graffitiweek: RETNA

Today, #graffitiweek comes to an end. I’ve spent the whole week in Miami (with the exception of yesterday) so I figured I’d close out with the graffiti artist who left the biggest impression on me during my time there. I had never seen anything like his work before. This is graffiti artist RETNA (Marquis Lewis):
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He is a contemporary artist born and raised in Los Angeles. He has developed a distincitve script that is derived from Blackletter, Egyptian Hieroglyphics, Arabic, and Hebrew RETNA 3This building can be seen from blocks away and it is just stunning:miami RETNA 4Each block of text is a system of hieroglyphs, calligraphy and illuminated script that communicates personal messages and RETNA 5Here’s another building featuring his work:miami RETNA 6Both of these buildings are located in the Wynwood Arts District in RETNA 7 miami RETNA 8 miami RETNA 9Check out this link for more examples of his awesome work. That’s a wrap on another #graffitiweek. Back to typography on Monday!


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