1xRUN Partners with Quicken Loans For 3rd Annual Small Business Murals Project


1xRUN is excited to announce the completion of six new murals in Detroit, Michigan, painted as part of the Quicken Loans Small Business Murals Project for the third year in a row. Since 2017, 18 community-driven murals have been installed on local businesses as part of the project. This partnership between Quicken Loans and 1xRUN brings together local business owners and artists to create transformative, large-scale murals in communities throughout the city.

Over the course of 10 days, Detroit artists Rick WilliamsPhil SimpsonSheefy McFlyBakPak DurdenIjania CortezEd Irmen and Mike Polakowski worked to design and paint six new large-scale public murals, each working hand-in-hand with the local business owners at the location of their murals.

Expanding the program, and being out in these Detroit neighborhoods that are often overlooked, make it even more moving when we see how these murals affect each community. What is really profound about this project is that we are all able to see a very direct and immediate connection between how art and commerce create such a positive impact.

–Roula David, 1xRUN Chief Operating Officer & Executive Director of Murals In The Market

While the first five murals were completed at local businesses, the final mural was painted live by renowned artist Sheefy McFly during Detroit Out Loud, a one-day festival held by the Quicken Loans Community Fund to celebrate Detroit and its communities. McFly painted a series of his classic b-boys and break dancers at the festival located at Rouge Park on Detroit’s west side.

The Quicken Loans Small Business Murals Project is part of a larger philanthropic strategy to invest in public space activation, housing stability, entrepreneurship, education and employment and community sponsorships throughout Detroit.

Check out the new murals and help support these local businesses at the addresses below:

Mural Locations

BakPak Durden: Final Cut Barber Salon, 13303 West Seven Mile
Rick Williams:  Glass Block Express, 13106 Lynwood St
Phil Simpson:  First Behavioral Choice, 8537 Van Dyke Ave
Ijania Cortez:  Mad J’s Auto Service, 7009 West Chicago
Ed Irmen and Michael Polakowski: Carmen’s Community Mini Market, 2145 Dearing St
Sheefy McFly: Detroit Out Loud Festival (Live Painting on July 20th in Rouge Park)


Phil Simpson with First Behavioral Choice

Mural at Class Black Express. Requestor: Zach Bosey

Rick Williams’ mural for Glass Block Express

Photo of the artist Bakpak Durden and the Final Cut Barber business owner Kevin in front of the completed mural.

BakPak Durden with Final Kut Barber Salon

Ed Irmen & Mike Polawkowski with Carmen’s Community Mini Market

Ed Irmen & Mike Polakowski with Carmen’s Community Mini Market

Detroit Out Loud, presented by the Quicken Loans Community Fund, is a free-entry, one-of-a-kind festival that brings Detroiters together to share their passion for their community loudly and proudly with the world. Featuring events centered around art, music, and food, the one-day festival will highlight the best that the city has to offer, July 20, 2019.

Sheefy McFly’s completed mural painted live at Detroit Out Loud Festival


Ijania Cortez with Mad J’s Auto Service

Inside Josh Keyes’ Tin Can As Part Of 1xRUN’s 2019 Moon Landing Day Print Suite

As part of 1xRUN’s Moon Landing Day Print Suite we welcome in Josh Keyes, Luke Chueh, Glenn Barr and Erik Otto who each bring us new interspacial editions for this year’s unique print suite. Artists of all styles have mused on a wide variety of spacial themes over the years and 1xRUN is excited to launch this new collection featuring 4 new unique editions from some of our most sought after artists. To kick things off first we caught up with Josh Keyes to discuss his latest edition Tin Can, which drops on July 20th at 12pm EST as part of this year’s collection. Read on to find out more about this edition and sign up for early access to be the first to get access to these highly sought after print releases…


1xRUN: Tell us a little bit about this piece, anything immediate you would like us to highlight about this image?
Josh Keyes:  I was daydreaming about space, and our place in it, and what our mark has been in/on the universe so far. Wherever we go, or how far we venture, everything we are as a species will likely come along with us, the good, bad and ugly. There has been talk of escaping earth, all of its man made problems, but unless we change our way of life and perception of nature and one another, our existing issues and problems will be tucked away in our carry on luggage.

