Thanasis Lomef Zacharopoulos has travelled the world with the eye of an artist, capturing some amazing moments in some spectacular places. And as we watched a selection of snaps roll across the screen, his merry band played some great music to accompany (including, a human beatbox by way of loop pedal!).
This semi-autobiographical graphic novel (try saying that five times fast!) is set in a Cali beach town, the protagonist is a graffiti artist whose constant run-ins with anti-graffiti locals, cops and rival crews sees him getting into mischief at an unstoppable rate. But it also recalls the characters and art influences of a 80s street art scene, that, if you trace it forward to today, probably has something to do with the art on your t-shirt, skateboard or favorite CD artwork.
Props to James for doing this graphic novel. He’s a wonderfully talented artist & animator, his productions include Madvillain – ‘All Caps’, Cut Chemist ‘Spat’, Quasimoto ‘Bullyshit’, an ad for HP/Serena Williams that was shown in Times Square NYC, and many more, of which you can view on his TFU Studios YouTube page.
It bounces around the stories of three members of a Dominican-American family and brings these stories together along with the acrimonious reality of the thirty year reign of Rafael Trujillo in the Dominican Republic (1930-1961) – a man who in 1937, ordered the massacre of over 20,000 Haitians and who also had a fetish for renaming monuments and towns with his name.