MONTREAL GRAFF

One of the MANY walls in Montreal adorned by urban artists, or graff writers. While in Canada I had the great pleasure of meeting a very interesting and creative mind named Steph (not her real name, for confidentiality). Steph showed popped up one evening outside of a club dressed as a human-sized bag of Ranch Dorito chips as if it were a regular outfit. Come to find out, for Steph, it was just that, quite ordinary to be in something funky, strange and unique to her personality. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that Steph is a young lady. Anyhooo…the story behind the Doritos bag dress goes as such. She’s in love with Dorito chips, particularly Ranch flavored. Unfortunately, in Canada, she couldn’t find any Ranch chips within miles. So she called the Lays company, and confessed her love of their brand, and told them about her plight and lo and behold, she soon had more Dorito products than she could handle. Keychains, human-sized plastic bag overcoats, hats, not to mention bags of chips.
Well, the last of the interesting things I learned about Steph was she was a graff writer with a VERY interesting signature tag. See below! Her tag was EVERYWHERE we walked.

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About by Edreys

Edreys Wajed is a catalyst of inspiration and a walking enterprise of all things creative. The Buffalo native boasts a toolbox chock-full with talents and experiences ranging from a visual artist, jewelry designer and musical entertainer, to an educator and entrepreneur with notable recognitions respectfully in each. His approach in each endeavor is soundly unique, high quality and signature in presentation, having found his course as a creator early in life. As early as 14 years of age, when his mother invested in a pair of hair clippers for him, seeing as she could no longer afford to pay for his haircuts, Edreys taught himself the trade of barbering and soon began making money for himself in the basement of his childhood home. With his artistic ability he also began growing a client base and reputation for customized hats and clothes as well as logo design by hand, long before learning graphics in college. His creativity, craftsmanship and passion to inspire people are what drives his spirit of entrepreneurship. From having run his own stationery boutique and art gallery shared with his wife; touring nationally and internationally as a hip hop artist, Edreys is exceptionally diverse with his avenues of expression, including the fine craft of jewelry making, passed down from his father and master craftsman. Edreys is most recently recognized locally for his contribution as an artist on the Freedom Wall which features 28 civil rights dignitaries, 7 of which he painted with his unique style and use of line. “Creativity is my neighbor, I live by it,” says Edreys. View all posts by by Edreys

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