1x: Was this image part of a recent theme, series or show that you had? If so how did it fit into that given grouping?
Keyes: I have explored a lot of terrestrial themes, nature animals etc, growing up in the 70’s and 80’s space has always held my interest, are there real ET’s out there, or have we already had a close encounter? I think there are three or four paintings in this series, and another of a satellite dish covered in graffiti titled “can you hear me now?” I have a few other ideas percolating in my noggin using this space theme. I am also a massive fan of Jeremy Geddes astronaut series,  while his vision has a solemn emotional magnitude, my take is a bit more Monty Python and tongue in cheek.


1x: When was this piece originally drawn and created and what materials were used to create this original piece?
Keyes: It was painted in 2016. I work in Golden acrylic paint, and I have found that wood panels really provide a nice surface for working up gesture and details.

1x: Tell us how the idea and execution came about for this image?
Keyes: I searched for a strong image of the earths curve, and debated doing a soft blend of the atmosphere into the black of space. I like the hard separation, like an egg shell, strong but fragile. I also went back and forth between adding stars to the sky, I think the solid black lends itself to the idea of the void, and endlessness, emphasizing the idea that there really isn’t any other place to go or escape, we are where we are. I am a fan of all forms of graffiti and had a few favorite artists and tags that would be fun to see up there. I don’t know if spray paint could really and scientifically work in zero gravity, but sometimes you have to let go of fact in favor of fiction and the story.

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1x: How long did each of this image take to create from start to finish?
Keyes: I suppose around a week or two, it was a larger painting size than I usually work on, but I really enjoyed the scale, up close it felt like you were an astronaut floating around it.

1x: What is unique about this piece compared with your other work?
Keyes: I had to create a maquette of the shuttle and attach the graffiti elements to it, I’m not too savvy with computer modeling so I had to go old school and get out my hobby tools.


1x: Why should people buy this one of these prints?
Keyes: It might make you chuckle, weep and ponder, “what if?”

1x: Describe this image in one gut reaction word.
Keyes: Spaceballs.

keyes-framed-tin-can-02Tin Can by Josh Keyes

1x: So this is our third edition with you featuring your iconic take on space melding with graffiti, where did the idea come to start combining the two?
Keyes: Space: Moonraker and Star Wars /  Graffiti: The alley wall of a 7-eleven, 8th grade

1x: Did you/do you still write graffiti?
Keyes: I am horrible, I find many around the streets of Portland, and a few well known artists, but I primarily use a Microsoft word graffiti font.


Tin Can by Josh Keyes

1x: Where are you finding your reference photos for the tags/names in your pieces? Are they friends of yours?
Keyes: All over, some retro from the 70’s and 80’s, many from around town, Portland, or some that I find online. Sometimes an artist will send me some reference tags or photos. Most of the artists are excited to see their tag in the painting.

1x: What are some of the ways you’ve been trying to push yourself with your latest work?
Keyes: Gosh, well I was dabbling with some sculpture ideas and really getting into faux fur, maybe a result of turning 50 this year, mid life crisis work. ;)

With painting I am really working towards creating images with a little more impact, figuring out what is necessary and what to let go, and paying more attention to color. I spent a long time painting every blade of grass and the highlights on each, my hand can’t do that anymore, there is a desire for an impression, and in that expression, like holding a butterfly. Did I really say that?

1x: What are some of the strides you feel like you’ve made over the last year?
Keyes: To be honest figuring out how to be a good dad and husband is where my heart and mind is at. There is not time, or luxury of pondering on an idea for months, I’m learning to pounce faster on the important concepts and ideas and let others go.

