The world famous Canadian design and graffiti collective 123 klan are a 7 person force, but primarily, husband and wife team "Scien" & "Klor" run the show. They are an enormous inspiration to me, successfully bridging the gap from their illegal activities and becoming major players in commercial design, fashion, street and digital arts. Colour is a key weapon in their arsenal of work with a sparing approach used throughout, the palette never contains more than two colours plus a black or white. This combined with pop slogans, punchy type and whimsical characters creates a defined boldness of colour/shape and a tongue in cheek humorous quality.
The French duo known only as Scien and Klor has come in from the cold. Together, they founded 123klan in 1992, christening their graffiti writing outfit with a name that is now as much a design practice as it is a street culture totem. Their client list includes the likes of Sony, Nike, Adidas, Carhartt and Stussy.
Nowadays 123klan still does live graffiti exhibits around the world, but also produces books, customises toys and generally makes the world a better place to be. “We used to be wanted by the police,” says Scien. “Now we’re wanted by clients.