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Hello world!

Here we are with the issue 6 of Balcans Urban Arts and Culture magazine!

We are pleased to present an amazing issue again after a short break. In this issue we have prepared a full and enjoyable magazine. Here we are continuing to publish the new issue of our magazine with all of our determination and passion. We have broadened our perspective a bit more and we are making some minor changes in our magazine, like having an interview with artists who are not only Balkan countries but also from other countries.

Our first special guest is Hope from Serbia, who is an active as a graffiti writer since the beginning of graffiti in Serbia and in doing many legal walls, street bombings, trains etc. since 1998. Hope, who has been known with his unique bombing style he painted on buses and trams, painted walls and trains in a lot of places aside from his country and in the recent years he has been participating in many exhibitions.

Another guest is Turbo from İstanbul, Turkey! He is the first name to come up in the minds when we mention Graffiti or any other aspects of Hiphop in Turkey. Turbo, who continues to work as a graffiti writer for years with the same passion, opened lots of domestic and foreign exhibitions in the recent years. He also is one of the founding member of the first and most active graffiti crews of Turkey namely S2K (Shot 2 Kill) crew. Turbo who is a pioneer for Turkish graffiti writers, he is known by his unique graffiti style, illustrations and his robot and cartoon drawings and he has painted in lots of places including Europe and still continues to do so.

And now, our very special guest for the first time from a country other than Balkans, from Copenhagen, Denmark: Great Bates! Not only he is one of the first graffiti writers in Europe with names such as Loomit, Mode2, Won, Amok and Bando, he has also his own master style and countless walls. He is an example to many younger graffiti writers and giving them lots of inspiration. He also never revealed his face until now at any photos, which makes him an enigmatic name in graffiti.

Peace, respect and much love to all! And support your locals!






Hello world!

Here we are with the 5th issue of Balcans magazine! We are proud with you all and with ourselves for the success of this project which is working out well and for keeping it alive, so thank you all for your support. It’s really tricky to be venturing a printed magazine in this century of internet.

Our special guest in this issue is Meck from Turkey, one of the best illegal graffiti writers of the last few years in Istanbul, with his trains and many bombings. He also made some trips around Europe to see other types of steel and play with them so we are showing you what he has done! (p. 6)
RIP Ziper (1997-2010). Roni a.k.a. Ziper was a very young and promising writer active in Sofia, Bulgaria. We remember his graffiti and his personal story as a tribute to the legacy still shaping the local scene. (p. 33)
To strengthen the Balkan flavour and shed more light on this untamed part of the world for those less familiar with it, we’ll be showing you around cities across the Balkan Peninsula and presenting their graffiti scene. We start with lovely Skopje! (p. 34)

Meet the WINNERS in StyleForce & Balcans TAG BATTLE 2013 which we launched online in September presented through their Balcans tag. We are proud to have received entries by a total of 114 people from 24 countries around the world including Turkey, Bulgaria, Poland, Serbia, Kosovo, France, Macedonia, Mexico, Slovenia, Greece, Austria, Croatia, Spain, Venezuela, Switzerland, Albania, Morocco, Hungary, Montenegro, Germany, Italy, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands and the US. (p. 46)

Peace, respect and much love to all!








Balcans Magazine Issue 4: Wars and Dreams

In this issue we travel all the way from the West Balkans down south to the toe of the peninsula. We get to hear the personal graffiti experiences of artists who have been influenced by regional political turmoil as well as by a fast changing culture of progress and commodity. Despite all, they’ve kept a stern dedication to the culture and lifestyle associated with graffiti through what they do.

‘It doesn’t have to be fully coloured productions – it can simply be dirty white letters with a nice swing and flow.’ NemoOne, BiH

NemoOne grew up along with the creation and growing up of the local graffiti scene. Born in Bosnia and Herzegovina – a country where the word ‘war’ still carries a much more intense meaning than is usually used in the graffiti world – he’s gone all the way from tracing the first wobbling steps of the scene to launching his creative urban brand.

‘I’ve got this massive arsenal of monstrous characters that I enlist at will in order to make comments on the absurdity of it all.’ Ser, GR

Ser is a street artist from Greece who makes mostly black and white paintings, distinguished by a style which is slightly darker and somewhat satirical. Not only has he managed to stay in the game for nearly two decades but also dared to found & run a graffiti shop and gallery in Athens which ‘feed’ and display the works of other writers and street artists.

When it comes to the brighter future of kids in the community and bringing colour, shape and imagination to people’s daily lives, there is so much that graffiti can do. A diverse group of artists met up in May 2013 at the coastal city of Varna, Bulgaria, to create new and rich dreamlands in the school world of children with special needs. Lunar (Croatia), Shione (Bulgaria/Turkey), Yumanizumu (Japan) together with Nasimo, Ina Valentinova, Sunshiners and Todor Ivanov from Bulgaria came together to remodel the entire façade of the school with a Sunshiners and Todor Ivanov from Bulgaria came together to remodel the entire façade of the school with a dedication to imagination and letters. The project managed by Amorpha Youth Group, a local initiative by young people, was dedicated to the day celebrating the Slavonic alphabet and to the commitment to constantly remind children and young people that their colourful dreams give them freedom and meaning. And that graffiti are a mighty tool to intensify the colours of those dreams.


Remember to visit Balcans Magazine’s webpage and facebook to follow the latest news from the recent editions of Balcans Graffiti Jam dedicated to very young writers and of other upcoming graffiti festivals.



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