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1x: Any artists new or old inspiring you lately?
Oh my god, have you seen Instagram! I follow about 7,000 artist and people. There is so much amazing stuff going on, it blows my mind. I can’t name one or even three, there are so many artist musicians dancers tattoo arts film makers etc. making incredible things. If anything, all the ways people connect and share today is so much different from just ten twenty years ago. All of these voices were already there, they just could not be heard, humans are really wacky and wonderful.

1x: What was the last piece of art that you bought?
Keyes: My Little Pony, friendship is magic coloring book, also beautiful print by Zoe Keller, and Tiffany Bozic.

1x: Any upcoming exhibitions or group shows coming up?
Keyes: I have a United Kingdom show lined up with Thinkspace Gallery in October, so I’ve been work on some new pieces for that show. Aside from that I will have work at Scope Miami with Antler Gallery, and then a group show at the Bedford Gallery in CA, never a dull moment!

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1xRUN: Where else can people find you?
Josh Keyes: WebsiteInstagram @joshkeyes.art


1xRUN’s Murals In The Market Returns To Detroit’s Eastern Market For 5th Year

This September 14th-21st, 1xRUN’s Murals In The Market returns for the 5th consecutive year, bringing more than 25 local and international artists to Detroit’s Historic Eastern Market.  A massive family friendly block party Family Reunion, along with the annual free arts and culture events including a tribute by Tiff Massey to legendary Detroit artist Dave Philpot, and Dennis McNett’s larger than life art parade, will all add to Detroit’s rich history public art for the city’s only international mural festival. 1xRUN is proud to welcome back our partners at the John S. & James L. Knight Foundation and Eastern Market Corporation to help bring this world renowned public arts festival to Detroit’s oldest farmers market.


2019 Murals In The Market Artists Include: 

– Ashley Mcfadden – Bakpak Durden – Ben Hall – Bre’Ann WHLGN – Brian Nickson –

– Dennis McNett – Diviniti (Little Bit Project) – Ed Irmen – Efe Bes – Ijania Cortez –

– Ivan Montoya – Jake Dwyer – Javier Gonzalez – Joe Geis – Joey Salamon – Kevin Ledo –

– Kevin Lyons – Lindy Shewbridge – Maser – Mike Polakowski  – Mikey Francis –

 – Nick Pizana – Osunlade – Remi Rough – Ron English – Ryan Doyle – Tiff Massey

+ MORE Muralists, Sculptors + Public Art Installations …

  After being named one of the Smithsonian’s Top 5 Mural Festivals In The World, Murals In The Market continues to elevate Detroit’s Eastern Market to the forefront of the international art stage for the fifth consecutive year. This year the festival expands its programming with a massive roller door campaign focusing on bringing local businesses into the fold and highlight often overlooked areas in the city pairing each with a local artist. Unique installations throughout the market will complement over 150 murals throughout the Market’s footprint.

Joining forces with Detroit’s electronic music tastemakers Paxahau, The Crofoot & the Detroit Hustles Harder crew this year’s festival returns with the 2nd Annual Murals In The Market Family Reunion, a massive all ages block party kicking things off on September 14th!


Find out more MuralsInTheMarket.com + on social media @muralsinthemarket

Building upon the tremendous public support of the festival’s last four years, Murals In The Market continues to expand Eastern Market’s walkable footprint. With more than 200 works of public art including sculptures and installations strategically placed throughout the Market District, the festival encourages exploration of every corner of the market, giving visitors locally and internationally a look into businesses and areas often unseen and underutilized. Once again Murals In The Market will continue to enhance Detroit’s signature market experience that makes Eastern Market a world class, must-see destination for art, as well as fresh food.

In addition to creating new murals, the festival will also host a series of events including discussion panels, a cultural tour, art exhibitions as well as nighttime activities coinciding with Detroit Design Festival’s Annual Eastern Market After Dark on September 21st.

This year, Murals In The Market has partnered with Jason Hall’s, RiDetroit to offer walking and cycling tours year round as well as a series of curated tours during the festival.


