New name, first hits – Milano 1990

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Airone - Milano 1990

My dear friend KayOne just discovered this old illegal street piece dated 1990 in his archives.: wow! Believe me, I really dont remember anything about this piece, how or where it has been painted, I just can say that judging from my tag (up left) it was early 1990 as during 1989 (the year I started painting), I was still tagging “Nho” and that style of “Air” tag comes from the early months of 1990, after Kay gave me some styles to work on to evolve the new name.
There’s always a starting point!

    Posted in 1990, Airone, Graffiti & Street Art, Milano graffiti, Outdoor Tagged with: , , , , , , , ,

    When you try your best – Via Pontano, Milano 1997

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    MastroK, Metro - Via Pontano, Milano 1997

    There are many reasons why I love this piece: it has been painted at the glorious Pontano hall of fame during an era when painting there it still meant something. Just very few people were authorized by oldschool kings Sten and Mec (TDK crew, owners of the wall): it was a great honor, an opportunity that could not be wasted.
    Second, I was with my close friend MastroK who rocked a super nasty character between me and Shot CKC (on the left, sorry I dont have the photo). Third, so cool to paint once again with Shot CKC, another Milano’s legend: we have gone painting trains many times together but this has been the first and the last time we painted a wall, both guests at someone else hall of fame. Last but not least, I tryed to do my best: the piece turned out big, not perfect but… wild.
    While finishing it I remember that Shad stopped by the wall and told me it was a cool piece: and Shad never loved me (but for me he’s always been a real master).
    Did I mention this piece survived there for 15 years?

      Posted in 1997, Airone, Family, Graffiti & Street Art, Milano graffiti, Outdoor Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , ,

      Milano GreenSkate: Night Push 2015

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      This video is ready almost one year later but better late than never!
      Night skateboard/longboard/scooter/push-bike ride to promote a more green way of movin and living our cities.

        Posted in 2015, Longboarding, Skateboarding, Video Tagged with: , , , , , , , , ,

        È qui la festa? Media italiani e Graffiti Writing a fine anni ’90

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        L'Unità 22.11.1998

        Recentemente ho ritrovato (grazie Kay) questa intervista rilasciata per L’Unità nell’ormai lontano 1998. Questa è solo la parte che mi riguarda, la pagina completa riporta anche le parole dei miei vecchi amici Atomo Tinelli e Marco Teatro: QUI trovate il PDF completo. Rileggerla a distanza di  tempo mi ha regalato qualche veloce riflessione:

        1) era il 1998 e sebbene il Graffiti Writing esistesse in Italia da quasi 15 anni, i giornalisti italiani (come del resto studiosi d’arte, critici, politici, amministratori locali) ne sapevano ancora veramente poco. L’intervistatore, che pur sembra in buona fede, non lesina errori e confusioni banalissime quasi gli fosse stato precluso informarsi decentemente, insomma fare una semplice ricerca tipo quella che fanno gli adolescenti alle medie.
        Pur sapendone quasi nulla, non lesina tuttavia nel trarre conclusioni personali (vista la semplicità dell’argomento!) la principale delle quali sintetizzata nel titolo: Writers e graffitisti, è qui la festa. In soldoni: ovunque nel mondo questo fenomeno è scemato, solo a noi sfortunati italiani è andata male. Quasi la solita accusa di provincialismo italiano: arriviamo dopo e smettiamo dopo.
        Come sia poi andata in Italia e nel resto del mondo lo sappiamo: siamo nel 2016 e quest’arte è più viva che mai, è diffusa capillarmante in ogni angolo del mondo e si presenta sotto mille volti nuovi, capace di reinventarsi continuamente.
        2) Sono felice di rispecchiarmi ancora nelle mie parole di un tempo. Non sempre mi è capitato di poterlo dire, molte volte mi sono trovato di una banalità disarmante, poco più che un ragazzino alle prese con qualcosa più grande di lui (l’arte ed il proprio ego).
        In questo caso condivido ancora l’analisi che avevo tratteggiato: riflette la situazione a fine anni ’90.
        E oggi? Aspetto che L’Unità o qualunque altro quotidiano mi mandi un professionista preparato per raccontare il seguito. Preparato ho detto.

          Posted in 1998, Airone, Graffiti & Street Art, Media

          Train spotting, Milano 90s

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          I don’t paint trains anymore since decades, but there was a time in the mid 90’s when this was a real novelty in Italy and my quest for innovation and growth also came from this fire. For family reasons, those years were also the darkest and hard years of my life and this activity, in addition to being a relief valve for my stress, it allowed me to continue to paint (as during the day unfortunately I had to spend my time in a hospital).

          In the end I came out with many adventures to tell, I do not regret anything, but those years have flown away without to succede in building anything more long lasting than those memories. But memories are important and who knows, maybe spray cans have also kept me alive? I’m still pondering.

           

          Airone - Milano 1996

            Posted in Airone, Graffiti & Street Art, Milano graffiti, Outdoor Tagged with: , , , , , , , ,

            Gold and bronze wildstyle, Milano 1996

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            Airone - Cavalcavia Brunelleschi, Milano 1996

            Under the Brunelleschi overbridge in Milano with my friend Yazo. First and last time in my life I have ever painted graffiti with gold or bronze (some unknown italian bad spraycan brand)! But I still love it, flow is still good with this one, even after all these years!

              Posted in 1996, Airone, Graffiti & Street Art, Milano graffiti, Outdoor Tagged with: , , , , , , ,

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