Daymon Day Pt. 1

Two weeks ago, on September 15th, some of us in Ohio celebrated the second annual Daymon Day, honoring our friend Daymon Dodson, who many have dubbed “the Patron Saint of Indie Culture” in Columbus. The past couple years have had Ohio’s Hip Hop and Graffiti communities suffering some severe losses. In addition to Daymon, producer mc DJ Przm, neighborhood legend Nasty Nate, as well as graffiti writers Heist and Phrite all passed away, leaving various intertwined cultures in a similar mourning mindstate. So we figured might as well acknowledge the impact of these and other lost loved ones, and celebrate their lives.

This years festivities included a cook-out, a graffiti mural, a Parade, and a Show. Participants included the Droids Crew, Pat Carney of the Black Keys, PBJ, Necropolis, RJD2,Blueprint, Spitball, O.D.O.T., SA Smash, IOK, AKE, BSA, Vomitrocity as well as hundreds of friends and family members.

Pt. 1 is going to focus on the cook-out and mural.

Danielle Kline made these shirts for everyone to wear. (She also took most of these photos.)

Przm character being painted.

Andy, Me, Matt Miner,Mike, Pat and Gabe watch the mural getting painted.

Zerostar and Bridget fire up the grill.

DJ True Skills

Little Girl Walking over to the Basketball court.

Zak shows up ready to march.

DJ Bombay & Bru Lei

DJ Detox & Jun the Concept

Daymon Doll that Envelope sewed by hand.(Whats a Parade without a float)

Daymon’s Dad & DJ Bombay’s and one of Daymon Day Organizers DJ Alan Greenspin

Characters of Daymon & Przm






Characters of Phrite, Nasty Nate, and Heist

———-That was the tribute section of the wall.

These are just burners.

Next Post Will be the actual Parade.

  • jenny

    great photos, thanks so much for sharing

  • good looking on the flicks.

    trying to start posting on born2mack again. if you haven’t heard “crank dat weezy wee”, you should prolly check it out.

  • Joshua Gardner

    Can anyone tell me some good spots to take pics of some graffiti around Cbus. I have already been to Nelson rd and the gates of hell. E-mail is

  • weswes

    its kinda a rule that you don’t like to give out spots on the net..
    usually if you walk the tracks, you will come up on something.
    good luck.

  • Joshua Gardner

    thanks, do you think that people would get pissed if I posted the pics I found on like my myspace and stuff like that cause some of the pieces i’ve found are freakin amazing and what is the chance that I would actually catch someone throwin one up.

  • weswes

    i mean. i don’t think anyone would care unless you claimed you did it. as far as catching someone painting…eh they will prolly dip if they see you coming.

    you should check out this board:

    people post up graffiti from all over the midwest there.

  • ghestroc1

    heist was tite….

  • Joshua Gardner

    where is this wall @

  • Wes Flexner

    the back of the handball court at tuttle park near north campus.

  • Joshua Gardner

    I walked the tracks last night and got some good stuff from PBJ. I know that your not suppose to give out your spots but I would greatly appriciate it if you could give me some more tips. Also my friend and I were wondering how long it takes to throw up a piece.

  • weswes

    when i was younger i found this informative:

    Espo’s Rules of Graffiti.

    You suck until further notice

    It’s gonna take a long time before we even acknowledge your existence, even longer before we can bear to look at that foul scribble you call your name. To speed the process of acceptance, you can A) Choose a clever name that defies the norm of simple-minded slang. An example of a good name is “ARGUE” (RIP). It looks good when written, sounds cool when spoken, and conveys a combattive attitude. On the other hand, “ENEMA” (actual name) looks, sounds, and conveys a shitty attitude. BE CHOOSY. B ) Use paint, gain a thorough knowledge of supplies, remember that permission walls, stickers, and dust tags are small parts of a balanced diet, be bold, learn a style of writing for every occassion,and write your name bigger every time you go out.

    Jealousy is a disease for the weak

    Your heart is your greatest possession, dont let it get taken from you.

    Dont write on houses of worship, people’s houses in general, other
    writer’s names, and tombstones. Writing on memorial walls and cars is beef beyond belief. Furthermore, involving civilians in your beef is grounds for dismissal. These are are the five fingers of your right hand. Get to know them well. Give soul claps, firm handshakes, and throw smooth bolo punches.

    Although being a toy seems undesirable, you should enjoy it while you can. At this stage you can bite all you want with no remorse. All your elders will say is, ” Awww isn’t that cute, kootchie kootchie koo.” So steal that dope connection, rob that color scheme. and loot whole letterforms. Dont worry about giving any credit, we’ll pat ourselves on the back and brag how we’re influencing the next generation. However, style isnt a crutch or a schtick. It is understanding why that connection you bit flows, or why that color scheme bumps. Style is the process to an appealing end. Once you got it down to a science, you can reinvent letterforms to suit yourself. This creative growth will amaze the old and young alike. Pretty soon somebody will steal your secret sauce and the cycle will be renewed. If this happens to you, don’t bitch about not getting your due. Graffiti is the language of the ignored. If your style is stolen, someone heard you speaking. You got what you wanted from the beginning, some attention, you big baby.

    It must be noted that the vandal squad loves graffiti. Their job requires
    them to fiend for graff as much as you do. When you wreck enough walls, they’ll want to meet you. Just like the ball huggers outside the graff shop, they’ll recite every spot you hit, with the difference being you’ll also hear the Miranda Warning. To postpone this, go solo as much as possible. Dont write with anyone that wont fight for you. Don’t be paranoid, but be careful. If you avoid writing on pristine properties, you’ll stay in misdemeanor territory, and you wont divert the cops’ attention from pastry and caffiene consumption (consult local laws to be sure). Remember, if they didn’t see you do it, it’s almost impossible for them to win a conviction without your own damming testimony. Shut up, shut up, SHUT UP! Giving a cop info on another writer will doom you to a life of ridicule, from cops and kids alike, with no parole.

    There’s nothing wrong with knowing your the shit as long as you are. But once you reach that conclusion, your one foot over the edge of falling off. Watch your step fathead, there’s no shortage of people chanting, “JUMP JUMP JUMP!” There are plenty of writers that have been painting well for the better part of 20 years, and your posing and fronting looks retarded next to them. Get back to work, you “never was” slouch. In conclusion, graffiti is free, impresses the girls, is heroic in our couch potato culture, will provide you with a million stories to tell at parties, and a sure cure for the inner-city blues. If it’s not fun, you’re doing it wrong or have been doing it too long. So get going, fame awaits the fly among you.

  • Joshua Gardner

    ok I get it. Thanks for all your help and I guess I just have to keep my eyes peeled.

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  • cool thanks for writing this