Murals In the Market 2019 opening mural by Olayami Dabls


Local and national foundations and sponsors will help make 2019 another year to remember, as presenting sponsors, the John S. & James L. Knight Foundation and 1xRUN will be joined by Eastern Market Corporation, Motor City Paint, Montana Cans, Quicken Loans, Brooklyn Outdoor, Detroit Hustles Harder, Paxahau, Faygo, and Community Push.

Paint for Murals In The Market will once again be provided by Motor City Paint and Montana Cans, two industry leaders that are committed to helping artists create outdoor works of art that will stand the test of time.

Public art has always been, and always will be, an integral part of the Eastern Market District experience. The 2019 Murals In The Market festival will continue to expand on 40+ years of large-scale public murals by bringing a new world-class local and international artists to add exciting new works throughout the market.

Find out more MuralsInTheMarket.com and follow on social media @muralsinthemarket.


Eastern Market President Dan Carmody + 1xRUN / Murals In the Market Co-Founder Jesse Cory / Local Artists Help Kick Off The 2019 Opening Mural



Alpay Efe Takes A Contemporary Look At Still Lifes With Vanguard Series

With his latest series Vanguard, German artist Alpay Efe has returned to take a contemporary look at age old still lifes. Blending classic oil painting techniques alongside modern implements like paint rollers, squeegees and masking tape, Alpay Efe breathes new life…into still lifes with the latest in his ongoing series Vanguard V. Painstakingly painted over the course of a few weeks, this new edition is oversized with each print uniquely hand-embellished by Alpay Efe. Read on as Alpay Efe gives us the lowdown on his latest work, his burgeoning YouTube channel and more…


1xRUN: Was this image part of a recent theme, series or show that you had? If so how did it fit into that given grouping?
Alpay Efe:  This painting is part of a series of still lifes called “Vanguard.” It is my way of bringing the genre on flower still lifes, that hasn’t aged too well, into the 21st century by interpreting it in a modern and contemporary way.

1x: When was this piece drawn and created and what materials were used?
Efe: The series started in 2018, but this one is from 2019 and one of the most recent. The original painting is on heavy cotton canvas, with oil paints combining various painting techniques using modern tools like paint rollers, squeegees and masking tape.



1x: How long does each of these images take to create from start to finish?    
Efe: Painting these still lifes take quite some time since I never know what the end point will be when I start painting. I also work in many layers which means long drying times between painting sessions. For those reasons finishing one of these can sometimes take up to 8 weeks, but if  everything goes well I’m able to finish one in 3-4.

1x: Why should people buy this one of these prints?    
Efe:  I mean look at it, it’s not only absolutely stunning, but also something very limited and special.

1x: Describe this image in one gut reaction word.     
Efe: Contemporary.

alpay-efe-vangaurd-v-35x35-1xrun-01-temp-2Vanguard V – Hand-Embellished Edition by Alpay Efe

1x: It’s been a bit since our last release with you, what have you been up to? Any recent exhibitions or projects ?    
Efe:  It’s been a few crazy months. I had a solo Show in late 2018 and after that, I immediately started work on various pieces for all the Group shows in 2019… like Spoke Arts annual Moleskine show, which was a ton of fun this year. 
I also started a Youtube channel which has been incredibly fun and satisfying. Exploring art through a new medium and communicating with people in a different way has been one of the most inspiring things recently.

1x: What are some of the ways you’ve been trying to push yourself with your latest work?     
Efe:  I’m currently trying to get myself to be more daring in my work… in every way. Be it subject matter, color or technique. I’m not getting younger and life’s too short to always do things the same way.

1x: What are some of the strides you feel like you’ve made over the last year?     
Efe: I think that I’ve become a much more relaxed and mature Artist… even more than before. I’m learning to not be so hard to myself, things go wrong and usually things never go the way you want. But that’s ok .. that’s life. No need to loose any sleep over these things.

