Thursday, 30 September 2010

Canyon Graffiti

During the Graffiti Roadshow, we had cool events with graffiti competitions and talented artists.

Here are some of our favorite masterpieces:


Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Profile: Kiwie, graffiti artist

Artist name: KIWIE

Age: 22
City: Riga
Country: Latvia

What is your definition of graffiti?
Its to do things differently. Graffiti is a broad word, and most people (who dont do graffiti) dont understand what it is. Most people think that everything that is on a wall is graffiti, even things like: I love Andre.

If you want to know what graffiti in few words is, here is my definition: Its passion of life, to live different, its an adventure. To me, the process is more important than the final look. Its like doing geo-catch (treasure hunting). As we know, in whatever kind of work/hobby/stuff your doing, theres this junk stuff. Well if you start do something; you need to understand that a lot of practice is needed to do good stuff. Nobody did an excellent artwork in first day.

What got you into graffiti?
It was natural. I had no internet in that time, and I grow up in small village. Basically I lived like in a cave. I was doing drawings since I was a kid, I didnt understand what I was drawing or why I was doing this. But I wanted it so bad, there was this feeling. It felt like the right thing to do. Then, with the internet showing up in my house, I discovered graffiti styles, and started to put this art in my drawings.

How was your first graffiti experience?
I found a white spray-paint can in my fathers garage, I remember that pretty well.

Whats your dream achievement, if anything was possible?
To create my own fashion label like no other. To create a style thats unique.

What do you like about graffiti and making them?
The feeling of freedom and open mind. You basically can draw anything you want, nobody tells you where and what to do, or whats wrong and whats right. Youre the boss. It is the feeling of power to change the rules.

Tell us more about the graffiti scene.
...its complicated

Which style do you prefer?
On walls I try to mix 3d and 2d. But now I discovered old school comic styles and pine-up girls. I try to study these styles, and to put it in my artworks. I also love vector works and other digital stuff. Im learning all the time, to be better.

Where do you find inspiration?
Im searching it everywhere: at home, on the streets, in bus stations... You need to open your eyes, to see things youve never seen before. You need to search places you never been before.

Favorite graffiti artist(s)/tagger(s)/Etc?
OBEY, CAN2, Optimist, SAKI, Miss Van... people who did a lot of work to create their own iconic style.

Have you ever been caught and locked up?
No. If youre clever and use your brains, nothing bad will happen. Just dont over-rate yourself.

What is the biggest risk youve taken for a graffiti?
Rooftops, its definitely rooftops. Its dangerous to make graffiti on them. Its hard to get away from them, if youre spotted by police or some random people. In these situations you need to think fast. Once we faced a situation almost like in movies: We had to jump from roof to roof to get out without being caught

Will you always make graffiti?
Everything whats around me is somehow connected with street art/graffiti scene. Im living with that. Its hard to understand if youre not in it. It will be my passion till I die for sure.

Best thing about being a graffiti artist?
You never know what will happen tomorrow. Love that!

How to Noseslide

One model of headphones in Canyons graffiti lineup is called Noseslide, which is a popular skateboard move. Check out below how to master the trick!

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Giving Back

Not only will Canyons limited edition be unique in the market because of the cool design of the products, but it will also contribute to educational program and integration projects for street children in developing countries.

Canyon will donate 5% of profits made from sales of this Limited Edition to child aid projects, with the hope to give children a chance in society and to make a lasting, long term difference on a community. For this exciting project, Net4Kids Aid Foundation, a Dutch non-profit organization, will help Canyon with its mission to help getting children off the streets and provide them with opportunities for a better future.

Click here to read more about Net4Kids.

Getting Up

This is a great documentary about graffiti that we found on YouTube. It is made by Mark Ecko. 
Below is part 1/3. It is very interesting, and you'll get to learn a lot about the world of graffiti. Enjoy!

Friday, 24 September 2010

Event in Greece

Last week, there was an event in Greece to present the Graffiti Limited Edition. Vivienne from the corporate team joined Christos Kittis, Business Development Manager, to introduce this unique lineup to customers and prospects. Here are some pictures:

And here is the movie of our last Roadshow event!

Pics from France!

Here is an impression of our event in France :-)

Thursday, 23 September 2010

Graffiti Roadshow: The End

So here it is... the end of the Roadshow. We are now on our way back to the Netherlands. ETA: 17h25

Over 8500km were added to the Canyon car within 2 weeks. What a ride! So many nice adventures, souvenirs, encounters... This was a memorable moment in Canyon's history.

