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Artist: Hoxxoh, Photo: by Edel Mohr

BASK

About BASK

Based out of: St. Petersburg, Florida
Fleeing communist Czechoslovakia as a young child and growing up under the hot Florida sun, Ales Bask Hostomsky took an early interest in graffiti art.

Now a prolific artist with work in galleries across the country, BASK’s art covers walls from Detroit to Brooklyn to St. Petersburg, and can be seen in the movie, Iron Man 3.

With no formal arts education, no textbook technique to rely on, BASK built a career by leaning into his mistakes. In the same way Miles Davis would purposely bend or crack a note on the trumpet, BASK has learned to harness each drop of paint, accidental or not, as a form of artistic risk-taking. He prefers a less calculated method; starting with just an idea in his mind, culminating in complex paint layers with organic textures and minimal color palettes. Exploration and innovation are key.
This rough-edged mural by the artist, Bask at 1120 1st Avenue North, looks like a weathered wall with many years of signs peeling and fading. Words in different styles of lettering are cut off and obscured by other words, as if the wall is layered with signs that are painted on top of each other, and are now uncovered by decades of hard sun and rain.

In contrast to the many brightly-colored murals downtown, this piece is in sepia tones of cream and black, with one stripe of red across the middle. 34 feet wide by 21 feet high, it’s on a two-story square wall that faces east.

At the top, the black hand-painted words, St Petersburg are cut off at the bottom by MAKE HISTORY in capital letters.

Under that, you can just piece together Webb’s City, the iconic St Petersburg drug store, that opened in 1925 and ruled downtown for 50 years.

The one stripe of color is red, straight through the middle with the word Hello in white. Hello is sheared off at the top and bottom.

Just below, a line of letters smudged by red drips from the stripe above, words that nobody can figure out.

Under that, in cursive, the words, All the Loveliness.

At the very bottom is spray-painted graffiti spelling Thought Crimes, a reference to George Orwell’s novel, 1984. That’s where Bask takes his alias, from the phrase, “Bask in Your Thought Crimes.”

Bask grew up in Florida, after his family fled Czechoslovakia. His murals cover walls from St Petersburg to Detroit, and Brooklyn. And his work was featured in the movie, Iron Man 3.

Just behind you on the left, heading south toward Central, is Chad Mize’s colorful red Monk on The Independent Bar, with the McB’s Clothing guys painted above it in their hipster hats. And on the back of The Independent, a red Chinese mask in a sea of tall green grass and towering pink flowers.

Title: Make History

Address: 1100 1st Ave N

Notes: As of 2018, this mural is no longer visible.

Installation Date: 2015

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Brian Butler2020

Lili Yuan2020

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Tatiana Suarez2020

Elle LeBlanc2020

Mason Schwacke2020

Alex Yanes2020

Kenny Coil and Marc Berenguer2020

Nneka Jones and Bianca Burrows2020

IBOMS2020

Cecilia Lueza2019

George Rose2019

Morning Breath2019

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Leo Gomez2019

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David Charlton2019

Todd Frain and Creative Clay2019

Haider Ali2018

Ya La Ford2018

Gibbs Rounsavall2018

Angela Faustina2018

Bekky Beukes2018

LOOK The Weird2018

Belin2018

Melanie Posner2018

Illsol2018

J and S Signs2018

Sarah Page2018

Nomad Clan2018

Tasko2018

Cecilia Lueza2018

Matt Kress2018

Michael Vahl2018

Noirs One2018

DAAS2018

Justin Wagher2018

ZuluPainter2018

Matthew Hoffman2018

Hueman2017

Joram Roukes2017

Jose Mertz2017

Stephen Palladino2017

Yok and Shero2017

Herbert Scott Davis2017

Jujmo2017

Lauren YS2017

Mikael B2017

ZuluPainter and Thirst2017

Axel Void and L.E.O.2017

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Cryptik2017

Daniel "R5" Barojas2017

Sam Yong2017

Ali Vasquez and Todd Frain2016

Angela Delaplane2016

Apexer2016

Arlin Graff2016

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Daniel Mrgan2016

Pixel Pancho2016

Michael Reeder2016

Alex Pardee2016

Cecilia Lueza2016

Jade2016

Pantonio2016

Nosego2016

ZuluPainter2016

Dasic Fernandez2016

Caratoes2016

Mark Gmehling2016

Ya La Ford2016

Ink Werkz Crew2016

Andrew Spear2015

Chad Mize, James Oleson and Pinellas County Center for the Arts2015

Erik Jones2015

Hitnes2015

Hoxxoh2015

Michael Vasquez2015

Shark Toof2015

Morning Breath2015

Ricky Watts2015

Evoca2015

Carrie Jadus2015

BASK2015

Greg Mike2015

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Ya La Ford2015

Carrie Jadus2015

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