Art by Niels Shoe Meulman
Niels Meulman, born in Amsterdam in 1967, is an internationally known artist, designer, and art director. Meulman began tagging in 1979 and became a graffiti legend by the time he was 18. In the eighties he met New York artists like Dondi, Rammellzee, Haze, Quik, and Keith Haring. He then formed the Crime Time Kings with Bando from Paris and Mode2 from London. Together they gave graffiti in Europe its own distinctive style. Known as "Shoe" within the graffiti community, his work evolved into a business for lettering and he furthered his technique by apprenticing under the Dutch graphic design master, Anthon Beeke. Shoe revolutionized the art of writing with Calligraffiti, an art form that fuses calligraphy and graffiti.
New Museum; 2011; silkscreen on 100% American Apparel cotton