Monday, October 25, 2010

Police arrest two graffiti vandals

Great Falls Police have arrested two men wanted for allegedly vandalizing nearly 30 downtown businesses with graffiti.

18-year-old Tyler Valley and 21-year-old Christopher Ritter, both of Great Falls, were arrested downtown around 10 Saturday night.
They have been charged with felony criminal mischief.

Police believe Valley and Ritter are responsible for the graffiti vandalism that has been taking place since mid-October.
The graffiti is a green face with the word "goo" next to it, and was usually painted in the alley.

Taken from: KFBB

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Graffiti vandal who caused £45,000 damage is jailed

A graffiti vandal who was caught after filming himself spray painting trains in Essex has been jailed for a year, British Transport Police (BTP) said.

Robert Martin, 23, was caught with mobile phone footage from the railway line and pictures which showed him posing with giant cannabis plants he had grown in his back garden.

Southend Crown Court heard he caused more than £45,000 worth of damage to trains in Essex. Using the tag "Wear" he damaged 11 trains, all of which had to be taken out of service and professionally cleaned.

Martin, of Branksome Avenue, Hockley, was arrested on October 8 last year after a train driver spotted him near to a train he had just graffitied. He ran off but was stopped by two BTP officers outside Southend Victoria station and arrested.

BTP's Detective Constable Dave Rabbitt said: "This young man is a prolific graffiti vandal who caused substantial damage to a number of trains in the name of what he presumes is art.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Saint Louis Park public works employee uses web to catch graffiti taggers.

He doesn't want the spotlight but a Saint Louis Park Public Works employee has made it his mission to help apprehend graffiti taggers.

Saint Louis Park created a software program called GraffitiNet. It allows cities to catalog one tagger's work across city lines. The program not only helps catch taggers, but can helps make them responsible for damage done in more than one location. Member cities all contribute to the database giving law enforcement a wider view of a tagger's chosen turf. When a tagger is caught, they can be linked to all their work, not just the most recent graffiti.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Banksy's Opening For "The Simpsons"

In what has to be one of the most closely guarded secrets in TV history, the "couch gag" opening of tonight's episode of The Simpsons was storyboarded and directed by none other than Banksy.

In your it "ironic" or simply "self-criticism" ?

SAI 2010: Street Art Festival in Istanbul

Between the 26th August and the 16th September German artists from Munich such as Loomit, Kiam77, Satone, One2, Rosanna Schumacher, Skore 183, Neon, Squaredynamic and Blash have been painting several spots in Istanbul and working in the Nayah and Rodin cafe building in Taksim.
Locals have been representing too... Asu Ceren, Cuneyt Çelik, Cooper, Dünya Atay, Eskreyn, Fiberoptik, Fu, Funk, Goksu Gul, Jellyfishandroyale, Kmr, Küf Project, Levent Bozkurt, Mekazoo, Miray Özcan, Nnuka, Omeria, Pet05, Shione, Sesin Çıksın, TabonE, Techone, Yeni Anıt , Zoe, Wicx, Choma.

For the opening party they have invited Express Brass Band from Munich which performed in several locations around Istanbul during the project between September 9th and the 16th

Our special mention goes to Stefano from Donutstore, to the organizers ( and to all the writers-artists involved. Thank you all!!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Graffiti artists get creative in West Oakland 'battle'

OAKLAND -- The California Penal Code classifies unauthorized graffiti as "vandalism" -- a crime that can cost the offender a sizable fine or even jail time.

But Estria Miyashiro, of Oakland, a veteran of the graffiti art movement for more than two decades, hopes to change skeptics' minds about graffiti and those who practice it.
Three years ago, he launched the "Estria Invitational Graffiti Battle," a now nationally recognized competition in which respected graffiti artists from across the U.S. compete for the top title.
The 2010 edition of the battle, held Sunday in deFremery Park in West Oakland, gave about 5,000 residents and curiosity seekers a chance to interact with graffiti artists and see them in action, organizers said.
"Graffiti has two sides to it: destruction and creation," said the 42-year-old Miyashiro. "I'm trying to promote the creation side of it."

