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  • Artist Spotlight: Nick Walker

    I’m sure that you’ve seen at least one of our collaborations with artist, Nick Walker. We have had the pleasure of working with Walker a couple of times and each time has been amazing! If you didn’t know, Walker is one of the world’s best known street artists. He always tries to remain as innovative as possible while being modern and thought-provoking as well. His graffiti is a result of very controlled and intricate stenciling but he doesn’t forget to channel the high energy of graffiti as well!

    A couple years ago we had the honor of producing Walker’s piece, Painting the Town Red / Hong Kong Street Scene Two. Only 25 of these prints were produced! They were extremely limited and were highly desired because of the how highly sophisticated yet modern the print is. Not to mention, the print was signed by Walker himself!

    Recently, we had the opportunity to work with Walker once again! This exclusive print is called Vandal vs Louboutin. It is another extremely limited print with only 50 prints available! These prints are also signed by Nick Walker and are available on our site right now. Hopefully you’ll be able to snag one of these prints before they are gone forever!

  • OuterSpace Projects x ABV Gallery x POW Release Party

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    Thursday, June 23rd, Atlanta's ABV Gallery -- which is founded by friend of POW and skilled muralist Greg Mike -- is joining forces with Prints on Wood and OuterSpace Projects to celebrate the release of several limited edition prints. This is the place to be Thursday to grab some exclusive eco-friendly art, plus grab some sold out prints from the POW vault. Each print comes with the option of including a custom frame.

    All of the prints included in this release measure in a 14"x14" and will be availalbe for $100. While prints will be available at ABV Gallery, they will also be available in a time released online release beginning at 1pm PST on Thursday and ending Wednesday, June 29th at midnight. Additionally, a portion of the proceeds will go towards benefitting the FCancer Organization.

    Simply RSVP here for entry into the event, and be sure to keep your eyes peeled for those exclusive online released prints to come.

    The following is the list of the artist that will have releases:

    Arlin

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    Matt Gondek

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    Greg Mike

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    Mac Stewart

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    Felipe Pantone

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    In another part of the gallery, find exclusive, sold out POW collaborations from artists:

    Jeff Soto
    Buff Monster
    Nick Walker
    Tara McPherson
    Drew Merritt
    Johnny KMNDZ Rodriguez
    James Haunt
    Craola
    Mab Graves
    Jeff Gillette
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    Luke Chueh
    Ron English
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  • Watch: Air + Style x Prints on Wood Recap

    Last month, Prints on Wood set up shop for the weekend at Shaun White's Air + Style LA. The event was a highly attended, adrenaline-infused success, bringing together rad elements for lovers of music, snowboarding and visual arts.

    For the two-day half music festival, half extreme sports competition, Prints on Wood had the pleasure of hosting the production of four paintings by POW artists Nick Walker, Jeff Soto, KMNDZ and Bumblelovesyou. The celebrated artists live painted in real time for eager attendees, producing a team of awesome mini murals for the audience's viewing pleasure.

    Day 1 and Day 2 are chronicled here on the POW blog with a photo essay to illustrate each day, but to get an in action taste of the festivities, check out the video recap below!

     

  • Stencil Artist Nick Walker Creates New Mural in Downtown Riverside

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    Friend of POW and revered stencil artist, Nick Walker, just graced the city of Riverside with a bit of public art.

    The artist is in town this week after rapping up some live painting with POW during Air + Style LA. In honor of his visit to Cali, we arranged a wall for Nick to leave a memento behind outside of Pixels Bar in Downtown Riverside. The new work neighbors a mural by Jeff Soto executed in collaboration with Prints on Wood, last year.

    Nick's numbered stencil style has become a definitive trademark of the artist , creating lively art through the use of numerical stencils and spray paint.  While this style has become attached to Nick's prolific work, he has spent year's solidifying his voice through various themes and visual representations. His varied work ranges from art created for gallery exhibitions, to artistry created in the public realm for the streets.

