Blade has NO signed agreement with any artist to copy his works, and has NOT participated in the makings of them.
All paintings are a
without his personal signature.
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Blade &Mickey's 1st Collaboration June11, 2010in Amsterdam !
Blade, Jake. Mickey & Oase wall in Amsterdam June 13,2010
Blade & Portia at Tiananmen Square(Beijing China)
Blade & Portia greeting the fans at the Montana opening!
The crowds were unbelievable!
Blade would like to thank the hundreds of fans who came to the Montana shop in Madrid Spain
to meet him!
Blade will be signing books & representing Montana paint!
"Meet Blade & Portia will be at the
Montana paint opening! Madrid Spain on May 28th
Blade painting the piece for the movie Sleepers in the 90s
which starred Robert Deniro, Brad Pitt, Kevin Bacon & Dustin Hoffman.
Writings on the Wall
Photographer Henry Chalfant and artist Blade celebrate graffiti culture with a book signing and a screening of Style Wars.
THE AGENDA PHILADEPHIA
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Blade & henry chalfant in PHILADEPHIA!
we like to thank the fans for purchasing all 150 books sold drexel university
special thanks to zeek!
PHILADEPHIA the city of brotherly love april 2010
Is it art or is it vandalism?
That's the question graffiti photographer Henry Chalfant says he gets the most. He'll seek to answer it with collaborator Martha Cooper and New York graffiti artist Blade at a Q&A, screening of street art doc Style Wars and signing of the 25th anniversary edition of Chalfant's book Subway Art (Chronicle), which includes 70 additional photographs and a new intro.
"You will see graffiti at its prime and be able to talk to the people who lived through and witnessed it firsthand," says Drexel event coordinator Zeek Weil of the multidisciplinary event produced by the university's Westphal College of Media Arts & Design.
Though Chalfant began his artistic career primarily as a sculptor, he became fascinated with graffiti and started photographing it in the mid-'70s. New York City was facing financial crisis and widespread poverty, but youth culture flourished on brick walls and the sides of trains with relative impunity to punishment. "It seemed that something that had started out as mischief turned into real art," Chalfant says. With director Tony Silver, the photographer produced the film Style Wars to document a clash in aesthetics: graffiti artists vs. the city.
While big corporations can flog people with their opinions through horizon-swallowing billboards, Chalfant argues, "graffiti introduced to the world a venue for youth, especially marginalized youth, to express themselves. Similar to hip-hop, it gave voice to people who did not have other forms of media."
The centerfold of Chalfant's Subway Art is a piece by Blade, the (UNDISPUTED!!!!!!) King of Graffiti. Though his work is now exhibited internationally, Blade fondly recalls his graffiti roots and echoes Chalfant's sentiment. "By the mid-'70s you have thousands of teens not having any trouble with each other, just running around the underground having fun," he says. "Graffiti was a way to express your creativity because all the school programs were being cut at that time." Between 1972 and 1984, Blade says he tagged more than 5,000 train cars.
Want to know how he did it without ever getting arrested? Ask him yourself during the Q&A with Chalfant, Cooper and Blade following the screening. Filmed during the early '80s, Style Wars highlights the heyday of graffiti and the beginnings of hip-hop culture, featuring prominent artists and scene celebs like breakdancer Crazy Legs from the Rock Steady Crew. But the film has seen better days and needs restoration. Particularly inspired audience members are encouraged to make donations to the Style Wars film fund and get their names in the credits of a rereleased edition.
Since the event is meant to celebrate the finest of graffiti culture, Blade suggests you be prepared when you get in line for the book signing. "Don't bring some Sharpie," he says. "Bring me a silver paint marker to sign with." SPECIAL THANKS TO "CORNBREAD" FOR SPEAKING THAT NIGHT AT THE EVENT!
Blade on Houston & Bowery St. with artist Shepard Fairey. Shepard, Tony Goldman & Blade have a meeting in front of the wall being worked on.
