Totem

Totem

Straight out of Atlanta, Georgia, Totem has been applying paint to surface for sixteen years. Consistently staying tight with his colour themes–no crazy mash-ups here–Totem keeps true to his style, which is recognizable through his robotic lettering. Most of his lettering guards the way to a detailed background, bringing the viewer to the next step and known trademark recognized in Totem’s pieces — a complete and conclusive mural. His backgrounds give way to organized technique, and a love for animation. Behind each piece, another world is almost always introduced, with Totem’s name usually standing as gatekeeper.

Totem

Working around the world, from Japan to Switzerland, Totem has brought his work to centre stage, launching his pieces into the mainstream. Totem’s earned an admirable amount of respect, through not only his independent graffiti work, but also through many of his professional contract-contacts who seek him out for quick access to the street cred that he’s built for himself over the years. Totem has worked with household names such as: Nike, Xbox, PSP, Coke, Red Bull and Red Cross, just to name a few. Big name companies aren’t the only ones paying attention. A number of celebrities, including, Outkast, the Ying Yang Twins, Lil Jon, Goodie Mob and Usher Raymond, have commissioned Totem for both personal and advertising purposes. Yet, Totem’s work is still found on sites like Chris Chillemi’s five year old Robots Will Kill, whose focus stays on the artist despite whatever picks up, or falls off, in the mainstream world.

Totem

Totem seems to be keeping his feet on both sites of the line, paying the bills and still producing art that keeps today’s kids on their toes. We’d say that he’s just about earned his sweet sixteen.

Check more of Totem’s work out at: http://www.mr-totem.com

Steph McBride

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