A1one: 1st generation Graffiti in Iran

19 Jan 2007 Category: Features, Recommended, Street Art, Top Page 10, Worldwide

A1one: 1st generation Graffiti in Iran

A1one combining tags and stencil. One of the very first steps towards street art taken in Tehran's APC neighbourhood.

Iran… what do we really know about it? And which of all these facts are actually true? What kind of image do we have? And would we include something like ‘Iranian Graffiti’ or ‘Street Art from Tehran’ in this image?

If so, what would that look like? Do we expect any strong Anti-American messages? Or do we think of a strong form of expression against the government maybe? Or could it be sympathizing with a local party? Or what if it was not about any official statement at all, but what if Iranian street art was simply a form of personal expression? Or maybe it is even all of the above, still testing out what ’street art’ could possibly be in this particular environment… PingMag interviewed A1one, the one who started graffiti in Tehran.

Written by Uleshka
Many thanks to Jan Chipchase

A1one, how did you first get into graffitti?

I actually asked that myself recently… During my childhood, Tehran was really calm and quiet and I was curious about the very few things that had a visual impact, the small bits of visual expression. I was wondering: Where do these posters come from? Who decides to put them on the walls? And who makes those movie boards? You have to consider, that unlike today, before the 1990s the economy in my country was so bad that there was no real money or interest for things like colorful advertisement.

mural in Iran today

In 1998 I was into painting and got involved in independent music in Iran. This is when I met an Iranian rapper from Germany called Nima. He was brought up in Germany and during the two nights we spent talking, Nima told me everything about real underground hip hop, noise artists, graffiti crews and street art.

I was aware of wall paintings and mural arts of Mexican muralists such as Diego Rivera or Alfero Siquerus. I saw many wall paintings here and big fonts in movies and magazines, but I didn’t know that this sort of scene existed: expressing your own ideas through images and letters on city walls. I also didn’t know that it is as illegal in Germany as it is here.

Although Nima and I were only talking, it triggered something and that was a matter of real motivation for me.

In 2003 I made a 30×40 cm Munch’s scream stencil which I sprayed on university walls to express the uncommon pressure inserted at the universities which was endured in silence.


30X40 cms Munch’s scream stencil on a university wall

close-up of another A1one stencil in the APC neighborhood

When I left university I found myself free from obligations and dedicated myself to start street art and graffiti as A1one.

What does graffiti mean to you? Is it a protest against something or is it more of a personal expression?

Not a protest - I am not a soldier and my works aren’t stones for throwing! They are personal experiences I want to share with people. A drawing on the street is similar to a letter: It proves that there is a writer. Whether people want to receive this letter or not is a different question…

You were the first to start graffiti in Tehran spraying in the APC neighbourhood. How did you start it all?

When I started there were no paintings. Nothing at all apart from some tiny scribbles and imitations of heavy metal band names.

A painting in the APC neighborhood right next to a mosque with remains of candles from a “Sham e Ghariban” ceremony (on the ground) - notice the heavy metal band names underneath.

My first work was a very simple work titled “searching for friends” painted on a wall right next to the Tehran-Karaj expressway late at night. It was a really frightening night for me… The next morning I got three calls from friends who recognized my style of painting. They were shocked to see my work on a public wall.

After one month Magoi, a good friend of mine joined in to do graffiti with me. At that time we created works titled “Good Morning Tehran”, “Social Prison”, “Social Sorrow” and the “One eye” series. All these paintings got scratched or removed by either officials, unofficials, or new comers of the 2nd generation graffiti scene.

A1one’s and Magoi’s “Social Prison”

the same piece scratched out later

How has the graffiti scene in Iran evolved since then? Who else joined in?

I invited some other artists I respected to do wall paintings. Some simply rejected, some were really shocked to be asked in the first place and some actually joined. Artist friends included Elle, K.T. and Isbah. Then another group formed in the Gisha neighborhood in Tehran and sent me some of their images in early 2005. I think today we have about 10 activists.

Do the different writers get along?

After two years some of my older works got buffed by the newer generation of street artists in Tehran. I guess that was simply to get more attention or to show their negative attitude towards me. Nowadays we are a pretty good community of crews and individuals.

neck-breaking skate ramp made of concrete in the ’skate pool’ in APC

A1one showing the skate pool made by Street Ratz

Are there any women involved in the scene?

Yes, about two or three. The first one was the Persian rapper Salome. I found shots of her works on a website, so now we are connected by email.

How does the police or the government react to graffiti?

In fact we have no laws yet, but they consider everything to be political and if a young person sprays a wall they probably think that this person is with the Americans and wants to make a revolution or is obsessed with the West or something…

for ‘peace’ in the streets of Tehran

Again nothing but peace when accessing the ‘Urban’ section of Kolahstudio - an underground Iranian art space featuring graffiti and street art amongst other underground art from Tehran

But then - apart from underground platforms such as Kolahstudio, there are even official magazines and journals publishing positive articles about ‘How the society should react to graffiti’, suggesting to use other countries’ experiences in treating graffiti as a respected young art form instead of treating writers like criminals. Some good stuff for reading around - even in Iran!

bird by Magoi, cage by A1one

Looking at this cage you drew around the bird - what would disturb people most? Would it be a political issue in terms of the message of the drawing? Or because you shouldn’t express yourself in general? Or because it might motivate others to do drawings on public walls? What would be the main “concern” and what would happen if you got caught?

