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'CRASH x TEDDY M'
Commissioned by Ed Sheeran, 2015
Currently being played around the world by Ed Sheeran on his DIVIDE world tour 2017.
Ed Sheeran commissioned this art guitar collaboration between New York street art pioneer John CRASH Matos and Teddy M in Spring 2015. The design blends CRASH's iconic 'eye' symbol with the original 'Teddy M Heart' design on a Fender Eric Clapton Stratocaster.
The guitar debuted at Ed Sheeran's sold out Wembley Stadium shows in 2015 and features on the live concert movie, Jumpers for Goalposts and has become Ed's main electric guitar.
GQ magazine published a full page feature on the 'Crash x Teddy M' Stratocaster (July 2015).
Photo by Sun Lee
Photo by Sun Lee
Debut of 'Crash x Teddy M' Stratocaster, Wembley Stadium July 2015
Ed Sheeran with his 'Crash x Teddy M' Strat and Chris Martin at Global Citizen Festival, NYC 2015
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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