KAVES to be featured in forthcoming WRITE OF PASSAGE exhibit!

Mr. Kaves will be one of the featured artists in the much anticipated WRITE OF PASSAGE exhibit taking place at the Red Bull Studios in NYC beginning October 19th, and curated by Mass Appeal’s Sacha Jenkinsmaxresdefaulthionas-3. See below for details, and definitely check it out!

The Write of Passage exhibit will completely transform Red Bull Studios New York, guiding attendees through a history of graffiti’s roots. Featuring four interactive installations and a collection of mementos, artifacts and never-before-seen original works of art, this installation is an homage to graffiti’s founding mothers and fathers.

The Write of Passage exhibit is open to the public every Saturday October 19th – November 23rd from 1pm-5pm.

Red Bull Studios New York – 218 W. 18th Street, between 7th and 8th Aves.Email writeofpassage@massappeal.com for more information about guided tours, panel discussions and more during our gallery hours.

Contributions from A-One, Alan Bortman, Blake “Keo” Lethem, CES, Chris Pape Freedom, Claw, Cope 2, Cycle, David “Chino” Villorente, Daze, Dondi, Easy, “Metal Man” Ed Walker, Fargo, Futura, Greg “SP” Lamarche, Harley Spiller, Haze, Henry Chalfant, Jay “J.SON” Edlin, Kaves, KR Louie, Krink, Mare 139, Marke Ali Awfe, Michael White, Mike 171, MS 17, Samuel Kleiman, Serve, Sharp, Todd “Reas” James, Tommy Rebel, VFR, Wayne COD, Yes 2 and others.

Kaves – CROSSING THE LINES art show opening June 12th from 6 – 8 PM

BMT’s own Mr. Kaves will have some of his new artwork exhibited in the forthcoming group show CROSSING THE LINES at the Hionas Gallery 124 Forsyth Street in NYC from June 12th, through the 30th. The opening reception will be at the gallery on 6/12 from 6-8 PM. Please come by and have a drink and a Crossing_The_Lines_Hionas_Kaveslook.



Due to the inclement weather Hionas Gallery is postponing the Opening Reception of CROSSING THE LINES Group Art Show featuring KAVES to Wednesday, June 12th, from 6 to 8 PM.

New York, NY (May 28, 2013) Hionas Gallery is pleased to present the group show Crossing the Lines, comprising new works from artists Karlos Cárcamo, Kaves, and Burton Machen, which will run from June 7 – 30, 2013. Each man is a product of New York City street art (Cárcamo from Queens, Kaves from Brooklyn, Machen a transplant from the south), emerging at a time when graffiti and vandalism were indistinguishable to most. “There are thin lines that some artists just won’t cross for fear of a faltering career at the hands of a tyrannical audience,” wrote Niko Nelson in an August 2012 profile of these three artists for Art Nouveau. This exhibition will showcase the artists’ varying styles and approaches, as well as demonstrate that when brought together, there is more to the street than meets the eye.

Cárcamo is expanding his vocabulary of hard-edge abstraction with a sampling of new paintings, smaller in scale than his previous works. The positioning of horizontal and vertical forms and his careful layering of colors and graffiti tags has grown more dynamic, now incorporating an elementarist’s combination of diagonals to the hard-edge series. The artist will also be unveiling a new wall-mounted microphone sculpture, in which he manipulates the microphone stand using a pipe bender so that it resembles a graffiti tag replete with trickling excess paint in the form of a dangling mic and chord.

Kaves will be introducing a series of new smaller scale vignettes of his native Brooklyn, which include the gently curved lamppost at the intersection, an iconic symbol that has become a signature in many of the artist’s works over the years. Also on view will be his 2012 mural of The Beastie Boys, produced as a tribute to the late great Adam Yauchaka MCA, and rendered from a 1985 photograph of the group by Glen E. Friedman. This mural gained wide acclaim last year when a blow-up image of it, including accompanying MCA lyrics from The Beasties’ song “Sure Shot,” popped up on the Sunset Strip in LA.

Machen’s contributions come from his continuing and renowned Urban Evolution series, in which he posts portraits throughout city streets and allows both the elements and pedestrians, over time, to have their way with the static image. Machen then photographs the end result, which in fact is no end but simply another stage in its evolution as a tenuous yet telling piece of the city it calls home. One new work is an unusual triptych comprised of the same photo of an unknown woman in a row of three. The varying manipulations that come from tearing and condensation make each image unique and yet together, by happenstance, they result in a superb tableau of color.

The opening reception for Crossing the Lines has been rescheduled and will now take place in the Lower East Side at 124 Forsyth Street on Wednesday, June 12, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

The Gallery

Hionas Gallery was founded in the spring of 2011, opening its initial exhibition space at 89 Franklin Street in TriBeCa. In January 2013 the gallery opened its new space at 124 Forsyth Street in the Lower East Side. The gallery’s mission is to invite contemporary and emerging artists, working in all variety of media, to participate in monthly solo exhibitions to showcase their latest work and artistic vision. Past invited exhibitors have included Marina Adams, Siri Berg, Karlos Cárcamo, Kaves, Ariane Lopez-Huici, Kiseok Kim, Charles Lutz, Burton Machen, Warwick Saint, and Melanie Vote, among others.