Huh. I really don’t want to mess with my people or the police! What I am trying to say with this image is, that in one form or the other, we are all limited in a cage. I see that as more of a personal, inner subject rather than a political one. But if my ideas are not acceptable here, I have to suffer for not paying enough attention to my geographic location.

If I got caught? It would all depend on that particular person who got me and the law would then basically be created out of this moment, depending on this person’s attitude towards it all. Arbitrary decisions count.

“Mind Control” is written in Farsi on this image. It refers to the propaganda promoting a unity of islamic countries in universities and public spaces.

question mark stencil “Who should we vote for?”

Are there any particular themes you would not express in your graffiti?

I for myself don’t have any limits really, but when you live in a sittuation where doing something like graffiti could cost your life, then you should think about whether it is actually worth dying for?

Graffiti is not really taken seriously here - yet. Most Iranian people probably don’t pay great attention to walls and images, because they don’t consider a wall painting to be a media for free personal expression or to deliver any particular unique message anyway.

However, when you step into the graffiti scene in Iran you are definitely “on the other side of the red line” - even for most of your friends. So… is it worth risking so much for it?


Abu Ghraib prison - Mohammad Bin Ismaeel Jarayen

Mohammad Bin Ismaeel Jarayen - an invented name for a fictive person, meaning ‘it could be anyone’.

To what extend do graffiti writers in Teheran get together and talk about their message or problems?

Before 2006 we sometimes met in the APC neighborhood, but I don’t know if anyone actually gets together now… We usually chat about it online or discuss things in emails. I get emails every week with some ideas, friendly questions, images of new works but I haven’t actually met those people in real life. Maybe we’ll do it someday…

When looking at the Iranian works, it is clear to see that graffiti and street art are still very new to Iran - there is no graffiti history or rooted experience. Inspired by the huge collection of online street art archives such as Woostercollective or Artcrimes - style influences can easily be traced, the source of inspiration is often obvious. However, learning from established writers’ techniques, a new form of Iranian expression is created and a different setting shifts the original meaning.

‘BBC lies’ - part of the series ‘Big Media lie’.

‘Bomb Children’ pasted on a bus stop in Keshavarz Blv., Tehran

If you can’t talk of an ‘Iranian style” yet, what about graffiti in other Arabic countries? Is there something like an unique Arabic graffiti style?

I try to write in Farsi, so I prefer to use Iranian typography and I have some connections to other friends in the Middle East. Arofish is my favorite artist. He works in Lebanon, Iraq and Palestine, but has his base in London now.

On the left it shows one of A1one’s Persian style graffitis meaning “PEACE” in Farsi (pronounced “Solh”), on the right it shows “A1one” in Farsi (pronounced “Tanha”).

If people write in Farsi, I can respect that a lot or if they have some socially related themes. Something like ‘New York style graffiti’ or ‘tagging’ are really not important here and I believe that English only leads to being misunderstood from the start. But that is just my personal opinion.

After about two years one of A1one’s first styles got attacked by the crew called ‘Streets Rats’. They wrote “WAR” on top of his “PEACE”.

It is common to have rivalry between graffiti crews, tagging or writing over previous pieces etc. What is the situation like in Iran?

I think in the beginning when it literally just started, there was some rivalry and people have been influenced by the image of “gangs” and “crews” and were after this idea of “street power”, but this infant graffiti scene is actually more in need of unity and friendship rather than showing teeth and nails.

It is all about peace and creating an art experience, rather than the desire to get huge. It would be ridiculous to hold onto this illusion of “street power” in Tehran, which is really controlled by the government and not some teenagers on skateboards.

You should protect and strengthen your internal power to act. I have never crossed out other people’s works - and until now my heart wouldn’t let me do it.

unfinished stencil as a tribute to Blek Le Rat

To what extend does graffiti overlap with the local music scene? Arabic trip hop maybe?

I really think that I cannot answer that for all of us, because it seems that everyone has their own taste when it comes to music. I like Iranian underground music and independent stuff. In case you are interested generally - although not all of these would be my first choice - there is a large collection of independent Iranian music.

It doesn’t seem that there is a real connection between Persian trip hop and graffiti… I know Mute Agency, which is the only really known Iranian trip hop band and they didn’t even know what graffiti was. I really like their music though! They have some good approaches using world instruments in a Persian tune.

What about events in Teheran? What are the difficulties? What are the rules?

No rules. If you say something or do something that is not ‘accepted’, everyone will try to shut you up and you better hide for a week in silence if you don’t want to be hunted. If you want to get some formal respect and fame you can always go to bigger galleries. But there you have no right to ’shock the community’ and you have to play it safe and quiet.

