Rockin' The Nation aka Rebuilding The Neighborhood

 

 

The RTN Crew (whose acronym stands for Rockin' The Nation and also Rebuilding The Neighborhood) is a Los Angeles based collective of artists who specialize in aerosol, brush, and airbrush art. Their murals provide food for thought to the public, and their private works of art are used for everything from advertisment to gracing the walls of museums and other art exhibits. Their clients enclude Nike, Sprite, McDonalds and others– and their most recent works have been exhibited in the Getty and California African American Museum. Many of the RTN artists also travel the world teaching art history, specialized art techniques, lecturing at seiminars, and rendering their art concepts for the joy of others.

 

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RTN and THE CRENSHAW WALL

 

The Great Crenshaw Wall has been the site of many murals for decades. These murals have celebrated all forms of Black culture

 

Wall has lived through segregation, civil rights, the Black Power movement, a Crack epidemic, two civil unrests, the Gang Plague, and Hip-Hop. By the year 2000 it had become a dilapidated, uncared for, icon of the past– until a group of South Central Graffiti artists called RTN (Rocking The Nation) decided to do something about it. (MORE)

RTN and THE GETTY CENTER

 

The RTN crew was invited by the Getty Research Institute to be one of the curators  of the museum's project celebrating Graffiti Art.

 

LA Liber Amicorum is a unique artists' book that binds together 143 works on paper from more than 150 of Los Angeles's leading graffiti and tattoo artists. The individual creative approaches to letter forms, hand styles, symbols, signs, and themes display the city's diverse landscape of graffiti and street art. (More)

 

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RTN and THE CALIFORNIA AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM

 

The RTN crew plus other local well-known highly respected street artists was "challenged" by the California African American Museum and the Department Of Cultural Affairs City Of Los Angeles to render their art concepts with brushes rather than aerosol paints. The response? Where's the paint and the brushes at? The exhibit: FLASH TAG! (MORE)

 

RTN and The EL SEGUNDO MUSEUM OF ART "SCRATCH"

 

 

RTN and The EL SEGUNDO MUSEUM OF ART "SCRATCH"

 

"Scratch,"grew out of a Getty Research Institute project in which the museum's rare books curator David Brafman invited about 150 local graffiti and tattoo artists to create works on paper inspired by a 16th century book, a "liber amicorum" ("book of friends"). Bringing the book to life, six of the Getty Black Book artists and their crews — Cre8, Axis, Eyeone, Fishe, Miner and Defer — transformed ESMoA's main installation space into an explosion of color with 80-foot-wide murals on faux interior walls.

 

Cre8, Enk, Demmer, and the rest of the RTN crew decided to produce a 20’x26 piece in aerosol spray paint and acrylics representing the link between egyptian and aztec cultures and the descendants coming together in unity to celebrate writing history in Los Angeles. Artists: Cre8, Enkone, Mark 7, Design9, Demer, Hert, Nuke, Aise, Roder, Pyer, Grandpa, and Sano.