Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Man jailed for London Bridge and Waterloo railway graffiti

A man who sprayed graffiti on trains and railway structures - including many incidents around London Bridge and Waterloo - has been sentenced to 21 months in prison. 
24-year-old Lewis Shillingford from Lewisham was sentenced at Blackfriars Crown Court on Friday 9 December after he pleaded guilty to 22 charges of criminal damage, a burglary and common assault. 

He was also handed a five-year antisocial behaviour order (ASBO). 

Shillingford, who had previously been convicted for similar graffiti offences using a particular tag in 2002, was arrested by detectives from the British Transport Police graffiti squad after the tag began to reappear in south London this year. 

He was tracked down after officers found links to the tag 'CHEWZ' on a Facebook page. When arrested he was found in possession of various graffiti paraphernalia. He was released on conditional bail to return in August but failed to return. Officers caught up with Shillingford and he was arrested again on Tuesday 1 November. 

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Banksy Rat Mural on Canal Street, Chinatown, New York City

Behold! The latest Banksy rat mural, right on Canal St and West Broadway. This one is particularly clever—look closely: yes, it is finished! :)

This means I am now passing by two of these murals on my way to work, and a third one is right there in the Soho / Chinatown area as well, to be uploaded shortly.

I was lucky enough to snap a picture of the work in progress, to be posted in comments below.

Taken from: FlickR

To see more about Banksy, CLICK HERE!

Sunday, October 23, 2011


A great video about BRUS from Rome (Italy) to celebrate his 10th year on the graffiti stage.

To see more about Brus, CLICK HERE!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

D*Face Ridiculous Pool Paint attack.

Experimental and slightly mental. The D*Face spray paint skateboard interface. What better way to paint the pool then letting everyone get involved? With high-tech remotely controlled spray can apparatus mounted to the underside of skateboards...every line a skater took became the paint job of the pool.

Friday, June 24, 2011

NYC Government Cock Blocks Graffiti Exhibit at Brooklyn Museum

Cities are known for a few things: being loud, busy and covered in graffiti. Most of the graffiti is unsightly and relatively predictable—a person’s name, a few expletives and maybe an ugly mushroom or two—but some of it is gorgeous and elaborate.

Graffiti, the good and the bad, ornaments a city’s visage. The process of creating street art is still an underground operation, and while some cities like LA have tapped into its unique beauty and have brought it above ground, other places like Brooklyn would prefer to keep it where it already is.

The Brooklyn Museum was set to host the “Arts in the Streets” exhibition currently on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. The show would have attracted graffiti enthusiasts from all over the city whose only opportunity to appreciate the art is searching for it scattered throughout the boroughs and at 5 Pointz in Queens.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Justin Timberlake co-owns a Banksy piece

Justin Timberlake is the proud new co-owner of a rare Banksy print.

The pop superstar recently made the pricey purchase with a close pal and they have an agreement in place allowing them to display the artwork for a few months at a time before handing it over to the other.

He tells Vanity Fair magazine, "I split it with a friend, so we each get to keep it for a little while."

Artworks by the reclusive British artist typically sell for between $50,000 (£31,250) to $100,000 (£62,500).

Timberlake isn't the only celebrity Banksy fan - Jake Gyllenhaal received a piece from his mother for his 30th birthday in December (10).

Taken from: ContactMusic

To see more about Banksy, CLICK HERE!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Banksy hit Rio de Janeiro.. Or not?

A UK website is claiming that internationally known street artist, Banksy, has hit the Rio de Janeiro’s ‘Christ the Redeemer‘ statue a few nights ago transforming it into a statue of Osama Bin Laden. Can this be true? Did Banksy pull off the unimaginable?

“With allegations of police corruption running rife, the James Bond of modern art was somehow able to approach the giant statue by helicopter, apparently using a specially adapted cannister and spray nozzle – similar to that used for insecticide – to apply the paint.”

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

French artists allegedly vandalized LA buildings

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles police are looking for two French citizens suspected of vandalizing a downtown office building near where a groundbreaking graffiti art exhibit will open on Sunday.

Officer Jack Richter tells the Los Angeles Times that city authorities detained the two men on a fire escape Friday morning. They were released at the scene but police still want to talk to them. Police believe the men are in town for the Museum of Contemporary Art's "Art in the Streets" exhibit.

