SAM IS A MAGAZINE ABOUT STREET-ART, GRAFFITI, ILLUSTRATION, GRAPHIC ART AND EYE POPPING STUFF RELATED TO THESE. WE FEATURE ART FROM THE HEART!
Huh, 010, don't you mean issue 19? Well, this is a bit of a special issue focussing only on Rotterdam, nicknamed 010 for the area code. It's an issue powered by Rotterdam Make it Happen and made by the regular SAM staff with a bit of help from MJay. This issue features just a small selection of all the good stuff that is being made in this city so we made a mix of the old, the new, the fine art and the bombers, a bit of history and a bit of the future. But if you want to catch 'em all, just visit Rotterdam, our hometown ;)
Whether he’s creating art installations out of plastic waste on the beaches of Mexico, or ‘vandalizing’ advertisements in the Rotterdam streets, you’ll notice what he’s doing. Naamlooozz: “The street inspires me. I’m just a guy from the streets.”
Omnipresent on the streets of Rotterdam since early 2001, Lastplak is a ten person collective that has a big part in paving the way street art is being embraced in Rotterdam today. They’ve almost always worked without commissions, permits or funds and never been held back by rain, snow, security guards or heights. Their motto is ‘niet lullen maar sauzen’ (less talk, more painting), a variation of a classic Rotterdam phrase, but for this issue they granted us an interview for the Rotterdam Special SAM 010.
It’s in the early days of September 1982 when a man in an air filtration mask climbs the scaffolding in what’s known as the Berenkuil (bear pit) of Rotterdam’s Lijnbaan, an area that’s been described as ‘a problematic part’ of the city’s center. His name is Lee Quinones, and he has come from New York to paint his name there, with three letters in flaming colors, springing forth from a pitch black splash of paint. Once he’s done, he leaves a message to the right of his painting: ‘from the blood and soul of New York I come.’ It influenced a whole generation of rotterdam graffiti writers, so he's obviously in the Rotterdam Special SAM 010.
If you see funked up Dastardly and Muttley on a wall, or Yogi Bear, Top Cat or any other Hanna-Barbera character, there’s big chance you’re looking at something made by Danny Rumbl. And of course he's in the Rotterdam Special SAM 010!
“A wall is just a dead thing, and once you paint something onto it, it starts to live. Especially If what you paint is something in which you can see life”, says Nina Valkhoff, the painter who’s been livening up walls from Buenos Aires to Mexico City and her own native Rotterdam. But even though it has always been received well, most of her work has been assigned by clients that wanted to tone down her own stylistic impulses. Nina: “I’m done with that now", she explains in the Rotterdam Special SAM010.
Born, raised and Rotterdam based and internationally known illustrator Xaviera Altena has developed a style reminicent of seventies poster design with colours brighter then the sun and where fashionable women take a prominent place. Also one who was on our wishlist for a while, and we're happy to have her in issue 18 just before she becomes too famous ;)
Austrian artist HNRX is painting wall after wall leaving a lasting impression to the spectator. Born and raised in Austria, a country with a respectable reputation when it comes to art, he definetly lives up to that expectation. For issue 18 we talked about his passion for everyday objects and why he switched from spraypaint to working with brushes.
“As popular and loved as street art is nowadays, so dismayed graffiti still often is. Still, it’s the origin of this art form that has long since outgrown the train yards of the New York subway system”, so read the announcement of a unique event that promised to “go back to the thriving roots of graffiti culture for a unique exhibition.” After months of preparations, it finally happened on Friday night May 18, with S/ASH GA\ERY (Slash gallery) as the gracious host to an audience of which every single member was masked. For one night, creativity was celebrated over legality. It was called BALACLAVA, Jake, 1UP, Risote and Pose were involved and there's an item about it in issue 18.
The third edition of the (Dutch) Street Art Awards included Belgium and Luxemburg, making it a Benelux thing. Plus it was hosted in Rotterdam on walking distance from our office, so enough reasons to do an item on this event in issue 18.
KCBR, just four letters that happen to appear on almost every train in Switzerland and beyond. It's a big crew, and is has an all female department that are taking trainwriting to a whole new level, Hollywood style. We have a short interview with them in issue 17, but just follow them online and be absolutly ffing sure to watch this movie!
In issue 17, Rotterdam based illustrator Levi Jacobs takes you on a mild acid trip to a world full of weird plant and round girls. Let's go!
Hong Kong based writer XEME is on a mission to reclaim the streets and is doing a fine job! For issue 17, Rewriters had a little chat with this guy about stuff like plumbing ads.