Many thanks to everybody involved in making this roadshow a reality (and so much fun too!).


Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Last destination of the graffiti roadshow: France

And here we are!
We've arrived on Monday in St-Brieuc, France. This is a lovely, typical village in 'Bretagne', and it is a sea food paradise!!

Yesterday was the first evening to officially launch the graffiti products into the French market. It was a more conservative event (compared to what we've had in the past weeks), so no graffiti competition or hip hop dancers. However, some of the most important customers were present, and we totally felt VIP. Treated with champagne, coquille, lobster, oysters... We've also had the event in a castle, 'Chateau des Marais'. Totally awesome! When graffiti meets French elegance! ;-)

Tomorrow we will drive back to the Netherlands. This will mark the end of the roadshow, but certainly not the end of graffiti! Actually, all goods were SOLD OUT within a few days of introducing the Limited Edition! It is such a great feeling to provide unique products to the market, to make a statement, and to challenge the standards. I think we've made our point that Canyon is not your typical IT company :-)

Photos of the event in France to come soon!

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Presenting Graffiti to 25 students of the Delft University of Technology

Consumer Research

Today we presented our Graffiti Limited Edition to a group of students of the Delft University of Technology. In total 25 students of the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering Department of Product Innovation and Management Section Marketing and Consumer research will evaluate the Graffiti Limited Edition and do research to make valuable recommendation for future Limited Editions.

Thursday, 16 September 2010

Very nice images

I could not resist to share these images with you all.... Thanks to Danny

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Graffiti Roadshow Day 10

As explained before, the Canyon team unfortunately had to leave early from the event in Bucharest on Friday 10th of September. We did not have much footage from the event itself, but we just received some videos & pictures! We made a short montage to give you an impression of what Day 10 of the Graffiti Roadshow looked like.

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Profile: Acamonchi, graffiti artist

Name: Gerardo Yepiz aka Acamonchi

City: San Diego, California

What is your definition of "graffiti"?
To me Graffiti is a universal language on it's purest form regardless on how it's done and the reasons to which it appears on a surface. Graffiti is also a state of mind that is certainly hard to buff.

How was your first graffiti experience?
Growing up in the 70s in Ensenada Mexico, the "Cholo" gang style graffiti, although there was plenty of political graffiti like student rights and anti bullfight stuff around the city.
What's your dream achievement, if anything was possible?
Make enough money from this kind of art without having to sacrifice my integrity. To be able to keep doing street art all over the world.
What do you like about graffiti and making it?
I'm more on the street art, stencil art and postering, but I do enjoy graffiti as well. I like the fact is different in every city of the world,. Styles can be very unique and complex. I like "civilian" graffiti as much as I do enjoy political claims, not just hip hop related graffiti. I find gang graffiti also inspiring.
Tell us more about the graffiti scene
I've lived in New York and also travelled to Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Toronto, Vancouver, Spain, Mexico City and always find something different to be interested in. I currently live in San Diego, California, even if the local graffiti task force keeps arresting writers and doing efforts to keep the city graffiti-free it just doesn't go away. So persistency of the writers is something that amazes me. People don't give up and always come back strong with a bigger, bolder message.

Which style do you prefer?
Personally I am focused in the use of stencils, stickers, posters. I do hand drawn random little things, I like a good mix of elements with strong compositions.

Where do you find inspiration?
I like subjects that aren't considered graffiti, ephemeral, deconstructed, weathered images found in the Urban landscapes, wastelands, Post-Consumer Society, arrogance, greed, the need to pay them back, Graffiti-justice! Places that are fast paced, colorful and intense like Tijuana and Mexico City.

Favorite graffiti artists, taggers, etc?
Seth Tobocman, Gee Vaucher, Twist, Phil Frost, as far other artists I like Pushead, Brute, Nick Blinko.

Have you ever been caught and locked up?
No, but I had a few minor issues, nothing too big.

What is the biggest risk you've taken for graffiti?
Just trespassing and walking by dangerous areas late at night.
Will you always do graffiti?
Probably, but less frequent sometimes.

Best thing about being a graffiti artist?
For me it is the pure artistic-political statement as much as it is the adrenaline rush of doing something that is consider illegal. To exercise my rights of individual expression.

Photo credit: Laurie Cat Bennet

How to make a kickflip

Canyon's graffiti notebook bags are called 'Kickflip' which is a popular skateboard move. Check out the video below to learn how to do it and impress your friends!

Monday, 13 September 2010


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Learn from the Pros!