Police and business owners say there's been a jump in vandalism and graffiti leading up to Sunday's opening.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

San Jose giraffe graffiti artist to pay $38,000 restitution

San Francisco resident Steven Free (a 32-year-old man), known on the street as "Girafa", will pay the city and local property owners $38,000, a judge has ruled.

He will also serve three years' probation after pleading guilty to two felony counts of vandalism and a pair of misdemeanor vandalism charges, San Jose police said Thursday.

The restitution will pay back the city and private property owners for the damage investigators were able to document.

Police said the capture was especially significant because they subscribe heavily to the "broken windows" crime theory.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

MOCA’s ‘Art in the Streets’ displays works of graffiti

Graffiti art has moved from the streets and onto an exhibition, the first of its kind in the United States, at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles.

Art in the Streets opened on April 17 at the Geffen Contemporary, and includes artworks by 50 world-known artists from the graffiti and street art community (like Fab 5 Freddy from New York, Margaret Kilgallen from San Francisco, Shepard Fairey from Los Angeles, Os Gemeos from São Paulo and JR from Paris), performances by hip hop dancers and skate demonstrations from Nike SB crews.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Friday, May 6, 2011

Banksy produces 'souvenir' poster of Bristol riots

The image was described on Banksy's website as a "fine commemorative souvenir poster"
Banksy has created a new image depicting a Tesco Value petrol bomb in the wake of riots in the city.

Last month, police raided a squat opposite the Tesco store saying they had intelligence that petrol bombs were being made there.

That led to a large protest in the early hours of 22 April and was followed by a second demonstration on 28 April.

Officers have arrested 37 people and charged nine people over the two protests.

A Tesco Express store was damaged during the trouble

The new image was released with a statement which said: "Banksy has produced this fine commemorative souvenir poster."
The piece, clearly inspired by the two riots in the Cheltenham Road area last month, is to go on sale this weekend: copies will be sold for £5 at the Bristol Anarchist Bookfair on Saturday.

 To see more about Banksy, CLICK HERE!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Tagger vandalizes Little Tokyo Gold Line station

A tagger has vandalized the Little Tokyo Gold Line station across from the "Art in the Streets" exhibit at the Geffen Contemporary museum.

Workers from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority quickly painted over the graffiti, which appeared over the last several days.

Dozens of tags, including monikers and larger "bombs" turned up on several commercial buildings behind 1st Street, as well as on dumpsters and light poles within a stone's throw of the museum's entrance.

The exhibition features paintings, mixed-media sculptures and interactive installations by 50 artists, emphasizing Los Angeles' "role in the evolution of graffiti and street art, with special sections dedicated to seminal local movements, such as cholo graffiti and Dogtown skateboard culture."

Friday, April 15, 2011

Rat mural removed in Oceanside

The rat mural
On February 25, a large rat showed up on Bull Taco in Oceanside and caused much speculation that it was done by the famous street artist Banksy. Banksy was rumored to be in Southern California for the Oscars that weekend.

The British artist confirmed after some days that it wasn't his work.

The North County Times reports the owner of the shop decided he didn't want the mural because "If the artwork was unwanted, it would be considered graffiti and would need to be removed".

And finally, city workers removed it.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Singer Joss Stone backs bid to save Queens graffiti artists' haven 5Pointz

Recording artist Joss Stone has thrown her support behind an effort to preserve 5Pointz, a Long Island City factory building that has become a mecca for graffiti art.

The soul and blues songstress has taken to Twitter to try to prevent 5Pointz from being razed to make way for residential towers.

She posted a link to the online petition, "Show Ur Love to 5Pointz," asking others to sign it.

"It would be so sad to see this place die," she tweeted.

Stone noted in an earlier tweet that she had filmed her music video for the song "Tell Me Bout It" at 5Pointz. The petition has more than 2,800 signatures so far.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Banksy 'NOLA' mural expected to fetch up to £80,000 at auction

A work created by Banksy is expected to fetch up to £80,000 at auction.

The image entitled "NOLA" (that was designed to commemorate the third anniversary of Hurricane Katrina) depicts a young girl sheltering from rain under an umbrella, and is one of more than a dozen murals that Banksy sprayed onto buildings around the city of New Orleans.