1x: Any artists new or old inspiring you lately?
Efe:  Always Monet…

1x: What was the last piece of art that you bought?
Efe: I think that has to be a print from the talented Matheus Urbanowitz.

1x: Any big shows or events coming up that you’d like to share?
Efe: Yes,Youtube… Follow me at Youtube.com/AlpayEfe… I’ve got some great content coming up!

1xRUN: Where are all the places people find you?
Alpay Efe: WebsiteFacebook @AlpayEfeART – Youtube @AlpayEfe – Instagram @alpay_efe


Stella Im Hultberg Delves Into Korean Mythology With Rite Of Spring

For her latest RUN Portland-based artist Stella Im Hultberg takes a fresh look at Korean shamanistic folk culture with The Rite Of Spring. Taken from her recent exhibition the acrylic painting features Hultberg exploring an ongoing thread of Korean mythology alongside her relationship to motherhood in the modern world. Available in two sizes, including an massive oversized hand-embellished edition, this RUN is sure to move quickly. Read on to find out more about Stella Im Hultberg’s latest release and more . . .


1xRun: Anything immediate you would like us to highlight?
Stella Im Hultberg: I really delve deep into Korean mythology and shamanistic folk culture with this piece and series. All the motifs on the shaman’s clothes represent a lot of the ancient folk philosophy and outlook.
Most of it is well wishing for long, prosperous, worry-free life, similar to what mothers (and fathers) would wish for their children.

1xRUN: When was this piece created and what materials were used?
Stella Im Hultberg: The original piece was painted in 2017 with acrylic paint on printmaking paper, then mounted onto wooden canvas.


1xRun: Tell us a bit more about this piece, was it part of a recent show, theme or grouping of work that you have?
Stella Im Hultberg: This piece, titled “The Rite of Spring”, was a part of my solo show “Mago” at Spoke Art in San Francisco, back in 2017. I had a running theme of Korean mythology that juxtaposed with my thoughts about current world and my personal observations of its relationship to motherhood.

This piece was especially inspired by Korean shamans, called mudang, or manshin. The central figure is wearing one of many shamanistic ritual garbs, used to call upon spirits to answer our questions. They were channels through which lay people could ask the heavens about their plights and worries, and seek comfort. However, they were also one of the most exploited and persecuted people in Korean history. Something about that reminded me of womanhood in general and motherhood as well.

1xRun: Along with the flowers there are interspersed arrows, what is the significance behind the arrows?
Stella Im Hultberg: The arrows refer to the wounds that we carry with ourselves throughout our lives. Mixed with flowers, they’re a bit hard to find, but our wounds are sometimes that way – they hurt, yet they are cherished and are deemed beautiful sometimes.


1xRun: What kind of flowers are depicted here? Were they chosen for a specific reason? If so what?
Stella Im Hultberg: Flowers, to me personally, mean my mother, or my connection to her, now both as mothers. She loved flowers, especially peonies, depicted here, among some others (poppies, anemones, and some other random flowers I imagined up).

After we moved to Portland with a then-baby (now 5), I was suddenly incessantly bombarded with flowers and plants of all kinds, and found myself noticing them more and being reminded of my mom and her youth. I had forgotten how youthful and colorful she had always been – literally colorful, always wearing bright colors, red lips and finger nails. She had a certain vitality and energy, and she would run around any new city we were living in.
I think, perhaps, our nostalgia for our childhood isn’t really for our young selves, but maybe we are missing the youthful, young, healthy, near-invincible looking parents we once had.


Also, a while back, I heard a podcast about flower vendors and deliverers, who commented on how heavy they are once grouped together in large bunches and buckets. Somehow that always stuck with me – the fragility of flowers, contrasted by how heavy they are once piled up together, seemed very representative of the emotions often attached to the said flowers. Love, especially – it feels so delicate, beautiful, sweet, yet so heavy and even burdensome at times.

