Lastplak is a group of around nine painters with different backgrounds and diverse skills. Our goal is to paint, no matter what surface, size or location. Our work can be found all over the world, but our homebase is Rotterdam, so that's where most of our stuff can be seen. Ja toch!
Last week part of the Lastplak crew (Acab, Pinwin, Sterf & Torrie) painted on the PAF festival in Pelekas town, Corfu Greece. It is a yearly 3-day festival where a huge wall gets painted.
This year the line up was: Loomit, Naste, Estee, Erase, Lastplak, EPPP crew, Apset, Nes, Domez. Live, Nade, Lue, Ser, Jerz, Nastwo, Smartie, Dwayne, Noone, Inva, Rhino, Rasl, Sake, Artemis, Dask, Ozone, Ners, Kasp, Siemer.
We painted a piece of the wall next to Flip from the Canary Islands and some friends from Barcelona, great styles that nicely connected with each other and ours. Big up to Swipe from San Francisco who we will definentely will hook up with in the future. There was a great wall by the guys from the Out For Krime crew from Athens, Tattoo guys from NoBraincells.com.and some local and Greek writers, FBI-CIA and others. Loomit was there for only one day and dropped a properly prepared wall according to the theme. This year's theme was "The 5+1 senses". Unfortunately and unexpected there was a limited amount of colors available and a serious lack of black and white, so that a lot of artists had to improvise and make unwanted concessions. Also they had some kind of idea about how the wall should be done, but we didn't really understand about that…. Still, it was a nice happening and a wall with a lot of good productions. On another wall there were workshops and a possibility to paint for starting writers.
The 3 day festival was split up in 1 day of Hip Hop, 1 day of Reggae and 1 day Electronic music. We saw some talented local hip hop acts like Phase 3 and Apogonoi, who supplied us with a nice mixtape souvenir we'll be using as the background music for our PAF-Youtube compilation. We had a good time with the boys from Marcus Scientist -Moka Soundsystem, supplying us with nice dub, reggae, grime and raggamuffin' tunes & MC'ing. Saturday there was a nice Ska performance by Locomondo. Personally, we were not so fond of the electronical music acts that sounded a bit too much Eurovision Song Festival to us, but the locals seemed to to like it a lot so the atmosphere therefore was excellent and positive. Too bad they serve Amstel beer everywhere, but we got a good supply of the Greek Mythos beers, Jamas ! ( That's "cheers" in Greek, one of the first and only words we know)
We stayed at the festival's camping site but getting any rest was difficult. The soundsystem started at 10.00 a.m. and lasted till 04.00 a.m. Everybody partied afterwards on the camping site, with a great view on the island and under the olive trees. We also couldn't sleep because of the freaking acidheads, crickets, barking dogs all night, howling owls and playing squirls and all the scary stories and warnings we heard about the island: snakes, scorpions, spiders, sea hedge hogs, jellyfish, white sharks and ticks. Not that we encountered any of these… They had the best portable toilets ever, with a seat that pops up automatically and a jackpot style handle to pull away your shit that drops on a transporter band with an ingenious cleaning spray system.During our stay we met the nice family Panaretos who have a ceramics and pottery workshop.They invited us to paint a couple of mugs, in return we painted the house of their vegetarian dog Mytchos and we donated all our paint leftovers to their son Spiros to start his graffiti career on Corfu..Offcourse we had to act like typical dutch tourists too, so we did some sightseeing on the mountain, swimming at the beautifull beaches, climbing on the rocks, in the olive trees and consuming the entire local menus.
Lastplak was double booked this weekend. The oldschool pappies went to the Leiden Zomerjam and the youngsters (Acab, Mayb, Sterf and Pinwin) went to Extrema Outdoor Festival in Best near Eindhoven. It was a good paint session at one of Hollands best festivals ,and we even had a little bit of sun! We painted the Solar stage as promotion for the Solar festival wich will take place on the 9th and 10th of August, where we also gonna paint. While painting the stage the party was booming and we jumped and bounced on the beats of Vitalic and Dr.Lektroluv, in the meantime we were consuming some nice free beers!
We were asked to paint at the Zomerjam in Leiden this year, together with: Sel, Swet & Smash we painted a wall. Some nice hiphop tunes and a lot of beers kept us going in spite of the rain. We did our wall with: Boortorrie, Mbs, Ox-Alien, Smetvrees & Thor. So there were strange combo's and finally Afu Ra. It was all good fun. Here some pictures and some more on Fontanel.
Last week we painted a shutter for a jeweller here in Rotterdam. Participating artist were: Boortorrie, Sterf, Foxy Lady, Ox-Alien, Mayb, Thor, Die Aardappel, Grrt & Mbs from The Duale Squad (Germany).