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Tuesday, 30 June 2009

picasso... graffitying!!!

ok... so its not your conventional graffiti, its called LIGHT GRAFFITI, and there has been a trend of late for this "type" of graffiti, albeit in the gallery scene. But here it is done by Picasso in 1949!!!

These photos of Picasso doing graffiti with a tiny flashlight were shot in 1949 by LIFE photographer Gjon Mili when he visited the artist in Vallauris, France.






Vandal, graffiti writer, street artist, fine artist, Eine has over twenty years experience of drawing a crowd. Internationally recognized for his super-sized lettering in urban areas throughout the world, from storefront shutters to city walls, the former master printer at UK publishing house Pictures On Walls continues to take his deceptively simple typography to a new level.

Eine has enjoyed successful group and solo shows at galleries throughout London, Scandinavia and the US and has participated in numerous art events and festivals, including Santa’s Ghetto (2004-2007) and Nuart (2007). He most recently entered the Guinness Book of World Records for hand-pulling the most colors (78) in a silk-screen print and is about to set foot in Los Angeles to prepare for his first West Coast solo at Carmichael Gallery.


SlamxHype pulled him aside for a few minutes to learn a little more.

SXH: Can you tell us a bit about where you are from?

Eine: I was born and grew up in London.

SXH: What did you want to be when you were a child?

Eine: When I was really young I wanted to be a train driver, when I was a little bit older the Bionic Man, but then I came to the realization that he was science fiction and that left me feeling flat and disappointed. Feeling like this, I started exploring the idea of creating a fantasy bionic world of my own and now I’m an Artist.


SXH: Where do you find inspiration and influence on a daily basis?

Eine: It has a lot to do with what makes me laugh and things that amuse me.


SXH: What’s the best thing about the city you live in?

Eine: The fact that London is unique and everywhere you look something strange is happening.


SXH: Where is the best place to eat? Why?

Eine: Bagel shop on the top of Brick Lane, because it’s always open. At 4 in the morning it’s a good meeting place.

SXH: Best Gallery in your city?

Eine: Tate Modern, because it’s one of the best in the world.


SXH: What do you think of the current climate of the art scene?

Eine: Before the credit crunch there was a real buzz but far too much money involved, now it’s more about painting and having fun.


SXH: What artists are changing the way we think at the moment?

Eine: Banksy is always good for ideas, Conor Harrington can paint, Paul Insect is dark.

SXH: Where do you see the art scene in 10 years time?

Eine: There will be a new bunch of kids making stuff that we don’t fully understand. They will make us look old and boring.

SXH: Whats green, fluffy and lives in your second drawer?

Eine: A sandwich.

Interview by SLAMxHYPE

Back by public demand!

After 2 and a half years out of the online game the writers index is now back by public demand. Now open to the general public the index takes it place once again alongside the top sections of the forum.

The aim
Hopefully in time we can get every major name (old and new) from the UK in the section. Every writer, every picture, the biggest documentation of UK graff online. A gallery that will keep you occupied for hours....

The rules
Photo posting ONLY
If you think a certain writer is missing from this section then query it on the writers index and crews topic in the info and help section. Known writers only.

More info
Section now open to post photo's only. All photo's will have to be approved before they appear in this section.

If you have any photo's but don't want to upload them yourself (ie steel and exclusives) then feel free to email them to:

Please only post 1 or 2 photo's per post. This saves us having 500 photo's per page.

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Special info
For those people (and there will be a couple) that will ask me on facebook or something where the index is, its at the top of this page underneath the banner.

Up to date
Now I know that there will need to be a few changes on the index. They will all happen over time, most important thing is that its now open.

Only the writers pages are open to post in. Steel, random photo's and all others pinned will remain closed and for viewing purposes only.

If you have a photo, then feel free to post it multiple times under the writers page on the index, their crews page in the crews section. Then in whatever its on, say british rail, london, uk legals etc etc.

The writers index has had 407,696 hits which is ranked 7th (out of 12) overall on the forum.

Mods - Check no name section later for more info.

