9 things from 2009 by Roa


Roa aka Gent Zoo Keeper aka King of Doel Jungle is known for painting giant animals (mostly black & white)



1- One photo (you took):

Warsaw, fresh in the memory and had some great time there! very nice and unique experience!
This factory was near the centre of Warsaw in Praga -the historical borough of Warsaw,and I liked that place! Perfect situation!

2- One photo you found on the web:

Very difficult, but I just took random the one I found first on Ekosystem,(the Lima mural from Blu or the fox from Bonom?) but I also was thinking about the 2501 mural in Tunisia this summer, which was gigantic! But I love also Remed his the Puppet string mural in Serbia, the conquistadores from Blu in Lima which were the first I found back on Ekosystem, but I really like them all in different ways,and so many more…I’ve seen very good East European graffiti but also really nice things in the West,
and I didn’t saw the most at all, so it is the most impossible question to answer, I can’t select one…

3- One web-video:

web-video david Ellis & Blu NYC

4- One track:
Really no idea, listen a lot to music all diffrent decennia and styles mixed up, mostly
the only ‘fresh’ music I know is made by friends…

5- One artist:
naming one, is excluding another great one!
Really too much great painters at the moment to choose one!

6- One animal:
My cat because she came 10 years ago, and she never went away again,
pretty brave animal!

7- One place/city:
Doel! Of course! That was the summer of 2009!

8- One annoying thing:
Foie gras at Christmas

9- One last word:
Happy new year Mr. eko!
All Best wishes for everybody especially the ones I met in 2009!
Thanks guys,hope to paint again!


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9 things from 2009 by El Euro

El Euro

For more than 8 years now, El Euro from Italy paints  characters.

1- One photo (you took):

This year I have not done a lot of photos.
Birds-o-matic is my favorite piece this year .

2- One photo you found on the web:
I love photography when it gives to me silence and serinity.

3- One video you found on the web:


The astronomer dream. I like this the graphic of the Maya technology.

4- One track :

LMFAO I’m in Miami bitch (lucky date remix).

5- One artist:
drypnz http://www.drypnz.com/live/.

6- One color:

7- One food:
Polenta, sausage and leek.

8- One annoying thing:
The Police took my driver license because I have drunk a little bit,
so I have not driven my car for 5 months,
and I live in a small city so that was a really annoying thing.

9- One last word:
If graffiti is dead we are zombies…


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9 things from 2009 by Aryz

To end 2009 and to start the new year.
I asked a few ekosystem friends and contacts 9 things about 2009.
http://www.aryz.es/Aryz on ekosystem
Aryz is known for painting extremely big colorful characters. He lives in Catalonia.


1- One photo (you took):

2- One photo you found on the web:


3- One web-video:

4- One track (music): The Roots- The next movement

5- One artist: Blu

6- One color: Kraft Brown

7- One place: in front of a wall
8- One annoying thing: Mosquitos

9- One last word: enjoy


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9 things from 2009 by Ripo

To end 2009 and to start the new year.
I asked a few ekosystem friends and contacts 9 things about 2009.
Ripo’s work is inspired by Typography, socio-political messages, play on words, vintage hand-painted signs…
He left NYC in 2005 to move to Barcelona.


1- One Photo (from you):

Railroad crossing in a corn field

2- One photo you found on the web:

Felice Varini is Switzerland.

3- One video you found on the web:

I kind of put it there myself, but still…

4- One track :

Animal Collective – My Girls

5- One artist:

Tauba Auerbach

6- One drink: Coffee
7- One place: RIP Floodwall at Barceloneta
8- One annoying thing: People who don’t pay on time
9- One last word: Optimistic


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BR1 & Muslim women

Last weeks I exchanged a few e-mails with BR1, sharing some thoughts  about his work.
Here is some interesting extracts from his e-mails for you to understand his motivations.

BR1: I am working and studying on the figure of the Muslim woman since two year: history, tradition, legal sources and development in contemporary society. A complete research on the theme.
In Turin when people ask me why I draw this type of subject I tell them that it isn’t a case, but I study the theme.

BR1 - Madrid

As a lot of artists, I started my career interpreting typical subject of our world: USA power, corporation as mcDonalds, the clash with eastern world, pollution. I was looking for images on magazines to take inspiration or making some collages, and my attention fell always on images with a woman wearing the veil. For me it is charm. A woman wearing it has another allure or behaviour. And you know, for many people the veil is a sort of taboo or a cryptic theme, but it captured my attention, because I am a curious person.


Some years ago I understood that I don’t like to express my creativity  on topics like USA, oil, wars, poverty in Africa, even if they are themes that I follow and I read books about them. Since I start drawing, when I was young, I made draw of  human beings. I love figurative drawings. But I feel that I was not interested on the western woman, because I want to try to use art to describe a typical phenomenon or a sociological theme, as David Gouny make with the figure of fat women in his posters or FKDL with woman silhouettes, you know?!
So, drawing Muslim women has been a process.

BR1 - Torino

But I am from Italy; I am secularized and I have a big respect for other people in general. I think that today is a risk to introduce religious elements on my poster, because I don’t completely know Islam, I am not Islamic, and I am not interested in religious. This is the point: why a dress has so strong connotation of religion? This thing attracts me.

Today, in Paris, Tehran or Tunisia, in 2009, women don’t think that the veil is only a religious symbol. The society is more developed and the media or globalization change lifestyle of all the people. There is something else behind the veil (and I try to make some hypothesis). Moreover, I am Italian, I don’t want to pass as an Islamic artist (but I love to make some collaboration with them). Veiled women live with us, they are in public spaces with us, and new generations are Italian, French or Australian. So why I can’t retract them. I love the woman in general. I don’t like to draw the man. This is a project based on the woman. and many girls, also Muslim, tell me that it is also a sort of feminism, because I give to Muslim woman a representation on city walls.


I often ask to myself:  Why aren’t Muslim women represented in the public space? An art critic here in Turin told me that if I go to Morocco or in Iran and I paste up my posters people wouldn’t notice them. Instead, if I paste up a blonde western girl everybody would turn heads to look at the poster. I don’t know if he has right or not. I don’t share his opinion.

I told you that I am Italian twice. A critic that Muslims make me is that I can’t understand Muslim women. It is a bigot critic to me. A woman is a woman from South America to China. Cultures and religions influence life and traditions, of course. but if really I can’t understand them I want at least to prove that western and Islamic women are mother at the same time, make sex at the same time, love French fashion at the same time, love pizza at the same time, take photos at the same time.
I have two modus operandi on my poster: in one hand I love to show the different styles of veil in the world. If you think, how many people in France have really seen a typical Afghani burqa? I want to show them. In the other hand I love to make posters with Muslim women that make typical things with passion and naturalness as western women.
If you look at my first posters you can find an Iranian girl playing golf. Two years ago I don’t think that a Muslim woman can play golf. But it is so strange? or many western people think that Muslim women can’t take a car license or smoking. It’s a wrong idea that we have of an different culture.


And with my poster, with humility and respect toward everyone I want to show this thing. I can deal on my theme in two manners: a religious and political one, and another one simpler: a cultural one. I choose the second one.

Another trait of my work is the colour: I want that my posters appear with nice and saturated colours, because I want to transmit happiness and positive feelings.


BR1 at work

BR1 at work



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