Graffiti is one of the few tools you have if you have almost nothing. And even if you don’t come up with a picture to cure world poverty you can make someone smile while they’re having a piss.” Banksy — Banging Your Head Against a Brick Wall
Read our new and exciting interview with TREUF-ONE, the founder of ‘Art Under The Hood’. Discover what this project is all about, and get some real insight into the eclectic and expressive culture of Graffiti art. How relevant is street art and what is it reflecting? Enjoy and watch out for more from Art Under The Hood!
Q. What is Art Under The hood all about? Who founded it and for what purpose?
Art Under The Hood is many things , though initially it was an idea and thought of a page documenting outdoor contextual art and the journey. I started it after nearly being killed by a guy in a people carrier 5 years ago. While healing up, I started taking pics of graffiti & street art and got my first name shout on a piece by writer DASR n RELS (Prior to this I only recall friends in school who could write cool letters and characters. We all liked a book named Subway Art by Martha Cooper) In essence Art Under The Hood was and still is a journey filled with meetings, encounters & connections with some of the most amazing legal and illegal artists currently on and in the scene. I came up with the concept of tours early in 2010 as a way of supporting and keeping what I do non-commercial and underground while at the same time finding ways to support artists with exposure on legal spaces I had secured ‑part of AUTH’s purpose was and still is to share this journey and art with the public . Over time it has become so much more. It’s a part of the global art movement and street art and graffiti history run and founded by a smart arse serial hobbyist who finally found a way of not conforming and doing what makes him mostly happy.
Q. What is it about Graffiti that makes it a crucial creative outlet and artistic development for youngsters growing up in London?
There is much discipline in being a known graffiti/street artist for those interested in it or in finding out more about it although I am not sure I consider it to be crucial as there are many creative arts and outlets — poetry dance etc.. Some graffiti is a way of life and often in urban cultures and poorer areas globally it’s a creative outlet and a rebellion too.
Q. What can we learn from street art, and how could you educationally include it into a Hip Hop Ed curriculum?
The core roots of Hip Hop to me are about pushing boundaries and breaking conventions and actually it’s about initiating change and power with and for the people. Politicians and governments are often conservative, dogmatic and stagnant and Hip Hop challenges that.
Q. How can street artwork raise awareness into societal issues, draw attention to the struggles local working class people face?
Globally all different artists impact society with socio-political images and statements. Powerful scenes and in many ways leave messages in their self expressions — Because much of it is outside and people document and blog it many more get to see it. Any issue can be raised with the right cause and artists involved.
Q. How does street art reflect and express hip hop culture and the history of the marginalized?
Graffiti/art is one of the 5 elements of Hip Hop and obviously it has a history that has evolved and yet kept something core at its essence. Many people are marginalized and graffiti found a way of people being able to express it and at the same time globally bring people together.
Q. How does graffiti increase community cohesion and resistance against the ruling class?
There is a small element in this scene that doesn’t increase community cohesion at all and is quite nasty at a street Level — in a 100% of my experience in the scene — this negative element is about 2% within the 98%. There are great artists and teachers who run workshops or many legal & illegal writers and crews, the Art form itself and putting it out or up is a part of the resistance — Power To The People — United Artists — The Secret Society of Super Villain Artists — Art Under The Hood — TRUEF1
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