They had to get a shot of the Blademobile.Looks great at 38yrs old!!!
Come to the Gismondi gallery in Paris
on March 30th 2010 / 6.p.m.-10:00p.m.
For Blade the king of graff solo show!
Photo ops, autographs & paintings!
Don't miss it!
Blade would like to give his heartfelt thanks to the 500 guest who showed their love & Keith Baugh
came by & promoted the new book he just wrote.
It has all train photos from 1973-1978
Floor,Vincent & Mike in front of Blade's Painting Jan.2010 Holland!
& Mike Jan.2010 Holland! Prince Beau infront of King Blade's painting!
Gismondi Helenback Gallery in Paris
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"IZ THE WIZ" MEMORIAL SERVICE
@ TUFF CITY STYLE
650 FORDHAM ROAD
THIS SUNDAY JUNE 21,2009 1PM - 6PM
FOR MORE INFO / TEL- 1718 563-4157
Sar.Iz the wiz,Lee,Spar,Ale one,&
at the haven art gallery, candlelight ceremony for graffiti king "IZ THE
Bronx NY 10454 Hours 7pm - 10 pm
Blade & Portia & all of "The Crazy Five" send out
their regrets & condolences for
"IZ THE WIZ" THE MASTER BLASTER
1958 - 2009 REST IN PEACE!
Slave Tf5 Dien and Rolieo
Blade,Henry Chalfant &
will be in London
on June 25,2009 at the
Thames & Hudson booksigning for the Subway
"Blade & Portia would like to send a special &
heartfelt thanks to all of the 1,895
Assortments of art at the opening
SHARP LEE WITH SON
LEE'S MADONNA GUEST AND LEE
SASHA JENKENS AND WIFE BRIGITTE AND SHABAZZ
BLADE WITH CLAUDE AND CATHERINE
BANNER SPONSORED BY DUGGAL JASON AND BLADE
SHARP AND DAZE CRASH AND CHARLIE AHEARN
CRASH AND MARTHA COOPER NIC ONE AND PORTIA
BLADE'S BLUE PASTEL
BLADE'S SUNKIST BLADES BOOBAH RETURNS
ANOTHER BLOCK BUSTER PROD. SUE BLADE MICHAEL SUZY
SUE BLADE MIMI BLADE'S DOUBLE TAKE
LEE AND MATT BLADE AND MOM
BLADE SHADOW PORTIA AND MATT LOUIE THE 14 AMOIRE
BLADE'S TIME WARP 4/84 LOUIE THE 14 RABBIT CHAIR
BLADE AND FRIENDS MATT AND REVOLT
HENRY CHALFANT AND MATT BLADE PARTIES HARDY AND MECHANICAL LETTERS
KING BLADE BLADE'S GOD MOTHER (RUBY) MOM AND DAD
CATHY PORTIA GEAR BLADE AND JOHN
Blade & Lee now Blade is 52 & Lee is 48.In 1982.Blade was 25years old & Lee was 21!
ASH,BANKSY,BLADE,BLEK LE RAT,CRASH,DAZE,HENRY CHALFANT ,IKON,JAMEL SHABAZZ,JON ONE,LEE QUINONES,MARTHA COOPER,NUNCO,PLATEUS,QUIK,RAMMELLZEE,SHARP,SILVIO MAGGAGLIO,SOZYONE.
Collaboration" will be showing at the
PARIS.- By commissioning works from the foremost
graffiti artists, Alain-Dominique Gallizia has compiled - and continues to
compile – the most important painted record of what was, until now, an
ephemeral art. Now 300 works have been brought together for an unprecedented
project in the history of Art, shown in a world-first exhibition at the
Laura & John celebrate her 50th B.D.
Laura & John celebrate her 50th B.D. Laura & Susan lookin like Diva's at the party!!!!!!