Monday, 29 June 2009

IZ Memorial at Tuff City

The graffiti community gathered this afternoon in the backyard of Tuff City Styles
on Fordham Road in the Bronx to pay tribute to and reminisce about the legendary
IZ the WIZ. The canvases from IZ’s one man show which had opened just a couple
of weeks before were still on exhibit and writers had stayed up all night painting memorial
pieces for the man they fondly remembered as a “Master Blaster”.

More on Martha Cooper's blog.

Undercovers going deep!

Feds joining graff crews and painting with them to bring them down....

via ATG

Happy birthday hiyahiyaho! Been on the forum for a few years so must be getting on abit!


via GN

'Graffiti capital of Europe'

(Text translated from German and not all accurate but I'm sure you get the jist of whats being said)

Graffiti Train and LPP cost 15.4 million euros

Berlin is the graffiti capital of Europe - and this is expensive: BVG Train and 2008, a total had 15.4 million euros for the removal of graffiti graffiti issue. The greatest damage was the S-Bahn.
Grafitti an einer S-Bahn im Bahnhof Potsdamer Platz: Mehhr als 15 Millionen Euro hat das Entfernen von Graffiti und ähnlichen Formen der sachbeschädigung BVG und Bahn 2008 gekostet.

Graffiti in a subway station in Potsdamer Platz: Mehhr than 15 million euros, the removal of graffiti and other forms of criminal damage and BVG Train 2008 tasted.
The German Railway has in Greater Berlin in the last year 6.8 million euros for the elimination of vandalism damage output. This decreased the total loss compared to 2007 amounting to 700,000 euros, in comparison, Federal Berlin but still in second place behind North Rhine-Westphalia.Reason for complacency, there is therefore not, as Klaus Kandt, President of the Federal Directorate of Berlin, said. "A single drop is still no positive trend," said Kandt. Susanne Kufeld, security chief of Deutsche Bahn in the region, goes a step further. Measured against the country's size and population of Berlin was not only the graffiti capital of Germany but of Europe. Increasingly, cases were registered in which sprayer traveling from abroad to enjoy their signatures, called tags, to leave.
500 cases of graffiti graffiti, and 300 cases of vandalism offenses edit other officers of the police every month. The spectrum ranges from the destruction or torn aufgeschlitzten seats, scratched discs, or up to verätzten emptied fire extinguishers. The focus of the crime scenes in the city area. Most deeds occur in the nights from Thursday to Sunday. Most often, it is true railway trains and the S-Bahn. Five million accidents have been alone there in the past year.
Not better, the situation in the LPP. The transport companies had 2008, a total of 8.6 million euros for the elimination of vandalism issue. Also, although the 300,000 euros less than in the previous year, but still an outrageous number, "said LPP spokesperson Petra Reetz. By "hirnverbrannte and senseless" destruction of the company were stable for many years more than eight million euros, which are otherwise in services for the passengers could invest. The joint investigation team of federal and state police leads to the slight decline, inter alia, to increased pressure determination. This would now Tags meticulously documented, in order to assign certain offenders can be. Nevertheless, not all sprayer taken as the head of the federal grant. What is the education rate, Kandt will not say "it might be greater."


Still too rarely succeeds officials as a success last Saturday. At night was at the station Ludwigsfelde a Regional Express train to 70 square meters have been sprayed. Damage there alone: 15,000 euros. Only shortly after the investigators were able to identify the tags and with an investigation in the vicinity of the station, the nine alleged offenders aged 19 to 22 years, ding-proof.
The German train sets in the fight against vandalism, violence and injuries in addition to increased investigative mainly on prevention work. 5000 Berlin students have been since last year through the prevention and train teams of federal police informed. Since Wednesday is one of the Swiss Federal Railways borrowed and rebuilt in Präventionszug Ostbahnhof. Students ten o'clock-15 o'clock years, not only for the consequences of vandalism awareness, but also for life hazards. Young died in 2008 after train information nationwide by a further 40 young people at the wrong conduct railway. Mostly they underestimated the danger of leading the 15,000-volt overhead lines or the speed of the trains. Not so rare crash graffiti sprayers on the run from the police.
On Saturday, all of Berlin from 9 to 14 clock opportunity to Präventionszug on track 1 of the Ostbahnhof to visit. Then the train leaves the campaign fair and safe "for Rostock. Other stations are Hamburg, Frankfurt / Main, Stuttgart and Munich.
via ILG

Saturday, 27 June 2009

WANTED info, 100 tin reward




A notice from Revok about MSK being taken out all over LA. Ive already sent in various emails from multiple emails to up my chances. All say its the same made up people so it looks legit....