    The Bristol, England-originating painter and graffiti artist has erected work throughout the world, including public art stints in Paris, New York, LA, Norway and of course his hometown of Bristol. To view Nick's latest public work -- showcasing his signature silhouetted man --  head to Downtown Riverside and find the newly erected mural at Pixels Bar located at 3535 University Ave, Riverside, CA 92501.

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  • Recap: Day 2 of Air + Style with Prints on Wood

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    Prints on Wood wrapped up Day 2 of Air + Style Los Angeles  2016, Sunday February 21st with a lot of great memories en tow. The day began and ended with fans stopping in to pick up one of our 4 in. x 4 in. mini wood prints from our Air + Style 2016 artists Jeff Soto, Bumblebeelovesyou, Nick Walker and KMNDZ. Over the course of the two-day event, 800 mini prints found new homes, many of which were signed by the artists on site.

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    Congregating over the love of art, extreme sports and music, Air + Style 2016 was a hugely enjoyable day for the artists and performers as well as the fans. Travis Barker, Kaskade and Incubus were among the performers of the night, adding a much appreciated soundtrack to the day's vibes. Several hours of painting brought into fruition 4 expertly rendered pieces by the aforementioned POW artists, which will make their way to a benefit show in Los Angeles this week!

    To view images of the day's festivities at the POW booth, as well as the lively happenings around A+S 2016, scroll below!

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    Illustrator and painter Bumblebeelovesyou executed his signature striped style, creating a dreamy rendition of his original titled "Somewhere I'd Rather Bee," showcasing a kid and some very Cali-centric palm trees against an equally Cali sunset. Bumblebee enlisted the help of his friends during the weekend event to help color in portions of the piece seen above using markers, crayons and paint, adding to the community feel of the space and in line with the guy's bubbly personality. What's birthed is a crazy cool multi-medium piece with big kid vibes in the art and execution.

     

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    Painter and muralist Jeff Soto brought quite a few smiles to the Prints on Wood creative space, with plenty of fans stopping in to nab photos and chat with the artist while he executed up his colorful and layered panel. Sans his signature owls, Soto reached for a different animal representation for this piece, one of which may very well be a mythical creature straight from the Soto thought process. Furry, antlered and faceless, the creature is a very cool execution of a mix between the Abominable Snowman and an elk. Of course, Jeff Soto can bring this odd description to life with some expert skill and cool usage of paint brushes and spray cans.

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    Johnny KMNDZ Rodriguez kept it elegant and simple, offering up the imagery of a bird mid-flight, narrowly missed by an arrow. As the definite romantic among us, Johnny's work speaks volumes to sentimental vibes and all things that pull at the heart strings. Check out an interview with KMNDZ from this year's DesignerCon 2016 to get a feel for the artist.

     

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    Stencil artist Nick Walker came through with a super unique piece for A+S 2016. Titled "Numbers," Nick adds a visual layer to the piece using numerical stencils to represent his background. The artist's varied range of work can be seen here, as well as his recently released limited run  piece titled "Amour Plated."

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  • Recap: Day 1 of Air + Style with Prints on Wood

    Day one of  Air + Style Los Angeles 2016 successfully kicked off today at Expo Park at the Coliseum in Downtown Los Angeles. Per usual, Prints on Wood was happily in the building soaking in the extreme sports and music-centric vibes. 24 athletes competed on the event's 16-story snow jump, while eleven musicians took to the stage including J. Cole, A-Trak, Action Bronson and A$AP Ferg.

    Founded in 1993 by Andrew Hourmount, the event was the first Big Air snowboarding event of its kind. Since '93, Air + Style has held 27 editions of the competition in locations such as Austria, Germany, China and the US, drawing in thousands of fans. This year was no different, as several thousand attendees flowed through the Expo Park fair grounds, enjoying the festivities, catching the Big Air show, peeping musicians, picking up free POW prints and stopping in to watch this year's POW lineup of artists get down.

