Staying buoyant: Swift Graffiti

The origin of his artist name is a story involving a trip to shaggz, a bottle of soda, a young light-skinned African boy and his grandma. Now in his 10th year doing graffiti professionally, Swift is one of the pioneering graffiti personalities in Kenya. He however did not start his artistic journey with a sprayContinue reading “Staying buoyant: Swift Graffiti”

BSQ Crew- Breathing life to walls

Located inside a train at the Nairobi Railways Museum is the BSQ Crew art studio. Inside this unique space are amazingly decorated walls and seats. There are also some paintings hanging on different parts of the walls. It is such a magical space to work from. The Bomb Squad Crew, better known as BSQ CrewContinue reading “BSQ Crew- Breathing life to walls”

Graffiti Girls Kenya: Using graffiti to tackle social issues

Founded in 2015 by one of Kenya’s pioneer graffiti artists Douglas Kihiko, famously known as Smokillah, Graffiti Girls Kenya is an initiative that involves in more than just spraying colorful designs, drawings and messages onto walls and other surfaces. Together, they confront social issues that affect women in their society; issues such as cervical cancer,Continue reading “Graffiti Girls Kenya: Using graffiti to tackle social issues”

Spraying color onto Nairobi’s walls: Kerosh

With his headphones on, neither the blaring matatus nor the endless stares and comments by the curious onlookers do take his focus away from the mural right before him. As we approach him, Kerosh unplugs his headphones and quickly descends from the ladder he is using for support. He leaves his working tools hanging onContinue reading “Spraying color onto Nairobi’s walls: Kerosh”