Spiders invading the “Cultural Side Walk”, a street in Tehran presenting permitted art.

A1one ‘Alone’ killing himself

Where do you have events and what do you do there?

We drink orange juice or milk, because it is good for our health! (just kidding!)

I am not a party guy, being too depressed and alone. I have Magoi as a friend visiting each month and some other friends I meet in public spaces talking about the memories we shared. But nowadays I am only planning to get out of this hell…

What would you say is contemporary Iranian art about right now?

Theatre is very active in Iran from young artists to old masters. Painting, sculpture, new media, video art,… for some reason tattoo art and many others! We haven’t had a big national painting exhibition for five years, but they have just held the 4th International Painting Biennale of the Islamic world!

But museums and bigger galleries are all in official hands… Officially accepted artists publish, exhibit and expose freely and become very famous. But what is left are all the other artists with silent cries doing their art independently in secret and in fear.

“Every crack can cry.”

Thank you so much for all your answers, A1one - although it was so difficult to communicate! Anything else you’d like to say?

Well, the Irangraffiti website just disappeared… Now our government is focussing on internet and blogging and so they made up some new laws (and punishments) about what is legal and what is illegal… They already limited the internet content in Iran and decided what we can or cannot access. Now they want to filter all web content from Iran. Irangraffiti decided to better move all their content to a different site with the help of some Canadian friends. And I show my stuff on blogspot… I think from now on I will stick to blogging from internet cafes!

If you want to check out some more of the things happening in Iran you can watch some movies on YouTube and also get a good overview about Iranian graffiti in this PDF, or at least some samples of what we do. Thank you.

Peace to Iran!

177 Comments

  1. I´m stoked! Big up to Ping, Peace and the Iran Grafitti Movement! Never give up, never surrender!

    Posted by: bruno"suppe"winter on January 20th, 2007 at 12:19 am

  2. Great focus article. Never really imagined what Iranian graffiti was like, this was good to see.

    Posted by: Ken on January 20th, 2007 at 3:14 am

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  4. Congrats for catchimng them all in the streets.what else could it bring for us?peace? any Solh?

    Posted by: Raha on January 20th, 2007 at 12:30 pm

  5. gogogo … cool article

    Posted by: chiatem on January 20th, 2007 at 7:59 pm

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  7. Big up A1one, you are never alone!!!
    Love and Respect!

    Posted by: traum 24 on January 20th, 2007 at 8:39 pm

  8. Tnx ,traum24 ,thanks friends

    Posted by: A1one on January 20th, 2007 at 10:15 pm

  9. I you all love!o

    Posted by: Jennifer on January 20th, 2007 at 10:17 pm

  10. it makes me wonder why there are only such few comments on this article… are there no opinions on something like this??? articles about japanese footwear, belly warmers and other things nice to buy and use burst of feedback … but - well - thats all trivial compared to THIS, isn’t it?

    people daring to express in an environment like this, an art form opposing an absolute regime, or simply breaking patterns of strict social pressure… i wonder if people realize the impact and depth of the actions taken here!?

    it is not important if the artwork flies or not, it is not about a slick hot style! and it’s not a poor teenager in “little rock” spraying ‘life is shit’either… this is a complete different scale.

    i wonder how hard it was to make that article?? how much risk is taken by the artists to publish this?

    that is also why i appreciate ping: for finding those things and digging deep.

    yeah, love and respect!

    Posted by: ill p.e. on January 22nd, 2007 at 11:10 pm

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  12. I am with ill p.e. . I think the scales are really different and it;s what foriegn people can not understand. as being an activist in IRAN is something truely diffrent. being envolved in
    free speechhas another meaning here. having an ideaology Here has aother meaning…

    Posted by: Kolahstudio on January 23rd, 2007 at 11:53 am

  13. Amazing! I was born in Tehran but raised in New York City, and have only been back to Iran once. But this article excites me; it made me realize that there’s a whole new scene opening up in Iran. I think this is going to be huge.

    Congrats A1one, this was a fascinating article!

    Posted by: Atousa on January 23rd, 2007 at 5:03 pm

  14. great to see u guys r still fighting. Iran: a place where street art is still an ‘art of rebellion’!

    peace- heavy industries

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  20. I always asked myself how is the urban art scene in the arabic countries…great interview!

    A1one…big ups to you man, all love from portugal!!

    Posted by: RAFI on January 27th, 2007 at 12:16 am

  21. BIG RESPECT!
    I’M FROM HUNGARY…

    Posted by: DJ_TOMKA on January 27th, 2007 at 4:34 am

  22. Hey Alone.

    I have so much respect for you doing graffiti in Iran. I live in England, but I moved to Tehran when I was 8 for a year. Although I was very young I can still visualise the landscapes, city culture and environments. Its really good to know that there is a whole scene happenning there with an indervidual style. I must come there with my dad who is persain and paint some walls. Peace out Alone.