For those that take me seriously im being sarcastic.... Comments welcome below as to why you think people are taking them out...

Cardiff bombed!

CARDIFF’S central business district was hit with about 100 graffiti tags over the weekend, sparking the town’s chamber of commerce to offer a surveillance job to catch offenders on camera.Cardiff Chamber of Commerce president Robert Denton spent much of the weekend cleaning up the mess.

“There’s three walls in this town within 200 metres of each other that I’ve removed graffiti from three times in the last two days,” Mr Denton said yesterday.

Mr Denton said nobody wanted to pay for a closed-circuit television system.

“The next best thing is to hire a photographer with a long lens to do covert surveillance,” he said.

“I’ll set them up on top of a roof with a few sleeping bags. They’ll have a perfect angle to where the offenders are doing it.”



Rime & Augor MSK. The Seventh Letter Tribute to Michael Jackson.
via KG

I say..

Couple of new things on the BR thread. LU seems slow at the moment...

T-shirt taggin'

What's with all this lately? Taken from the 'I look like a complete twat thread'.


Montana Shop

Now stockin' 94, plus more. Facebook page

Iz lives on

Taken from the Facebook group.

Telegraph article

Friday, 26 June 2009

Flick of the day

From UK Legals.

Yeah man

PS 2009. From the wonderful BR thread.

M Jackson not dead!

Reports of Michael Jackson having a heart attack in hospital are incorrect. He was actually found in the childrens ward having a stroke! ..(oh they've been going around all day...)

RIP Seriously. Man was a legend. I love the way the papers have hated him for years and now he's dead its all, 'oh he was the best ever' rah rah. Same with Jade Goody.

Confirmed - RIP Michael Jackson

an LA Coroner has confirmed that MJ has passed away

Thursday, 25 June 2009

Michael Jackson rushed to hospital..

"Michael Jackson has reportedly been rushed to hospital in Los Angeles, according to local reports.
The LA Times reports that paramedics found the singer at his home and he was not breathing.

They performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) at the scene before taking him to the UCLA Medical Centre hospital.

No further details are immediately available.

Other reports say his mother is on the way to visit him.

Earlier this week, Jackson fans were given another chance to grab a ticket for his forthcoming UK residency.

The King of Pop is set to step out onto London's O2 arena stage on July 13.

The 50 concerts sold out in a matter of hours when tickets were released in March."


there are other websites saying he's died, but no confirmation.. who knows?

Wednesday, 24 June 2009

Track Walkin'

Pictured: Strolling home down the main line...shopper casually wandering down track is picked up by train

Last updated at 12:44 PM on 23rd June 2009

These dramatic images capture the scene as a woman casually strolls on to main line rail tracks on her way home from shopping.

She seemed oblivious to the potential dangers of walking along the line where high-speed trains regularly pass.

Fortunately for the unidentified 38-year-old, the alarm was raised and services halted.

Bristol Parkway

Path of danger: The woman strolls on the tracks (above), forcing the train driver to slam on the breaks and stop by the bridge. The shopper, carrying two bags, then walks up to the locomotive and speaks to the driver (below)

Wandering into danger: The woman strolls across the tracks as the train driver slams on his breaks and shudders to a halt in an effort not to hit her

One of those trains held up had stopped near a bridge when its driver spotted the woman.

He eased his train forward to meet her and then got down from his cabin, helping her aboard before giving her a lift to nearby Bristol Parkway.

The bizarre scenes were captured by trainspotter John Hobbs as he waited on a bridge to photograph a special service due to arrive from Birmingham.

School caretaker John, 61, from Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol, said the mystery woman appeared to be very 'laid back' despite the danger.

He said: 'I heard some shouting from the tracks so I looked down and saw three guys wearing orange jackets shouting at this woman to get off the line.

'She had a few bags of shopping with her so I thought I'd take a few pictures because it was a very unusual situation.