Blade & Portia dancing at their childhood friend's 50th B.D>Party! Laura, Portia & Susan(Laura sister visiting from Tampa for Laura's 50th B,D, Party
Laura. Joey & Susan are a family who party together at Laura's 50th B.D .Laura , Portia &Susan
Portia& Blade Laura& Blade dancing
Laura,Susan,Blade& Portia Sister to Sister
Cathy,Gear,Portia & Blade Cathy & Gear (STEVE)
Blade,Portia & Rose (Mrs & Mr.Blade)outside Gear's & Cathy's house in Brewster
"Blade's candy bars sell on 5th ave next to Versace & Prada!
ENTER HERE CANDY BAR EXHIBITION
POWERHOUSE SUMMIT WITH THE JANUARY BABIES! PORTIA, BRIGITTE, BLADE, CHANTAL & HENRY CHALFANT
JANUARY GIRLS HANG OUT, BRIGITTE, PORTIA & CHANTAL (TWINS FROM THE HELENBECK GALLERIE IN PARIS & NICE
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GRAFFITI KINGS BY JACK STEWART HITS STORE APRIL 2009
Blade & Ale checking out the new Jack Stewart Book set to be release on May 2009 "Graffiti Kings of the 1970's in the Stewart Studio Feb 2
The Writing on the Subway
Rub5 & Death (Death invented the Crazy5)
Ale one with his personalized copy of The graffiti Kings!
Ale, Regina and Blade
Blade one with his brother Craig(Happy times)
Flint 707 is elated that both of his whole cars are in the book Ale, Regina, Blade & Henry Chalfant
Blade presents Regina Stewart with her own model train & a kiss!
Henry Chalfant & Cope2 Yaz56 signing his page
Lava chilling with Flint707 Spec macking at the signing
Nic707 bombing the book Tracy168 hanging with Flint707
Charlie Ahearn,Jane Dixon,Ale & Blade Blade with his mentor Gun229(Master Bomber of the 3rd ave El 2s&5s
Top row Portia, Blade, Gun 229, Clyde, Lask & a Fan Bottom row Ree, FDT
56, Lava & Rub 5
70 Greenpoint ave (bet west & Franklin)
Date: April 10,2009
7pm Friday Brooklyn
SUBWAY ART WILL BE ON THE BOOKSHELVES IN MAY 2009 WORLD WIDE!
This is the 25th anniversary of Subway art.It is 17"long & 12"
wide & the centerfold opens 37".Blade will be in London at the Book
signing for Thames & Hudson with Martha Cooper & Henry Chalfant May
Yaki Kornblit, Blade, Director-auctioneer Rob Sneep, Vincent Vlasblom, Portia, after the first success at Sotheby's
The Boss Vincent Vlsblom,Yaki Kornblit, Blade TC5, Herman, Reinet, up front Rob Sneep-Amsterdam Auctioneer Director
Portia, Yaki Kornblit, Blade TC5, Rob Sneep; Vincent Vlasblom,- Blade with 2 new young graff fans outside Sothebys in Ansterdam Dec 3, 2008
Blade & Portia with Yaki Kornblit outside the first successful graff auction Dec 3,2008
Chillin with Blade in front of Martha Cooper's apt on Riverside Drive in front of his 1972 T-bird The Brazilian writers are Os Gemeos(the twins)& their sister.November 2008
AMERICAN GRAFFITI ART 70'S 90'S
GALERIE HELENBECK GALERIE GISMONDI
MARTHA COOPER & BLADE WILL BE THERE "LIVE" SIGNING BOOKS
Blade & Portia outside of the Tag Town book signing party next to the
72 t-bird. Portia,Blade & Amrl
"We'd like to thank all of the people who came out to show their support for Martha Cooper's Tag Town book.The evening was a huge success!!!!
Lava,snake1,#1fan,Clyde,Amrl & Ink76 Stay High149 signing poster
Freedom & family, Fans Galore!