    Posted by: leon nikson on January 27th, 2007 at 11:19 pm

  23. Best wishes for iranian graffer , “a1one” .

    Posted by: Negative on January 28th, 2007 at 4:42 am

  24. thnaks friends . all cool and kind.

    Posted by: A1one on January 28th, 2007 at 1:52 pm

  25. Respect!
    truly inspirational! Way to spread a message of peace.

    PS: props on the blek tribute.

    Posted by: mnml on January 28th, 2007 at 6:30 pm

  26. What’s up A1 !!! I’m writing “inspire” among other things here in Jerusalem. I loved this article and would love to send much love and respect to you and your fellow artists that make things like this happen! Much love and Respect to all writers!!!

    Posted by: Idiot the Wise on January 29th, 2007 at 7:20 pm

  27. hi A1one !
    i want to make a documentary film about iranan graffiti…..
    please contact…….
    saeed_memento@yahoo.com

    Posted by: saeed hadadi on January 31st, 2007 at 1:59 am

  28. a1one you may be called an “Iranian Banksy”. You are very good at stencils which are very strong and narrative. Keep working on it. Always be yourself.

    Peace with you.

    Posted by: glugluglu on January 31st, 2007 at 5:15 am

  29. Very interesting site, read it all :)

    Posted by: Anne on January 31st, 2007 at 5:11 pm

  30. What comes out of cans isn’t paint - it’s freedom. Respect from HBG Sweden!

    Posted by: Krimin on February 1st, 2007 at 4:43 pm

  31. Love and respect from NBA crew in sweden!

    Posted by: skäms on February 1st, 2007 at 7:08 pm

  32. Respect for life, bro. If I see one of your paintings in Teheran, you’ll be putting a big smile on my face. Solh.

    Posted by: m0nster on February 2nd, 2007 at 4:11 am

  33. YO I have to give it up to you proper respect is due. You are a true leader and ton’t stop what you’re doing. Continue being true to yourself and stop at nothing! The world has eyes to see what you create! DEFINE SELF FOR SELF!

    Posted by: That Kid with a Can on February 2nd, 2007 at 9:07 am

  34. Yo A1one, peace out to you. Keep up the good work, and please, don’t get caught man. It is very inspiring. I come from Malaysia, and although our laws are not as strict as yours, the urban art scene here is limited, with a number of graffiti skaters inking their names on walls. It’s rather lame, and this has inspired me to do something about it. Keep on churning, my friend.

    Posted by: alanbernard on February 2nd, 2007 at 7:40 pm

  35. Nice to see.

    “I always asked myself how is the urban art scene in the arabic countries…great interview!”

    Sorry but Iran is not arabic. :)

    Posted by: KM on February 2nd, 2007 at 8:05 pm

  36. Ping, Peace and the Iran Grafitti Movement! Never give up, never surrender!

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    Posted by: adam on February 2nd, 2007 at 8:40 pm

  37. inspired. true commitment and nice work. keep it up.

    Posted by: jag on February 4th, 2007 at 12:20 am

  38. keep up the good work

    Posted by: Anonymous on February 4th, 2007 at 6:25 am

  39. peace from bulgaria!

    Posted by: Anonymous on February 5th, 2007 at 6:43 am

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  42. peace from hong kong!

    Posted by: kairi on February 8th, 2007 at 2:08 pm

  43. GREETINGS grom bulgaria! very interessting styles i see here :) good luck in future!

    Posted by: SPIT on February 10th, 2007 at 2:51 am

  44. Much respect from Belfast, Ireland. Love your ideas. You must have balls of steel to work in such a difficult environment.Our country has used wall-art for a generation to promote cultural and political viewpoints but these tend to represent the extremes of Republicanism and Unionism. No-one has got round to using graffitti to challenge the status quo.Please keep me up to date with any new work by emailing me through my website.
    Good luck.
    Flo

    Posted by: Flo on February 13th, 2007 at 8:49 pm

  45. The interviewer seems to think that Iranians speak Arabic. Persian (Farsi) is a different language from Arabic (the scripts are very similar).

    Furthermore, only around 2 per cent of the population in Iran are ethnic Arabs.

    It’s like mixing up German and English and then talking about German Graffiti art and German music scene in London!

    Posted by: SM on February 14th, 2007 at 6:28 am

  46. Keep it up A1one. Your art is beautiful. Peace to Iran and to the world.

    Posted by: An Iranian on February 14th, 2007 at 8:09 pm

  47. Anyone who’s been to Iran knows that this is not a “brand new” phenomenon. Unfortunately, it is one of the only ways for the youth to express themselves politically and anonimously under this regime. This of course makes A1one and all the other talented artists in Iran, involved in a multitude of meduims, that much more special and respectable. Art is a integral part in Iranian culture and there exists a vast art scene in Iran that would astonish many who are unaware. A1one is a part of a fun-loving, life-loving, yet freedom-deprived population whom I admire for their strength and patience. What a great outlet for dealing with oppression. Bravo A1one, Bravo.

