The First Graffiti Artist is a 1976 student documentary by Ian Potts featuring artist Walter Kershaw. In between catching a tag and riding his motorcycle around town, Walter talks about the necessity for colorful murals in the ‘muted’ industrial surroundings of North West England, and how his main goal is to cheer commuters up as they pass by in the distance.
Prints from Austin McManus’s Partner In Crime series are now available for purchase in editions of 20. You can never really go wrong looking at a girl spray painting on something, so take that focus inside the house and buy a print now.
Chances are if you have ever read a book on graffiti you’ve seen the credit from the Collection of Martin Wong. Residing on the Lower East Side in the 1970s and 80s, artist Martin Wong forged relationships and mentored early graffiti artists—his studio acting as an impromptu clubhouse—and collected as much work from them as possible. Five years before his death in 1999, Wong left the entire collection to the Museum of the City of New York, helping to preserve the history of this important ongoing art movement. On February 4th, “City as Canvas: Graffiti Art From the Martin Wong Collection” opens to the public, featuring “never-before-seen highlights of this collection.”
Related: Classic Blackbook Pages from the Collection of Martin Wong
You click the buy button and deplete your bank account of $250 (plus shipping). Sometime afterward, LUSH paints your name on a wall, photographs it, then sends the image file to 1XRun print house for printing and certification. They do those things, pack it up, then ship it to your home or business. You open the box and see your name in the picture. It’s all about you. The world is yours.
On view at the Bleecker Street Arts Club through February 22nd.
Photos by Christos Katsiaouni
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PREF is a British graffiti artist.
He can be followed on instagram at @john_prefsquat