If you are interested in the art of making graffiti, you can learn in the comfort of your home by watching Learn2Burn’s Graffiti Masterclass videos. They also give you some rules of thumb for beginners:

1. Just remember that graffiti is a way of life to be respected so you should always bear in mind that your tag and pieces and where you put them reflect you and your attitude.

2. Don't go over other writer's work nor spray in inappropriate areas. To build a reputation you must keep things sweet.

3. You can't do anything without a tag so think of one if you don't already have one. Make sure it's fairly short, easily recognizable and is not similar to anyone else's.

4. If possible try to attend graffiti events and get to know some artists.

5. Get acquainted with all the different styles of graffiti first.

Look online, around town, anywhere you can find graffiti. Then you must start to develop your own style - no biting directly from others is tolerated, you must be original.

To read more, visit

Historical moment

While graffiti exists since humans discovered how to make marks on rocks (think prehistoric caves), the style of urban graffiti that most people have seen and know about came from New York City in the late 1960s. Modern graffiti was born on subway trains:

A 17-year-old boy worked as a messenger and traveled all throughout the city. While he did so, he would use a marker and write his nickname, Taki 183, wherever he went: on walls, at subway stations and also on the insides and outsides of subway cars. Eventually, he became known throughout the city as this mysterious figure. In 1971, the New York Times was eager to find out the meaning in the message ‘Taki 183’, and a reporter found and interviewed the boy behind this tag. Kids all over New York, realizing the fame and notoriety that could be gained from "tagging" their names on subway cars began to copy Taki 183. Having your name/tag in as many places as possible was the goal, and the amount of graffiti on trains exploded.

Why on subways? A building is static. It doesn’t move, and it not very exciting. Tagging a subway car can be dangerous, and your graffiti gets to travel across the entire city. The fast motion makes the graffiti come alive, and it also has the positive meaning of ‘movement’, ‘direction’, and ‘going forward’. All this is hard to achieve on walls and static building. As the goal is to have a tag seen by as many people as possible, subway cars were the perfect way to gain exposure and visibility.


And it is officially launched: Canyon's first ever limited edition featuring unique and cool graffiti pattern on products such as headphones, webcams, mice, notebook stickers, bags and sleeves. Check out the full graffiti line here or download our brochure.

Canyon Graffiti Road Show 2010 - Day9 in Sofia

Saturday, 11 September 2010

Finally.... The Dutch border

It's now Saturday September 11th. 10:58 PM. We are crossing the Dutch border. We would like to thank everyone who contributed to the success of the Roadshow. It was a great adventure.

The Roadshow might be over but the blog will be updated frequently. September 21st Marco and Caterine will go to Rennes (France) to introduce the Graffiti Limitted Edition to all major French retailers. You can read all about it on our blog. Stay tuned!

Sleep well.

Last Update so far....

We are close to Frankfurt. Still 518 km. to go untill we are home. ETA 11:47 PM. Today we have been travelling 1.750 km. and it went pretty ok despite the accident in Austria. Suddenly a helicopter landed 100 meters in front of us on the highway. After 20 minutes we passed a car, lying upside down on the middle of the highway... Not that funny.

People (read: Vedran) ask us why we post the temperature and altitudes on our blog, mentioning ' For Marco'. The reason is that Marco get's grumpy if we are doing so...:-)

For Marco: temperature: 20 degrees, Altitude 295 meters.

We wish you all a very nice weekend. We'll post some more movies and photo's the coming days. Stay tuned!

Day 11 --- Update

We crossed the Croatian border without any delays. It starts to rain unfortunately. Roads are very good and empty. ETA 11:36 PM, 1.458 km. to go.

Driving home....

People say you have to keep the best for last.... That was definitely applicable for our ride of yesterday.

We departed from Bucharest at 1:30 PM from the event, heading for Zagreb, passing by 4 countries: Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia and Croatia. Monica told us that we would never make it to Zagreb since the trip through Romania would take at least 10 hours... Since everything went so smooth the past two weeks we left with a smile and hoped for the best....

After 4-5 hours driving we smiled even more since our navigation told us we had 5 km to go until we passed the Bulgarian border. Our smiles disappeared as soon as we arrived at a big gate facing a river. Catherine got out of the car and found out we had to take a ferry to get to the other side of the river that was in front of us. When buying a ticket for the ferry, the friendly lady told us that the ferry goes non-stop. Ok then! No worries so far.

