In October 2012, I travelled to NYC and got the chance to paint at the historic 5PTZ, formerly known as the Candy Factory at 23rd & Jackson. I got the opportunity from Meres, who runs this graffiti hall of fame, literally hours before I had to fly back to Toronto. I decided to do an Arabic piece to leave my mark on 5PTZ, and wrote “BISM” which means “In the name of” (the most high). Gotta show mad love to Uli (with me in pic above) who helped me make it happen – Danilo’s younger bro in Jamaica, Queens. SPAZECRAFT (SC) – an old school writer doing innovative programs in graffiti education – was also on the scene, breaking down the history of some of the legends that have blessed 5PTZ. And Jessica Lehrman, a photographer for Rolling Stones, helped document the ceremonial piecing.
More shots below!
Live digital painting at the Launch of the new SAMSUNG Galaxy II Note at the KoolHaus, Toronto, 2012
Live performance by PSY while digital art being drawn by JAH on the phone was projected on a screen
THIS VIDEO WAS MADE EXCLUSIVELY ON A SMART PHONE!! Shot, edited, music, everything on the phone. Chris Ak is always pushing the technology he has in arm length further.
The video features the spot 185 Augusta. Which is the greater, over all team’s Head Quarters. It also features JAH making of a custom pair of sunglasses and shoes for TOMS. Check the finish product here
Shot&Chopped by Chris Ak of BLACK IRON GIANTS.
BLACK IRON GIANTS presents The CHRIS AK BEATAPE – Release Party @185Augusta
December 12, 2012 – Doors open at 7pm – more info coming soon!