Tempt Trailer

Check out the trailer for the 2011 film GETTING UP: THE TEMPT ONE STORY here:


Eyewriter Documentary

Back in 2011 Mick and Caskey Ebeling of the Not Impossible Foundation produced and directed GETTING UP: THE TEMPT ONE STORY. Check out a review by reknowned NYC style writer Mare139 here Continue Reading »

Tempt ‘Zine

temptzinepreview8Eye One SH STN, founder of LOST graffiti zine, published a cool lil’ limited-edition b+w xerox zine of Tempt’s handstyles back in 2010, taken from Tempt’s 90s blackbooks. Here’s an excerpt:


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From May15-Sept04, 2011, TEMPT will be participating in Getting Upper, an exhibition of 26 noted graphic designers inspired by graffiti art lettering to each create a poster-sized letter of their choosing. Each was taken from the alphabet and, of course, TEMPT chose the letter ”T” (view it here). The exhibition is running concurrently with Street Cred: Graffiti Art from Concrete to Canvas (TEMPT has new works in both exhibitions!), both showing now at PMCA.  To purchase a limited-edition archival print of TEMPT’s ”T” poster, go here. More info here, or read the following by exhibition curator Amos Klausner:bloom

Inspired by language-based experimentation and how it can unlock new avenues of cultural expression, Getting Upper curator Amos Klausner charged twenty-six designers with re-imagining a letter from the alphabet, using the illegibility and deconstructive nature of graffiti as their starting point.  If “getting up” describes the recognition that a graffiti artist seeks through proliferate tagging, “getting upper” is the term that Klausner uses to suggest breaking free from history, from the global marketing culture that long-ago borrowed the best of the graffiti scene, and from legibility itself.  The result is an alphabet that reconsiders our collective understanding of what a letter can be and how it functions to create language and meaning.

Each of the 26 letters has been published as a limited edition run of 100 silk-screened posters and will be available for sale at the museum store and online.

This exhibition is curated by Amos Klausner.

Support for this exhibition has been provided by the PMCA Board of Directors.

In-kind support for this exhibition has been provided by Bloom Screen Printing Co. and Mohawk Paper Mills.

The preceding photo taken by copyright: Angst FB UTI

For NY Times review, go here

@Imprint here

@Imprint re: opening night here

Check out this sneak peek of the TEMPT / DEFER / EYE ONE / PRIME / SLICK / ANGST collabo piece at the Street Cred show, The Pasadena Museum of California Art, May 13, 7- 10PM.

That’s ANGST writing out the lyrics to the GERMS’ ”Manimal”, the song in the video…

…and here’s the sketch the installation is based on. It was drawn by the eyes using GRL’s eyewriter 2.0 software:

Mad props to the Not Impossible Foundation, withoutwhom the project wouldn’t have been created.

Th-th-th-that’s all, folks!

I’ll be putting an all-new installation for 2011 in this exhibit, which includes a great lineup of artists. Don’t miss out on this one!

street cred

Internationally renowned as one of the most fertile grounds for graffiti art, the City of Angels has its own idiosyncratic graffiti styles created from filtering the innovative New York “wildstyle” through local influences such as gang writing styles. The Los Angeles artists featured in Street Cred currently represent a broad range of genres through their fine art production, from letter-based formalism to Surrealism. Co-curated by Steve Grody and PMCA Exhibition Manager Shirlae Cheng-Lifshin, this exhibition will also include Grody’s photographs from the crucial years of the graffiti scene, providing key insights into the visual “language” of graffiti, its development in Los Angeles, the ways in which the street work informs the canvas work, and how the two worlds interact.

Artists featured in the exhibition include Michael Alvarez, ANGST, AXIS, Chaz Bojórquez, CODAK, CRAOLA, DASH 2000, Ekundayo, EYEONE, HASTE, Paul SKEPT Kanemitsu, Alex Kizu, KOFIE, MAN ONE, MEAR ONE, Juan Carlos Muñoz Hernandez, Jose Lopez, Erick Montenegro, Nicnak, PUSH, RISK, Jeff Soto, Evan Skrederstu, RETNA, REVOK, SABER, SHANDU, Jesse Simon, SINER, and ZES.

This exhibition is curated by PMCA Exhibition Manager Shirlae Cheng-Lifshin and graffiti historian Steve Grody.

Pasadena Museum of California Art
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Pasadena, CA 91101
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12:00 – 5:00 p.m.
The Museum is closed July 4th, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas and New Year’s Day.


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