Ish Muhammad’s The Astros & Me
UP managing editor Emma Riva came to Chicago to interview Gary, Indiana, graffiti writer Ish Muhammad about The Astros, a graffiti-inspired futuristic retelling of an ancient Egyptian romantic drama, and walked away finding herself in a near-mythical drama of her own.
City of Kings at Howl!: Renewing the Faith of Graffiti
City of Kings, the new show at Howl! Happening and Howl! Arts/Howl! Archive, is curated by first generation graffiti artist Al Diaz and highlights the history of graffiti from the earliest name tags to today.
UP5 Preview – ALOFT – Views From Up Above
A collection of photos of NYC graffiti filmed via drone.
UP5 Preview – The Boys from the Heights
The legendary “Boys from the Heights,” Mike 171 and SJK 171 and their crew welcomed UP writer Emma Riva into their graffiti family. She reflects on her own upbringing in Washington Heights and how these New York icons handle their legacy in a changing art scene.
Tattooed Mom, Philadelphia’s Artist Playground
UP speaks to Tattooed Mom founder Robert Perry about creating a positive, welcoming space in Philadelphia for sticker artists of all backgrounds and creeds to hone their skills, plus have some amazing drinks. Like all business owners, Perry has had his share of trials and tribulations, but for the people who patronize Tattooed Moms (including UP’s Emma Riva, T.K. Mills, and Ana Candelaria), the result has been more than worth it.
Melissa Schainker: Hands as the Window to the Soul
Fine artist and street artists Melissa Schainker uses unconventional gestures and dreamlike colors to create a landscape for the darker sides of life that we as a society “suck at talking about.”