Wednesday, 30 September 2009
Tuesday, 29 September 2009
Craig Costello aka KR, famous for his signature fire extinguisher paint sprayer, has just released his latest Krink product that is to top all of the before seen. An 8-Litre fully functional fire extinguisher that applies ink! Coming out in a very limited run of just 20.
Cant decide if i think this is a good thing or not. Although i like the while i like the whole fire extinguisher thing- i dont like the way it will now be available to the masses- even if the amount is 20. It opens the eyes to those who would not have previously have had access to sucj an instrument and it will no doubt end up in the hands of notorious hipsters like Pharrell Williams or Kanye West.....
Probably more applicable to the Hipsters,shoreditch massive and Guardian readers but here is a new book from Eleanor Mathiseon and Xavier A. Tapies, the authors of “Street Art and the World on Terror”. A fully illustrated tome on some of the biggest names in street art including Banksy, JR, Invader, Blu and many more
Sunday, 27 September 2009
Tuesday, 22 September 2009
Apparently, everything you get from IKEA is cheap - even the graffiti art. In Banksy's latest piece, we see a punk kid looking at directions while attempting to assemble a "large graffiti slogan" he got from the Swedish retail store.
If you look a little bit closer at the photo below, you can see the twin towers of IKEA's Croydon branch with their distinctive yellow and blue rings in the background
Saturday, 19 September 2009
Friday, 18 September 2009
Wednesday, 16 September 2009
The brainchild of so called "Graffiti writer" and more likely graphic designer, Nico189, has come up with this concept for a line of Pantone spray cans. However it has no apparent affiliation everyone's favourtite marker set Pantone Corp.
As yet no release date...
Sunday, 13 September 2009
A graffiti vandal responsible for hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of damage across London stands to make a four figure sum by selling his work.
Daniel Halpin was given an ASBO and jailed for spraying his TOX tag on trains and walls for nine years.
Now he is selling 100 canvases, bearing his notorious mark, at £75 each.
Although the law prohibits people from profiting by criminal acts, the BBC has learned he will be able to keep the cash because of a "glaring loophole".
Mr Halpin's spree began in 2001 when the tag TOX01 started to appear.
It can be seen as far afield as Paris and one London Underground manager said: "I don't know anywhere you can't see a TOX tag - they are in places even I don't know how to access."
At the height of his spree Mr Halpin, from Stockwell, south London, spent four-and-a-half months in Feltham Young Offenders Institution for breaching an ASBO.
'Passion and commitment'
In what some graffiti artists call "cashing in" on his notoriety, Mr Halpin has now begun selling prints of his tag through street art company Souled Out.
Souled Out owner Chris Bowden said of Mr Halpin's behaviour: "It's an addiction to bombing [painting] trains - he lives for it, and treats it almost like a job with research, passion and commitment.
"He just wants to 'get up' more than anyone else - that's all taggers want, to get their tag on as many walls more than anyone else in the hardest to reach spots."
The Proceeds of Crime Act prevents convicted criminals from benefiting from their crime.
Two anonymous graffiti artists give conflicting opinions on Halpin's work.
TOX's stuff is an eye sore that gives graff a bad name. There's no skill or flow involved, its just down and out vandalism - just like kids with markers writing 'I was 'ere'. It's pointless and no-one wants to look at it. Master the art, then hit the streets.
TOX is one of the greatest graffiti artists I have ever seen. With the ratio of criminal damage against arrests he should be displayed in the Tate Modern. He has embarrassed the police, outwitting all their CCTV and security schemes. He is a genius and an inspiration to all artists. TOX is a urban icon.
But Christopher Coltart, a barrister and financial crime specialist at 2 Hare Court chambers, told the BBC the legislation would not apply to Mr Halpin.
Mr Coltart said: "The difficulty is there is nothing in itself unlawful about him spraying his tag onto the canvas.
"The issue is whether he is looking to exploit previous criminal activity which has given rise to his notoriety.
"I doubt whether that is covered - you may have identified what is a glaring loophole."
The Coroners and Justice Bill - currently going through parliament - is intended to strengthen the law on profiting from crime.
But Mr Coltart said the act would still not be enough to retrieve money from the "bulletproof" graffiti artist.