"I don't like seeing it (graffiti) on buildings and cars," said Trina Rockefeller, an Oakland resident who watched the battle. "But this is a safe place where they can express themselves."
Francisco "Twick" Aquino, a contestant in Sunday's competition, has ambitions similar to Miyashiro's.
"Graffiti has a bad name," Aquino said. "We're trying to represent the art form of it today."
When he's not preparing for the next graffiti battle, Aquino works with the Street SmARTS program, a San Francisco effort that educates youths about public art and murals versus graffiti vandalism.
Patti White, who attended the competition with neighbor John Sander, said she encounters graffiti everyday, especially in West Oakland where she lives. She said she appreciates public murals and even will seek them out when traveling. But for White, there is a distinction between "tagging" -- the description for illegal spray painting of private property -- and sanctioned graffiti or murals in public spaces.
Jaime "Vyal" Reyes' graffiti design, which features a soaring bird and reads "Oil spills, blood spills, time to heal," earned him the winning trophy in Sunday's competition. Reyes, who lives in Los Angeles and volunteers at Self Help Graphics & Art, a Latino community arts center there, welcomed the battle as an opportunity to meet people who aren't familiar with his work.
"My intent today is to change people's mind about graffiti," Reyes said. "Graffiti is a nonviolent victimless crime. At this event, people can interact with the artists and realize they aren't someone to be fearful of."

Taken from: Contracosta Times

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Chocolate Kills: Street Art video in Rome (IT) made by UNO

Mirror Stencil made by UNO.

Via degli Ausoni (San Lorenzo), Rome, IT, 2010.

Amaze Paris Fondation Cartier Graffiti

Amaze graffiti in Paris for the Fondation Cartier.
The piece is so big, i couldn't get enough space on the back to film it in one shot...

To see more about Amaze, CLICK HERE!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Banos and Mckoy graffiti on train

A train graffiti by Banos and Mckoy filmed in Nuremberg (Germany).

To see more about Banos, CLICK HERE!

Graffiti: the unseen beautiful hand of hip hop culture

The name graffiti is an Italian word, derived from graffito, which means scrapping or tagging on the walls.
For years when hip hop culture came to life, graffiti came to be a sub culture or element of hip hop, which has contributed significantly to the whole movement of the music genre.
Graffiti evolved into a cultural existence, which penetrated hip hop music adding to other elements, such as break dancing, Djing, Mceeing or Rap (Rhythm and Poetry), a lifestyle that remains hidden from the public view or the general public scope. Although graffiti has been perceived with negativity due to its link to gangsterism, it has continued to silently blossom into another important stake of hip hop culture as part of the communication of positive messages about the hip hop conscious mandate, e.g. paintings of the names of the lost members of hip hop, or messages of oppression from governments on certain groups.

According to its history, Graffiti goes back to ancient Rome but gained much momentum when it was introduced on the streets of New York in the late 60s, where it was done on the subway trains by Hip Hop artists.
In hip hop festivals, one would find different artists doing all the elements, Break dancing, Djing, Mceeing and taking on the podium with rap skills and other artists showing their skills on the wall doing graffiti art with the use of spray paints or any other paints.
However, the art has grown to the point that it is now even printed on everything, including clothing, shop walls and, among the hip hop heads, it has even turned into a competition where hip hop graffiti artists can battle, compete and display.

Francistown-based Hip Hop graffiti artist, Kgosietsile Choppa Moalosi, told the Sunday Standard in an interview that he liked the art since Secondary School when he fell in love with hip hop world-acclaimed groups like the Naughty by Nature, Slum Village and Kriss Kross.
“During those days we used to paint pictures and would compete with some of the guys in my location by spraying paints on walls at night when people were asleep but it was risky though,” he reveals.
He went on to indicate that his passion for graffiti developed after he saw the paintings of the late slain rappers, Tupac Shakur and Notorius B.I.G in a magazine, which were painted on the walls on the streets of New York.
He added that he now does it on his notepads not on the walls as it would get him in conflict with the law but maintained that he has even done it inside the walls of his rooms.

However, although graffiti has not been embraced by the wider communities, it continues to grow at an escalating rate and has continued to be appreciated by hip hop culture, which is the fastest growing industry in the world.

Taken from: Sunday Standard

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Affiliation with Street Art Attack!

