The graffiti culture is built around our pioneers. Pioneers in terms of the style that they developed, tools used, techniques applied, canvases utilized and things spoken. It is people that make a culture omnifarious, and that is what our limited edition ICONIC SERIES is all about. It’s about giving back to those who have made graffiti great, dedicating a product to them which symbolizes everything the culture stands for: a can. As a well-established brand and an integral component in the graffiti scene, it is our great privilege to be able to honor those who have contributed significantly to the development of our culture. Usually we first decide – based on a special occasion, a birthday, anniversary or other special festivity – who will receive a dedication. For this step, we prefer to team up with a collaboration partner to make the celebration extra special. Then we choose the perfect color from our Montana Cans rage – in special cases we’ll create the color especially for this ICONIC can – and get to work designing the lithography of the can for the graffiti superstar we are intending to celebrate. Montana ICONIC SERIES cans are strictly limited and valued by fans and collectors alike. The most recent icon to have been featured is MARTHA COOPER, before it was FUTURA.
MONTANA ICONIC SERIES
MONTANA ICONIC SERIES MARTHA COOPER
with pride Montana Cans introduces the newest addition to the Montana Cans ICONIC Series. This time the iconic spotlight is on legendary American photographer, Martha Cooper. Famous for her authentic and compassionate documentation of the New York Hip-Hop and graffiti culture during the late 70’s and 80’s, Martha Cooper gained world recognition in 1984 for her collaboration with fellow photographer Henry Chelfant, on the classic graffiti art book “Subway Art”. The book would become one of the most referenced of its genre worldwide and become a major influence to graffiti artist all over the globe, even to this day. The Montana Cans ICONIC Series focuses on one of her better known images from the 80’s of two policeman standing in a fully tagged New York subway car. The image has been turned into a triptych and split over three cans as a homage to this amazing photographer and her on going contribution to our culture. Available as limited edition set, color shade is Black BLK 9001 from the Montana BLACK range.
In 1981, Martha was riding on the New York subway with her camera, not a recommended move considering the high crime rate at the time. The low ISO of her Kodachrome 64 film made it difficult to take pictures while the car was underground. But when the subway hit daylight in the Bronx, the image of the cops framed by graffiti tags was irresistible. Was she going to risk asking the officers for permission to photograph them? Since taking pictures on the subway was illegal at the time, she decided just to go for it. “Luckily they didn’t say anything and I got the shot. Mission accomplished.“ she says today. Cooper has been inseparable from the worldwide street art scene for more than thirty years and her work has been seminal to the development of urban art. She has continued to follow and shoot the culture as it has progressed from a secret underground activity to the largest art movement in the history of the world. You can follow her travels on Instagram @marthacoopergram
MONTANA ICONIC SERIES FUTURA
As a well-established brand and a integral component in the graffiti scene, it is our great privilege to be able to honor those who have contributed significantly to the development of our culture. Our way of doing this is to dedicate a limited edition can to him or her in our ICONIC SERIES. The most recent icon to have been featured is FUTURA. We teamed up with renowned exclusive fashion design-brand ACRONYM® and Berlin-based curator and art-blogger BEINGHUNTED to put on a worthy celebration of his 60th birthday and decades of abundant artistic output. Our contribution to the event was to create the ICONIC SERIES FUTURA2000 Black – a black hue based on our Montana GOLD highest quality NC-ACRYLIC paint – especially for the occasion. This special limited edition can will not be available for purchase.
When looking closely at Futura’s amazing contribution to the graffiti scene, it seems virtually endless. Starting out during the underground graffiti movement of the 70’s, tagging New York’s subways, Futura made a name for himself which then led to collaborations with many others, such as ALI. His exhibition at New York’s Fun Gallery in 1981 connected him to the British punk rock band 'The Clash', with whom he toured that year, painting their backdrop live, on-stage during their concerts. Today, Futura owns his own fashion label with a store in Fukuoka, Japan. He has worked with many popular brands such as Nike, Recon, The North Face, Supreme and Hennessy, and his numerous exhibitions reach all across the globe. Yet, he is still best known for his original abstract graffiti style and artwork. As a part of the festivities, the ICONIC SERIES FUTURA2000 can was revealed and there was a display of ACRONYM®’s special clothing line at the BEINGHUNTED.Space. The master himself travelled to Berlin to take part, and of course, to create some very exclusive artworks. During the course of the evening celebration, cans were signed, canvases were admired, attire was ogled and fun was had by all. That’s a very successful birthday celebration, to our way of thinking. Make sure not to miss our previous post.