Fancy a lift? The driver encourages the shopper to get on board his Bristol Parkway-bound train

Fancy a lift? The driver encourages the woman to get on train (above) before she joins him in his cabin (below)

Bristol Parkway station

'She was totally oblivious to the danger because she was actually walking along the mainline and it could easily have been electrified.

'I thought she must have been suffering from some sort of illness but when I spoke to the transport police afterwards they said she was absolutely fine.'

The unnamed woman, who lives in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, is thought to have walked off the platform at Bristol Parkway Station just after 9am on Saturday.

She then strolled for 650m along the track eastwards towards Winterbourne before a cross-country train driver picked her up at 9.20am.

Train services in the area were halted between 9am and 9.30am, causing travel chaos for thousands of passengers.

Leisurely walk: The woman shortly before her near miss with the train. Police have confirmed she was not in a distressed state

Leisurely walk: The woman, shortly before her near miss, was not in a distressed state, according to police

A British Transport Police spokesman has confirmed they are investigating the incident and revealed that the woman involved was not in a disturbed state.

He said: 'Nine times out of ten when you find people on the tracks it is down to mental health issues but as far as we know this woman wasn't in a distressed state.

'After she was taken back to the platform by a train driver our officers escorted her on another train to her home in Cheltenham.

'We have now reported her to the Crown Prosecution Service for trespassing and the case is in the hands of the prosecutors.'

Three trains damaged by vandalism

Train damage
The damage to the Llandudno-Manchester Piccadilly train, the first incident on Saturday night

Three trains are out of service after a spate of vandalism during which metal and bricks were suspended from a bridge to smash the driver's window.

On Saturday evening a train travelling from Llandudno to Manchester Piccadilly was struck. Then the Holyhead to Crewe service was hit by a brick.

Another was damaged on Sunday, but this time a brick or stone was thrown.

British Transport Police said the offences could kill and could be punishable by life imprisonment.

Sergeant Andy Hemmings, of British Transport Police in Bangor, Gwynedd, said: "We're talking ultimately that people could die as a result of these actions.

"In legal terms the offence that we're looking at investigating is what we call an offence endangering the safety of persons on the railway, and that offence with intent carries life imprisonment the same as murder - so very, very serious."

Officers have been collecting forensic evidence and are said to be following other lines of inquiry. As well as plain clothes officers, there are high-visibility patrols in the area.

No-one was hurt in any of the incidents but the trains were removed from service for repair.

Anyone with information is asked to contact BTP on Freefone 0800 405040 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Train stopped by jogger on tracks

A jogger forced a train driver to apply the emergency brakes after he found her running in the middle of the tracks.

The woman jumped to the side of the tracks as the train came to a halt near Bucknell railway station in Shropshire.

The driver of the Shrewsbury to Swansea service, who rounded a curve before seeing her, was left in shock and unable to continue driving on Monday.

Police said the woman held up a hand to apologise and told the train crew she had lost her way on a footpath.

British Transport Police (BTP) officers who were called to the scene could not find the jogger following the incident, which happened at shortly after 1500 BST.

This was a very serious incident which has left a train driver in shock and the consequences could have been far worse had the driver not acted so quickly
British Transport Police

The train was travelling at about 60mph (97km/h) when the driver saw her running with her back to the train.

There was major disruption to services after the train driver was unable to carry on, police said.

A BTP spokesman said: "This was a very serious incident which has left a train driver in shock and the consequences could have been far worse had the driver not acted so quickly.

"I cannot emphasise the dangers of trespassing on the railway strongly enough as, unlike road vehicles, trains are unable to stop quickly in an emergency."

The woman police are trying to trace is described as being aged about 40, 5ft 6ins and wearing a blue vest top with white trim and blue shorts.

Anyone with information is asked to contact BTP or Crimestoppers anonymously.

Youths sought after train attack

CCTV image after the incident
The youths were seen after the slab was thrown

A £5,000 reward has been offered after vandals threw a concrete slab through the windscreen of a train.

British Transport Police (BTP) said they wanted to trace four Asian youths seen running from the scene in Lye, in the Black Country, on 1 June.

The 37-year-old driver, from Tamworth, Staffordshire, saw some youths on a footbridge before the slab hit the windscreen, injuring his arm, BTP said.

Officers also want to trace the driver of a Citroen who drove past the youths.

