Typografriday: Calligraffiti

We’ve mentioned Niels “Shoe” Meulman before, but in case you hadn’t looked closer at his Calligraffiti pieces, I wanted to show a few more. I’m not generally even a big fan of graffiti (and nazis and ed hardy have both seriously threatened my love for fraktur) but his hybrid of a loose blackletter and the drips and attitude of grafitti is inspired and beautiful.

shoe_shoe

shoe_destroyed

shoe_diffrent

shoe_spitting

Oh and he makes fancy big silk Unruly scarves too, with lovely color combinations and hidden subversive texts (e.g. “Society Fools,” shown on the model). I’m tempted to buy one but maybe just because it comes with a signed copy of his book.

unruly_societyfoolshot

unruly_2scarves
Although he is fierce at defending his turf, Shoe isn’t the only writer at this intersection. I’ve recently discovered Luca Barcellona, whose lettering work is fantastic, and all the better when he mixes it up with spraypaint on a wall. Here’s a flickr set full of crossover work with his “Rebel Ink” crew.

rebel_wall1

rebel_wall2 copy

Oh and, happy typografriday!

TypograFriday: Contemporary Type Abundance

There’s been a trend in the last few years dubbed maximalism. We’re particular fans of how it manifests calligraphically and typographically. Here’s some of the finest, and six words about each:

Ray Fenwick
fenwick
Words and pictures both very good.

Marian Bantjes
bantjes
We have one; it’s laser-cut awesomeness.

Jessica Hische
jhirsche
This will be a tshirt soon.

Si Scott
siscott
Pen in hand, makes his mark.

Niels “Shoe” Meulman
shoe
calligraffiti inventor. Yep, how it sounds.

Seb Lester
seb1
Silver on black plike. Pretty rad.

Yulia Brodskaya
yulia
OMG that’s quilling? That’s insane yo.