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Dope article about dope community mural project in DC

“We decided that just painting over [graffiti] with one color was not the answer,”

This article just seems hard to believe. Maybe someday more cities will be like this. Don’t screw it up DC!

Sao Paulo Graffiti

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Naugatuck looks to build 75-foot-long graffiti wall

This is incredible! Sponsored by local businesses.

NAUGATUCK — Borough officials and police officers soon will be working to promote graffiti.

Mayor Mike Bronko is teaming up with police officers and local youth to design a graffiti wall that would allow spray paint artists to show their skills without fear of being arrested.

The borough is looking to build an 8-foot-tall, 75-foot-long graffiti wall near the skateboard park at Linden Park in the Union City section. Bronko said the project could cost from $5,000 to $10,000, and local businesses have said they will donate to the project. The borough also would seek funding from the state Office of Policy and Management’s police and youth program to offset the cost.

From the Republican-American.

Update on the found wall downtown

Thanks to Supertouch for pointing out this incredible comment on the blog of Paper mag about the famed wall found in the downtown loft space.

The emperor has no Graffiti

or perhaps

‘Writers’ of the lost ark

Is anyone really interested in the ‘mystery’ behind this ugly and hilarious artifact? Because there’s no mystery at all. Everyone who scrawled on it is alive and well and willing to talk – but few of us are (or ever were) graffiti artists. The 80′s were an era of ‘fake it till you make it’, so we might give 1 or 2 poseurs a pass here, but the only legitimate exception on the ’151 Wooster Street Mural’ is Lenny (futura 2000), who got up (note the clean background) well before any of us came over to Edit Deak’s and pretended to be ‘writers’ for an evening or two.

If a legend exists concerning this mess it is one that’s been actively hyped by a number of respectable people, no doubt with the best of intentions. Since hype is the dope of today, we might forgive a group halucination, at first. But I know that an email naming each artist and spilling the beans on Jean-Michel’s perfect absence was forwarded to Lisa Denisson at the Gugenheim well in time to head off the howlers that are now everywhere in print. What hapened to those beans? And what do we actually have here? Fragment’s of a lost Basquiat? Francesco Clemente’s only graffiti? The birth of Graffiti itself? Why not the lost Amber Room of Catherine the Great? Certainly the truth will devalue this treasure.

For one thing, Basquiat never touched it. Though he was partially present when it ‘happened’ over one or two smashed soirĂ©es, he wouldn’t have laid a finger on any wall in that period. By then he was making ‘art’ exclusively, and he drew furiously with colored pens on paper, on the floor, ignoring us all. Anything that looks like his letters (and nothing does) was written by Chris Parker, including Bug Out!, Wild Style!, Nesto! (after my pen-name ‘S.Neto’), Oh Fab!, and plenty more. In fact ‘Little Crispy’ created 60 percent of this relic at least. Nobody in their right mind will take credit for the huge and hideous FRED, not even Fab 5. The DJ Johnny Dynel sprayed a giant chicken pox version of his name weeks later, and he’s been unfairly blamed for the hideous table and lamp, the only ‘piece’ whose authorship is in doubt. Even the tiny RAM was not writen by the great RamelZee but by myself, ‘representing’ a master whose hand was sorely missed that night. Yes, Fred Braithwaite dropped a bomb and a plane, literally and figuratively, on the whole thing because that’s what he does, boost himself big time, and we loved him for it, then as now. The rest of us were just immitating our aquaintances and getting wrecked. The black spray attempt at true ‘wild style’ was an awful group ‘toy’, duly bombed over by Chris, who went on to counterfeit ‘Fabulous 5′ over Edit’s birthday hat. The pencil scrawling of hearts with bullet holes is again mine and I would never admit to it, but I feel I have to defend Fred from the vile accusation that it is his. Francesco Clemente never breathed on this plaster as was reported in New York Magazine. In short, little history is here beyond a record of Edit’s genius for attracting anyone who showed exuberance, and maybe the quality of the drugs we had that week (so, so, judging by the crappy art).

But will this storied ‘artifiction’ now stand in for actual grafitti history? Could this afterbirth in fact pass as a ‘seminal oeuvre’ and show up in a museum? Not if we intervene. Why bother? Why spoil such a happy jam for everyone? Because it is lame to say this wall was the birthplace of anything, much less ‘all that remains of a great period’. Only an interested party would make such a claim, and only someone blinded by enthusiasm would endorse it. Certainly it will bring ridicule to any institution that shows it as such. The great ‘writers’ like SEEN, Dash, TAKI, Phase 2, Julio, Stay High, Zeph… had nothing to do with this and had in fact been writing for a decade by then, on trains, where grafitti happens, and not on art critic’s walls. They’ll have the artifacts worth showing. I realize that those ‘sites’ are not framed by a loft development so who would spend six figures on their rescue? Perhaps a museum with a reputation for historical integrity and impecable provenance? It would be alot cheaper than buying the 151 Wooster Street Mural. Meanwhile the exact value of this masterpiece will rely, as ever, on the authentication of experts, experts whose pronouncements take wing when they are unencumbered by facts. On the rare occasion when we can balast these flights of fancy, we should. It is a salutory excrcise, beside being a pure goof, to see our respected historians revealed as occasional clowns. On the other hand it’s no joke to read Hal Meltzer baldly state that Basquiat’s tags ‘Wild Style!’ Dead or Alive’ and Bug Out!’ were done in his classic hot pink…etc “. Jean never wrote anything like those words, not anywhere, ever, and I don’t recall him using that color either. So who cares? And who benefits? Are the interested parties so hard to find? Once again. No mystery at all.

