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MontanaCans LOOKBOOK 2021

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NECESSITY IS THE MOTHER

NECESSITY IS THE MOTHER OF INVENTION – UPSIDES “Back then, frustration was the main feeling overall: deleting all traveling plans and suffering those crazy restrictions of freedom like ‘curfew’ or being ‘forced to stay at home’. I’m personally a loner in a sense I enjoy the time with myself, I like to paint with no-one and, always take solitude as an opportunity,” Alone from Milan reveals. “As a graphic designer, lockdown didn’t change a thing for me; I’m still glued to the computer. Whatever... the nerd life,” laughs Func, admitting at least his profession was unaltered. Pheo tried to take the good with the bad: “My job, although required that I worked as usual, but for a short period, I worked from home. This gave me opportunities to make a piece or two during lunch break. I tried to do this as often as possible, most of the time alone, but sometimes it was possible to meet up with a couple of others. The advantage of Graffiti is that you can join up outside and keep the required distance. This opportunity meant a lot to me. Being able to keep up with my painting gave a lot of new energy and let a bit of positivity into a time where things looked bad.” So, after a time of frustration and grief came an acceptance. The circumstances were undeniable. The best one could do to cope with the situation was to seek possibilities rather than focusing on problems. Thus, some started to practice their craft to step their game up. I’m personally a loner in a sense I enjoy the time with myself, I like to paint with no-one and, always take solitude as an opportunity. Alone 14 15 22 Montana Cans Lockdown on lock

“I concentrated on sketching, to find out new pieces, that I could do as soon as all this situation would end,” says Ribes. “Sketching for hours daily became the highlight of the day,” Wane replies. “I don’t really sketch, just doodle thousands of throw-ups, straight letters, and hand styles just like any other day. Everything I’ve done before the pandemic... got the same focus throughout the pandemic.” Post highlights his already established routines and shows resilience. “I drew a lot, but my mind was a little blocked, so I changed my online store. I thought of new products to produce and ways to improve my projects. I also designed new tote bags,” Laia adds. “In the first lockdown, I sketched a lot on paper but also in digital. I did some collaboration with my CTA’s crewmates, and I had fun customizing some home stuff, like restyling old chairs and painting my alphabet on glass,” LaFranz continues. “I’m just doing my best to remain productive, thoughtful, and pushing myself to learn some new tricks when I have nothing but time. For example, I spent more time on digital illustrations and more sketches for future graffiti works (you never know when a sketch might come in handy!),” Cloak concludes. “I’ve just noticed how the lockdown has sort of slowed me down, in a good way, though.” Pheo also took the time to lay the groundwork for future projects, “I have spent a lot of time planning for color combinations, letters, productions, etc. I have enjoyed being able to spend a lot of time to immerse and develop my letters. I have been productive and created a lot more sketches than usual, so I am well prepared for the upcoming walls and productions this year.” 14 The self-confessed loner. ALONE sees solitude as an opportunity. Including the opportunity to paint. 15 Lunchtime burners. Working from home on a reduced timeline meant PHEO had more chances to dash out at lunchtime for a quick paint. 16 Polishing up the drawing skills. WANE indulges in a little style experimentation. 17 Meanwhile, on the other side of the globe, great minds were thinking alike. PHEO also trying out some new moves on paper. 18 (following page) Stopping all stations to nowhere. ALONE keeping it locked down on steel while the world is locked down. 16 17 I have enjoyed being able to spend a lot of time to immerse and develop my letters. I have been productive and created a lot more sketches than usual, so I am well prepared for the upcoming walls and productions this year. Pheo “I can probably count on both hands the times I actually sat down and sketched something in the last 10 years. Until now of course. I decided to get an iPad where I was able to sketch up pieces directly on the surfaces I planned to paint in order to analyze color and structure,” Kae goes on. He did not just think of himself though, “aside from that, I took some time to send friends of mine sketches I drew up of their names. I also hadn’t owned a set of fancy blackbook markers in over 10 years.” Montana Cans Lockdown on lock 23

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