Bless This CES

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The first writer in Avi Gold’s new enamel pin artist series is CES TMT. 

The History of Los Angeles Graffiti Art: Volume Two – 1989 to 1994

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One for the home library.

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Inside the Vandal Squad circa 1984

A clip from the BBC documentary Beat This!: A Hip-Hop History, directed by Dick Fontaine.

 

 

“Freedom to Write”

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FREEDOM reminisces on his first visit to what would become the “Freedom” Tunnel.

“In 1974 (at the tender age of 14), my older brother took me to the Freedom Tunnel for the first time. The location wasn’t named that back then, it was just a freight train tunnel that ran for 3 miles beneath Riverside Park from West 72nd to West 122nd Streets. We entered through a Parks bathroom that had a gaping hole in its floor—an entrance that had been created by Steve 161 with a stick of dynamite and subsequently covered with a large piece of plywood. After climbing through the blasted area, we slid down an embankment of dirt and landed at the base of the train tracks. The two of us spent the day climbing up and down the sides of parked trains, practicing our tags with the small can of spray paint we had with us until it ran out, then we headed home. I had no idea how significant an event that day would become.”

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Tracksides. Tunnels. Rooftops.

JURNE – ‘Science-ism,’ A short film by Selina Miles

Post-Graffiti

Congrats to POSE on being one of CNN International’s “Ones To Watch.”

Disappearing Trolls and Ancient Italian Graffiti

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All included in this oh-so-wordy review of the book GRAFFITI AND THE LITERARY LANDSCAPE IN ROMAN POMPEII.

“This Technically Counts As Showing Work at the MoMA”

The Story of Steve Powers, as told by Steve Powers during his recent Creative Mornings talk.

Two Guys, Three Pillars

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Barry McGee and Eddie Martinez in conversation

photo by Clément Pascal

The Wheatpasting Man With a Porsche Cayenne

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After going All City again, COST got busted the other night on the westside. And as evidenced by their freaking press release and terrible clothing, the NYPD couldn’t be prouder.

The Legend Continues

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The ESS x Bomit “Kilroy Was Here” blank sticker pack

“Art Buff”

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A new piece by Banksy cheekily* highlights the art of graffiti removal.

*we only use this word to describe things of British origin

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The Story Behind SEEN and the Hollywood Sign

The year was 1985, and it took SEEN 12 hours and 50 cans of spraypaint to put his name on the iconic landmark.

via, HYB

Picture of the Day

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Dave Schubert

TWIST ESPO SOPE, 1995

Krink Ventures into Mean Streak Territory

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Introducing the K-80, a Permanent Marking Stick that’s fun to use until it reaches a frozen surface.

Adventure Tip: twist two colors completely out of their cases, cut each in half lengthwise, then match opposites and twist back in.

The Writing On The Wall

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Out of print since 1976, Roger Perry’s The Writing On The Wall has been called “the original book of London graffiti.” Featuring more street sayings than street sprayings, it’s a fine look at 1970’s London counterculture.

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Viva El Barto

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The “Spray it, don’t say it” pin

Getting Up in the Food World

Chef Edward Lee finds similarities between catching a tag and cooking a signature dish.

Go Get’Em Boys

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REVOK, REYES and STEEL are suing Roberto Cavalli for ganking their artwork, using it for his own profit on pieces for his Just Cavalli fashion line, and then ironically going over them with his own wack tag. All the proof is in this exclusive document we’ve received, which you can view after the jump.

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