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Writing on walls since '84
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Estria began spray painting in Hawai'i in 1984 and has since painted hundreds of murals. He was an influential leader of the "Golden Age" of graffiti Writing (1980’s) in San Francisco, pioneering painting techniques of characters and scenes. He is also one of the inventors of the stencil tip, a modified cap used by graffiti Writers worldwide to create thin airbrush-like lines. Estria has painted in Peru, Italy, Mexico, Japan, Honduras, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Honolulu, Charlotte and San Francisco.

Since 1993 he has taught graffiti Writing classes and lectured at universities on Writing’s social and political impact. He garnered national attention with his arrest for graffiti in 1994 appearing on CNN and the National Enquirer.

Estria’s mural clients include President Clinton, Vodafone, Toyota, MTV, McDonald’s, Sega, McKesson, Nokia, the Mills Corporation, the Cities of San Francisco and Oakland, and the County of Alameda.

He has served the community through his non-profit cultural work for over 29 years.

Estria’s life work has been to build and advance community through mural projects. Currently his focus is on impacting the Writing culture over the next 10-20 years.

He uses color to create moods in ways that can only be created with the human hand, ways that mimic reality, but exaggerate and distort it. His work is fun, cultural, political, vibrant and always technically precise.

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"If you're not failing at least 70% of the time, you're not coming up with anything new." - Raymond Carver
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Sophistication takes time.
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"The public doesn't care about letters." - me "The public doesn't know the difference between my letters and your letters." - Crayone TWS
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SANEmporiumProfessional General Artist
A watch for a watch!?!...
NickyG1Professional General Artist
You`re work is really awesome..great!
SHYN1CSKHobbyist Artist
Awesome work!!
artildawnProfessional General Artist
I've seen your art Honolulu. Nice to finally find who did it.
thanks for watching :)
Mr-BastosHobbyist Digital Artist
:iconthankuplz:
EUKEEProfessional Traditional Artist
Mate, MONOKROME are running a competition to win the MONOKROME book [link]
and all you have to do is submit a few of your best blackbook designs to info@monokrome.co.uk
Competition ends this Monday 23rd April 2012

Get involved! :D