Flint 707 & lovely daughter, Part 1,Portia & Amrl
Mrs.Blade(Portia) & Rub5, Ket, Mr.Hip Hop Ken & Martha
COM -N- GRAF 2
7PM-11PM /ALL AGES /FREE
TECHNICAL SKATE SHOP
230 NEWBURY ST., BOSTON - Tel - 617.262.0003
This Saturday, the work of 45 artists will be packed into one place. The work displayed will be both comic and graffiti art, and the show, COMnGRAF 2, is a conscious attempt to contrapose the two graphic styles, highlighting the stylistic influence each has on the other.
The show is the brainchild of artist Rob Stull, a veteran of the comic book world, and graffiti writer and comic book inker GRODZ. It is the second in a series that began at the end of May. The first show kept Stull so busy that he never noticed, until he got ready to leave, that it had been raining for most of the night.
This installment is expected to create even more excitement, and renowned artists from both graphic persuasions will be attendingincluding legendary graffiti artist Blade and comic artist Khary Randolph. Randolph just finished his first season as head character designer for the new Wolverine and the X-Men cartoon series for Fox. For Blade, whose career began in the '70s, graffiti was "just a bunch of kids having fun," he says. Blade has painted more than 5,000 subway cars and claims to be the "only living person since Warhol to make the cover of the Sotheby's catalog." This Saturday, he will be showing a re-creation of a piece he painted on a subway car in 1976. It will be reproduced on the underside of a skate deck, something he's never done before, and the purchaser will also get a framed photo of Blade standing next to the original in '76.
The conflation of comic and graffiti art hadn't yet begun when Blade started painting. "Back then, artists were listening to psychedelic rock," he says. "Nobody was spinning on their head listening to Sly Stone or Janis." The idea behind COMnGRAF, to explicitly highlight the crossover of graffiti and comic art, is something Blade has never seen. "It's a new idea, it should work."
Randolph represents another generation of artist at the show. He says that growing up, "graffiti was all around us," and though he's never written graffiti himself, "it fed into what I do." He's seen shows that featured a wide variety of graphic styles, including graffiti and comic art, but never one like this, designed specifically to celebrate the interconnectedness of the two. As a Boston native, Randolph is excited the show will be taking place here. "Even if it's in a small way, I'm giving back to the town that raised me."
The work of comic artists, Leinil Francis Yu, Ed McGuinness, Sanford Greene and many more will be shown. Graffiti artists T.Kid, Ces, Pose 2, Wane COD, Nic One and many more represent the street. It ultimately will lead to the publishing of a book about the connection of the two forms by True Elements, a publishing LLC founded by Stull.
BLADE AND THE BAZAY JAM BAND - SODA POP
Those of you down with graff and Hip Hop culture will know that BLADE was an early New York graffiti pioneer. He painted over 5000 subway cars throughout the early 1970s and his work was featured in documentaries like Style Wars and From Here To Carnesie. Most of his fans dont realise he was also a well known and influential bass player and band leader from the Bronx. His funky style was also found in his fat bass playing for groups like THE FIRST CLASS GOOD TIME BAND and the BAZAY JAM BAND. These groups occasionally toured throughout New York State, but rarely recorded. One box of four track cassette tapes remained for all those years of playing.
Those tapes sat dormant at BLADES apartment for years, occasionally getting played to European art collectors who constantly visit him hounding him for new paintings. Tash and I were visiting BLADE at his NYC Bronx based apartment, to pay our respects and get some old school knowledge. Tash was particularly interested in finding out about the old school female writers. I always dig any old school story from someone who was there. I had made the pilgramage to New York City on four seperate occasions for this very reason.
BLADE has lived there most of his life. New York City born and bred. A true Bronx Bomber. From his window, you can see the trains running. His parents live in an apartment block right next door. Near Dyre Avenue in the Bronx. Well worth the travel to check out the legend and his old school flicks. BLADE bought Tash and I lunch for the local chinese takeaway.... beers, bud and black bean sauce... Looking thru lots of old school flixs and getting some bass guitar tips. To get the party moving he busted out some old tapes. Early recordings..... the tapes were fat psychedelic hard fat funk and early electro bombs from the heart of the Boogie Down Bronx.. That day was one of the high points of both our lives.