    Posted by: sanaz khalaj on February 15th, 2007 at 2:15 am

  48. Beautiful story.

    All of you are so brave, to do what you are doing.

    Keep up the good work, and stay safe!

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  51. With Bush’s eyes on Iran, for me this interview is very compeling. I have to ask though, why paint where it will not last? Some of these artists are incredible, including A1one. Statements can be made in other forums very easily with the talent I see here. Is it the rush, the high of maybe being caught? No matter how wonderful the art is, it’s costs people money and really does little for any cause. Check out this guy, he makes his points without hiding in the dark rather succsesfully.

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  53. i think youre art is very beautiful, youre talented and very gifted, thanks for adding to the beauty of the world

    /wilhelm

    Posted by: wilhelm on March 14th, 2007 at 10:59 pm

  54. i really enjoyed reading this article with the point of view someone who’s grown up and lived with what’s happening in Iran. I guess for most of us, we take it for granted the freedom we have. A1one, you’re definitely inspirational and brave for the way you express how you feel. I especially love your comment about how art should bring people together rather than lead to divisions.. what you’re doing is for a bigger cause and just to create a voice. :) good on you.. and i hope that Iran one day can endure overall peace and freedom, in the meantime, keep doing what you’re doing.. with respect from Aus.

    Posted by: min on April 8th, 2007 at 2:57 am

  55. simply amazing stuff- keep painting and stay safe.

    peace from California…

    Posted by: nay on April 9th, 2007 at 1:49 pm

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  57. Totally awesome story, keep making the landscape beautiful.

    Posted by: Jaffa on April 19th, 2007 at 5:26 am

  58. whatup a1one, big up yourself!

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  60. Hi, I live in a small city of Iran and I always thought ,why we dont have any graffiti movement in Iran. now I see its becaus of media controlled thats why I dont know much about our independent artists! the next time I travel to tehran I’ll be looking for your works.
    I think we all feel alone, dont we?

    Posted by: tnt.a on May 13th, 2007 at 4:43 am

  61. its a great inspiration to see art with real relevance, peace!

    Posted by: Dean on May 30th, 2007 at 9:50 am

  62. I think this is a cheap copy of banksy’s work in london…

    Posted by: Anonymous on May 31st, 2007 at 3:45 am

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  64. Grafitti in iran, thats really cool !

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  65. Posted by: Sreeni K.R on June 19th, 2007 at 2:35 pm

  66. This is an article about an Indian mural artist

    Posted by: Sreeni K.R on June 19th, 2007 at 2:38 pm

  67. ممنون از این نعرفی خوب و کاملی که شده . نمی دونم این مقاله رو ایرانی نوشته یا ژاپنی ولی به نظر می رسه با ظرافت خواصی کار شده

    Posted by: Iman Najafi on June 27th, 2007 at 8:49 am

  68. thanks a lot for your Great Introduction to Iranian Graffiti . I was searching the web for Iranian Street art and i found This mag.Great Pingmag

    Posted by: iman Najafi on June 27th, 2007 at 8:51 am

  69. Graf is the power to speak

    Posted by: RatSo-SEX on July 3rd, 2007 at 10:19 am

  70. Thanks a lot

    Posted by: bebek resimleri on July 5th, 2007 at 1:02 am

  71. thanks a lot for your Great Introduction to Iranian Graffiti

    Posted by: bebek resimleri on July 5th, 2007 at 1:07 am

  72. yes i agree This is an article about an Indian mural artist

    Posted by: resimler on July 5th, 2007 at 1:08 am

  73. hey friends gals and guys ifyou traveled to IRAN just experience those trash quality spray cans. A1one is a big artist .working with Sprays produced in IRAN is not easy for graffiti .i promise even the biggest Writers in the world can loose rtheir fame with iranian spray qualities.

    Posted by: Saman on July 13th, 2007 at 2:34 pm

  74. peace yes peace is important

    Posted by: Saman on July 13th, 2007 at 2:40 pm

  75. Everywhere You Go I waz There BUT one Step Behind, Po0l piX waZ ko0L’
    Movaffagh bashi Mr,R

    Posted by: Soheil on July 13th, 2007 at 9:38 pm

  76. really good stuff! made in very many different techniques and commenting on SO many different things!
    the vision of an Artist!
    keep it up!

    Posted by: schascha on July 14th, 2007 at 2:04 am

  77. A1one is one of the shocking items in Tehran . i see his work near my home every day in life

    Posted by: emad torabi on July 14th, 2007 at 1:45 pm

  78. peace from turkey

    Posted by: resimler on July 27th, 2007 at 4:05 am

  79. Peace from Sweden
    Keep it up A1one!

    Posted by: Free_mary_jane on July 30th, 2007 at 8:09 am

  80. a big thanks to A1ONE from me

    Posted by: kc the king on August 5th, 2007 at 2:33 am

  81. ممنون از این نعرفی خوب و کاملی که شده . نمی دونم این مقاله رو ایرانی نوشته یا ژاپنی ولی به نظر می رسه با ظرافت خواصی کار شده

    Posted by: erkan on August 16th, 2007 at 4:51 am

  82. [...] you are still curious about graffiti in Iran you can read a great interview with a1one in Ping Mag here Share [...]

