Damn this dude has some crazy ass paintings. It would seem that burner after burner he is pulling off some mega dope styles. This is not the only reason why he is getting a shout out by HAMBLOGGGGGY. Reading into his bio was very refreshing. Right when I was starting to think that graff was becoming void of any deeper meaning then just peoples names (no hatred here) I was happy to find Mr. ASKEW1. Dude is hella thoughtful and in being so his works are thought provoking. His writings on the orgin of his style is some of the best stuff ive read all year. REAL TALK..
The all seeing eye is very prevalent in his works and in his blog at ASKEW1.COM he breaks it down for you. Now the all seeing eye should, in my opinion, be something that all graff writers are familiar with. Being that your constantly looking out for haters you come to realize that there are alot of people watching you other than just on the streets. You got cameras, alarms, dogs and a plethora of other entities out there just waiting to catch you slipping.
Yet it would seem that alot of graff today has simply turned into a game of who can get up the most and here in lies my fear that graff was losing something. When art stops commenting on the outside world its only a matter of time before the artist themselves becomes consumed. I know that the social engineers would love it if graffiti writers just stopped making social commentary and would stick only to their names because a name with out a face is easy to put away in jail, but an idea without a face is impossible to vanquish. In a sense graffiti will always be political because its is illegal. Its this illegality though that gives graff so much power. See when somebody sees something written on the wall and the person reading it knows that freedom was risked to convey the message they are going to automatically give it more attention, at least for a second.
Maybe im just getting old and grew up in a golden age but it seemed like back in the day thats what the productions were all about. Making some sort of comment on what was going on in the world and making it in a way that was separated from corporate sponsorship. Maybe thats part of the problem. Im not hating on folks making money, im hating on folks who let the money make them.
Whats really dope about his burners though are that alot of them are just up throw ups on roids. Like he was just doing some bubble letters and started tweeking them making up all three dee and shit.. SUPER TUFF.. His colors are outta control..His high lights are whats up though. Its cool to see a softball used in burners the way he do it..really something that no other medium can offer...you know what im saying...
So keep up the good work ASKEW. The Hambloggger Man has his eye on you and is super pumped up on the burners. Let these muthafuckas know what time it is!!!!