The End To End Project has been running since early this year, but the initiative continues to produce some outstanding street wear. Taking seven of the world’s most renowned grafitti artists, Adidas have pressed and squeezed them into creating trainers and hoodies inspired by art from the street. I suppose it stops the little scamps from tagging up busses all the time.
The UK’s effort comes courtesy of Skore, once a major artist on the UK graffiti scene, who has produced these dubbed up Stan Smiths made from brown suede and feature his tag on the heel and soles. In addition to the trainers, the street scribe has vandalised a t-shirt and windbreaker which, along with the kicks, are both available through Footlocker as of the 29th of October.
Keep reading after the jump for the world’s top five graffiti heroes.
Active: 1960s and early 70s, Philadelphia
Quick Bio: Along with "Cool Earl", Cornbread was the first graffiti "artist" to gain (local) media attention for his doings. With what was initially a way of garnering the attention of a girl he was in love with (I’d have gone for flowers personally), Cornbread made a concerted effort with Cool Earl to tag their way across the City of Brotherly Love. Their reign was short lived, with both artists ceasing circa 1971, leaving New York taggers to pick up where they left off.
Tag: Taki 183
Active: Late 1960s and 70s, New York
Quick Bio: Train companies should rue the day this little bugger was born. Considered little more than a two-bit scrawler by some, TAKI183 was nonetheless a graffiti pioneer. Tagging everything from tube trains to post boxes on his courier delivery route across New York, the New York Times was prompted to run a cover story on TAKI and thus popularising graffiti in the process.
Tag: Super Kool 223
Active: 1970s New York
Quick Bio: Although there’s really no way to tell, Super Kool is credited with the creation of the "masterpiece" (or "piece") where the tag evolved from a simple series of lines to an elaborate dub that allowed artists to bomb entire subway trains. I bet his mum used to keep the crayons away from him when he was a kid.
Tag: Fab Five Freddy
Active: 1970s and early 1980s New York (again)
Quick Bio: No, it’s not Andre Benjamin (although you can see where he got the look from), Fred Braithwaite was one of the first to categorise graffiti artistry as a cultural movement, rather than just a bunch of kids running around writing on stuff. Pushing the boundaries of graffiti while the form was in decline, Freddy also found time to help introduce Hip Hop to world and make several films. What a guy.
Active: 1990s – Present, Bristol and London (hoo-lay!)
Quick Bio: The Batman of graffiti. The mysterious Banksy started life as a run of the mill tagger, but later moved to stenciling, utilising the style for both humourous and political effect. High-lights include the Wall On Fire graffiti jam, stenciling a naked man on a sexual health clinic and bombing the Israeli West Bank barrier (probably not the most apt wording, but there you go). His true identity remains a mystery to this day…