The work is being sold by Bonhams on April 13.

The sale also includes another famous Banksy image, "Balloon Girl", which has an estimate of £30,000 to £50,000.

To see more about Banksy, CLICK HERE!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Police arrest two teens for Annaville graffiti spree

CORPUS CHRSITI - Corpus Christi police have arrested two teens they think went on a weekend graffiti spree in the Annaville area. Police say two 17 year old boys, Brandon Alaniz and Jose Cardenas have been booked at the city detention center.

The teens are suspected of spray painting little league parks, fences, and the wall of the old Annaville elementary school. A judge set damages at $15,000 each.

Detectives said the teens admitted to the crime, saying they found spray paint cans in a garage that had been left open.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

French street artist JR takes over Los Angeles

Banksy isn't the only artist to have made the Los Angeles streets his own. French graffiti artist JR has also been covering the face of the City of Angels with Wrinkles.

French photographer, street artist and award-winning filmmaker JR arrived in Los Angeles last week to exhibit his latest artwork, entitled 'Wrinkles of the City'.

The project showcases his art in the form of wall-sized black and white photos wheat-pasted on buildings both big and small. The unique public art exhibit featured close-up views of people’s faces and left the city’s street art admirers and aspiring photographers abuzz with excitement.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Royal wedding graffiti appears in London but is it a Banksy?

A Banksy-style piece of graffiti inspired by the Royal Wedding has appeared on London's Bond Street.

The image shows a black and white picture of the Queen holding a spray can as she finishes painting Will + Kate inside a pink heart with paint dripping down.

It has been sprayed on scaffolding hoardings outside a shop. The stencil-type style has led to suggestions it could have been created by international artist Banksy, the mysterious graffiti master famous for his witty paintings and secrecy.

But its presence on temporary hoardings rather than a permanent building has led others to believe it is a copycat. Banksy has recently tagged in California, however, where he sprayed an LA water tank with the words: "This looks a bit like an elephant."

The royal wedding picture has not been included on his official website.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Moses Graffiti (pt.3)

Moses: walls and trains graffiti from all over the world.

Click HERE to see the pt.1

Click HERE to see the pt.2

Saturday, March 19, 2011

UK graffiti artist EINE bombs San Francisco

If you’ve been walking around the Mission, Tenderloin or Nob Hill, you might have seen huge block letters showing up on walls and shutters.

It’s the work of London-based street artist EINE, who painted the 26 letters of the alphabet around these San Francisco neighborhoods and painted one large work, "We Rock Hardest," above the KFC restaurant on Polk and Eddy Streets.

EINE, a.k.a. Ben Flynn, uses both canvas and city walls to play with large-scale typography and the English language. His early claim to fame was to make “Vandalism” look pretty, literally. He wrote the word on a wall in London.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

5Pointz fans hope petition will save Queens graffiti artists' haven

Graffiti artists are known by the tags they scrawl on buildings, but yesterday they were hoping their real signatures can save the 5Pointz factory in Long Island City.

Local spray-painters are circulating several petitions against the proposed demolition of 5Pointz, an urban art mecca since the early 1990s.

But factory owner Jerry Wolkoff said yesterday that he still wants to replace the graffiti-caked structure with two residential towers.

"For years, there have been people in the community who have been asking me to take it down because it is an eyesore," he said.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Los Angeles wants to stop tagger from making money off art

LOS ANGELES—A graffiti vandal who caused hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage to Los Angeles property is trying to make it in the legitimate art world—but the city attorney doesn't want him profiting from his notoriety.

The Los Angeles Times says the city attorney sued Cristian Gheorghiu and nine others last year. The suit seeks at least $1 million in penalties and a court order barring them from making money off artwork under their street names.

The 34-year-old Gheorghiu has an arrest record dating back to 1999. He was ordered to pay $28,000 in restitution after a 2007 felony conviction.

But Gheorghiu now sells legitimate artworks under his tag, "Smear."

Some graffiti vandals, such as the British Banksy, have become artistic sensations.

Peter Bibring, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, says the suit violates artistic freedom.

Taken from: Mercury News

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

5Pointz becomes more of an attraction ahead of possible redevelopment

With the future of a Queens landmark is uncertain, it's becoming even more of an attraction.

