FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions
The Mind Behind
During the time of its existence, the legendary „Int. Wall Street Meeting” welcomed more than 25.000 visitors from all over Germany, Europe and the rest of the world to attend and to enjoy art in the process of creation.
Because of its authentical style and its message the Meeting is mentioned as the best Graffiti-Event ever happened. Its worldwide reputation and the enourmous feedback inspired us in 2002 to spread its message all over the world which led to the founding of the “Int. Meeting Of Styles”.
Since its foundation more than 130 events have been realised attracting more than 150.000 spectators throughout the world.
Whats the MOS about?
The “International Meeting of Styles” (MOS) is an international network of graffiti artists and aficionados that began in Wiesbaden, Germany in 2002. Brought together and inspired by their passion for graffiti, MOS aims to create a forum for the international art community to communicate, assemble and exchange ideas, works and skills, but also to support intercultural exchange. In the spirit of cooperation and promotion, since 2002 MOS has launched over 75 events in sixteen countries across Europe, Russia and America. These events have sponsored hundreds of graffiti artists from all over the world and throughout the years have attracted more than 150.000 spectators, providing a focal point for urban street culture and graffiti art to reach the larger community. The “Meeting Of Styles” as its name says, is a meeting of styles, created in order to support the netting of the international art-community. It is not meant to be a forum only for classical and traditonal Graffiti-Artists and -Writers, but a podium to present all different types of urban art! This is way we are open for all types and stlyes. Eventhough the event is rooted in classical Graffiti-Writing, we are open-minded non-traditionalists as we recognize the importance of gaining a new consciousness towards Graffiti-, Street- and Urban-Art.
How did all this start?
Early nineties the slaughter-place of the city of Wiesbaden was not in use anymore. Very soon it got discovered and established as a Graffiti-Hall-Of-Fame where artists could paint almost legal during day-time on thousands of squaremeters surface. Mid nineties plans of the city-council got public to tear down the area, instead of recultivating the buildings. To resist the plans of destruction the “Int. Wall Street Meeting” was created in order to present the area as a melting-point of urban street-culture. Annually Graffiti-Artists from all over the world gathered in the spirit of colaboration and exchange, so during a weekend in summer the entire area got a new outlook, created by hundreds of artists. In the years from 1997-2001 more than 25.000 visitors from all over the world attended the events to join pure flavour of urban street-culture. Eventhough the event managed to delay the demolition for years, it was not possible to preserve the area.
How did it go on?
So in late 2001 the city of Wiesbaden started to destroy a worldwide known monument of Graffiti- and Mural-Art. Since then the area changed into a park with parking. To keep the spirit of the “Int. Wall Street Meeting” alive and to spread its message across Europe and the world, the “Int. Meeting Of Styles” was created in 2002. Since then, through the help of dedicated Graffiti-Artists and -lovers, the MOS has grown among many countries worldwide.
Why do you have so much politics on your site?
The reason is simple. Because of the political roots of the Meeting in the conflict of preservation and destruction of Europe´s legendary Wall-Street-Meeting, but also because we as the organisation feel responsibility to work for unification and to resist a system that takes away freedom for order, control and profit. Politics affect us each and every day, locally and globally. Your consumption has a direct impact to the destruction and exploitation of environment and the manipulation and enslavement of humanity. MOS is our contribution to raise conscioussness. The key to freedom is knowledge and education.
How can I participate at MOS?
Depending on the venue and the local possibilities we try to present all disciplines of Hip-Hop, eventhough we concentrate our resources on Graf. So, no matter if you are a Rapper, Writer, Breaker or DJ. Easy. Just get connected and send a bunch of pictures or a link to info at s8yard.de. Please downscale the pictures so they are not too big. If you get in touch with us and ask for participation let us know where. Please dont forget that we are always tight in budgets, resources and wallspace.
A word about us
The “Int. Meeting Of Styles”-Organisation is a non-profit-organisation formed by dedicated and passionate Artists and Art-Lovers who put a lot of work and engagement into the MOS. Beside of the dedication and love necessary to organise the MOS, we are also depending on public funds and sponsors which is not easy to gain. Therefore we are thankful to receive any links or contacts to companies and institution who might be interested in supporting us.
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