A film by David Em about 1970s Los Angeles graffiti artists.
Charlie Ahearn’s legendary 1983 film.
This is your last weekend to check out The RAMM:ΣLL:ZΣΣ Galaxseum at The Children’s Museum of the Arts, and while the Letter Racers have already been taken down it’s still worth a visit.
André makes a short film for his “Love Graffiti.”
Photographs by Dave Schubert
DC History right here. Narrated by Henry Rollins, and premiering February 23rd at the AFI Silver Theater located in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Discover the “other” Washington of the 1980s through the story of legendary graffiti artist Cool “Disco” Dan, a mysterious, ubiquitous presence during the height of go-go music, record crime rates and city-wide dysfunction. Few people knew every block of the city like Dan, and as intrigue about his identity grew, his illegal scrawl became a unifying force for a city on the verge of chaos. Narrated by DC native Henry Rollins and featuring interviews with “Mayor for Life” Marion Barry, civil rights activist Rev. Walter Fauntroy, punk rock historian and activist Mark Andersen and musicians Chuck Brown and Ian MacKaye, this documentary from filmmakers Joseph Pattisall and Roger Gastman (producer, EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP) tells a fascinating chapter of DC history.
DIR Joseph Pattisall; PROD Roger Gastman. US, 2012, color and b&w, 90 min. NOT RATED
Blade and Maze paint that famous wall in Orchard Beach, recognizable in Spraycan Art. (film starts at 3:24)
Last night in the depths of MoMA, GZA, Adam Mansbach, José Parla, and Alan Ket were onstage discussing and exploring connections between graffiti and literature, and the hip-hop world. Afterwards, an invigorated crowd kept the conversation flowing to tunes from DJ J. Period and each took home a copy of Mansbach’s new book Rage Is Back.
Christos Katsiaouni was there for some pictures.
If you were to mash-up components from IT with Wild Style, and then gave the resulting work an adventurous narrative you might begin to understand Adam Mansbach’s great new novel Rage Is Back. A breezy, enjoyable read for anyone with a nostalgia for graffiti in a bygone era of NYC, the book has the added bonus of a cover and drop caps designed by KEO.
Pre-order now (onsale date is January 10th)
A videotape by Henry Chalfant
Part of the Converse Wall to Wall project.
If you haven’t already, check out Joe’s show at Klughaus which is up until January 1st.