WALL WRITERS: GRAFFITI IN ITS INNOCENCE

August 02 2012 . 12:01am

I never set out to make this documentary. I was doing research for a book I put out last year “The History of American Graffiti” and I became fascinated with the true beginnings of modern graffiti. So many graffiti writers my co-author and I talked to claimed they were the first to do it. That they did “this in 1969” or what ever year. If you did the math to how old they were the year they were claiming it just wasn’t true. I set out to find the truth.

Once I started digging up these early graffiti writers in New York City and Philadelphia, many who had not been talked to or had thought about graffiti in over 30 years I figured I better film them! Who knows if they will disappear again or not want to talk about graffiti again! The more people I interviewed and filmed the more I started to realize we had something special. A true “moment in time” that told the history of modern graffiti, something that has become the worlds fastest growing art movement.

Over 20 people were interviewed to make the film, some of them include: TAKI183, COCO144, SNAKE1, PHIL T GREEK, SJK 171, MIKE 171, WICKED GARY, ROCKY 184, HENRY 161, COWBOY, UNDERTAKER ASH, CORNBREAD, KOOL KLEPTO KID, JOE 182, THE JOKER, LAZAR, BAMA and more.

We turned over every rock we could. Looked through every archive you could think of and we dug up some amazing photos and archive footage to help tell the story. FREEDOM aka Chris Pape helped produce and write the film, Ikey Owens (The Mars Volta is one of the many bands he has been a part of) came on and did the score. One of my art icons and amazing filmmaker John Waters did the voice over!

We have a 58 minute near finished film that I personally think is awesome and so do the people that have seen it. I have invested countless time and more money then I would care to admit into this project. Now I ask for assistance in getting it out there to the world. I need to acquire the rights too much of the archival footage and cover the costs of post production. Also I would like to do a weekend showing of the film in NY and LA before Wall Writers goes out for general distribution.

If you are a fan of graffiti, street art or subculture in general this is an educational film you must see. Please help make it a reality. It’s so close!

PS: all rewards can be shipped outside of US – just need to add shipping fee!

Support this: kickstarter.com

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Patrick Hoelck POLAROID HOTEL | Book release and signing

April 20 2011 . 02:00pm

Book Release And Signing
Thursday, April 21, 2011
9-11pm
LEADAPRON
8445 Melrose Place
Los Angeles, CA 90069

LOS ANGELES – OHWOW and LEADAPRON are pleased to host the book release and book signing event for Patrick Hoelck’s POLAROID HOTEL.

Press, flash, picture. Simple. Then wait. And wait. And wait some more. The anticipation to see what you have captured is a thrill that has been lost with modern technology. In a world full of instant there have been unfortunate casualties. Polaroid instant film was almost one of them. It’s not just the nostalgia that makes Polaroids alluring. It’s the unpredictability. You never know if you’re going to end up with a masterpiece or a disaster but it really doesn’t matter, it’s yours.

In POLAROID HOTEL, Hoelck pays tribute to the art of Polaroid photography with a book of images that capture intimate moments of his life and career throughout 17 years, showing that just because Polaroid has aged it hasn’t lost its appeal.

“Hoelck’s images seem at first to be random, thrown together, an accidental assemblage, but they provide a narrative of our cultural landscape, a series on contemporary urban life.” – Gisela Getty

Patrick Hoelck is an American contemporary photographer and director. This is Hoelck’s second publication following his first book Tar, that is now out of print and considered a classic. Hoelck has shot major editorial, fashion and advertising campaigns and recently made his feature film directorial debut with Mercy, winning Best Director and Best Film in the Savannah Film Festival amongst other honors.
 

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Polaroid Hotel by Patrick Hoelck | Kickstarter

December 28 2010 . 10:02pm

 

About this project

In a world full of instant there have been unfortunate casualties; Polaroid instant film was on the verge of discontinuation. A marvel of its time the simplicity was its pull. Press, flash, picture. Simple. Then the wait, the anticipation to see what you captured was a thrill that’s been lost with modern technology. It’s not just the nostalgia that makes Polaroids alluring. It’s the unpredictability. You never knew if you’d end up with a masterpiece or a disaster but it didn’t matter, it was yours.

I decided to pay tribute to the art of Polaroid photography with a book of images and an exhibition that capture intimate moments of my career through the years. I wanted to show that just because a certain technology has aged it doesn’t have to lose its appeal.

Here is an excerpt from the book’s foreword by Gisela Getty:

Hoelck’s images seem at first to be random, thrown together, an accidental assemblage, but they 
provide a narrative of our cultural landscape, a series on contemporary urban life. The expressions in most portraits are introspective and skeptical, the girls seem to undress for no-one, the ketchup bottle is broken, a monochromatic image postulates CHANGE, juxtapositions of empty industrial places and self-referential youth, vulnerable, naked, Vincent Gallo frozen as a silver- star, a girl stripping down her nylon-slip, a dial on a wall, a kiss radiating a golden light streak, Hoelck’s images are always modern and now.

Find out more at: portfolio.patrickhoelck.com / kickstarter.com

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