Tag the Town: Hawaii Graffiti Artists Demo Skills

Tag the Town: Hawaii Graffiti Artists Demo Skills

In the late 1970s, a new art form was born on urban the streets of Manhattan. Young kids—often frustrated with convention—armed with spray cans “tagged” the cold steel of dormant subway cars and buildings in shadowy alleys, only to emerge as the sun rose as roving artwork embraced on the streets. Some of these artists went on to lucrative design careers; others went to jail. Now, twelve top graffiti artists in Hawai‘i will compete in the “Estria Invitational Graffiti Battle” at the Honolulu Academy of Arts at Linekona Art Center this Saturday, Sept. 3, from noon to 7:00 p.m.

Taking cues from its origins, the competition asks the artists to best communicate “social justice issues and empower communities through messages conveyed in their work,” according to a release about the event.

The local arts organization 808 Urban, which has curated over 20 educational activites and workshops will oversee vendor booths that focus on urban arts, sustainability, traditional Hawaiian culture and the ties that bind each of these together. There will be live music and spoken word performances throughout the day, and the events are all free.

Workshops include: T-shirt stenciling, Hip-hop dance fundamentals, Hawaiian storytelling, beatboxing artist and business survival (12 – 1 p.m.), calligraphy (3 – 5 p.m.) and more.

Visit the www.estriabattle.com. Web site for more information, a complete schedule of event times, and vendor data.

www.honoluluacademy.org

Workshops include: T-shirt stenciling, Hip-hop dance fundamentals, Hawaiian storytelling, beatboxing artist and business survival...