Steel Wheels is a tight knit network of enthusiasts devoted to preserving and celebrating the culture of aerosol art on trains. Beginning with the prolific masterpieces that colored the New York City Subways to their counterparts on the American Railroad that are now traveling from coast to coast.
For the 2013 installment of the Steel Wheels Art Exhibition a new element was added. The SW Crew introduced Steel Heels, the first exhibition of it’s kind featuring aerosol art on high heels and various styles of the women’s platform shoe. The video was filmed over four days during production and throughout the show. Multiple time lapses were shot with a Go Pro Black Edition. Additional stills and video were shot using a Nikon D600. Editing was completed with Final Cut Pro X.
From Steel Wheels:
To everyone far and wide who came out to support Steel Wheels & Steel Heels 2013, WE WANT TO SAY THANK YOU!!!! FROM THE STEEL WHEELS TEAM. To the hardcore graffiti heads (who respected our request to not tag the venue inside and out), the aficionados, the enthusiasts, people with heel fetishes and to the people who just genuinely love the culture and what we do. Extra maximums to Sam Flax, Montana Colors, Southern Star Tattoo, Virgil Kaine and all of the sponsors. But most of all, THANK YOU Nelson Street Gallery and The Goat Farm Arts Center for hosting and supporting us. You guys are truly a class act! Steel Wheels 2013 was the best one yet by many accounts – so now that means we gotta top that for 2014. Stay tuned and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and steelwheelsonline.com.
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There was a time, as recently as the 1980s, when storefronts, murals, banners, barn signs, billboards, and even street signs were all hand-lettered with brush and paint. But, like many skilled trades, the sign industry has been overrun by the techno-fueled promise of quicker and cheaper. The resulting proliferation of computer-designed, die-cut vinyl lettering and inkjet printers has ushered a creeping sameness into our landscape. Fortunately, there is a growing trend to seek out traditional sign painters and a renaissance in the trade.
In 2010 Directors Faythe Levine and Sam Macon, with Cinematographer Travis Auclair, began documenting these dedicated practitioners, their time-honored methods, and their appreciation for quality and craftsmanship. Sign Painters, the first anecdotal history of the craft, features the stories of more than two dozen sign painters working in cities throughout the United States. The documentary and book profiles sign painters young and old, from the new vanguard working solo to collaborative shops such as San Francisco’s New Bohemia Signs and New York’s Colossal Media’s Sky High Murals.
The book published by Princeton Architectural Press in November 2012 features a foreword by legendary artist (and former sign painter) Ed Ruscha.
For information regarding screenings, and other news please visit the Sign Painters movie website.
The video, shot by KC Ortiz in Houston, Texas (with additional footage by BankShot) opens with a montage of shots of different tributes painted in memory of Nekst throughout his hometown, as well as some of his pieces and massive blockbusters still running strong. Having maintained a low profile after the passing of his brother, this video shows Vizie painting a memorial burner in his personal style in the city they grew up in. The moving video ends with quick cuts of archival footage of Nekst in action and some rarely seen photos of his work. ( Via 120z)