Author Archives: Bomdia

Time is money, time waits for no one, the time is now. Time is spoken about in many ways, the context defines our perception of it. There is the passing of time as we experience it on a daily basis, seconds, minutes, hours, days and so on. This time is live, we can watch it tick by on a clock, we have no control over it, and it is consistent into infinity, or at least…

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We are super proud and excited to celebrate 13 YEARS OF 1933 CLASSIC TATTOOS!!! To mark the occasion we present another 1933 Classic Tattoos & The Gray Side Project exhibition, SACRED HEARTS, the fifth edition of “13 Liners”. 13 LINERS is a group show featuring 13 of South Africa’s finest tattoo artists. Each edition has a different focus on either the medium or theme. For this edition each artist was provided with a 3D molded…

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‘ No Jacket Required ‘ is an introduction into customized graffiti on denim. This is the first time there has been an entire exhibition dedicated to the customizing of denim in Johannesburg, with the goal of showing the viewers that this really can be a real work of art and is a showpiece in almost any environment, from wearing it on your back to hanging it in your home. The title of the exhibition, ‘…

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Ben Jay Crossman is an international traveling artist who has returned home to after an incredible 7 year journey across the world. His newest exhibition, Travelers, was showcased at Grayscale Gallery in Johannesburg on the 4th of March 2023. His paintings are inspired by the people and moments from adventure. Ben believes that the act of creating art is a profound philosophic journey that can be shared through a feeling and can enable people to…

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‘13 Liners’ is an exhibition highlighting the work of 13 of the finest local tattoo artists. This year is the 4th Edition of the group show, previous editions have featured silkscreened works on paper, screen printed works on wood, and original works of the artists, respectively. In this edition the 3D realm has been explored for the first time. Each artist was given an identical set of 3D printed “praying hands” based on the classic…

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The world of an artist is one where the benefits gained match that of the time put in. Tyler B Murphy spends much of his time trying to figure out two things. Firstly it is how to gain the skills necessary to make the best art that he can. Secondly he investigates all ideas, concepts, opinions and theories, on who is trying to gain control of this physical realm we inhabit and to what end.…

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MEIN163 is undoubtedly one of the most prolific graffiti artists to call Joburg City home. MEIN, aka Chowmein, is most well-known for his iconic noodle boxes that pop up across the city on street corners, highway spots and other seemingly neglected spaces, however these are simply the garnish on top. Highly proficient in all aspects of graffiti, from tags to elaborate murals, MEIN is an innovator of letter style. His work is undeniably distinctive and…

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Rekso is a name familiar to any South African graffiti enthusiast. Based in Johannesburg and painting actively for the last 15 years he has earned the respect of his peers with his unique bold style of colourful characters and meticulous execution. Whether on his own or with fellow Quest Crew members, his paintings jump off the walls they inhabit and capture the attention of any passerby. Starting at a young age drawing cartoons and copying…

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Pasop, meaning ‘beware’ or ‘watch out”, is an Afrikaans word in origin however it crosses the language barrier for most people living in South Africa, regardless of their ability in Afrikaans, it’s meaning is very clear. The reason for this familiarity is that the most common place one would see the word ‘pasop’ is on “Beware of the Dog” security signs, “Pasop vir die hond” in Afrikaans. These signs, in various shapes and sizes, adorn…

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Welcome to The Gray Side project, a new approach to the interaction between the artist and the gallery space. Initiated and hosted by Grayscale Store & Gallery in collaboration with Curbside Print House, two organisations with strong roots in the local Graffiti culture, the Project focusses on a small collective of South African graffiti artists with strong identities and unique styles. These artists, ranging in age and experience, have each in their own way made…

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