    Posted by: Bombit The Movie Blog » PEACE: Iranian Graffiti on August 17th, 2007 at 12:59 am

  83. A1one is one of the shocking items in Tehran . i see his work near my home every day in life

    Posted by: aydın kız öğrenci yurdu on August 21st, 2007 at 4:06 pm

  84. thanks

    Posted by: oyunlar on August 21st, 2007 at 4:06 pm

  85. [...] this street art culture has been widespread, running through many countries. Recently I read an article on the first generation street art in Iran. I had always felt why I did’nt see any in India. [...]

    Posted by: Kicks and Kisses » Blog Archive » Walls on fire on August 28th, 2007 at 6:40 pm

  86. A1one is one of the shocking items in Tehran . i see his work near my home every day in life

    Posted by: sohbet on September 7th, 2007 at 8:44 pm

  87. Heyi Noticed some of this guy’s staff in Tehran they are bold and aggressive works as i feel

    Posted by: Ali Nazaer Din on September 22nd, 2007 at 3:01 pm

  88. and good to know where i can find more his works? one URl i n article is going somewhere else

    Posted by: Ali Nazaer Din on September 22nd, 2007 at 3:03 pm

  89. and good to know where i can find more his works? one URl i n article is going somewhere else

    Posted by: Ali Nazaer Din on September 22nd, 2007 at 3:06 pm

  90. very nice…

    Posted by: lazer epilasyon ankara on September 26th, 2007 at 7:40 am

  91. creative.

    Posted by: bilgisayar kursu ankara on September 26th, 2007 at 7:42 am

  92. superrrr

    Posted by: web tasarım on September 26th, 2007 at 7:43 am

  93. A little relevant! Some reference to Graffiti by Iranians, with a little twist!

    http://punez.nafice.com/1386/05/09/graffiti-research-lab-dont-trust-bush/

    Posted by: Milad on October 20th, 2007 at 4:43 am

  94. also see a1one vinyls there at http://www.kolahstudio.com/a1one/vinyls using typography

    Posted by: clan vu on October 21st, 2007 at 3:29 pm

  95. and stilll this flickr album of him

    Posted by: clan vu2 on October 30th, 2007 at 2:39 am

  96. thanks

    Posted by: İnşaat on November 19th, 2007 at 2:11 pm

  97. very thanks

    Posted by: Tuğla on November 19th, 2007 at 2:37 pm

  98. Thanks

    Posted by: Kiremit on November 19th, 2007 at 2:37 pm

  99. very nice really

    Posted by: Oto Yıkama on November 19th, 2007 at 2:38 pm

  100. thanks

    Posted by: ilçeler on November 19th, 2007 at 8:38 pm

  101. very thanks

    Posted by: sağlık on November 19th, 2007 at 8:44 pm

  102. thanks

    Posted by: İnşaat firmaları on November 19th, 2007 at 8:46 pm

  103. okey very nice

    Posted by: nakliyat on November 19th, 2007 at 8:46 pm

  104. thanks

    Posted by: tc kimlik on November 22nd, 2007 at 7:42 am

  105. thanks

    Posted by: inşaat şirketleri on November 22nd, 2007 at 7:42 am

  106. very good

    Posted by: kiremit on November 22nd, 2007 at 4:17 pm

  107. çok güzel resimler

    Posted by: alternatif on November 22nd, 2007 at 4:19 pm

  108. çok güzel site mükemmel

    Posted by: mp3 indir on November 22nd, 2007 at 4:20 pm

  109. very nice

    Posted by: adult forum on November 22nd, 2007 at 4:21 pm

  110. A big thanks to A1ONE from me!!

    Posted by: oteller on November 23rd, 2007 at 5:34 pm

  111. [...] interviewed A1one, the one who started graffiti in Tehran.You can see several photos of graffitis in Tehran. [...]

    Posted by: Global Voices Online » Iran:Graffiti in Iran on November 26th, 2007 at 7:15 am

  112. here’s another great webisode video on iran graffiti (click links below image)
    http://jadidonline.com/story/02102007/graffiti_iran

    Posted by: jadidonline on December 1st, 2007 at 1:55 pm

  113. great :)… also checkout this arabic graffiti site : http://www.boksmati.blogspot.com

    Posted by: Omar on December 3rd, 2007 at 8:57 pm

  114. great :)… also checkout this arabic graffiti site :

    Posted by: adult tv on December 13th, 2007 at 10:02 pm

  115. very nice

    Posted by: hikaye on December 14th, 2007 at 5:08 pm

  116. good article thanks

    Posted by: 89 on December 17th, 2007 at 12:46 am

  117. good good:)