Dozens gathered Saturday at the 5Pointz building in Long Island City, which has been a public art gallery for graffiti for more than eight years.

But the building's owner, Jerry Wolkoff, wants to redevelop the land.

With more than 300 different works on the building, artists say it provides a space for graffiti like no other.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Street art and graffiti get museum exhibition in Los Angeles

The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles is presenting Art in the Streets, a major exhibition that follows the history of graffiti and street art, from April 17 to August 8, featuring the work of 50 seminal artists from around the world, including Fab 5 Freddy (New York), Shepard Fairey (Los Angeles), Os Gerneos (Sao Paulo) and JR (Paris).

The show offers a record of this distinctive public art, and of the influential artists and styles that have developed over the last half-century, from tagging to elaborate designs on subway trains.

Other New York graffiti artists in the exhibition include Futura, Swoon and the Fun Gallery's renowned artists Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat, who connected with the street art community.

Los Angeles street artists will also be emphasized, such as Mister Cartoon, RETNA, SABER, RISK, and Craig R. Stecyk III, as well as cholo graffiti and Dogtown skateboard culture. The show will open with a skate ramp designed by pro-skater Lance Mountain and artist George McFetridge.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Banksy’s Reflection of L.A. is truer than most

At its core, art is subversive, dangerous, anti-authority, and often times derided in the moment it is created. This was never truer than with the multi-talented street artist Banksy.

His recent splash of art that was spewed on our city is one that was probably sparked due to his directorial film debut, "Exit Through the Gift Shop" and its Oscar nomination in the Best Documentary category. The film would ultimately lose out to the financial meltdown doc, "Inside Job." The images that have popped up around the city consist of a young, machine-gun-wielding boy, shooting multi-colored, chain-fed crayons in a field of rainbow colored flowers with a smiling sunshine looking on in bliss in Westwood. Also on display was a titillating Sunset Boulevard billboard. Banksy drew an inebriated and happy handed Mickey Mouse groping the billboard model, while Minnie Mouse looked on with a cocaine-infused grin.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Teenager arrested in Gloucester Twp. graffiti case

GLOUCESTER TWP. — Since November of 2010, there have been over 30 incidents of graffiti througout the township, but police have finally made an arrest.

Osman Lopez-Rodriquez Jr, 19, of Hobart Drive in Gloucester Township has been arrested and charged with 32 counts of criminal mischief for spray painting the graffiti, according to police.

Police said Lopez Rodriquez is accused of spray painting the monikers “JR” and “JUNR” on various walls throughout the business section on Blackwood-Clementon Road. The graffiti was also spray painted on residential fences throughout the vicinity, police said.

Lopez-Rodriquez was processed and released on criminal summons.

Taken from: South Jersey Local News

Friday, March 11, 2011

Hard line on Glen Eira graffiti

GLEN Eira’s “concerning” graffiti is in the spotlight as Caulfield MP David Southwick takes a tough stand.
“Unfortunately there is no silver bullet to fix this problem but taking a hard line combined with prevention and education programs are desperately needed.”
He said Glen Eira Council could apply for up to $25,000 funding and community groups could apply for grants of up to $10,000 under the Coalition’s $29 million community crime prevention program.
Council spokesman Paul Burke said it would apply for the funding if it “assisted and complemented” the council’s existing programs.
But $210,000 had already been spent on a one-off cleaning blitz after a zero-tolerance approach was adopted in June 2009.
In five months more than 15,000sq m of graffiti had been removed from 1377 residential, commercial and industrial properties, he said.
The council had also spent $234,000 on removing graffiti in the last financial year.

Taken from: Caulfield Glen Eira Leader Wherelive

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Queens Graffiti Mecca faces redevelopment

The Five Pointz graffiti "mecca" in Long Island City, Queens
It’s a sad day for New York's street artists. Developers are planning to bulldoze Five Pointz in Queens, an icon of graffiti culture worldwide, and replace it with new high rises.

Since 1993, the former warehouse space in Long Island City has served as an informal training ground and gallery for street artists from around the city. The space is regularly visited by graffiti and hip-hop fans from around the world, earning it a reputation as a street art mecca. Owner Jerry Wolkoff has allowed the artists to use the space rent-free for over a decade, but not for much longer.

