Outline Colour festival was created by a group of artists called Design Futura (DFA) or numerically 461. Group was founded in Lodz city around 1998 by Slawomir Meisal Krysiak known as one of the best graffiti artists in Poland at that time. Meisal’s crew mates were: Top of the line graffiti artist Marcin Bary Barjasz and one of city’s finest turntablists Przemek Dj Goodstuffson Gustowski. Each member of the trio was already well known for their contributions to what still was early days for Hip-Hop culture in Poland.
Around year 2000 another person has joined the group, a 17-year old Wojtek Paszkowski. Being passionate about photography, graffiti art and rap music, Paszkowski noticed the group’s great potential and quickly became the manager.
One of the group’s first big achievements was painting a gigantic mural for the Lodz City Council in 2001. The cleverly designed piece depicted some of the city’s architecture, monuments and a huge boat (symbol taken from the city’s crest) on a wave made out of paving stone slabs. All of the above was spray painted in a style no one in the city had ever seen before. The piece was painted in two months by two artists Meisal and Bary. The wall was 100% spray painted (over 2000 spray cans were used) and at the time it was the biggest mural in Europe. Citizens loved the painting and almost immediately started to recognise graffiti as a new and an evolving art form. Joining forces and great success really inspired the group, which then came up with an idea of creating a festival that would combine street art with modern music.