'CRASH x TEDDY M'
Commissioned by Ed Sheeran, 2015
Ed Sheeran commissioned the 'Crash x Teddy M' Stratocaster while on his X world tour in 2015. The guitar is a collaboration, between New York street art pioneer John CRASH Matos and Teddy M. During the creation, Teddy M loaned Ed Sheeran his own art guitar known as 'Green T'.
The 'Crash x Teddy M' Stratocaster blends CRASH's iconic 'eye' symbol with the original draft design of the 'Teddy M Heart' on a Fender Eric Clapton Stratocaster.
Ed Sheeran debuted his 'Crash x Teddy M' Stratocaster on the first night of his Wembley Stadium shows in 2015 and it also features on the live concert movie, Jumpers for Goalposts.
Since 2015, the 'Crash x Teddy M' Stratocaster appears to have remained Ed's choice of electric guitar. The guitar has been featured on the 2017 DIVIDE world tour and during Ed's headline performance at the 2017 Glastonbury Festival.
GQ magazine published a full page feature on the 'Crash x Teddy M' Stratocaster (July 2015) and Q magazine featured a full page photograph of Ed with the guitar (August 2017).
Pyramid Stage, Glastonbury Festival 2017
John CRASH Matos
Born John Matos in 1961, Crash was raised in the Bronx, New York. He was one of the first of the 1970’s subway ‘writers’ to transition to canvas.
At the age of 13, he began following the older teens from his neighbourhood to the train yards and began bombing. Taking the name ‘CRASH’ after he accidentally crashed the computer in his school, his name began appearing on trains circulating all throughout New York City. By 1980, he began transitioning from train yards to galleries.
In 1980, Crash was signed by Sidney Janis, one of the first gallerists to promote ‘post-graffiti’ artists. That year he also curated Graffiti Art Success for America at Fashion MODA in the South Bronx, launching the graffiti movement that has a worldwide art movement today. This ground-breaking exhibition is viewed as a launching point in legitimising the graffiti movement, connecting street artists with the downtown fine arts world.
In 1983, he headlined an exhibition called ‘Post-Graffiti’ with Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat at Sidney Janis. His works are now included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Brooklyn Museum of Art and others.
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