Within two weeks, Wolkoff will formally submit redevelopment plans for review. The $350 million dollar project will include two residential buildings towering up to 40 stories high. The project will include shops and a supermarket, as well as a wall for graffiti artists to continue practicing their craft, and studio spaces for artists Wolkoff has formed relationships with over the years.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Graffiti artist's attacker gets three-year sentence

MONTREAL — To his sister, mother and father, he was Brian Kachur, a 19 year-old dearly attached to his family. To most of his friends he was Razor, a graffiti artist whose passion cost him his life.

On November 15, 2009, two teenagers aged 14 and 15 bludgeoned Kachur to death while he was working on another piece of his unique brand of art.

The reason for the brutal attack? The pair was angry he was covering their own graffiti.

Monday, March 7, 2011

LA employs new database to track graffiti vandals

LOS ANGELES — Authorities are creating a database that will be used to store photographs of graffiti vandalism, enabling investigators to track hot spots where such activity is on the rise, they announced Friday.

The city currently spends $10 million a year cleaning up graffiti, and last year painted over 31 million square feet of vandalized surfaces.

Clean-up crews are being equipped with smart phones and told they must photograph any graffiti they are going to remove.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Ders & Vibes big mural

A great work by DERS (from Basel, Switzerland) & VIBES (from Brighton, GB)

(Click on the images to enlarge them)

Friday, March 4, 2011

OCEANSIDE: Rat Mural is not a Banksy

UPDATE: Rat mural removed in Oceanside

A mural of a rat flying a kite that appeared overnight on the side of a taco shop in Oceanside is not the work of internationally know graffiti artist Banksy, according to a public relations firm representing the artist.

The mural appeared seemingly out of nowhere Friday morning on a large, blank wall on the side of a building housing the Bull Taco shop on South Coast Highway.

Nancy Willen of Acme PR in Los Angeles said in an e-mail to the North County Times Wednesday evening that the mural was not by Banksy.

The owners of the restaurant could not be reached for comment Wednesday night. A woman who answered the phone at the restaurant said it did not matter to her that the mural was not by the anonymous British street artist.

"We liked it even before we knew," said the woman, who declined to give her name.

She said the owners had no intention to remove the mural.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Hallelujah! Graffiti artist Retna goes Global

Retna, the 31-year-old artist from Los Angeles, opened his first New York solo exhibition last week, and I got to see what it’s like to be an artist at the peak of his powers.

Retna, whose real name is Marquis Lewis, comes from a graffiti background. The nom de plume – derived from a Raekwon song – was originally given to a friend. “I gave him a sketch, and he went and battled some dude and he lost,” Retna said previously in an interview with Upper Playground. “He wasn’t even supposed to battle anyone anyway with my sketch that I gave him. And on top of that he lost, so that really pissed me off, so I took the name back.”

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Graffiti art's new Berlin Wall

Between Berlin and Halle, Germany, lies a 100m-long graffiti mural created by a woman that goes by the name of MadC.

If you travel by rail between Berlin and Halle, Germany, and pay attention to the passing landscape, you will eventually set eyes on a 100m-long (350ft-long) series of detailed scenes: a laboratory overrun by rats, a shipping port under dark clouds, galleons fighting through rough waters and a giant octopus, and a cityscape at sunset. The graffiti name of the artist, MadC, is ubiquitous.

“It's a wall for all of us who paint 10+ years and who put all their energy and heart into it,” says Claudia Walde, MadC’s alter ego, who painted the wall over the course of several months last year. The scenes are an allegory to the creative process and the challenge of painting outdoors in public spaces, and ultimately graffiti’s place within the city.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

‘How To Sell A Banksy’ Trailer

Generally, art is created, displayed and then sold. That tends to be the normal way of doing things. With the street artist Banksy, though, nothing is normal. Much of his work is displayed in public for all to see, and while it would ideally remain there as something beautiful as well as provocative, governing bodies don’t consider the outdoors an open canvas. Therefore, Banksy’s work regularly get painted over, removed or, in some cases, stolen.

That last case is the most interesting one because you can’t just drive down their street and steal a painting. Banksy’s work, however, is there for the taking. Stealing a Banksy with the express desire to resell it is the subject of How To Sell A Banksy, a documentary by Alper Cagatay and Christopher Thompson. Check out the trailer after the jump.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Banksy LOSES Best Documentary Oscar To Inside Job

Bristol-born street artist Banksy managed to whip up a whirlwind of chatter about him in the lead up the Oscars ceremony this year.

