Broken Fingaz / Deso, Kip, Tant and Unga


October 7, 2014

Founded along the Haifa shores around 2001, the wandering Street Art Crew, the Broken Fingaz Crew has adorned many murals in numerous cities worldwide in the past decade.

The crew is made of 4 artists (Deso, Kip, Tant and Unga) who collectively define the imagery of the Broken Fingaz, which includes numerous references to the American pulp & Marvel comics, B-movies of the 70’s and 80’s, psychedelic & pop art, collage & poster works, Szenenbildner, Italian giallo genre that composes an original & visually striking iconography. Street artists at the core, they've  been called the Israeli representatives of graffiti. But the title, they say, isn't accurate.

Their signature art, they've said in the past, draws ideas from American comic-book covers, old-school skateboard graphics and tattoos, and is meshed with local smarts.This multi-disciplinary crew dabbles in illustration, graphic design, murals, fashion design, elaborate posters and flyers for nightclub parties, album covers, silkscreen printing and animation, as well as music videos and fine art.

In one of their interviews they talked about how they started with what they doing in past ten years: "We worked a lot outside, but at first it was only people from our city who saw our stuff… about seven years ago we started doing posters for events in Tel Aviv, and slowly started to reach out to bigger circles. Making posters is a really good way to put your shit out.. of course the Internet changed everything now, but it's still cooler to see someone’s works in real life."

Many of the images are gory and brutal but are almost always depicted in funky colors, adding a sense of hilarity to the piece. They steer clear of political messages but definitely have what to say about sexuality and pop culture. Their drawing and spraying skills, masterful sense of composition and selection of pop colors and pop/comics imagery have made them over time one of the most admired street art crews, in the wake of US power duo Faile (also for their installation skills) and British pop master D*Face.

The crew has seldom participated in exhibitions so far with only some appearances in the famed ‘Old Truman Brewery’ in London and at the ‘Inoperable Galerie’ in Vienna. Broken Fingaz fields regular invitations from abroad from fans and other street artists wanting to collaborate. They’ve hooked up with INSA, Mr Phomer and Toshio Saeki, among many others.