It’s a great pleasure to introduce Aberdeens newest and baddest graff crew, the Graffiti Grans!
Ok maybe not the baddest but certainly its oldest, collectively speaking that is. The crew recently gave the Adelphi Lane in Aberdeen a colourful makeover thanks to the wonderful LATA 65 who ran a special series of workshops during this years festival. Based in Portugal, LATA 65 (headed up by Lara Seixo Rodrigues) have been running their seniors programme for a number of years with successful groups active in Portugal since 2012. The basic idea is to create meaningful connections between older groups in society using what is often considered to be a young persons pass time, the art of writing your name on walls aka graffiti! While there’s some fantastic work being done around engaging young people Lata saw an opportunity to engage another older demographic and proving the point that art can cross many boundaries and truly be for everyone.
But, what would the Granite city locals make of such an idea? Well, that its a good one by all accounts as we became inundated with people wanting to sign up for the workshops. The stipulation of ’65+’ didn’t deter folks and soon we had our very own crew of grannies and granddads ready to start learning all things graff related. Broken up into different sections, LATA 65 covers everything from a graffiti history lesson and picking an alias up to making and cutting stencils and producing their own graffiti designs (see photos below). Based in NESCOL, the group quickly got on task and drew up hundreds of designs and ideas in a matter of hours. Finally, armed with their new tags and stencils, the group were ready to be let loose with some spray cans!