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'.
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 has remained active in Ed's live performances appearing on the 2017/2018 DIVIDE world tour and during Ed's headline performance at the 2017 Glastonbury Festival.
DIVIDE WORLD TOUR 2018 - ED SHEERAN WITH HIS CRASH x TEDDY M STRATOCASTER
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 downtown New York's fine art 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 (MoMA), the Brooklyn Museum of Art and others.