Seth Tillett

Businessman sees art, city sees graffiti

This bookstore operator likes the stencil that appeared on his building without permission. The city has an ordinance that states a property owner has to remove graffiti from their building, but the guy above sees the piece as art, not graffiti. He’s going in front of the town’s commission hearing t discuss the issue.

“I don’t need to be asked, I don’t need the nanny city to tell me what to do,” he said.

“This is something I know and something that’s important to me,” said Breed, who holds a degree fine arts degree from Eastern Michigan University and managed an Ann Arbor gallery in the 1970s.

Read the rest of the article in mlive.com

New plan to beat graffiti

Redlands Shire Council is putting together a plan to help with their illegal graffiti problem. Right off the get go they are using the correct language. They don’t have a problem with graffiti, but tey have a problem with illegal graffiti. Of the money they intend to spend every year, $5000 of it will go towards legal venues, including murals and sponsoring events and exhibitions. We’re hoping their plan helps fewer kids go to jail because they want to brighten up their neighborhood with their name.

Thanks to Bayside Bulletin.

West Bank graffiti service

No, not to remove graffiti, but to do graffiti.

www.sendamessage.nl is a Dutch group that will paint a message on the Palestinian side of the wall for you. The $43 charge is used to benefit Palestinian aid organizations.

Here’s a complete story on ABC News.

Woolner shop graffiti a ‘work of art’

These shop owners don’t sound so upset about having a big piece done on their building. It also sounds as if their logo was included, they might not even paint over it. Maybe that’s what kids should be doing, including logos in illegal pieces…?

From news.com.au:

A DARWIN business was surprised to find graffiti about 20m long and 2m high on its shop wall.

Jebfab Ezy-Serve Food owners Mitchell Smart and Michael Cramer said it was a “work of art”.

“It just blew me away,” Mr Smart said. “It is massive and is actually quite good. It is like professionals have done it.

“They’ve obviously spent a lot of time and effort doing it. They could have done our company logo.”

It is believed vandals painted the masterpiece on the fruit and vegetable processor shop on Bishop St in Woolner overnight on Tuesday.

Mr Smart said while he was “impressed” he planned to paint it over.

NT Police announced a crackdown on “taggers” in Darwin in September, saying vandals would be forced to clean up graffiti if caught.

Police have urged businesses hit by graffiti to take photos before cleaning up to help prevent copycat tagging.

Mascots and Mugs signing makes Page Six!

Mascots and mugs signing, originally uploaded by victorybros.

New York Post Page Six article

December 13, 2007 — THE police could have ended the city’s grafitti blight in one fell swoop with a raid of Auto, the Meatpacking District boutique where “Mascots & Mugs: The Cartoons & Characters of Subway Graffiti” was launched Monday night. The book by Todd “Reas” James and David “Chino” Villorente has a foreword by novelist Jonathan (“Motherless Brooklyn”) Lethem – who had his own “tag” years ago with his brother, Blake (a k a Keo) – and drew vandals from every borough, including Kaws, Son One, West, Doc, Ven, Kaves, Pure, Cey, Lee, Wane, Sac, Haze and Noah. The place was so packed with spray-painters that graffiti fan David Rabin, a co-founder of Lotus, couldn’t even get in.

UPDATE : I don’t know them..but judging by their blog(!) Heraty Law might be the coolest law firm on the planet (next to my personal counsel). Anyway..they published some photos from the event and gave us props.

Long, lost comrades

There were a number of people that inspired me to build and develop Art Crimes with Susan. Among them Phase II and Schmidlapp and IGT, Power and Can Control, Steve Powers at On The Go, Carl Weston and Nic-one at Video Graf and later Raven at 12oz…the list could go on and on, but those were the guys that paved the way for what we did on AC.

Another magazine that had a huge influence on us was Undercover put out by T-Dee. It was the first mag to focus on high quality productions and serious, serious work. It didn’t hurt that the man himself was on crews with many of the top writers at the time. We met the first time around ’96 at a Rock Steady Anniversary (which is kind of funny if you know both of us). Anyway..I just reached out to him recently and he sent me this dope, dope canvas. It’s good to see your friends still producing top notch work.

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