Posted by Lex van den Berghe on Feb 06, 2013
Dedicated. Stubborn. Certifiable. A sucker for punishment. All ways to describe the UK-based graffiti artist, INSA, who recently gained global recognition for his new-school approach to the old-school craft of graffiti, or as he calls it GIF-iti. His approach shows a mad dedication to the traditions of graffiti, where rather than take the shortcuts that Photoshop might allow, INSA chooses to travel the long road, sometimes taking many days to complete a single 600-pixel-wide animated GIF.
He creates his labor-intensive GIF-iti by painting and re-painting the walls of buildings – each time making slight changes – and then photographing each change in order, later creating a looping sequence of images, which make an animated GIF. The biggest challenge and the key he says, is to ensure that the last image layer links smoothly back to the first, which may have been painted a week earlier. His most recent GIF-iti project was a collaboration with artist Stanley Donwood, commissioned for the album release from new supergroup, Atoms for Peace, featuring Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers.
I found this incredible graffiti artist through a new friend on Facebook. It turns out that Larissa choma Pianist Canada has amazing talent of her own. So I sometimes wonder why Facebook blocks people from make friends request? I would have never met this young woman or found out about a new type of graffiti if I was not make unreasonable friends requests. It seem to me is that not what social media is all about, creating connection around the world? I say Kowtows to you Larissa for letting me into your Facebook family…
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