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Hyperlapse Shows One of the Best Graffiti Artists in the World at Work

Many of the time-lapses and hyperlapses we run across follow natural events (like a massive rotating supercell) or capture the hustle and bustle of a city in a unique light. The video above does neither. Instead, photographer and videographer Selina Miles shot it while following one of the world’s best graffiti artists around an abandoned warehouse as he tags it to kingdom come.

The artist’s name is Sofles, and to say he’s talented with a spray can would be a dramatic understatement. He got into graffiti writing all the way back in 2000, and was immediately hooked. He wanted to do more tagging and get better fast, and so he would go out as often as 3 times per week with other big names in the graffiti game like Seiko and Blends.

The video above is a perfect example of where all that work got him. And if the graffiti doesn’t impress you, the video itself should. Put together from a mix of static time-lapse and moving hyperlapse shots, it makes full creative use of the medium. At one point, Sofles even ‘tears himself in two’ (synchronized, of course, with the drop) and creates two tags simultaneously.

Here are a few of the creations he puts together over the course of the video:

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To see more from Sofles or check out more of Miles impressive work behind the camera, head over to their websites here and here, respectively.


 
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  • Scott M.

    To encourage this kind of “art” is just sad.

  • Dan

    To discourage it because you don’t consider it art is sadder.

  • Mr. happy

    You’re sad.

  • levitor

    That was amazingly impressive!
    Kudos to the dude! I’d even contact him and have him make some epic artwork for my garage…

  • levitor

    Pfft

  • AutomaticPython

    Yea buildings should all be bland 1 color monstrosities

  • Plop

    Not bad at all, but one of he best graffiti artist of the world? Nah, not really…….

  • Carlos Garcia

    Incredibly skilled, but why does he have to draw his name over and over? Impresive skills, maybe try something new once in a while?

  • Bill

    I love the art style, just not on the side of peoples houses, businesses and street signs. Abandoned places on the fence about, since they are technically “abandoned”

  • pieces_not_tags

    tags? these are ‘pieces’ ;)

  • Joey Duncan

    I have a love hate for “street art” or “tagging” if you have to call it that because to me people put the word “art” in front of the title to cover up defacing property. And that’s where I get upset. I live in the SF bay area and there is tagging EVERYWHERE….. EVERYWHERE, if they can tag it, they try. And that’s pisses me off so much, there is NO EXCUSE… EVER to deface public accessible property if you don’t have permission to do so. This guy did this in an obviously condemned building that would normally be closed to the public… I’m assuming, if he’s considered one of the best he’s probably being paid for it. And the love hate comes in when too much of it becomes ok by the culture behind it and people seek new places and deface other people’s property

  • LearnTheGameHomie

    One of the best in the world?? “He got into graffiti writing all the way back in 2000″, this is a pathetic statement. He’s got talent, but you’re seriously overreaching here.

  • olafs_osh

    I just wish that great artists did something else as well and not only tags with his name. Useless.

  • Genkakuzai

    Some amazing pieces, now if only the music didn’t suck ass.

  • Abram Gotthardt

    The fact that this was an Ironlak film “one of the top aerosl companies” shows that this isnt some punk writing on the the neighbors house, and that the person has got the talent as an ARTIST to be sponsored by such a company.
    You really must not have much better to do to take the time to leave your negative critisizm about somones “art”

  • Abram Gotthardt

    The fact that this was an Ironlak film “one of the top aerosl companies” shows that this isnt some punk writing on the the neighbors house, and that the person has got the talent as an ARTIST to be sponsored by such a company.
    You really must not have much better to do to take the time to leave your negative critisism about somones “art”

  • Genkakuzai

    Haha I was thinking the same… “way back in 2000″… oh, you mean when graffiti had been around for quite a few decades already?

  • Usaps

    The people who think this is “art” have surely never needed to pay someone to clean up graffiti off their walls.

    This only counts as art if it is comissionned by someone to be painted on a wall THEY OWN.

    Respecting private (and public) property is a cornerstone of any democracy. Don’t like democracy? Keep calling these vandals “artists” then!

  • Chris

    I agree, ‘tagging’ repetitivly IMO makes a mess, at least get creative with images and not just tags. With that said, there is no denying the guy is talented, just look at the final tag, quite amazing.

  • leschek

    In the town I live we have a few walls (they are not in historical centre of the town) where is legal to create graffiti art. It make wall nicer and keep real graffiti artists from painting on other building.

  • http://www.vincentmorretinophotography.zenfolio.com/ fast eddie

    I agree. We have a local duo, Fantastic Aerosol Brothers (FAB Crew) that are simply amazing.

  • Renato Murakami

    Great video… not so fond of the art though I respect it. This is more my sort of thing when it comes to graffiti art: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uuGaqLT-gO4

  • Scott M.

    Agreed. The “artist” has been active since 2000 and 13 years later he’s gotten better at spray painting his name.

  • RE Casper

    The art looks cool and the time lapse is well done. But maybe I’m just not hip enough on “Graffiti artists” to get it… Is it common place for a so-called best, to just write his name over and over and over and over and over and over and over as art…. ?

    I mean, neat designs and all, but I feel like I’m watching an advanced form of “teenage girl practices writing boyfriends last name.”

  • SiriusPhotog

    I’m sorry this is not “art” this is “tagging”. I’ve seen some great looking graffiti before but not in this video. It’s just the guys tag over and over again.
    I’m more impressed with the video then the guys “art”.