    Johnny KMNDZ Rodriguez, Jeff Soto, Bumblebeelovesyou and Nick Walker started on the early stages of 4 wood panels that will shape up to become a few fantastic works by the end of Day Two. Be sure to check back tomorrow to see how things pan out. To see shots of the fest grounds and festivities, images of the performers, the monstrous 16-story ramp and our POW artists in action, scroll below!

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    Families and friends looked on at the gigantic 16-story snow ramp set up at Air + Style 2016. The finalists of the day's competition include:

    KADONO, Yuki
    MCMORRIS, Mark
    SANDBECH, Stale
    PARROT, Max
    BERGREM, Torgeir
    KLEVELAND, Marcus
    SHARPE, Darcy
    WILLETT, Eric
    CICCARELLI, Michael
    HANSEN, Kim Rune
    TONTERI, Roope
    TRUCHON, Antoine
    THORGREN, Sven
    TOUTANT, Sebastien
    MACK, Kyle
    ULSLETTEN, Emil
    PIIROINEN, Peetu
    DE BUCK, Sebbe
    LUNDSTROM, Tor
    PREISSINGER, Maximilian
    MOUTON, Boris
    WEISSENBACHER, Mathias
    ROISLAND, Mons
    MILLAUER, Clemens

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    More angles of the ramp in action, plus, a couple of snap shots of the festival's host, Shaun White.

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    Bumblebeelovesyou hanging out in the Prints on Wood section working on his wood panel piece, plus signing one of his mini prints for a fan. Environmentalist group Global Inheritance had their Rain Supreme team on the grounds during the event as well, with a full-on art show displaying water canisters painted by a medley of artists, including Bumblebee!

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    A look at Day 1 Air + Style 2016 performers All Time Low, Allie X, Action Bronson, Paz and Haim! The crowds were pumped the entire day from start to finish, with each performer putting in work for a high intensity show.

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    Fans pose by a David Bowie tribute piece water canister at the Rain Supreme exhibition.

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    Over at the POW tent, festival attendees got their hands on a variety of free mini prints from Bumblebeelovesyou, Jeff Soto, Nick Walker and KMNDZ.

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    Nick Walker adding in some elements to his piece during Day 1 of Air + Style utilizing his signaure stencil style. Below that, you can get a look at Johnny KMNDZ Rodriguez' piece in the foreground, and a glimpse of Jeff Soto's work in the background.

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    A look at the 5 Points tent, where festival attendees were welcomed to work on an Air + Style group mural, adding in whatever artistic elements they'd like.

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    ASAP Ferg was a crowd favorite of the night, keeping energy high at the event's 'City Stage.' And of course we can't forget about A-Trak, offering the crowd a high intensity mix to ring in the night. J Cole was the long-awaited finale out the night on the event's 'Mountain Stage, closing out the show. Check out a video of Day 1 festival highlights here!

  • POW Chats: Stencil Artist, Nick Walker

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    And again we're back! This week, we speak with stencil artist, Nick Walker about his rituals, extensive plans for the year ahead and his recently released POW print, "Amour Plated." See the exclusive Q&A below!

    1. Hey Nick. You've got a lot of clout in the street art realm. How do you feel about coming up as an artist who works within the illicit art world as opposed to starting out in art school focused on canvases, for example? Do you feel there are definitive differences between the two?

    Yes for sure. The street always came first; it's all about starting from a small sketch and making it big on a wall outside. No projectors, no stencils, just a sketch on a rough bit of paper and a bag of cans and in between that there was some hiding behind cars anyone drove past. Those are the foundations and if you want to take the same work to canvas you can but that came later for me.

    2. You have an amazinggg solo exhibition on view at New York's Quinn Hotel currently. Can you tell me about that show and the work showcased?

