Psst… Iâ€™m going to let you in on a little secret â€“ but letâ€™s keep this one between us. Thereâ€™s a war brewing and you need to know about it. Underneath the daily grind, underneath the brick walls littered with graffiti tags, there is much more at play than you realise.
What started as a testing ground for artists to show the public what they could create live on-stage, quickly evolved into a knockout Fight Club-style contest. Imagine this: two street artists up on-stage, armed with black paint and black markers, separated by an invisible line, each artist having to create street-style hand drawn magnificence on a big white canvas â€“ no sketching or pencils allowed. Â Fresh hip-hop tunes on the deck, 90-minutes on the Casio clock and a crowd of devoted fans cheering them on. The winner is decided by a three-point system; two guest judges and one all-important crowd vote measured with a decibel reader. Yeah dawg, get noisy â€“ itâ€™s a real decibel reader!
Fast forward five-years and this underground cultural movement has spread across the UK and Europe and now Australia. There are Secret Wars battlesâ€™ happening all over the world, whether itâ€™s in an underground bar or in a deserted meat factory. The first Sydney battle for 2011 has already gone down and the next one, featuring Mistery vs. Sprinkles, is sure to be even bigger. So get your gangsta on and meet me at the Oxford Art Factory for an experience thatâ€™ll be worth bragging (and tagging!) about â€“ a real live underground art war. Word.