Monday, June 08, 2009


A few months back, Mike and I went to the launch party of our friend and F.O.K.U.S Founder Atiba Edward's art magazine. Hope to see a bunch of you there. Atiba, along with a huge crew of volunteers, runs an amazing grass-roots nonprofit arts organization. The energy of Atiba and his work is contagious and inspiring.

Join F.O.K.U.S. + Solefood NYC on Saturday, June 13th, 2009 at 4pm for the heART + SOLE art show and the celebration of the release of F.O.K.U.S.' INSIGHT Magazine Vol II Issue 2 at Solefood NYC's gallery in TriBeCa (38 Lispenard Street).

Works by legendary graffiti artists, STAN-ONE TSF and PRIZ TS5, will be on display at Solefood NYC. Both artists have been tagging since the 1970s, evolving from spraying trains to legally painting murals and canvases throughout New York City. Additionally, the contents from INSIGHT Volume II Issue 2 will be on display. The magazine features a special cover designed by See One; photography by Silvia Laserna; images from STAN-ONE TSF, PRIZ TS5 and REE-2 MTA and much more.

F.O.K.U.S. Presents: heART + SOLE: Art Show & INSIGHT Issue 2 Release Party
Where: Solefood NYC
38 Lispenard Street (btwn Church St. and Broadway)
New York, NY 10013

Cost: FREE

When: Saturday June 13, 2009
4pm - 7pm

    -You can take the 1; A, C, E; to Canal Street and walk South-East to Church St. Turn Right onto Church St and Left onto Lispenard St.
    -You can take the N,Q,R, W; 6; or J,M,Z trains to Canal Street Station. Walk North-West on Canal to Broadway. Turn Left onto Broadway and Right onto Lispenard St.
About the Artists:
PRIZ started "solo-bombing" above ground in the late 70's as a novice street writer. While attending Public School on the Upper West side of Manhattan, PRIZ became heavily influenced by subway veterans like DEAN, JEAN-13, and BAD among other writers from Brandeis High School. By the 1980's, he was tagging subway train exterior panels and the IRT Broadway No. 1 line. Influenced by letter flow movement and arrow connections, PRIZ, describes his style as "old school."

STAN-ONE tagged and painted walls, subway cars and stations on the Broadway IRT No. 1 line in 1979. He was influenced by a group of older known writers from his Harlem neighborhood called The Spanish Five. When the first generation members of The Spanish Five graffiti crew aka TSF/TS5 retired from the subway graffiti scene, STAN-ONE was granted presidency of the crew by LEO, the crew's founding president. In the 1980's, STAN-ONE was instrumental in revitalizing the The Spanish Five and recruiting talented new blood above and below ground. By the 80's, he was President of TSF/TS5. STAN-ONE disappeared from the graffiti scene in the late 80's until Priz brought him out of retirement in 2001.

About Solefood NYC:
Solefood NYC is a restaurant themed, lifestyle drive, custom sneaker boutique and art gallery. Specializing in street wear, custom sneakers and custom apparel, this boutique gallery offers a one on one consultation between their clients and quality staff, which consists of sneaker customizers, a clothing designer and a stylist. Visit for more information.

About F.O.K.U.S.
F.O.K.U.S. is a non-profit arts organization, whose mission is to use the arts to create a diverse community and as a tool of empowerment and highlight the enrichment the arts provide in our lives. F.O.K.U.S. has produced workshops, film screenings and have produced shows with artists such as John Legend, Kidz in the Hall, Janelle Monae, Saul Williams, Justin Bua, Michael Skolnik, Paola Mendoza, Gene Pendon and Slum Village; as well as headed up the Family Day at the annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival. Visit for more information.
In the utopian future, art “would no longer refer exclusively to the specialists within the modern art world, but extend to the whole work of humanity.” - J. Beuys

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