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Montana Cans LOOKBOOK 2022

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Montana Cans LOOKBOOK 2022 Edition #7 It's that time again to welcome the release of the Montana Cans Lookbook 2022 edition #7. There is no rewind button on life, making it all the more important to reflect on the year that was, and the things that happened during that period. The Montana-Cans Lookbook does just that and reflects on some of the highlights from the year prior. A moment to reflect on those things that may not have received as much shine as they deserved while being "in the moment". The 2021/2022 period was a particularly unique period not only for Montana Cans but for the world as a whole. Mankind arrived at what we hope is the end of the Coronavirus pandemic, there was turbulence in many regions, and the global population started to come to terms with the new financial challenges of life. But apart from increasing prices and challenging health/social situations, there were also many positive moments that brought innovation, fun, color, and creativity back into our lives. The Montana Cans collaborations continued with our many partners, artistic friends, and organizations within the creative world, including a vast array of amazing limited-edition cans, cool collectible products, and new innovations that make painting and creating even more enjoyable than before. Countless brave event organizers pushed forward with their dreams and their world-class events, with Montana Cans as partners on board regardless of the social and political hurdles put in place in the name of health and safety. And off the radar, the global graffiti community kept on creating and pushing our culture forward despite the challenges put in place around them. Regardless of where you were in 2021/2022, steel, bricks, canvas, furniture, and even clothing all got a special creative touch that Montana Cans was proud to be part of. With this in mind, we present to you the Montana-Cans Lookbook 2022 Edition #7 for your enjoyment. Available here digitally and in limited amounts in print at selected Montana Cans partners and resellers.

Wiesbaden 2001

Wiesbaden 2001 blackbooks, markers, and cans. Back then we worked with RAL Colors that were available on the market. Soon after that, the idea was born to create our own cans named „Oxygen Colors“. We picked 20 colors from a Pantone color chart that were all mainly pastels. MC Your valued, ongoing relationship with Montana Cans has accompanied you through many generations of your graffiti history, and many years of international graffiti culture development. How, and when, did your involvement with Montana Cans originally begin? CT It started 21 years ago when some guys from Montana introduced me to their cans for the very first time. MC Were there any highlights in this period that stand out for you? CT All the touring with the Montana Writer Team between 2000 and 2006. They brought me to Helsinki, New York, Moscow, Dubai, Rome, Milano, Warsaw, Basel, Barcelona, Sao Paulo, Brighton, and Berlin. Every trip felt like a vacation with good friends. We had absolute artistic freedom when we were planning our walls. So there was no difference between painting with my crewmates from Stick Up Kids or with the Montana Writer Team Dortmund 2003 34 Interview Can two

MC You have been involved in many graffiti groups like the original Montana Writer Team, Stick Up Kids, and United Artists (to name a few). These represent both artistic and commercial aspects of graffiti culture. Was it difficult to maintain this balance of commercialism, free creativity, and integrity? And were there ever any moments when it was a struggle? CT The commercial aspect behind a spray can company sponsoring artists was never an issue because we never got any guidelines from Montana. We had absolute artistic freedom when we were planning our walls. So there was no difference between painting with my crewmates from Stick Up Kids or with the Montana Writer Team. We always had a perfect balance between our friendship and teamwork within the crew and Montana. There were never any troubles or struggles. MC With all the national and international artists and brands you have collaborated with until now, are there any stand-out, or special experiences, that you reflect on? Was there a “greatest project” amongst them? CT I’ve been working with so many companies like Adidas, Bosch, Carhartt, COKE, Chevrolet, Jägermeister, Lufthansa, MTV, Puma, Roche, Toys ’R’ Us, Wrigley`s… just to name a few. The cooperation with ADIDAS, when I created designs for shoes and clothing was probably the best so far. This is because Adidas was and is my favorite sports brand since the 80s. Working with COKE is also worth mentioning. It was a pleasure to work with such a professional team. MC During the rise of graffiti culture in the mainstream in Germany around 1995, you were involved in a television interview with fellow writer BOMBER, where you commented on the notion of “selling out” and what that meant to you then, at a time when living off graffiti was not common. How do you feel about this notion now almost 30 years later? Do you manage to live solely from your artwork now? CT I think things have changed a little. I always replied with a big smile when people stated „Sell Out“ to me back in the 90s. I already painted for 12 years in 1995 and I was part of the networking process in the mid-eighties that Sao Paulo 2010 Wien 2008 Toulouse 2006 Interview Can two 35

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