    My friend Darren Johnston curated it, he curates all the shows there. We'd been talking for a while about doing a show at the Quinn. I was the first artist that did a residency at the hotel and lived there for over a month two years ago, but it never ended in a show, so we felt it was time to put a body of work together. We didn't want to go too heavy on the prices so focus went on producing works on paper for a reasonable price.

    3. What was the transition from street art into the gallery world like for your personally? What kind of dynamics were you met with when beginning to do full-fledged exhibitions? Did the process of creating work change for you or become more difficult?

    It was exciting, I think, because I was interested to see if I could sell my paintings. I was involved with some group shows in the 80's, but it wasn't until the mid 90's that my stencil work played a bigger part in shows and that was when I started to sell works which felt good. The dynamics change for sure as you have to work within a set space and shrink down the art normally created super sized for the street to fit a canvas.

    4. Where was your head at when you were creating "Amour Plated?"
    I don't know love is a tricky subject sometimes- its been a crazy three years.

    5. What -- if any -- are your creative rituals or routines you notice you practice before diving into a painting?

    I procrastinate a ton-- always have. It's crazy what I find myself doing when I have a deadline to meet, but I am trying to be better and slightly more organized. When I get to the studio --especially my Bristol studio -- I just potter and lurk for a day or two just climatizing I guess. I end up trying to find stuff, organizing stencils--  burning some and just spending a bit of time preparing the space again so I can go into full factory mode and disappear into my work again. I work pretty late most times especially when I have a show coming up.

    6. I read that when you scope out new stencil locations you start by getting a co-sign from a local, and then view images of the location to get an understanding of the space. What are you looking for when you choose a wall to publish your work on?

    I've had people find walls for me in the past because I'm strong on composition and I think some works deserve breathing space.  If you want to send a message with the work you paint then it's good to find a wall with a heavy footfall, but that's not always easy to paint especially with no permission.

    7. You started with traditional graffiti tools -- cans basically -- back in Bristol, correct? Tell me about your decision to begin using stencils as a vehicle for your work.

    With stencils, I can go as big or small as I like, and I can play with any kind of imagery-- the choices are endless. The good thing about stenciling is the time it takes to apply it to the wall is a lot less time than it takes to paint a freehand mural.

    8. You've mentioned that movie posters, NYC trains and the overall vibe of the graffiti culture is what inspired you to get involved back in the 80s. What has you inspired lately about the next leg of your creative career?

    I reckon I'm still inspired by movie posters or maybe it's just an appreciation for some of them these days. Inspiration comes randomly, but with the numbers I paint I was initially and still am inspired by Jasper Johns mixed together with the dynamics of cigarette smoke.
    9. What/who are you listening to these days?
    I listen to all sorts of music, but if I want to jump into the zone, I'll put on recordings of a bunch of Zulu Beat shows with Afrika Islam. That was the best radio show that ever existed!
    10. Tell me about your plans and projects coming up; what can we look forward to from you as the months roll out?

    Firstly back to the pool-. Yoga. Move to Brooklyn . Spend more time with my kids. I have some big murals coming up this year which I'm planning as we speak. I have to get back out to Tokyo in May for a project with DJ Muro and in June, I have a collaborative show with Crash and Bio (TATS crew) in Zurich which is something we've been working on for a while. In September I have a show at Wallworks in the Bronx, and after that, not sure-- maybe a print release. To be honest, I never know what's going to happen from one day to the next so it could get hectic-- let's hope so!!

  • Are you Ready: POW x Air + Style 2016 Going Down Feb. 20th- 21st

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    It's that time again! Extreme sports athlete Shaun White is hosting yet another year of his highly anticipated Air + Style Sports and Music Festival. Beginning February 20th, the two-day event features entertainment from top international athletes including Eric Willet, Antoine Truchon, Markus Kleveland and He Wei. The tour athletes will be dishing out pro tricks on the event's gigantic snow ramp, keeping all of our adrenaline high.

