As this project has come to an end, I’ve decided write down my thoughts on how it all went down, while it’s all somewhat fresh in my mind.
The Idea was spawned from Rapes ATT who did 120 pieces in 2011 (click link to see) so all credit due to him. When I went to Ithaca New York to paint with him and others at an event in 2013, I asked him about his year long mission and he told me I should try it. At the time, I laughed it off, too hard I thought, but when I moved back to Cali and started scouting out spots again, I started to rethink the idea. I thought of the idea of calling it out before hand and blogging my progress as I went, so people could follow along as the project progressed, and also try my best to paint a wide variety of different spots and surfaces. Calling myself out and making the project public was also my way of ensuring that I stuck with it, knowing myself, I knew I would not allow myself to fail if others were watching me.
Sometime during the latter half of 2014 is when I decided that I was going to do the project in 2015, the plan being to refrain from painting too much the rest of 14 and to scout out as many spots as possible. That really didn’t go as planned and I ended up staying really active though to the end of 2014 and using up quite a bit of my paint, which was why I started out the project with several silvers.
I stacked paint and spots and eventually worked in a lot of color pieces. The goal being two pieces average per week, 52 weeks in a year, at 2 pieces per week, it would put me right where I needed to be at the end of the year.
A few times I was able to pull off multiple pieces in one day in order to give myself a break for the next day or week which helped me pace myself and avoid burnout. I gained a lot of speed to my painting technique as the project progressed which helped.
A few of the keys:
- Using a lot of Rusto and planning resupply of premium paint for detail work. Keeping paint as organized as possible.
- Exploring new areas for spots, abandoned places, tunnels, bridges, and legals. Try to keep things varied.
- Always having paint in the trunk of the car, If a couple hours opened up on my schedule I was ready to go.
- Good partners!
- Knowledge of the city tunnel systems proved to pay off big.
In the middle of the year I won a blackbook contest for 004 Connect which led to a painting contest in which I won 100 cans of Evolve paint. This paint helped a lot, but in reality I burned through it pretty quick.
That about Sums it up. I hope you enjoyed the project. I surely did. I’m glad I did it, If I could go back in time I would do it again, but I don’t have any desire to do it twice if that makes any sense? Looking forward to relaxing and painting bigger and better pieces this year in 2016. Peace.
A Few of my favorites from the 100: