Archive for the ‘Art’ Category

Minimum Sentence for SMRT Graffiti

Quick follow up on this story about an SMRT train getting painted, graffiti artist Oliver Fricker has been convicted and given the minimum sentence which is 5 months in jail and three strokes of the cane, but is already appealing the verdict. Of interesting note is that this case hasn’t received the overwhelming condemnation of graffiti that many were expecting, and quite a few people are speaking out, publicly, in Fricker’s defense, including the NUS Student Paper The Kent Ridge Common which is thanking him for bringing this topic and discussion to the forefront.

Tonight! ROJAK 15

Tonight, June 12th, there is a sort of art and design pechakucha called ROJAK happening not too far from my apartment that I’m going to check out. This is from the e-mail invite I got:

Kelvin Ang and Ng Yi-Sheng will join us once again as the hosts for the night.
Our presenters for the evening, in no particular order:

1. MINDWASABI, Design Strategy
2. Rage Goh, Poetry
3. Nataliette, Illustration
4. Natalie Lee, Graphic Design
5. Liao Jiekai, Film
6. Jeff Chouw, Photography
7. Brian Chia, Graphic Design
8. Dan Prichard, Film
9. Kenneth Chong, Architecture and Arts
10. Chan Mei Hsien, Fine Arts

Bring drinks and beer to share for the beloved ROJAK dingy!
It’s all in the spirit of ROJAK sharing :)
See you there!

This all starts at 8pm and runs till late at Emily hill, which is located at 11 Upper WIlkie Road, Singapore 228120 – come out if you can make it!

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I did some digging and found some interesting Singapore locals, news sites, blogs, & businesses to follow on Twitter. If you think I did a good job and you like them all, I did you a solid and made a list (aren’t I nice? :D ):

Obviously there are tons more because Singapore likes to tweet! Leave some Tweeters to follow in the comments! Support local tweets!

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Note: They haven’t posted for awhile, but I think the vids are great. Tell them to start up again!

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Here are some Twitter Lists that may be of interest to you:

Here are the most “influential” tweeters in Singapore according to wefollow:

And the Singaporeans with the most followers:

Remember to add ones to the comments that you like and don’t forget to include your own Twitter account! Stay awesome, Singapore!

SMRT Train gets painted


In what might be the first case ever, a Singapore MRT train was graffiti’d while parked in the depot. Train painting has a long history tied to the origins of modern day writers and is fairly common in some parts of the world, but until now unheard of in Singapore. It’s easy to pass something like this off as simple vandalism but in a country which such well known policies against it this is kind of an exciting occurrence, as many people believe that graffiti is an example of the culture of a society being so active it literally bursts onto the walls. Active culture is a good thing in my book, and something that takes a little looking for in S’pore. Here’s a brief documentary about the Singapore Graffiti scene called The Art Behind The Vandalism.

Seen on the streets

Inverted. Digging it.

One of the things I’m always really excited about when I get to a new city is soaking up the street art scene. Perhaps it’s from growing up surrounded by graffiti, but I always keep an eye out and feel that when the creativity of a society is exciting it bursts out onto walls around a city it’s a good thing. Not everyone agrees with me, but I love it and love digging into a new scene. I spotted the above piece and it caught my eye because I’m not used to seeing this inverted stencil effect and thought it was a pretty original take on the idea. I’ve also been following the guys at ARTKORE, the oldest graffiti crew in the country, and am really looking forward to checking out the recently released Graffiti Asia book which is supposed to be packed with images and history of the scene here. I missed the launch of the book at Paper People the other night because I was on a plane, but hope to check it out very soon.

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