Featured Artist: yazan halwani

Featured Artist: yazan halwani

October 15, 2013
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Featured Artist: yazan halwani

“I know I’m not changing the world, but I hope I’m changing the city a little. Making it my own. Our own, not just mine. Reclaiming it.”

The city in question is Beirut, Yazan Halwani’s hometown, where he was born and raised.

It all started when he was just a boy, listening to French rap. He started tagging his name around Beirut in the mainstream graffiti style of large letters and funky colors. Soon enough he realized the name tagging didn’t represent his ideas or beliefs.
At the age of 16, he picked up an Arab calligraphy book from his uncle, and dove into Oriental geometry and architecture, finding his inspiration in Arab artistry and ultimately, finding his identity as a graffiti artist. He developed a unique style by combining Arabic calligraphy and arabesques with urban western graffiti styles.

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Sami Wakim

Sami is the founder and editor of Street Art United States, an online community that supports street artists. Sami has organized several legal street art murals in the Boston area and has hosted local and international artists who have contributed to the flourishing street art community in the city.

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