SCRAPA is a graffiti artist whose primary subject is hip hop. Using the visual medium of graffiti, he “highlights [the] codes and languages” of the culture as it develops. His work – which mainly comes in the form of murals and installations – employ walls, roofing sheets and surfaces of metals as canvasses.
Asked what informs his preoccupation with hip hop and its influence on our lives, he remarked that it’s because of the fact of hip hop being “one of the biggest genres of music with high influence on our society – our concept of life, fashion, language….”
And SCRAPA has gathered from studying hip hop vis a vis our society over the years, that we do not pay the culture as much attention as we need to, considering it’s strong impact on the youth especially.
He mentions Banksy and Jean Michel Basquiat as influences, and his piece “my world of hip life” as his “most outstanding and influential work;” notwithstanding the fact that he loves all his pieces.
SCRAPA’s work was exhibited right at the entrance of the just-ended “ORDERLY DISORDERLY” exhibition hosted inside the Museum of Science & Technology. Of the work – and the experience – he recounts:
i wanted to do live graffiti inside but because of the toxic from the spray paint i had to do it outside. I made my dad bring some of his interlocking blocks and we built a wall outside and made it happen. The work was called “Akiti – ODADO.” On one side of the wall, i had the character Akiti, and on the other side, i did a wildstyle writing of “ODADO.” This is just one of the series to come – of influential hip-hop artists in Ghana.”
SCRAPA thinks that the walls of Accra, being the capital city’s, “need to tell a beautiful story of Ghana,” rather than have “bills posten [on them] everywhere.”
One interesting moment experienced while graffiti-ing? SCRAPA once unknowingly sprayed a beehive and got stung by a bee. And it was very painful.