    Posted by: redtube on December 17th, 2007 at 12:47 am

  118. Well, I think that some uppity art or other will save you is just a lost cause, as it usually is. As Agitprop it may be interesting and modestly effective. The reality is quite different.
    What Iranian rulers understand is that, as Lenin put it, “power comes out of the barrel of a gun”. Your Islamist dictators understand that they must frighten any Western countries, so that Westerners may cower in their dens, and leave the really effective Western leaders without natural allies.
    Probably doesn’t work. Just my opinion you should know, but much of Iran will probably be destroyed in the next few years. Nuclear threats (gushing out of Iran for years) need be responded to by nuclear means. I’m sure you understand that.
    The Iranian President is a cracked pot, the Councils of your Government are religious crazies. If you change that, we can talk. If you can’t, which is what I think likey, then Iran will in some part dissapear, and many of its peoples, no matter how ‘innocent’ they are arguedto be. I know about Western imperatives and the course of history. You may very well be doomed, oh, like Rome, Athens, the Caliphate, the Assassins.
    In any case, we’re going to see, aren’t we!? G

    Posted by: Gerry on December 17th, 2007 at 1:13 pm

  119. yeeeaaaaaay’
    this time even street RATZ won’t attack ya’re stuff alone, and you son’t be alone anymore.
    peace.

    Posted by: Street Rat on December 20th, 2007 at 11:05 am

  120. ur da best. keep up the good work my friend.

    Posted by: sohrab on December 20th, 2007 at 10:59 pm

  121. thanks

    Posted by: konteyner on December 22nd, 2007 at 4:14 am

  122. thanks,cart curt

    Posted by: Youtube Videoo on December 26th, 2007 at 9:20 pm

  123. thanx

    Posted by: Hikaye on January 9th, 2008 at 11:11 pm

  124. very thanks

    Posted by: adblue on January 12th, 2008 at 2:16 pm

  125. Great comment guidelines. I think you’re on the right track here. Some of those comments should go somewhere else.

    Posted by: Sevdaligeceler Adult Forum on January 15th, 2008 at 6:52 am

  126. im just proud of this guy.
    eventhough i never got the chance to see him, i hav always been followin his works (despite the fact i live out of iran)
    and i must this guy is the true definition of an artist.

    Posted by: nima aka rocketfinger on January 15th, 2008 at 3:01 pm

  127. kiremit tozu kiremit very good

    Posted by: kiremit irmiği on January 17th, 2008 at 4:56 pm

  128. Great job! Alone, keep it up!
    Khoda negahtaretoon and Viva Iran!

    Posted by: Kevork on January 18th, 2008 at 5:10 pm

  129. [...] zu A1Ones Flickr-Set | Link zu A1Ones Blog | Link zum Pingmag-Interview [...]

    Posted by: A1One Iran Graffiti - Nerdcore on February 13th, 2008 at 8:29 pm

  130. this time even street RATZ won’t attack ya’re stuff alone, and you son’t be alone anymore.
    peace.

    Posted by: din on February 17th, 2008 at 5:44 pm

  131. thanks for post good and great job :)

    Posted by: cillop on February 21st, 2008 at 3:58 pm

  132. thank you

    Posted by: kelebek on February 21st, 2008 at 6:41 pm

  133. thes best of mirc

    Posted by: mirc on February 21st, 2008 at 6:42 pm

  134. thank you

    Posted by: sohbet on February 21st, 2008 at 6:42 pm

  135. pylasim city

    Posted by: forum on February 21st, 2008 at 6:45 pm

  136. thankyou

    Posted by: paylas on February 21st, 2008 at 6:46 pm

  137. thanks god job mike :)

    Posted by: alaturqa on February 22nd, 2008 at 5:45 pm

  138. peace

    Posted by: bb rabbit on February 23rd, 2008 at 4:43 am

  139. thankss

    Posted by: resimler on March 3rd, 2008 at 6:41 am

  140. [...] Alone One es originario de Tehran, con todos los problemas que encara la sociedad Irani, Alone ha dado un paso gigantesco al ser un pionero de el graffiti en esa parte del mundo, utilizando stencils y graffitti tradicional, el magazine Japones Ping Mag se dio a la tarea de entrevistarlo y el resultado es una plática en la que habla acerca de que lo llevo a esto, en la que menciona a David Alfaro Siqueiros y a Diego Rivera como parte de las razones que lo llevaron a pintar en los muros, trip hop persa y arte conteporaneo iraní via the city loves you, para llegar a esta entrevista solo den click aqui.. [...]

    Posted by: The City Loves You » Ping mag entrevista a Alone 1.. on March 3rd, 2008 at 4:45 pm

  141. very nice!!!

    Posted by: zombie 138 on March 4th, 2008 at 5:46 am

  142. thank you

    Posted by: mp3 msn video on March 7th, 2008 at 4:03 pm

  143. [...] - مجموعه‌ای از گرافیتی های واقعی بسیار زیبا - مجموعه‌ای از گرافیتی های کامپیوتری بسیار زیبا - گرافیتی چیست؟ (ویکی پدیا انگلیسی) - چند گرافیتی ایرانی [...]

