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RUN #00591
Roger Gastman - Tools of Criminal Mischief : The Cans IV - Krylon Edition
Roger Gastman
Tools of Criminal Mischief : The Cans IV - Krylon Edition
Edition Size:   160
18 x 24 Inches Archival Pigment Print on 310gsm Fine Art Paper
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The framing option for this RUN includes a 1 Inch Black Wood Frame with UV-Glass, foam core backing and ready to hang hardware.

"This print is the 4th installment in my recent series titled, “Tools of Criminal Mischief" and it was created specifically for collectors here at 1xRun. I have a huge collection of vintage spray paint and markers that I have been collecting for years. This collection features all Krylon cans. Whenever people come over to my house, no matter who they are, they always want to ask me about my collections of cans, markers and other things and take pictures of them.

With "Graffiti" and "Street Art" becoming such huge buzz words, and affordable art being more accessible through sites like 1xRun, it's fun to remember the tools that made a lot of it possible." - Roger Gastman

This RUN comes signed, numbered and with a Certificate of Authenticity from Roger Gastman and 1xRUN.

Discuss This Run

Roger Gastman Returns With The Tools Of Criminal Mischief 4: The Cans IV – Krylon Edition Available For A Limited Time Until New Years Day 2014!

1xRun Thru Interview
Tools of Criminal Mischief: The Can IV – Krylon Edition by Roger Gastman

1xRun: How was this piece created and when did it come together?
Roger Gastman: This was done with an assortment of vintage photos of spray cans and was designed in June of 2013. The cans have been an ongoing collection for many years.


1xRun: Tell us how the idea and execution came about?
Roger Gastman: I have a huge collection of vintage spray paint. The colors, the logos and the brand names have so many great things about them. Whenever people come over to my house, no matter who they are, they always want to ask me about my can collection and take pictures of it.


1xRun: How long did the piece take?
Roger Gastman: I have been collecting these cans since I was 14 years old. I’m 35 now!

1xRun: What is unique about this piece?
Roger Gastman: How many people have old spray cans like this in their home? It works for graphic designers and creative types, not just vandals.


1xRun: Why should people buy this print?
Roger Gastman: You should buy this because it’s awesome. The colors, the logos and it’s not your normal art print. It’s the tools that were used to help create the art form of street art and graffiti.

1xRun: Describe this print in one gut reaction word.
Roger Gastman: WOOOOOOOOOAAAAHHHHHH.1xRUN-Roger-Gastman-Tools-of-Criminal-Mischief-Krylon-18x24-WEB01blog1xRun: When did you first start making art?
Roger Gastman: I suck at art, but I was always in art classes as far back as I remember. I got good grades, but I think that is just because the teachers felt bad for me because I sucked so bad. I remember in 6th grade I made a water color painting of Darby Crash for the cover of The Decline of The Western Civilization.

1xRun: What artists inspired you early on? What artists inspire you now?
Roger Gastman: Graffiti growing up in DC mostly. Once I started to see more “real” art I wasn’t that impressed. I kept going back to the rawness of street crap. When I was as young as 14 I started to travel the country and be inspired by different street work, notably LA and Chicago. Now? My two dogs mostly.

1xRun: Do you listen to music while you work?
Roger Gastman: I listen to a lot of music. It’s mostly the same crap that I have listened to since I was a teenager. Early punk, hair metal, Revelation and Dischord stuff and a lot of EAZY E and the Ghetto BoyZZZ.

1xRun: If you could collaborate with any living artist who would it be and why? Any deceased artists?
Roger Gastman: I would like to make a rap album with ICE CUBE circa Death Certificate era. For the latter, it would be G.G. Allin. He had his head screwed on straight.

1xRun: What was the first piece of art that you bought? The last?
Roger Gastman: I have no idea what the first piece of art I bought was. It could have been early Shepard Fairey stuff or some early ESPO. I was always trading for stuff, but I know I bought that. I buy a lot of ephemera more then art. I have a problem with collecting things. The last piece of art I bought was something from AIKO. It’s a chick with big titties of course.

1xRun: Where else can people find you?
Roger Gastman: WebsiteTwitterInstagram


About the Artist

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Roger Gastman began writing graffiti as a teenager in Bethesda, Maryland. Since then, he has founded and published the pop culture magazines While You Were Sleeping and Swindle, with Shepard Fairey, and authored a dozen graffiti art books including The History of American Graffiti (with Caleb Neelon; Harper Collins, 2011). In 2011, he curated, with Jeffrey Deitch and Aaron Rose, the exhibition Art in the Streets at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. In 2013 Gastman curated Pump Me Up – DC Subculture of The 1980s, at The Corcoran in Washington DC where it more then doubled the attendance of any show they had the past five years. Gastman’s film production credits include Banksy’s Exit through the Gift Shop, The Legend of COOL “DISCO” DAN and the graffiti documentary Wall Writers, and he is currently directing a documentary for Sanrio/ Hello Kitty on the history of the brand and its fans.

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