As we arrived at the border, we had to pass customs. The friendly officer of duty checked our passports and car papers. When being asked how long it would take until the ferry would arrive, he replied that it could take one to two hours... That was not exactly what we expected but decided to make the best out of it and started feeding the wild dogs around the waiting trucks with the cookies we brought from home. (sorry Karin). Soon we found out that the ferry would only leave in case it was full of trucks. Otherwise it wouldn't be worthwhile to start the engines of the ferry. Unfortunately, not many trucks were driving along this road to Bulgaria at Friday night..... After 3,5 hours waiting, we finally got on the ferry. Four hours later we continued our trip to (what appeared to be an illiusion) Zagreb.

While waiting for the ferry, it became dark. We found out that dark in Bulgaria is very, very dark... The road in Bulgaria was far away from a highway. It appeared to be that our wonderfull navigation lead us through the counyry side of North West Bulgaria. Although we saw several very pretty villages in both Romania and Bulgaria, we soon started to wonder whether driving to Croatia wasn't too ambitious. In a split second we changed plans and called our biggest fan in Serbia; Tamara Gole if she could check availabillity in the hotel in Belgrade. They had rooms left and we decided to stay there since our navigation told us that we wouldn't arrive in Zagreb earlier than 04:00 AM. We didn't know yet what was waiting for us in Serbia....

After slight delay (20 minutes) at the border with Serbia, we left Bulgaria and entered Serbia. Our GPS told us we had 80 km. in front of us untill we would get on a highway that would lead us to Belgrade. It appeared to be that this road was under serious construction every 5 km. Every 5 km. the road was closed and we were directed of the road without any further ondication of where to drive. Since our Audi navigation only shows main road in Serbia, we would have had a serious challenge if we wouldn't have a Prestigio GPS with detailed maps with us. The route that was waiting for us was not even on the Prestigio navigation... I will spare you all the details but we have seen very large bats appearing in front of our car, at least 4 dead dogs (not small ones) on the road, we nearly killed a fox and we came across some very, very dark roads with graveyards on both side of the road in the middle of nowhere....

Our trip through Bosnia learned us that there is a huge difference between daytime and night when diving on the local roads. During daytime you experience great countrysides, pttoresque villages and nice people. At night however, it would be the perfect scenario for a horror movie. (Catherine wasso kind to start tralking about scary horror movies and the things that could happen....). If we would have had a flat tire or engine problems, we would have had a serious problem.

After aound two hours, we made it to the highway and we continued our road to Belgrade. It has to be sad that the roads in Serbia are of very good quality with an exception of the road we took from the border of Bulgaria. Looking back, I believe that most local people avoid that road as long as it is under construction.

We arrived in the hotel (Thanks again Tamara, we are very gratefull) at 01:30 AM and had a very good and deserved nightrest. We are now continuing our trip home.

For Marco: Temp is 17.5, ETA 11:56 PM, Altitude 90m., distance in front of us: 1.583 km.

Friday, 10 September 2010

And some pictures.....

Day 10 --- Romania


The Graffiti event in Romania started at 10h30 this morning. We gave a press conference in front of the Orange store at a very big shopping mall in Bucharest. Orange actually has exclusivity for our graffiti products for a while, so we partnered with them for the event. In the afternoon, graffiti workshops and live music were going to take place outside the mall. The weather was OK (no rain!), it is Friday, AND the last weekend before school starts. The Canyon team in Romania was very hopeful to get a considerable crowd attending the event - Orange sent SMS to +600 000 of their users to invite them!! Unfortunately, Geert and I had to leave after lunch, as we have a very long road ahead of us. And after many days on the road, we are looking forward to spend some time with our families before going back to "normal" work on Monday.

We are now waiting for a ferry that will bring us to Bulgaria. Then the road will lead us to Serbia and to Croatia where we hope to sleep tonight... Over 8h to go, and it is now 19h... We might make a quick stop in Belgrade for some rest instead, and leave early tomorrow morning. Then there will be over 15h left to reach the Netherlands.

Let's hope the ferry comes soon!


CANYON Graffiti Road Show 2010 - Day 8 in Belgrade

Thursday, 9 September 2010

Enjoying the evening

We just arrived at our hotel in Bucharest (Marriott!!!). We are now in the lobby enjoying a glass of chardonnay while uploading the latest pictures and movies of the roadshow. We'll rest good tonight, as we have a long drive ahead after the event of tomorrow...
We hope you enjoy today's pics! :-)

Sleep well!

And Again the Images, this time Bulgaria

Sorry Tamara, The event in Bulgaria was really good.....