POW! WOW! Festival is the best known street art festival in the world. It started in the outskirts of Hawaii, transforming a grey suburb into a beloved open air gallery. After several successful editions on the island of O‘ahu, the festival spread to locations in Los Angeles, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Japan. Rotterdam became the proud host of its first European edition! The first edition of POW! WOW! Rotterdam was a huge success! During the weekend of September 15 and 16 2018, the M4H area was in the hold of the best (inter)national street artists. The work of more than 70 artists could be admired in the form of murals, canvas, installations and vans. Aside from the art, a fantastic and diverse festival audience also enjoyed sports competitions and musical acts on the main stage.
Never meet your heroes, the saying goes. But several Rotterdam street artists didn’t just meet the man whose comics they grew up with, they eventually worked with Robert van der Kroft as well. Thankfully, he’s every bit as cool and fun as his comic book creations are. Those characters unfortunately remain in legal limbo and no longer appear in books or magazines, but in the past years, have surprisingly been resurrected on the city’s walls. Glad to have him in the Rotterdam Special SAM 010.
Brewing a fresh pot of coffee in the kitchen of his Rotterdam home, I AM EELCO is wearing a shirt bearing the logo of Rudafest Bogota, the Colombian street art festival he was a guest at only weeks before. His many travels don’t exactly make it easy to pin him down for a conversation, but it isn’t hard to see why he’s so in-demand all over the world: his realm of remarkably rendered night animals are unlike anything else. This Rotterdam classic is also in the Rotterdam Special SAM 010.
A visual tribute to graffiti culture, captured in a fine art painting style. Portuguese born Nuno Viegas works and lives in Rotterdam and from there he’s quickly conquering the world. Reason enough to have him in the Rotterdam Special SAM 010 :)
We had them before in issue 16, but we couldn't let them pass for this Rotterdam Special SAM 010.“That’s something only we know”, Telmo Pieper says, one half of the world-renowned duo Telmo Miel, when asked whether one can see what parts he painted, and what his partner Miel Krutzmann did. “But that’s because we’ve been collaborating this long, learning from each other and trusting each other blindly.” Miel agrees: “You need a trained eye to tell.”
Issue 18, finally adult, yay! For the occasion we painted a train in the color of our office floor (see pic above), added eight extra pages and tried to fill those with a good mix of the good, the bad and the beautiful stuff that’s being made. We’ve even got an eleven page contribution about the Street Art Awards Benelux. Now you may ask; ‘Should an independent thing like street art be judged and awarded by its peers?’ But in these days of people chasing 2K-likes and 10K-followers I say ‘Why not?’ Art is being judged all the time by anyone who sees it (or ignores it) and online love and hate are unleashed all the time. Public art will always be subject to interpretation by the beholder and as long as we don’t take ourselves too serious, all will be fine. Who knows, maybe one day we’ll be in the Olympics! But then again, I’m no professor on the subject. Ah well, champagne!
A bucket of white paint, a few cans of black and an almost limitless amount of sketches. Combine that with the classic Falns 121 freight train and an unstopable urge to paint. One of the most aesthetic freight bombers out there without any doubt is the appropriately named Falns 121. We had a short chat with this mysterious guy in issue 18.
What do you get when you mix your favourite cartoons sliced, diced and pour a big bucket of paint and some Swiss precision all over it? You get this four letter word spelling BUST. We had this guy on our wish list for a long time, but in issue 18 we finally both had time to do a quick interview.
Step in the Arena is probably the biggest graffiti jam in the Netherlands. Two days, more than 150 international artists and our photographer Luke da Duke reporting for duty in issue 18.
Issue 17 is out now and is fresh as a summer morning! We have once again composed an attractive mix of the good, the bad and the ugly. Highlight this issue is a short interview with the Swiss ladies from KCBR who prove James Brown right when he said it’s a man’s world, but it would be nothing without a woman. Damn right! They added trainwriting to the top ten list of things Switzerland is famous for and it looks like they have no intention of stopping until they get enough. One way or another!
Rumour has it that as a kid, Brazilian artist Muretz got kicked out of school because he was always drawing instead of paying attention in class. Now he has his revenge and does what he does best, find out more in issue 17!
Ahoy mateys, get ready to board ship in issue 17 and sail the seven seas with Athenean sailor Dreyk the Pirate!
Also in issue 17, we go bird watching with Italian artist Hitnes who combines his love for nature with his painting skills.
Sweet sixteen out now! In this issue interviews with Taps & Moses, Danleo, Esther Aarts, Said Kinos, BOB59 aka 4Letters, Dino Voodoo and Telmo Miel. Meet Messy Desk from Hong Kong and Royyaldog from Seoul and enjoy the selection of work from all over the world!
The duo looking like viking brothers Telmo Pieper and Miel Krutzmann met eachother at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam where Telmo was a talented young illustrator and designer and Miel was decorating walls, practicing the art of graffiti. They eventually started working together and quickly grew to the artistic duo they are today. Yes, we have Telmo Miel in issue 16!