Making graffiti pay

Anonymous graffiti duo BMD met in detention at school in New Plymouth when the pair was 12. History doesn’t relate whether the punishment was for drawing on the walls.

Fast forward a decade or so and BMD has thrown off its illegal-painting-on-the-wall “bad boy” image and started making some legitimate money adding street cred to company offices, corporate brands, and even private houses. 

Last year BMD worked with brands like I Love Ugly, Google and Microsoft. The pair appeared in a couple of videos to show off the capabilities of the Microsoft Surface Pro 3, and there was also a competition where fans got to suggest an idea for a big piece of graffiti art. 

Canterbury Museum, Christchurch, 2013. Photo: Luke Shirlaw

Wellington, 2013. Photo: Blake Dunlop

Wellington, 2014. Photo: Blake Dunlop

BMD x Motel, Wellington, 2014. Photo: Brady Dyer

Hieroglyphics for Our Place, New Plymouth, 2014. Photo: Bianca Brons

BMD is also increasingly getting commissioned by New Zealanders prepared to pay to get their walls defaced. How much for a wall? No one’s giving anything away.