    Of course, you can't forget about the undeniably on point music line up offered at this year's event. From Travis Barker performing on the drums, then hitting us with a DJ set, to Action Bronson and headliner, J. Cole, this is a stand out year for the fest for sure.

    POW attended last year's Air + Style and can vouch the event is quite unlike any other event offered locally in LA. Half extreme sports and half music festival, it brings the best of both worlds to the forefront. And since art is the world's universal language, you know we had our hand in the festivities as well.

    Last year, we brought along Greg Craola Simkins, James Haunt and Jeff Soto to paint live or audiencesThis year, we couldn't be happier to announce that we'll have Jeff Soto returning, as well as Nick Walker, Bumblebee Loves You and Johnny KMNDZ Rodriguez coming along for the ride, and painting live with us at Air + Style!

    Each of the four artist will be undertaking a 4 foot by 8 foot wood panel, creating something awesome for our viewing pleasure. Additionally, we're stoked to announce that we'll have 4 in. by 4 in. mini wood prints to share with Air + Style attendees. Be very sure to stop by and nab one of these mini prints, and catch our artist roster in action. See you this weekend, February 20th and 21st, at Air + Style!

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  • "Amour Plated" by Nick Walker Out February 14th!

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    Renowned stencil artist Nick Walker hits us with his second Prints on Wood collaboration, with the forthcoming piece, "Amour Plated."

    Nick has garnered clout in both the mainstream and illicit art worlds, having displayed his work all over the world via galleries as well as on public walls. Hailing from Bristol, Walker saw and participated in the upsurge of what we think of now as 'tradition graffiti' of the 1980s, but was also exposed to the art of stenciling which had flooded city streets.

    Walkers past release with POW entitled "Painting the Town Red/ Hong Kong Street Scene Two" successfully showcases Walker's dual talents and knowledge of multiple mediums. Utilizing fine art know-how, Walker created a city scene that displays a number of creative intricacies, as well as showcasing an understanding and connection to the concrete jungles where his stenciling work usually takes place.

    Currently, Nick has an (uhh-maaazing) exhibition on display at New York City's Quin Hotel curated by DK Johnston. In addition to several choice pieces from his archive, an iteration of his forthcoming POW release is on display.

    "Amour Plated" will be available through POW on February 14th in a very limited run of 40 prints. The release will measure in at 24x24 inches, and is available for purchase with or with a frame to fit your home or office decor needs. Be sure to act fast, as Walker's work has this funny habit of running out. Stay tuned for an exclusive Q&A with the artist in the coming week as well. Till next time!

  • Summer Tour of New York Murals

    A quick summer trip to New York would not be complete without a walk around SOHO and Little Italy in search of the murals from a few of our favorite artist.

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    After a few bites to eat in Greenwich Village headed over to SOHO and ran into a mural in process by New York local Soft Circle.  After a quick chat and Instagram exchanges he was back to work.

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    Just a few blocks away we spotted a little Vandalism by Nick Walker peeking around a corner.

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    Little Italy was so colorful already, but this beautiful mural by Tristan Eaton of Audrey Hepburn was still a standout.

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    The vibrancy of color and imagery was amazing.  Check out this vibrant mural by Beau Stanton also in Little Italy.

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    Around another corner we found another huge mural by Tristan Eaton of the Statue of Liberty.

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    A few blocks away we found this towering Baby Hulk mural by New York resident artist Ron English.

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    Ron also had this "little" fella on the Houston Bowery Wall in front of the American flag.  The Bowery Wall is a temporary mural that is changed every few months.

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    No tour of New York murals could be complete without spotting at least one Buff Monster mural, and we did.

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    It never fails to make me hungry for ice cream!

    We almost passed by a mural by Shepard Fairey but thankfully our son caught sight of it before it was too late. It is so elegant it blends in well with the surroundings.

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    After that we said goodbye to Little Italy and headed off to the Cotton Candy Machine to grab dinner with Tara McPherson, Sean and Ronin.

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