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Colorado Crush: Captured in Photos

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Colorado Crush was a huge event.  The artists did some amazing things with their cans, the musicians attacked their mics and overall it was a fun and important day for Colorado hip-hop/art. We have the photos you’ve been waiting for all shot from three different perspectives by three different photographers. From the art, to the music to the visit from the mayor, it’s all captured below. This gallery was shot by the official Colorado Crush photographer, The Anarchivist. His straightforward approach of graff photography lets the art be the art. This gallery was shot by HHRC photographer, Tim McClanahan, his photos, as usual, are art in and of themselves.   This gallery was shot throughout the day by  Sean Marquette.  He captured everything and the energy of the event, in varying stages

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Colorado Crush: The Writers

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The writer line-up for Colorado Crush ’13 is huge, literally and figuratively. With more writers from all over showing interest each day, it’s gonna be an amazingly talented turn out. Here’s the official line-up and some art work from a few of them.   Be sure to check out the graffiti battle finalists who will be competing for a spot on a wall in next year’s Crush as well as our interview with graff shooter, The Anarchvist.  

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Graffiti Battle Finalists

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This year there were many new additions to Colorado Crush, but the most interactive was the graffiti battle. The six finalists were selected from three preliminary battles, two each round, one by a judge and one by popular vote via HHRC. The voting didn’t end up being the fairest method, which was learned through experience, so the two finalists from the third battle were selected by the judges.  The highly anticipated finals will take place on September 7, 2013 at the Colorado Crush main event. The prize? A paint package from Pressure Haus and a highly coveted spot in next year’s Colorado Crush (major wall). Here are the six finalists: We got up with four of the final six: tinz, Kans89, SIMR and Vesel to find out a little about their styles, tastes and interests. Crew: tinz: Guerilla Garden Kans89: Killdren/FA SIMR: FA, KILLDREN. Vesel: LOF – Lordz of finesse all four elements krew. Born to Rock. When did you start painting/writing? tinz: I started ...

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Colorado Crush MC Battle

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We’re excited to announce that Denver’s biggest graffiti event, Colorado Crush (Sept. 7)  will host the Elite Philosophy MC Battle where the winner will take home $250 cash. The battle scene is thriving here in Colorado, so the talent will be thick. Come out and show the crowd what lyrical weapons you have in your arsenal on the EP Stage. To pre-register for the battle, join this group on Facebook. If you don’t have Facebook (really?) then you can email submissions@hiphoprollcall.com with your name (rap and government) and we’ll follow up with you. Good luck, we can’t wait to see what you’ve got.

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[CLOSED] Colorado Crush Graff Battle 13.3 Official Voting

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UPDATE: 3:16pm July 25, 2013: We discovered a major issue with our voting system that allowed multiple votes from the same IP Address, which skewed the voting heavily. We decided to put the decision back on the Colorado Crush’s team and they decided to let the judges select the second winner in this case. The judges selected,  VESEL. Congratulations to both Tinz and Vesel who will win a paint package from Pressure Haus and will go on to compete in the final battle at this year’s Colorado Crush. (We have since resolved our systems cache error to ensure this problem will not occur during future voting.) UPDATE 12:00am July 24, 2013: Due to complaints and suspicious browser/user activity the results are under scrutiny. Check back for more information. In the final battle before the showdown at this year’s Colorado Crush on September 7, 2013 nine writers got down at Dynamic Events of Denver. The judges selected Tinz as their pick ...

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Colorado Crush Grow Big Supply Battle

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Along with many other goings on, the Colorado Crush Grow Big Supply Battle also went down last Saturday. The prizes were as huge as Grow Big Supply can help you grow your plants, and the competition wasn’t too shabby either. Here’s the prizes 1st Place: $1000 cash + $500 store credit 2nd Place: $500 cash + $250 store credit Online Poll: $500 only   The 1st Place winner was Gamma with this beauty: The 2nd Place winner was Rondale Thyris with this piece: Here were the other contestants. All photos taken by the Anarchivist.  

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Colorado Crush Graff Battle 13.2 Official Voting

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The second round of the Colorado Crush Graff Battle took place 6.14.13 behind Casselman’s Bar & Venue. Nine writers took to the walls to compete for a paint package from Pressure Haus and a spot to compete at Colorado Crush (9.7.13). Two winners are selected each battle. One, by the team of judges and the second by online vote. The judges selected Mpek as the winner of this round, and voting determined that Kanz was the winner. Congratulations to both winners! Stay tuned for the next round. All photos by official Colorado Crush photographer, The Anarchivist.   Here’s all the entries: And the results: Event Sponsors:

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Pager One

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Pager is one of those lucky individuals that lives his life immersed in art. From his career to his hobbies, from filming to designing he dabbles a little in everything…and makes it all look good. Learn a little more about Pager in this month’s Eye Candy interview. Crew: Kings Destroy, AMK, UPDOG How many years painting/writing? Like 9 years ago I discovered graffiti. When and how did you get started in art and graffiti specifically? I would draw all the time  and write my name all funny, and one of my buddy’s I met from El Paso was a writer and just introduced me to it and gave me a name and went from there! What purpose or need does art fill for you? It’s everything. It’s my living and what I love doing. Illegal or legal, does it make a difference? To me no, at this point I’m so busy doing design work, shooting videos, skating, and art I’m ...

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Colorado Crush Graff Battle 13.1 Official Voting

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Last Sunday, contestants gathered at Owl & Orchid Tattoo for the first Colorado Crush Graffiti Contest. The winner, selected via this online poll and crowd vote will win a spot at this year’s Colorado Crush event (9.7.13) and a paint package from Pressure Haus. Now it’s up to you to decide who goes! Click on the photos to enlarge the image. Winner will be announced this evening.

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Dread

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Dread, the founder of Colorado Crush truly lives graffiti and wants to see it thrive in his community. He took a moment to fill us in on what influences his style. Name: Dread Crew: ICR KD How many years painting/writing: 20 years When and how did you get started in art and graffiti specifically? In high school I was a skater and always into art and I discovered graffiti at age 14. What purpose or need does art fill for you? It is therapy for me, allows me to leave this world and escape for a moment. Illegal or legal, does it make a difference? They both have a place in my work. Both are equally important to me. What do you think about the Denver graffiti community? The Denver graffiti is strong but often underestimated. What is it missing that would improve the community? More unity and bigger walls. Who were your early influences? Local artist, Beast and Jher ...

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