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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.

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From the block to blockchain—Future Plans MC After dwelling on the culture’s history and your past, let’s turn around and look ahead. What are your plans for 2022? CM This year is our 20th anniversary of my brand Claw Money. We are doing 12 collaborations with only women-owned brands and artists. Some of the names I can reveal? We’re doing a solid Gold Claw Subway token with Julie Lamb. I’m working with one of my first hires, my old assistant and favorite collaborator, who’s a tremendous fashion stylist, Haley Wollens, and we’re making some repurposed vintage rugbys. We’re doing this like slow reveal each month, so it will be a surprise. I’m trying to put on a lot of friends and many young women and get some eyes on them. We’re also moving into the NFT space. I have twenty-five years of digital art that I have been sitting on, and I didn’t really know what I was going to do with it. NFTs have allowed me to revisit all of that work and refocus. I’m excited about it. Somehow it really goes against all my art principles. I’m ↑ Never not ballin’! A Knicks-themed colorway shows Claws’ love for her hometown. trying to get acclimated with the whole idea of the metaverse. Usually, I do art in public art, right? Graffiti, street art, whatever you want to call—murals. I give them to the public for free, even if someone’s or some brand is paying for it. It’s free for the viewer. You can take a picture beside it. Interact with it. It’s for you. To me, a digital file being owned by someone is very odd. But I am committed to figuring all this out. This is another space where women are few. So, of course, I want to change that. I’m also going to open an all- women’s marketplace in the NFT space to give many young women -Graffiti artists in particular- opportunities often overlooked in these very male spaces. MC Sounds like a good move, both for business and empowerment. I have twenty-five years of digital art that I have been sitting on, and I didn’t really know what I was going to do with it. ↑ It’s spring again! Claw presents her rendition of the easter bunny. ← Psychedelic patterns from planet Claw. Trippy! CM Yeah, it’s a good story to tell. My life’s work is about mentorship and helping people, shining the light on people that need it. To me, that’s more important than anything else that I really do. When they shine, I shine. And it’s the thing that is the most gratifying to me. I learned from graffiti that I could challenge myself and step up and rise to the occasion. Graffiti taught me all of those things that I use as my core brand DNA. I owe everything to graffiti, despite not what I do now. MC Ok, I understand you do not like being labeled. If anything, what would you call yourself—a facilitator? CM I’m a connector, I’m a manager, I’m a helper, I’m a mother. Everybody calls me mom because we all need someone who looks out for you and gives you straight talk in your career or life choices. It’s essential. And I find many women don’t have a support system or feel 48 Artist in focus / Interview CLAWMONEY

unprotected. So, if I can offer them that, that’s a huge thing, just knowing someone is there for you. MC Actually, I think that is quite outstanding because writers are used to dealing with the negativity within the scene. So you are challenging the status quo? I think it’s unique. CM Well, I think that this is what women do, and they just haven’t done it in graffiti, and now it’s being done, and it can only be positive. Montana Cans SPOTLIGHT get to know: CLAW MONEY I’m a connector, I’m a manager, I’m a helper, I’m a mother. Everybody calls me mom because we all need someone who looks out for you and gives you straight talk in your career or life choices. It’s essential. ↓ Instant nostalgia. Turquoise and purple is a timeless color combination that never fails. Graffiti writer, street artist, podcaster, entrepreneur, meme master, mom. Claw Money fits all these categories. We are amazed by her winning persona. Artist in focus / Interview CLAWMONEY 49

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