On October 24th, 2015, a most memorable crossing of paths brought legendary graffiti photographer Martha Cooper and Terror 161, AKA J.Son to the Montana Colors factory in Barcelona to check out the warehouses, laboratories and manufacturing facility.
, AKA J.Son
(New York 1958) started painting the New York streets and trains in the early 70’s. Martha Cooper
(Baltimore 1942) began taking photos of graffiti at the end of that same decade and published ‘Subway Art
‘ in 1984. It’s considered to be the first book that documents the New York graffiti phenomenon, and a key factor in its universalisation.
The pair were invited to Barcelona by the Barcelona Street Art Festival, Open Walls, to give a lecture. Whilst in Barcelona the pair of course had to take a tour of MTN Headquarters, enjoying the warehouses, laboratories, the manufacturing facility, and quality control; The presence of these two legends aroused great expectation among the workers, especially the writers
who work there.
But the curiosity was also evident in the faces of the two New Yorkers: How do you name the colours? How do they reach the hands of millions of writers worldwide? And the million dollar question: How is it possible that the first factory to manufacture spray paint especially for graffiti was born in a small Catalan town in 1994? Queries, questions, and curiosities were unfurled during a visit that lasted longer than expected, since there were also plenty of questions on their end to be responded. Why did you start taking photos of trains? What cans did you use when you started painting in 1973? Can you sign my book?
What an experience it must have been for the team at MTN to enjoy this visit. A day to be remembered, without a doubt. Check out the photos from their visit!