The operator of the train, London Midland, is offering the reward.

"We are offering this £5,000 reward in a bid to seek new information that will lead to a conviction and will do everything we can to assist BTP in identifying these offenders," a spokesman said.

"Incidents such as this are uncommon, but throwing stones at trains can have dreadful consequences and I'd urge anyone who has information to assist BTP in their enquiries to come forward."

The youths, aged between 15 and 18, are described as wearing dark clothing, with one in a hooded top with a motif on its front. Another was carrying a bag.

9 Dead in subway crash

Washington Subway, Monday 22nd June 2009 5pm

Nine people have been killed and about 70 injured in a subway train collision in Washington DC, say Metro officials. Article

Banksy boyed in Bristol

Famous Banksy mural defaced by paintballers

Vandalised: The Bristol Banksy mural which features a naked lover hanging out of a window has been defaced with splodges of blue paint

One of graffiti artist Banksy's best-loved murals has been defaced in a paintball shooting.
The image - on the wall of sexual health clinic on Park Street, Bristol - is less than a mile from the museum where Banksy's biggest-ever public exhibition is taking place.
It depicts a naked lover hanging out of a window while his mistress' husband peers out looking for him.
But the work has now been peppered with six splodges of blue paint fired from a paintball gun.
Bristol City Council decided not to remove the mural when it was created in 2006 when a public poll revealed 97 per cent of residents wanted it to stay.
Councillor Gary Hopkins today said he was 'disappointed' by the attack and the council will now pay for the paint to be removed.
He said: 'The decision to leave that work in place was a real turning point in terms of the council's approach to viewing some graffiti as art.
'Almost everyone voted to keep it but having said that there were some people who argued against us saying that condoning it was like condoning vandalism.
'Because of this I'm disappointed but not surprised by the attack. Clearly we are going to have to make certain that this blue paint is removed.
'The mural brings people to Bristol and has become something of an attraction because it is situated so close to Banksy's exhibition.'
The attack, which is believed to have happened last night, occurred just 400m from Banksy's free exhibition at Bristol City Museum.
The event, entitled Banksy versus Bristol Museum, opened on June 13 and is set to run for the next three months.

Second Banksy city mural attacked

Mild Mild West, Stokes Croft
The mural was also daubed with red paint earlier this year

A second mural in central Bristol by the graffiti artist Banksy has been defaced.

The Mild Mild West, which depicts comic policemen and a bear, has been splattered with blue paint.

On Monday, a picture painted on the side of a wall in the city's Park Street was vandalised with blue paint splashes.

The image, which was due to be restored on Wednesday, shows a naked man hanging from a window sill.

'Jealousy' motive

Businessman Albert Murphy, Conservative councillor for Avonmouth, said he was using his own cherry picker to clean the Park Street work.

"The council won't do it because they haven't got the facilities to do it and we have.

"We're going to remove the biodegradable paint first and then it can be cleaned off with soapy water and then we'll start on the picture.

The same mural in April 2009
The mural was also sprayed with red paint in April

"I'll do it myself, there's no cost to the council whatsoever."

In April, the Mild Mild West was sprayed with red paint by a group called Appropriate Media as a protest over the Stokes Croft area of the city "being gentrified"

The red paint was later cleaned by community volunteers.

The Mild Mild West was voted Bristol's favourite alternative landmark in an online poll in 2007.

Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery is showing an exhibition of Banksy's work which is due to run for 12 weeks.


'Faked' Banksy art trio charged

Banksy painting of Kate Moss
This genuine Banksy image of Kate Moss sold in 2006 for £57,600

Three people have appeared in court charged with faking artwork by the graffiti artist Banksy.

Grant Howard, 43, from south Croydon, and Lee Parker, 44, from Eastbourne, east Sussex, are charged with conspiracy to defraud.

At City of London Magistrates' Court Vesna Grande-Howard, 32, also of south Croydon, is accused of money laundering.

All three face a charge of possessing articles for use in fraud.

They are accused of forging screen prints purporting to be by controversial 'guerilla artist' Banksy, whose art has sold for hundreds of thousands of pounds.

It is also alleged they manufactured and sold faked Vivienne Westwood clothing.

The accused are due before Southwark Crown Court on 18 August.


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