It’s exciting to find a fresh new mural in DC, like this one we stumbled on while walking around the city last week. A friend says “the pieces were done for 368 music group artist Da Phuture for his single Stupid Dope Moves, as a custom paint job by Art Under Pressure. Also featured in the picture is “2” by Cave and “Dali” by SLR.”
It’s rare to find a mural that’s so bright, clean and spacious. Writers and crews often fit as much as possible onto available wall space, even spilling over like you see on the pavement at the bottom of “Moves”. Graffiti style in general tends to be wild and crazy. It’s cool to see the contrast of clean wall space and color that allows the styles in the lettering and character to really come through on the mural.
Below, the music video the mural was produced for. Note, lyrics NSFW:
The wide open wall space and bright blue color really give each part of the piece room to shine.
Above: “Dali” by SLR.
Above, “2” by Cave.
Work this detailed clearly takes time and thought to create, and graphic styles and characters vary considerably between different regions, groups and writers. In DC, we could have a more interesting combination of commissioned public work like this by giving more time, space, and support to projects and organizations like Art Under Pressure, Words Beats Life, Albus Cavus, and MuralsDC.
Do you know of a good spot in DC that can use a new mural? Read our post below on the current DCDPW + DCCAH Call for Murals DC Mural Sites.