    Posted by: با فتوشاپ گرافیتی بزنید | Zangoole on March 18th, 2008 at 7:42 am

  144. This is stunning…. I love the spiders…. Keep strong… your country and ethos will be there for ever past and still in the future… respect and love

    Posted by: ANNA ANTONIADES on March 25th, 2008 at 7:20 pm

  145. This is stunning…. I love the spiders…. Keep strong… your country and ethos will be there for ever past and still in the future… respect and love

    Posted by: ANNA ANTONIADES on March 25th, 2008 at 7:20 pm

  146. pingmag housing estate more beautiful than the truth and useful

    Posted by: epilasyon on April 9th, 2008 at 8:34 am

  147. Thanks…

    Posted by: princ on April 9th, 2008 at 8:37 am

  148. have been waiting for a tool like this for a long time, thank you for a very nice post.

    Posted by: monalisa on April 9th, 2008 at 8:39 am

  149. This article may help me! Thank you for posting!

    Posted by: filtre on April 9th, 2008 at 8:41 am

  150. I use this feature and it is very useful

    Posted by: donaldson on April 9th, 2008 at 8:43 am

  151. Thanks for the heads up pingmag

    Posted by: compresor on April 9th, 2008 at 8:56 am

  152. thanks pingmag….

    Posted by: sutcuoglu on April 9th, 2008 at 9:01 am

  153. Good day competent thanking I do

    Posted by: istanbul on April 9th, 2008 at 9:03 am

  154. thank you veryy veryy nıce

    Posted by: yapi on April 9th, 2008 at 9:05 am

  155. thanks very good

    Posted by: lazer kesim on April 18th, 2008 at 5:49 am

  156. thanks

    Posted by: kereste on April 18th, 2008 at 5:53 am

  157. WELL DONE I LOVE UR WORK ITS AMAZING.
    I did something similar myself.
    do you hav ur own website?

    Posted by: melina on April 18th, 2008 at 4:42 pm

  158. [...] My first work was a very simple… painted on a wall right next to the Tehran-Karaj expressway late at night. It was a really frightening night for me… The next morning I got three calls from friends who recognized my style of painting. They were shocked to see my work on a public wall.” (Read more here) [...]

    Posted by: » Blog Archive » A1one in Iran on April 25th, 2008 at 12:41 am

  159. Posted by: Maxomat on May 11th, 2008 at 11:51 pm

  160. thanks

    Posted by: bakır boru on May 17th, 2008 at 9:15 am

  161. I can respect what they are doing but as far as styles they need to work on structures, fillins, handstyles, the gambit. they are isolated and dont have direct influence, yet after painting for this many years i dont really see a style in any of their letters. As a persian writer myself, i take pride in what im doing and have included my heritage in my work. I hope one day that Tehran’s heavens will be bombed with burners rather then bombs! SOS IRAN

    Posted by: ZURK-SEEZ on May 21st, 2008 at 12:23 am

  162. thanks

    Posted by: lazer epilasyon on May 22nd, 2008 at 7:20 am

  163. Thanks…

    Posted by: Kampanyalar on May 25th, 2008 at 8:36 am

  164. [...] Pingmag article on A1one Tags: a1one, Art, graffiti del.icio.us | Digg it | Furl | [...]

    Posted by: Nokteez » Blog Archive » A1one on June 1st, 2008 at 8:21 am

  165. [...] article in PingMag on street art in [...]

    Posted by: Know Your “Enemy” - Underground Art in Iran on June 1st, 2008 at 9:01 am

  166. thank you !!

    Posted by: Havalandirma on June 5th, 2008 at 7:50 am

  167. در عجبم از این هنر
    گاهی اوقات به ما سری بزن

    Posted by: Mavara on June 10th, 2008 at 3:29 pm

  168. thank!

    Posted by: Havalandırma on June 26th, 2008 at 7:56 pm

  169. thank!

    Posted by: Tala on June 28th, 2008 at 12:52 am

  170. thank!thank!

    Posted by: Yılan yağı on June 28th, 2008 at 12:53 am

  171. thank!

    Posted by: Havuz on June 28th, 2008 at 6:18 pm

  172. thank!thank!

    Posted by: ankara Oto on June 30th, 2008 at 2:50 am

  173. thank you!

    Posted by: Firma rehberi on July 2nd, 2008 at 2:54 am

  174. thanks

    Posted by: aydın kız yurdu on July 5th, 2008 at 9:03 am

  175. check new works from this artist.
    These works here are so old

    Posted by: Tehran Source on July 7th, 2008 at 11:54 am

  176. Aweseome dude. Thanks.

    Posted by: Best Web Designs on July 9th, 2008 at 11:05 am

  177. Thanks man.

    Posted by: TV Yayın Akışı on July 9th, 2008 at 11:05 am

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