1xRun: How long did this piece take from start to finish?
Stella Im Hultberg:  I worked on this piece concurrently with many other pieces that went into the solo show. I have to work around my kid and being a parent, so it’s hard to really measure the amount of time it took. It probably took 3-4 months off and on.

stella-large-rite-1xrun-02 The Rite Of Spring – Oversized Edition by Stella Im Hultberg

1xRun: What is unique about this piece compared with your other work?
Stella Im Hultberg:  It’s my first painting featuring a mudang (shaman), with Korean motifs on the clothing. It’s also heavily referenced (the clothing), as opposed to normally imagined or enhanced patterns and shapes I tend to paint. Also, it’s unique in a sense that it is on paper mounted onto wood. It’s got a different texture up close.

stella-news-rite-1xrun-05The Rite Of Spring with Custom Hand-Embellishments by Stella Im Hultberg

1xRun: Why should people buy this print?
Stella Im Hultberg:  As an honor to/in solidarity with women, mothers, and even humanity :D

1xRun: Describe is piece in one gut reaction word.
Stella Im Hultberg: Mystical?

stella-small-rite-1xrun-02The Rite Of Spring by Stella Im Hultberg

1xRun: It’s been a while since our last release, what have you been up to over the past year?
Stella Im Hultberg:  I have been trying to balance parenting with work, mostly. Trying to space out work just so that I can be an involved parent for my preschooler. We don’t have any type of childcare or family near by so it’s an important balance to learn.

1xRun: Any shows or other big news coming up?
Stella Im Hultberg:  I have a mini solo show at Thinkspace this fall, which is taking up most of my time.

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1xRun: What are your plans for the rest of the summer?
Stella Im Hultberg:  Working away on my solo show pieces, and getting my kid ready for kindergarten.

1x: Where else can people find you?
Stella Im Hultberg: Instagram @stellaimhultberg – Twitter @stellaimhult – Facebook


1xRUN Retrospective: 10 Years of Movement

1xRUN artist Kevin Lyons is the official Artist-in-Residence at this year’s Movement Festival Detroit. This weekend, Lyons’ music-loving monsters will come to life in the form of a massive mural and freestanding wood sculptures in the center of Hart Plaza.

WDET radio personality and columnist Ryan Patrick Hooper profiles Lyons and his beautiful installation in the Detroit Free Press:

“There’s an energetic rhythm that radiates from Lyons’ line work and the color palette of his characters — and that’s because a love of music bleeds into the DNA of the pieces.” 

Read the full article HERE!

A Retrospective:

1xRUN has collaborated with the music festival since its inception, providing life-size, interactive art installations that bring techno’s heavy bounce into the physical realm. It all began in 2009 when 1xRUN was called “Ohm Digital”, and Detroit artist Mark Arminski released a limited edition of 100 screen prints as official Movement merchandise. Since then, 1xRUN has worked hard to give its artists the center stage almost every year.

Detroit-based fine artist and legendary car designer Camilo Pardo created the official poster for Movement 2012, released as a limited edition of 50. Ron Zakrin followed with his design of the official Movement 2013 print, “Transmission”.


Movement 2016 was the first year that 1xRUN facilitated a live art installation in Hart Plaza as an interactive part of the festival.

Watch below to see Italian artist 2501 install a massive mural and a live, moving canvas that allowed for active contributions from festival goers.

German artist 1010 brought his signature portal-like murals to the Pyramid Stage at Movement 2017.

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Ouizi was 1xRUN’s Artist-in-Residence at Movement 2018. She created a three-dimensional “Movement Shrine” featuring a mural, sculptures, and hanging installations:

This bring us to Movement 2019 with artist Kevin Lyons!



Read his profile in the Detroit Free Press HERE!


Kevin Lyons Brings His Monster Party to Movement Festival as 2019 Artist-in-Residence

1xRUN artist Kevin Lyons and his gang of merry monsters have been busy in Detroit this week preparing for Movement Festival Detroit 2019!

