09.09.10 by Jeff

Luca Barcellona

Gorgeous calligraphy by Luca Barcellona. I had to hold my breath as I watched this footage. I could watch videos like this all day.

legacy of letters calligraphy by luca barcellona

Watch the video below!

Jeff Hamada is the Founder and Editor of Booooooom. He lives and works in Vancouver.

  • MarcOner

    Great video! ‘Shoe’ Meulman does not even come close!

    • mobstar

      pretty bold statement..
      both have different qualities

  • ash

    Incredible. I took calligraphy and this would take me an hour to perfect, it only takes him 5 minutes….. (:

    • This probably took him a couple years to perfect, not five minutes. There’s a reason they say practice makes perfect.

  • badnobe

    amazing.this is pure talent.

  • aaaahhh, pure!

  • wow, this is pretty mesmerizing!

  • Gary

    What music is used in the video?

    • Z0NU5

      On the video page he says it’s Zoe Keating.

      • it’s called ‘tetrishead’ by zoe keating… she layers her cello tracks.

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  • Sarah

    I could watch stuff like this all day too! It’s like those old Sesame Street episodes where they would show little kids how to do something, like get dressed, or Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood where they would show how something was made, like crayons… sigh….

  • That’s some next level craftsmanship. The bar has been raised!

  • Michael

    I was looking at the new St. John’s Bible the other day (all new calligraphy), and this type of work really astounds me. Simply beautiful! Does anyone know what the music is in the background? I really like it.

  • um. damn.

  • JW

    Great video. Thanks for sharing.

    Found more vids of Mr Barcellona at work : http://www.youtube.com/user/Barcellona1978#p/a/u/1/8edCRCydVY4

  • Spoony

    Awesome work, that would take me ages even with an example. jealous… 🙂

    Music sounds like apocalyptica, not sure. Not really into that ;p

  • Emily

    This is great! And on a little aside: the music reminds me of the cello group Break of Reality from NY, which can be heard here: http://www.myspace.com/breakofreality

    Perhaps it is them?

  • Stunning how natural the movements are for this guy. I’ve tried it before and I spent so long on each letter it appeared so stilted and horrid.

    Also beautiful as a final visual piece, with the red and the black not just beautiful letters <3

  • Mary

    The music is Zoe Keating, ‘Tetrishead’.

  • That is so sick–soooo smooth. I want that pen!

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  • droolin

    that’s pretty incredible.calligraphy is something that always baffled me

  • That’s some next level craftsmanship. The bar has been raised!

  • Well, his pen is his tool, just like an artist has his brush.
    Talented with lots of practice behind…and lots of patience!!

  • Luca is briliant! We’ve had him over last year for our typo festival’Don’t believe the type’, he really talented and a very nice guy!

  • And that is how it is done. BAM! {i was holding my breathe the entire time.} *a

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  • egiova

    Gesture and words.

    Anything to add?
    Simple pleasures.

    And we can see it before our very eyes.

    All will not be lost how long artists will exist.
    In one hand pure materialism, in the other hand, beauty.

    Anything to add.

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  • saber

    simply amazing

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  • jayjay

    thats cool. A lot of repetitiveness to perfect his craft & style… Graff writers start like this in their sketchbook, perfecting different styles of (graff/street) typeface/s. Anyone with a preference towards graffiti would have no doubt spent endless hours / pages perfecting their style, just like this fellow I bet.

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  • Thank you all so much guys.
    Keep good calligraphy and typhography alive.


    • cheers luca! please keep me updated on your work!


  • That’s amazing. What control this man has! How many hours did he spend practicing each stroke, I wonder?

  • Vega

    do you know what kind of marker is he using?

  • Mina

    Brilliant, I was wondering what kind of marker that is, anybody?

  • Joshbetsey

    The cello track is all good but, more importantly….what the hell kind of marker is that!! I have searched for YEARS to find a marker with the same shape as the one he’s using. Anybody know what brand it is?

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