting and making it look just right. I was being patient taking breaks and then coming back to it day after day. It was so good that I didn't want to paint over it again. I went back to open door a couple of days ago and re-touched the lettering I did a while back. It was cold but I just couldn't sit home and paint over the same wall again. I have been getting a lot better recently and I wasn't affraid that I'd mess up my previous work. So I gave it a shot and it looks better. I think back to that night and I realize I made something a little more permanent than what I've done in my basement and I want that feeling again. So last night at 1:00 in the morning I packed up my spraypaint and I drove to Brantford. I worked through the cold, raining night and I drew a piece of cherry pie and "Jesus" on one of the skateboard ramps. The wood was hard to work on so I had to do a few base coats first before I started painting and by the time I got to the final out line of "Jesus" I was wet and tired I went fast not taking my time and it made it look a little sloppy. If I had a little more patience to finish it off right it would have looked a little better. I got home at 6:00am and it was great.
"being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father" Colossians 1:11&12