He added: "It is morally wrong that he could make money from his vandalism - everyone would agree with that.
"That's why it could be viewed as a loophole that needs to be cut off."
A Ministry of Justice spokeswoman said: "There is no loophole in the Coroners and Justice Bill - the provisions will target offenders who exploit their offences."
Wednesday, 9 September 2009
Whilst the Polaroid format slowly fades away for now, the upcoming photography exhibition and book launch Like Lipstick Traces: Daily Life Polaroids from Thirteen Graffiti Writers offers a compelling look as 13 global graffiti writers from around the world share their daily exploits. Documenting their travels through the iconic instant-exposure format, it allows for some interesting insights from artists from around the world.
LIKE LIPSTICK TRACES: DAILY LIFE POLAROIDS FROM THIRTEEN GRAFFITI WRITERS
Like Lipstick Traces shows the everyday life of 13 graffiti writers. Consciously, and therefore in contrast with usual graffiti publications, it uses the peculiar medium of Polaroid. The idea was to send a Polaroid camera and about one hundred Polaroid photos to graffiti writers of different nationalities, with the task to shoot their everyday life, and to give them complete freedom in the choice of the motifs. It surely is this kind of freedom which makes this book so special, but also the fact that all these unpublished photos were taken especially for the book.
Artists involved in the book : AROE (UK), C.B.S (DE), DUMBO (IT), HONET (FR), KEGR (DK), O’CLOCK (FR), OS CURURUS (BR), RATE (USA), REMIO (NOR), ROCKY (ES), SCAN (CA)
SMASH (CH). THE E.R.S (BE)
Number of pages: 224 pages, 8.67″ x 9.84″, Hardcover, English
Copies : 2000 Limited Edition
ISBN : 978-91-85639-20-5
AUTHOR : AURÉLIEN ARBET AND JÉRÉMIE EGRY
PUBLISHED BY DOKUMENT PRESS AND HELLO
DISTRIBUTION : DOKUMENT
Monday, 7 September 2009
A mural by one of our favorite artist Banksy, which once featured on the cover of a single by rock band Blur, has been painted over by Hackney Council.
The spoof image of the Royal Family, painted on the side of a building in Stoke Newington, east London, was partially covered with black paint. The building’s owner was in tears as she begged workmen to stop. By the time she persuaded them it was almost gone.
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Hackney Council said the image was painted over in error.
Property owner Sofie Attrill gave consent for the mural to be painted on the building so it could be photographed for the launch of Blur’s 2003 single Crazy Beat. Since then it has attracted tourists from all over the world and become a local landmark.
“ We never wanted to make money out of it like many do – but it was a part of our lives. Now it’s gone ” - Sofie Attrill, building owner.
Ms Attrill, 50, a property manager who lives in the building, said workmen used rollers to cover it in black paint.
She said: “The workmen were smiling as they did it – they thought it was funny.
“I just burst into tears. But a crowd gathered and we managed to get them to stop before destroying it completely.”
Hackney Council needed permission to remove the mural because it was on private property.
Sunday, 6 September 2009
For the large majority of you that know about it (and for those who don't?) the 12 year old Saber MSK AWR roller in LA (previously viewable from space) has finally met it's match. not from JA, but from the buff!
& clip from infamy of it http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_kDm_wpXtI
& clip from infamy of it http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_kDm_wpXtI
Thursday, 3 September 2009
July 28th, 2009
Can classical music deter graffiti artists and prevent youth gathering in the subways?
The Council of Dartford, Kent, England has decided to play classical music in subways and pedestrian tunnels. For now, the speakers primarily play music of Gustav Mahler, but they plan to add Mozart and Handel as well.
According to the Telegraph, Jeremy Kite, Dartford Council leader calls this experiment a success. “People told us they feel safer and they are enjoying the music.” Subways in Blackburn and Burney have also experienced a reduction of graffitti and youth gatherings.
Given the success of subway classical music in Kent, would such an experiment work in New York City? Would passerbys be willing to exchange rap for Ravel, Tupac for Tchaikovsky, Eminem for Elgar? It would be quite interesting to see how subway patrons at 149th St. Grand Concourse, Hunts Point, or Woodlawn respond to Mahler and Mozart.