This weekend, come hang out with Kevin’s Monster Party at 1xRUN’s Artist-in-Residence installation at Movement. Kevin’s music-loving monsters will come to life in the form of a massive mural and freestanding wood sculptures in the center of Hart Plaza!

WDET radio personality and columnist Ryan Patrick Hooper profiled Lyons and his beautiful installation in the Detroit Free Press:

“There’s an energetic rhythm that radiates from Lyons’ line work and the color palette of his characters — and that’s because a love of music bleeds into the DNA of the pieces.” 

Read the full article HERE!

Check out our photo series below, and follow us on Instagram for more updates!






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Camilo Pardo Talks Shop on “Jay Leno’s Garage”

This week, Detroit’s own Camilo Pardo was the featured guest on “Jay Leno’s Garage”, a prime-time television series about motor vehicles, starring Jay Leno.

The episode largely focussed upon Leno’s 2005 Ford GT, a project on which Pardo served as Chief Designer. Throughout the interview, Pardo discusses the challenges associated with updating a classic car while meeting modern safety standards, stories of heated arguments with engineers, and the pressures of competing with Ferrari.

At one point, Pardo details his experience arguing for his particular door design, which mimics the shape of the original 1967 GT-40:

“Lots of parts of the car have their story, but the door story was a heavy one, because you couldn’t full-open a door with a car parked next to it. So that was a huge issue, and I was out there measuring parking lots and distances … Everybody that was important in the company hit their head on it: Bill Ford, Jack Nassar, Jay Mayes, all of them. Makes you really nervous because you’re trying to get a green light from this guy.”

Pardo continued with another amusing story about receiving critique from racing legend Niki Lauda, who was leading the Jaguar team at the time.

“He told us paddle shifts is the only way to go right now. But, he respected the [stick] shifter. He had some things to say, and that guy doesn’t hold anything back […] He goes, ‘Why did you do that?’ [referring to the Pardo’s air scoop design] ‘It looks like shit!'”

Watch the full interview above, and check out more available works by Camilo Pardo HERE!


1xRUN Hosts Meet and Greet with Ron English for “Star Skull” Print Release and Beer Launch


Ron English and “Star Skull” Imperial Pilsner by Sons of Kent Brewing Co.

For the first time ever, 1xRUN will host a meet-and-greet with the legendary artist Ron English for a special signing and print release at its Detroit headquarters.

Ron English has partnered with the Sons of Kent Brewing Co (Ontario, CA) to create a new craft beer called STAR SKULL, featuring English’s design work. The artist also has 24″ x 24″ print dropping today. To celebrate, a limited number of Star Skull prints and craft beers will be available at 1xRUN in person –– don’t miss out!

Meet & Greet with Ron English at 1xRUN HQ
2905 Beaufait St
Detroit, Michigan 48207

May 11th, 12:30pm – 2:30pm

 Click HERE for Directions. This event is free and open to the public.


"Star Skull - 24" x 24 Edition" by Ron English

“Star Skull – 24″ x 24″ Edition” by Ron English

A limited number of prints and craft beers will be available in-person at 1xRUN HQ!
 Following the meet-and-greet at 1xRUN, join us in Windsor, Ontario for Part Art Part Party pt. 19! A free event featuring some our favorite artists, including:

Ron English, Denial, Syx Langemann, Peter Baillie, Michael Difazio, Cary Wilkins, David Creed, Matthew Fitzios, Asaph Maurer, Em Mo, Greg Maxwell, kevkav, Stephen Gibb, Jeff Denomme, Dave Derkatz, Michelle Tanguay, Sybil Lamb , Jay Verspeelt, Clowntearz, Heidi Barlow, Reannon Price, Ghostbeard, Tracy Paterson, Brendan Burke, Brian Dawes, Debbie Kay, Churchwood Pictures, Farrah Fontaine, Laura Fontaine, Angela Desjardins, Steve Chauvin and more!


RSVP to the event on Facebook HERE!
View more works by Ron English HERE!



