FYI: What is latrinalia?

The term was devised by an American academic to refer to the graffiti found on toilet walls. Since biblical days, writing on a wall has been a way of making people sit up and pay attention.

Sunday, 10 June, 2007, 12:00am

Summer classes at the Warehouse

Break-dance and graffiti fans take note. The Warehouse Teenage Club is spreading street culture this summer.

The organisation will be offering break-dance workshops, graffiti courses, skateboard lessons and more.

27 May 2007 - 12:00am

Eating Frogs

Sat, 9.30pm, Lux

Bring up the subject of French hip hop and the inevitable response is 'MC Solaar'. Although the Gallic rapper is a pioneer in many ways, to restrict the subject to one artist does an injustice to a growing scene, with a diversity of artists such as TTC, La Brigade and Secteur A showing the world what can be done.

10 May 2007 - 12:00am

Tags 'R' us

Japanese DJ/designer Hiroshi Fujiwara strums through Strawberry Fields Forever at a party for some of the city's trendiest twentysomethings. They've packed the invitation-only event not just for the food and free-flowing wine, but also for the Japanese tastemaker to tout limited-edition trainers and HK$1,300 T-shirts.

3 May 2007 - 12:00am

Anti-graffiti crusade gets messy

An Australian MP's crusade against graffiti backfired when he spent five hours scrubbing off what turned out to be a specially commissioned piece of street art.

Steve Pratt invited the media to witness his one-man campaign, calling the artwork painted on the side of a concrete bridge in Canberra an 'obnoxious piece of vivid graffiti vandalism'.

20 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Box Clever

NOT SINCE PAT McGRATH has the fashion world been this excited about a make-up artist. Alex Box, 34, with her white-blond hair, pale skin and red lipstick, is shaking up the fashion world with her unstoppable creativity.

13 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Historic prison offers artistic experience

A 160-year-old prison may sound scary, but a group of artists see it as an inspiration.

Built in 1841, the Victoria Prison Hall D in Central was the first prison in Hong Kong. The complex has been transformed into the city's first Prison Art Museum.

9 Apr 2007 - 12:00am


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4 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Put your best foot forward

Bored with the unoriginal and mass-produced trainers on the market, 14 young artists from Hong Kong and the mainland have designed a collection of trendy sneakers.

23 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Little piggies bring cheer

Creative works by aspiring young artists have added colour to Lunar New Year displays near Harbour City in Tsim Sha Tsui.

Dozens of artists aged five to 17 from Creativekids, a local arts workshop, have come up with installations and drawings on the theme of piglets.

22 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Drawing inspiration

LeSportsac is adding a dash of French street cred to its lightweight bags with a new collection designed by a Parisian artist. Fafi has sold her illustrated designs at luxury-goods outlet Colette, in Paris, has a background as a graffiti artist and is well known for her colourful, fantasy-like cartoons of girls and women.

11 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Writing's on the wall in graffiti artists' own warehouse space

Behind a metal grille on the sixth floor of an industrial warehouse in Chai Wan lies a plywood skate ramp. A worn-in leather couch occupies the space in front of a large window that overlooks dredgers in the port.

On the white-washed walls, blasts of colour, composition and form confront the senses. They are works of art that have come from the nozzle of a spray paint can.

10 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Off the wall

With a barely audible hiss and a final flick of his wrist, the artist completes his spray-painted work of art. It is bright, aggressive and on public display.

The problem is that it is too public; daubed on a station wall, it is the kind of art that passers-by cannot fail to see.

9 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Launch of key anthology

Asian Art Archive executive Claire Hsu-Vuchot has a couple of good reasons to celebrate last night at the Hong Kong Design Centre. The group finally launched a book it has been working on for two years. From Reality to Fantasy: The Art of Luis Chan is a comprehensive, bilingual anthology chronicling one of the most important Hong Kong artists of the 20th century.

25 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Happiness is ... a grinning cat

Some call it art, some call it vandalism, but love it or hate it, the yellow cat that grins from walls, rooftops and train stations across Europe has now hit Hong Kong.

Two French artists from the graffiti collective known as CHAT (The Harmonious Community of Taciturn Artists) or Misterious (C), have come to town to give workshops on their happy feline friend.

14 May 2006 - 12:00am