Jailed graf­fiti artist com­mis­sioned for beauty chain’s birth­day event

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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.”

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