This past September, Meeting of Styles (MOS), made their mark on the city for the third time. FX crew member, Pilot and Frost from MCT, called on their fellow artists from 14 different countries to battle the Houston heat armed with only aerosol cans and the desire to breathe life into their visions. It’s safe to say that the mission has been accomplished.
Three buildings were picked for new makeovers; two on Polk St and the Calico Print Co. building on Palmer St. The results feature gold-toothed goblins and a bewitching Medusa, along with a heap of other powerful images.
Artists and their crews showed off their street-earned skills with murals larger than life. Most played off themes with a few free styling off the dome. However, it all resulted in insane images that seemed to leap out from their concrete canvas.
Joe of the INS crew believes the annual MOS event gives a positive light to the art. “This is definitely good for Houston and puts the town on the map when it comes to the graffiti community. It brings out the diversity and the top quality of artists in the city.” After 26 years in the game, Joe sees it as a lifestyle and not a hobby.
This is a feeling you can see shared by not just the local artists, but also those from outside of our borders. Coming from Mexico City, Ackheron KFC went from painting anywhere on the streets of the D.F. to painting with oil on canvas. A perfect example of how art, no matter its style, can have a lasting impact.
“I love art. And everyone has their own twist,” said veteran Deck. “Graffiti is a blend of individual style.” MOS members get this concept and urge the trading of styles to go beyond borders and what’s already known.