It's a pleasure for us to introduce a new affiliated site: Street Art Attack!
One of the best blog about the Italian Street Art!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Police make arrest in hunt for 'Soak' graffiti artist

POLICE have arrested a man in connection with hundreds of graffiti tags daubed across Oxford and last night warned more arrests could follow.
Officers have been trying to catch the vandal responsible for daubing the word ‘Soak’ across buildings, bus stops and bins for the past two months.
Last night, they admitted there were probably copy-cat taggers operating too, and revealed a new tag ‘Flie’ had appeared on the street.
They have renewed an appeal to the public for information.
A 20-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage on Thursday. He was later released on bail until December 1.
Pc Peter Ciechan, of the city centre neighbourhood policing team, said: “We believe more than one person is responsible for this and we’re still looking for others.
“Inquiries are ongoing and there might be further arrests in the future.
“We’re asking the public to be vigilant and let us know if they have any information.
“There is more than one tag that has appeared.
“Soak is the main tag but Flie has also gone up alongside it, which we think is someone else.”
Pc Ciechan said it was hard to say whether the problem had got worse last month. He said: “It is hard to know what’s new and what isn’t. The reports coming in seem to be a lot less.”

Taken from: Oxford Mail

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Graffiti art gains ground in Echo Park

A new Echo Park paint supply store and graffiti art hub opened last week in Echo Park, stoking excitement and concern in the community. Montana Cans, a designer spray-paint brand from Germany markets itself as “from the artist scene to the artist scene,” opened an East-side store minutes from Dodger Stadium.
A party last Friday announced the stores arrival to the neighborhood with live spray-painting by notable graffiti artists like Risk, Revok, and the Ma’Claim team.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Cops nab longtime Bronx graffiti artist Fernando (Cope2) Carlo after he tags subway car

A longtime Bronx graffiti artist who claimed to have gone mainstream returned to his roots by tagging a subway car uptown, police said.

Fernando Carlo - whose graffiti has covered trains, walls, and trucks since the late '70s - was busted this week. Police said Carlo, better known as Cope or Cope2, slipped into a subway yard at 207th St., using a train as his personal canvas.

"It was a nighttime hit," he told police after his arrest Wednesday morning, according to court records. "I don't paint trains in the daytime. I went through the side gate by the gas station. I buffed out my tag, COPE. I just did it and drove away."

Police said Carlo, 41, spray-painted a train Sept. 11, 2009, using black, blue, purple and pink. Cops said he wasn't busted until this week, because they were waiting for him to return from abroad.
"It was a spur-of-the-moment thing," he told police.

Investigators said Carlo tagged a train at the same yard in October of 2008, using the colors blue, pink, red and yellow. He was charged with two counts of felony criminal mischief and one count of making graffiti, a misdemeanor.

Carlo was released on his own recognizance after his arraignment Wednesday night. He declined comment when reached by phone yesterday.

The South Bronx graffiti artist started tagging trains as early as age 11. He once proclaimed himself "King of the #4 line."

Friday, October 1, 2010

Graffiti arrests highlight growing problem, police say

The word “Zombie” was spray-painted throughout Lynn Ary Park near Foraker Drive, where the four were arrested. The designs are similar to those seen throughout the city, starting about two months ago.
“There was some tagging going on so the officers, as they approached, were seen by the suspects who all ran away into the woods,” said APD spokesperson Lt. Dave Parker. “Ultimately the officers were able to capture all four of the suspects, two of them being adults, two were juveniles.”
Arrested were 20-year-old Aric Hanley-Gurley, 21-year-old Garrett thomas, and two teens -- one a German exchange student.
“Criminal mischief in the third degree is a felony crime,” Parker said. “People don't realize, this is not just some innocent little person out there making mischief -- this is a person who is committing a crime that costs people  a lot of money.”   
It also means some roads, like the Minnesota Drive underpass at Hillcrest Drive, will have to be temporarily closed so graffiti painted there can be erased.
“We definitely need to do that -- there's not enough room for him to pull his truck off the side of the road there under that underpass to do the work,” said Mike Fleagle with the city’s Department of Maintenance and Operations.
And guess who pays for the work? You -- the Anchorage taxpayer.
“It is taxpayers’ money that is being used to clean up after these vandals -- and yes, I will call them vandals,” Fleagle said. “They may call it art, but it’s vandalism to us. There are city ordinances against it, the muni wants to remain graffiti-free; it’s in the ordinance, so it is frustrating.”
The four alleged taggers are charged with criminal mischief in the third degree and resisting arrest.   
Police say graffiti is an under-reported crime, and encourage people to report it on APD’s website. Officials say any graffiti that causes more than $500 in property damage is a felony.


Taken from: Ktuu

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