I stumbled across a couple of novel marriages of grafitti and technology over at WebUrbanist. They’ve collected together what happens when geek meets street, and artists use new methods to enable them to worker harder/better/faster/stronger.

Graffiti and Hip Hop are quite strongly connected (it is one of Hip Hop’s 4 elements) and disruptive innovation in areas where the roots of the profession are so fiercely upheld can lead to revolt and a reluctance to accept a revolution in approach. I posed such a quandry to Manchester-based graphic maestro Guy McKinley to get his take on this ‘brave new world’ …

I love the idea of the PixelRoller, its would make my job so much easier and also provide some much needed simplicity in recreating images on a larger format. As technology advances, I can see more and more people hooking up their Macs and experimenting. On a personal level, I would love to have a play with it. Its kind of like a screen print on a wall. My painting method is much like that of the Japanese super flat method, and with that a tool like this would be amazing. When you don’t have to think about the accurate recreation of an the main body of an image, your confidence to experiment and adapt can come to the fore. I think most kids wouldn’t risk the breakage of their laptop on the streets, but you never know – it may catch on as the tech gets smaller. Maybe you could hook it up to a PDA.”