The artist's documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop was nominated for Best Documentary in this year's awards. The notoriously secretive graffiti artist caused more speculation about him after he reportedly asked the Academy if he could attend the ceremony in disguise.

If the artist did make an appearance he didn't identify himself. In the city on Wednesday his film won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary but Thierry Guetta, who features in the documentary, accepted the award in Banksy's place.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Interview: New York Graffiti Artists HOW and NOSM

Born in Spain, raised in Germany and based in New York City, brothers HOW and NOSM are world-renowned artists specialising in graffiti projects all over the globe, not all of which necessarily go to plan.

Twin brothers HOW and NOSM are on the move - constantly. Currently painting murals all over Rio de Janeiro, the graffiti artists return to their home base of New York, USA very briefly before heading down to Miami at the end of the month to paint in Primary Flight, a mural project during Art Basel week.

Born in San Sebastian, Spain, and raised in Düsseldorf, Germany, the brothers landed in New York in 1997, where they live and work (they are part of the TATS CRU). They paused just long enough to tell us what it’s like to be not only all-city, but all-world.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

OCEANSIDE: Graffiti artist Banksy suspected in Bull Taco Shop tagging

UPDATE: Oceanside Rat mural is not a Banksy

UPDATE 2: Rat mural removed in Oceanside

Restaurant becomes instant tourist attraction.

An internationally known graffiti artist may have struck in Oceanside, painting a big fat white rat on the side of a South Coast Highway taco shop.

By midday, dozens of people were flocking to Bull Taco to photograph or just get a peek at the mural, purportedly painted overnight by the British artist who goes by the moniker "Banksy."

Bull Taco co-owner Justin Lewis said his first inclination was to paint over the rat.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Banksy transforms Migrant Road Sign into DREAM Crossing

British street artist Banksy is back. And so are repurposed versions of the iconic yellow traffic signs with a silhouetted family that line roads near the U.S.-Mexico border in California.

The first signs popped up near Camp Pendleton in San Diego, CA, the site of dozens of accidents where immigrants attempting to enter the country by crossing an interstate highway were struck by motorists.

The signs show three silhouettes sprinting across the frame — a father figure leading the way for his wife and daughter.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Graffiti artists want to disassociate from crime

SAN DIEGO — All taggers have a street name. Kyle Boatwright, is known as "Sain."

Sain is a shy but prolific tagger who recently served six months in jail for vandalism. When he got out, his case made headlines in the graffiti world. It took investigators 11 months to track him down, and police say his $87,000 settlement is the largest in recent history.

Sain is now taking a weekly graffiti class in a San Diego art school. He declined a formal interview for this story because he said he wants to focus on his art. He came to learn from established graffiti artist Daniel Moses, who goes by "Pose."

“By getting rid of graffiti it eliminates the amount of crime--that's the association," said Pose. "But the people that are out there doing graffiti are probably the ones that don't want to do crime," said Pose, as his students sprayed their street names on a wall caked with layers of old paint.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Graffiti artist gets year in jail

19-year-old later will have to clean walls he marked

Seth M. King spread his SEED tag over countless buildings in Clintonville, Northland and the University District. And now he'll spend a year in jail.

"Graffiti is not an art, it's vandalism," Franklin County Environmental Judge Harland H. Hale told King, who also was sentenced to spend 200 hours on community service and five years on probation once he is released from jail.

King, 19, of Pontiac Street in North Linden, pleaded guilty Jan. 4 to three counts of graffiti, a first-degree misdemeanor, after he was charged with 13 counts of graffiti and three other misdemeanors. Hale sentenced him yesterday to a maximum 540 days in jail but suspended 180 days. The judge said he is willing to consider early release.

Hale said he usually sentences first-time adult graffiti offenders to 10 days in jail. Once he is released, King will spend a lot of time scrubbing his tags off walls. Neighborhood leaders said the tags have blighted their communities and cost businesses tens of thousands of dollars to remove.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Moses Graffiti (pt.2)

Moses: walls and trains graffiti from all over the world.

Click HERE to see the pt.1

Click HERE to see the pt.3

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