The Martin Jones Archives - Part 6

Goldie and the Transatlantic Federation: left to right, Nicer, Goldie, Brim, Bio, T Kid, Vulcan; Brighton sea front 1987. In 1987 I brought over some of the best graffiti artists in New York to create an exhibition of canvases alongside Goldie and Bristol’s 3D (later of Massive Attack). The New York crew was TAT (Tuff Ass Team), two of whom (Bio and Nicer) are still painting today as part of TATS, a successful and prolific company carrying out public mural projects. T Kid and Vulcan are still painting too and all are considered to be among the pantheon of all time greats. The picture was taken on Brighton sea front. I decided to arrange some R and R for the crew after their transatlantic flight, before taking them up to Wolverhampton where the exhibition was to be created. I hired an old factory unit near Low Level station, between Heathtown and the city centre of Wolverhampton. Each artist had four 12’ x 8’ canvases to paint and four 4’ x 4’s, plus a 40’ replica of a New York subway car, which was a team project. Vulcan put all his three large canvases together to create an immense ‘Triptych’ burner featuring his name in elaborate multi-layered wildstyle letters. We obtained a lot of coverage for the project, positive and negative in equal measure. Central TV filmed an excellent arts documentary that truly reflected the background to the movement and the motivation of the artists. However BBC Midlands Today chose to associate the show with bus tagging. An ignorant yet influential local councillor ordered that our grant - that had already been approved - be withdrawn.

The Martin Jones Archives - Part 6