Jailed graffiti artist commissioned for beauty chain’s birthday event
A GRAFFITI artist who spent time in prison for his art has taken his talent to Manchester – with full permission.
Thomas ‘TJ’ Dolan, from Macclesfield, was sentenced to 15 months in prison for causing £13,000 of damage to train carriages and railway bridges around Manchester and Cheshire in 2007.
After public outcry at the severity of the artist’s sentence, he was freed on appeal in October of that year.
TJ, whose professional name is ‘Krek’, has since been commissioned to work around the world, with his designs featuring in the 2010 Jedward hit ‘Under Pressure’ and the 2011 Manchester City kit launch. His work also appeared at Miami’s Art Basel display in 2013, one of the most prestigious art shows in the world.
Most recently he has headed to Manchester to perform for the Body Shop in the Northern Quarter for the company’s ‘Enrich Not Exploit’ project as part of its 40th birthday celebrations. He said: “It’ a great project because young people can see that art can go everywhere, it can be bigger than just on a piece of paper. You can do something on the whole side of a building, for example.”