For more information visit www.hionasgallery.com


Media Contact:

Maria Hionas
c: (917) 974-6976
e: info@hionasgallery.com
Hionas Gallery
124 Forsyth Street
New York, NY 10002
(646) 559-5906

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Mr. Kaves to Appear in CROSSING THE LINES Group Show June 7th – 30th

BMT’s own Mr. Kaves will have some of his new artwork exhibited in the forthcoming group show CROSSING THE LINES at the Hionas Gallery 124 Forsyth Street in NYC from June 7th, through the 30th. The opening reception will be at the gallery on 6/7 from 6-8 PM. Please come by and have a look.

Skin Graf BBQ Photos

On Sunday, we had a big old BK blowout at the shop to celebrate the release of Kaves’ new book Skin Graf: Masters of Graffiti Tattoo. It was a stellar day, with some serious graf and tattoo luminaries in attendance, lots of friends, classic cars and our special BBQ-master. Kevin Lyman, founder of the Van’s Warped Tour. Great day at Brooklyn Made Tattoo! Peep the flix!b1b2b3b4photo(20)b5b6b7b8

The Tattoosday Book Review: Skin Graf – Masters of Graffiti Tattoo

I guess it’s no surprise to me that a quality book about the convergence of graffiti and tattoo art  has come to pass. Even less surprising is that Michael “Kaves” McLeer is involved.


Kaves is co-author, with Billy Burke, of  Skin Graf: Masters of Graffiti Tattoo, which is being released tomorrow, April 25, 2013, by Prestel Publishing.

In fact, before I even talk about the book, I should alert readers that tonight, April 24, 2013, Kaves and Burke, along with writer/producer Sacha Jenkins, will be speaking at the New York Public Library as part of the library’s “Design and Style Series.” The event runs from 6:00 to 8:00 PM and I plan on being in attendance. Directions and further details can be found here.

I am not a native New Yorker, but when I moved here in 1997, I settled in south Brooklyn, in the area known as Bay Ridge. My fellow city-dwellers who have lived here longer, recall the days when graffiti artists were household names, and have their share of memories of subway cars that were moving billboards for the daring and adventurous artists of this often-misunderstood art form.

When I started blogging about tattoos in 2007, it really was a learn-as-you-go experience for me. I first encountered the work of Kaves a year later, with this post. A year later, I met him, after he opened up shop on 93rd and 3rd near my home in Bay Ridge, and had the pleasure of watching him tattoo close-up (while I was being tattooed by another artist working in the space). His shop, Brooklyn Made Tattoo, is a fixture in the neighborhood and I run into Kaves from time to time, such as when he shared this tattoo, which was done by the legendary Mark Mahoney.


So you can imagine my excitement about the opportunity to read and review this new book, which chronicles   the history of some of the most well-known graffiti artists who have crossed over into the business of tattooing.

The list of artists ranges from Kaves to Seen (“the undisputed godfather of graffiti-inspired art on skin”), and includesMedBabaMister CartoonGiantCesYes2PyroNormHelz and Coast.

Each artist merits a chapter, cleverly color-tabbed, and chock-full of wonderful photos by Estevan Oriol and Angela Boatwright, and supplemented by many of the artists, as well.

The reader is introduced to each of these legendary figures with their tags, locations (Bronx, Brooklyn, San Francisco, L.A., Boston…), a small biographical blurb, and several pages of first-person narrative, accompanied by pictures of both art forms, graffiti and tattoo.

Photo by Estevan Oriol

The juxtaposition is brilliant, as the reader is treated to the sense of styles jumping from inanimate to animate, from brick to flesh. And just to prove to the naysayers who may question the “validity” of graffiti as an art form  we also see more traditional tattoos from these amazing artists, but with that extra something, a touch of the urban art that lies within the steady hand of the tattooers.

by Mister Cartoon
Photo by Estevan Oriol

I can’t praise enough the ambitiousness and scope of this project, which succeeds to no end. It’s amazing to see the versatility of these exceptional artists who can work as impressively on a canvas the size of a building facade or on something as small as the side of a hand.

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Photo by Estevan Oriol
by Kaves

Photo by Angela Boatwright

This book really is a visual treat.

by Mike Giant

Courtesy of Giant

by Mike Giant

Courtesy of Giant

The range of talent is breath-taking and I whole-heartedly recommend Skin Graf as a must-have for fans of graffiti art and tattooing.

My only criticism is that I want more. The book is bursting with color and styles, but it leaves me with questions, and wanting more. I would love to see a sequel. Are there any established female graffiti/tattoo artists? How about from other parts of the world? Hopefully we’ll see a Skin Graf 2!

This book will hook you with its serious appreciation of the history and art of graffiti tattoo. It certainly expands one’s appreciation of the art form, both on and off the human canvas. It’s a must-have for your tattoo library!

Remember, if you’re in New York City tonight, come to the New York Public Library to hear the authors discuss this incredible book.

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