THE RECORDINGS TRANSFER
Once I had permission from BLADE for the recordings I had to find a studio. I spent a couple of days trying various friends I had and then thru the VILLAGE VOICE I tried a bunch of studios. I could not find any studios with the old recording equipment. I had a moment of clarity and I relised I had to take the 4 track recorder down to a studio. So I had to take his old four track down to little studio on the east side lower Manhattan and get the recordings made into protools. A big chunk of trust was needed as I could have easlily hocked the 4 track.
I had the tracks, 11 in total all transferred onto protools. Each track seperated still. I fly back to Australia 3 days later. Once back I gave the recording to Jigsaw Geoff to cut down. Some of these jams were 12 minutes long and often with tape damage in sections. We made copies of a number of tracks and then sent them out to Australias best beats producers- RANSOM, PERIL, JIGSAW GEOFF.
11 Original recordings by BLADE
On each CD you will find 11 original tracks, 3 remixes as well as some excerpts from an interview I conducted with BLADE in 1997. I interviewed a number of New York legends including DERO, BLADE, FLITE, KEL and MIN ONE. All recordings were made on tape and sat in a box at my place Brisbane for the last 5 years. Now grab this rare chance to listen to these funky recordings.This is raw funk from the heart of the Bronx.
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We'd like to thank Jeanette & Jeppe
Line - Mikkel - Mads - Michael - Signe - Jeppe and Jeanette
"Blade,Jacques Rue,Portia & Pasqualle mixing business&Pleasure(Jacques
& family flew in from Paris to meet the king of Graf Blade & his wife
Jacques Rue,fresh in from Paris with family(purchasing a painting from The king of graffiti Blade")
"Blade & Portia would like to wish Martha Cooper a very Happy 65th birthday" Thanks & God Bless!
Seen,Blade & Lee chillin at Henry's 50th (Back in the
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click on second photo for more Blade interview
Blade,Swet.Easy & Biel."Blade Adds some Flavour with writers in Scandanavia"Special thanks to NEXR & His Queen Matilde for their hospitality"
We're sorry for the loss of a good friend & fellow write "AEIS RIP" The wall was painted by "NEXR"We feel your loss here in America!
Blade & Swet painting & chillin in Aarhus(Scandanavia)Sept.2007
BLADE TC5 REMIX 2007
Cope2, Cornbread, Blade & T-Kid will be in Reading Pa. from Dec.7th -Jan.2nd.
"The 1st Graffiti artist in the world (1966) Cornbread
meets Blade (the King of graffiti 1972) at Ian White's show
Blade's 1st collaberation (piece) with Boxie (Amsterdam)
A heartfelt thanks to Henrik, Christian, Jon for making their vision a reality, that shall live in the hearts of all people involved
Blade and Portia would like to thank Jeanette Oxvang and Jeppewestrup of the Graffiti galleret .DK for their support and love during their visit
Aarhus Anders Lars Jimmie were great underground soldiers who rose to the ranks for the kings arrival.The queen gives her love and expresses her gratitude for a warm reception from everyone.
VH1 Presents (The Coolest Nite In HELL) airs on VH1 Channel
at 9pm on August `11th (The Blackout of 1977's 30th Anniversary!!!!) Blade,
Henry Chalfant & Lee appear in interviews!
Sept.5th 2007,Blade lectures at the Danish National Museum of Art in Copenhagen, Denmark (Historic lecture on Graffiti)
BLADE EXHIBITION IN COPENHAGEN
Copenhagen Sept,4th/ graffitigalleriet.dk Sept, 6th afterparty Sept,6th/ Live Painting in Fredericia Sept,7th / Artboks Opening & Afterparty at Sept,8th / Amsterdam Departure Sept, 11th