Tackling the “Buff”: How Buff Monster’s Melty Creatures Are Changing Graffiti

Take some heavy metal music, ice cream, pop art, and the color pink––mix it all together and what do you get? We’re not sure, but critically-acclaimed street artist Buff Monster has some ideas.

The Hawaiian-born, NYC-based artist has spent more than 15 years animating city walls with melty, one-eyed creatures and candy-colored landscapes. His distinctive style is at once delightful and repulsive; vibrant and absurd. Commanding viewers to “Stay Melty,” Buff Monster’s work has caught the attention of Disney, Hello Kitty, Coca-Cola, Miller Lite, The New York Times, and Banksy.

As subway cars and building façades bloomed with color throughout the rapid graffiti movements of the 70s and 80s, city officials combatted artists with increased police surveillance and efforts to remove the paint. The practice of graffiti removal by city officials and landowners became known as “the buff”.

Where many graffiti artists dread the almost-certain reality that their territorial markings will someday be wiped clean, Buff Monster embraces the prospect. Buff Monster’s work explores the dichotomy of graffiti art and the inevitable “buff”: what becomes of graffiti that can anticipate its fate? how does the “buff” play into the fleeting nature of graffiti art? Buff Monster has used his subversive take on the art form to create some of the most recognizable images in the genre.

In celebration of Bicycle Day (which, of course, has little to do with bicycles), we took some time to chat with Buff Monster about his latest print editions: an LSD-inspired, 3-print blotter sheet set for exclusive release on 1xRUN.

Buff Monster and Mural

Buff Monster and mural in Lower Manhattan, courtesy of the artist

1xRUN: Tell us a little bit about these Bicycle Day print editions, is there anything immediate you would like us to highlight about this imagery?
Buff Monster: I wanted to make images that people could actually use as blotter sheets, so that even if the recipient wasn’t aware of me, or of the full image, it would resonate with them. I don’t expect anyone to lace them with LSD and sell them, but I’d like them to.

1x:Was this imagery a part of a recent theme, series, or a show that you did?
Buff: I chose each of the images because they’re good representations of my work, and cranked ‘em up to 11 to fit the theme!

1x: What materials were used to create these blotters?
Buff: One is a photo of a section of a mural that I painted last year; one is drawn digitally, and the other features hand-painted elements on top of a digital background. So they’re all over the place, but I think they work well together.


Lower Manhattan mural (left) and “Melty Spray – Blotter Edition” (right) by Buff Monster

1x: Do you listen to music while you work? If so what? If not then what is your environment like when you work?
Buff: Of course! I listen to a lot of heavy metal. It fuels and inspires everything I do. When I’m working on particularly tedious work, I switch to the Adam Carolla podcast. I’ve been listening to his “nasally drone” for over half my life, and it never gets old.

1x: What was the first piece of art that you bought? Do you still have it?
Buff: The first piece of art I bought is a pencil sketch from Series 3 of Garbage Pail Kids. I found it in 2001, after discovering that John Pound was the original GPK artist. I bought it directly from him, and it’s currently hanging on my wall. I’ve since bought tons of other artwork that John made for GPKs; sometimes from him directly, sometimes from other collectors selling off their collections. I love ‘em!

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1x: What was the last piece of art that you bought?
Buff: I bought a canvas from graffiti pioneer Dr. Revolt recently. He had it at a show, but ended up delivering it to my studio. We hung out for a while. That was fun.

1x: What’s next?
Buff: I’m planning on doing another show with Dalek this year, so that’ll be fun! I’m also included in a few group shows that are pretty sweet too! Follow me on social media for more info!


3-Print Blotter Set by Buff Monster

Buff Monster’s Infinite Gradient, Melty Spray, Motley Rainbow, and 3-Print SetBlotter Edition are available now, in limited editions of 75, as part of 1xRUN’s Bicycle Day 2019 Print Suite.

Follow Buff Monster on Instagram at @buffmonster.