Attempting to keep the city clean of graffiti in 2010.
Inside the Crumbling 5 Pointz by Tessa Stuart
The Queens Graffiti Mecca 5 Pointz Was Never Just About the Painting on the Outside
Live from the Graffiti Underground by Jamie Maleszka
Decades before street artists like Banksy could ignite an Internet firestorm and fetch millions, three guys with a video camera and a stack of VHS tapes set out to share the gritty story of NYC graffiti.
Seems some grown-up people are getting pretty pissed off at Wicked Campervans backside slogans.
Beneath The Streets: The Hidden Relics of New York’s Subway System is a new book out by JURNE and Matt Litwack that explores New York’s underground through the artistic lens of a graffiti writer. We caught a couple moments of the co-authors time to find out more about the book and life below the city that never sleeps.
How did the idea for Beneath the Streets come about?
Matt Litwack: During my high school days, I would explore the NYC subway tunnels. I became fascinated with the graffiti, the history, and the general danger of the underground. JURNE and I wanted to create a book that was able to examine the subway system from a sociological, historical, and artistic perspective. We wanted people to be able to see what it’s like for graffiti artists to explore these environments.
Jurne: We’ve been drawn to these hidden or tucked-away city environments for nearly 2 decades, exploring and painting them. The New York City subway tunnel system is one of the most expansive and oldest public transportation systems in the world. With that comes a lot of history, and a lot of potential stories to tell about experiences inside the subway tunnels. There’s a tradition of folklore or story telling that goes hand in hand with graffiti writing. Capturing this story of the New York city subway tunnels, exploration, and graffiti writing inside them was something that Matt and I talked about doing for a long time.
Can you describe your first journey underground into the subway tunnels?
Jurne: I remember stepping off the platform into the dark tunnel, and feeling like I was crossing a threshold into a dangerous place, with dim red light illuminating the 3rd rail, and the slow hiss of air coming from pipes over head. It was pretty terrifying. I was immediately fascinated.
Matt Litwack: The first time I ventured underground was with a much older, established and experienced individual. I was fortunate to have someone with such knowledge show me the ropes. Regardless, I was still terrified and didn’t know what to expect or what I might encounter.
Dating back to the 5th century BC, these large dick drawings are carved into limestone outcroppings on the Aegean island of Astypalaia.
Hugo Kaagman has been active on the streets since 1978
This self-published book by CLOWN TITS Crew features 86 pages of style inspiration.
INSA and MADSTEEZ get large and animated in Taiwan.
Roger Gastman is a great collector of things. Weird classifieds, rare graffiti propaganda, children’s toys, vintage spraypaint, art by serial killers… he’s got it all and more. For TOOLS OF CRIMINAL MISCHIEF, his most recent show which opens tonight at The Seventh Letter Flagship Store and Gallery in LA, Roger has placed on display a robust selection of these artifacts for viewing and consumption. Since his instagram is about the only way we can observe Roger’s daily collectings, we pulled images of some of our favorite digital ephemera, and asked Roger to explain. What follows is the result of our online conversation also known as “explain this picture.”
Manfred Kirchheimer’s newly restored 1981 film Stations of the Elevated premieres at BAM on June 27th. Achieving cult status with those embedded in the hip-hop and cinema communities, the film—the original soundtrack of which featured a heavy dose of Charles Mingus—will be accompanied by live music from the Mingus Dynasty.
Anyone who has been on the streets of NYC in the past year would be blind not to have noticed the bold work of WANE COD gracing the sides of box trucks and vans across the five boroughs. Here’s a sampling courtesy of the ISOking