Thursday, October 22, 2009
LTS & KOG ART SHOW (SF)
I"M EXCITED ABOUT THIS SHOW.
The Last To Survive (LTS) crew was founded in 1986 on the fault lines of South Central and Mid-City Los Angeles, California. Among the founding members were some of L.A.’s original graffiti artists: Siner, Jimer, Mark-7, Sane, Demer, and Ink-5. In the late 1990’s, Retna, Verse, Brail, and Ayer recruited the second generation, which brought the crew back, things started to change, momentum started to build. Today, membership spans from Hollywood to the Bay, from Denver and Nashville to London and Tokyo—each artist descending upon their urban landscape.
LTS has a very distinctive wildstyle that has been recognized for its originality and cultural substance. Drawing on the rich traditions of Latino muralists and gangster calligraphy, LTS style has evolved and transformed over the years. The unique LTS style came through the complex workings of the young artist’s minds surviving in the heart of a city that offered no refuge, yet something beautifully chaotic formed and various influences were mixed together. In effect, LTS has expanded the discipline of L.A.’s wildstyle, thereby establishing credibility among the worldwide graffiti community.