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.

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Click HERE to see the pt.3

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Banksy in Los Angeles - Billboard Takeover on Sunset

"Living the Dream" - Banksy switches up the style with a nice Billboard Ad Disruption across the street from the "Directors Guild of America". Los Angeles.

Good luck at the Oscars Banksy!

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Blu Gets Buffed @ MOCA, Los Angeles (video)

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Graffiti bylaw under scrutiny

Cesar Palacio will ask fellow councillors to endorse a communiqué calling for clearer guidelines on what graffiti is unacceptable amid a crackdown prompted by Mayor Rob Ford’s pledge to clean up the city.

“The current legislative framework I think needs to be reviewed,” says Palacio. “We’re dealing with something that’s very subjective, a very sensitive issue and (it’s) difficult actually to determine what’s art or graffiti or vandalism.”
David Stackhouse, and Tara Rogerson of Evergreen Brick Works stand between old kilns in which bricks were dried. They hope to preserve some of the better graffiti graffiti that covers the sprawling revitalized industrial site on Bayview Ave.

Palacio, who chairs council’s licensing and standards committee, has been tasked with following through on Ford’s promise. He has been working on a graffiti eradication policy since taking up the post.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Is Banksy in Town for the Oscars?

You've got to hand it to Banksy and "Exit Through the Gift Shop" -- if nothing else, they're making sure that Best Documentary Feature will be the most entertaining category at the Oscars this year.

A week after Academy president Tom Sherak told TheWrap that he was uncomfortable with the idea of the elusive graffiti artist accepting an award in disguise, the Internet is still buzzing with questions that involve the Academy, the movie, its director, his plans, his identity, and even a star of "The Hills."

And the biggest question of all: Is Banksy in town less than two weeks before the Oscar show? The evidence to suggest that he might be comes from, of all places, actress Lauren Conrad's Twitter account, where she posted this photo with the caption, "Is Banksy in LA?"

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Four killed as graffiti artist goes on rampage with knives in New York

A GRAFFITI artist armed with five knives went on a 28-hour rampage across New York city, fatally stabbing his stepfather, ex-girlfriend and her mother, killing a pedestrian and wounding four other people before being arrested in Times Square.
Maksim Gelman, 23, was armed with a bloodied kitchen knife when he was taken into custody on Saturday morning after an all-night hunt from Brooklyn into Manhattan.

"It's so horrendous and bizarre. We have no reason to know why he did this," said police commissioner Raymond Kelly, who held up a photo of the knife that he said Gelman had used to slash a subway passenger on the head and neck. The man survived.

Mr Kelly said charges were pending against Gelman.

The stabbing spree started just after 5am on Friday, when police say Gelman fatally knifed his stepfather, Aleksandr Kuznetsov, 54, at their apartment in Brooklyn's Sheepshead Bay neighbourhood. Gelman had argued with his mother after she refused to allow him to use her car, and Mr Kuznetsov intervened and was attacked, Mr Kelly said.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Cleveland graffiti crackdown heats up

CLEVELAND - A bill introduced at Monday's Cleveland City Council meeting would make penalties mandatory for graffiti vandalism. "Until we get really serious about this issue, it's not going to stop," Councilwoman Dona Brady said.

Brady's bill gives graffiti vandals a mandatory six months in jail or $1,000 fine. State law currently provides for up to six months in jail or up to a $1,000 fine. City law cannot supersede state law, so Brady wants to make sure the vandals get the maximum.

"It's just like the broken window theory," she said. "If you have a broken window and you don't do anything about it, people think it's okay to break windows."

The legislation is the latest weapon fired in Brady's war on graffiti in Ward 17. Last week, neighborhood businessmen offered a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the vandals, who have struck more than 100 times in Ward 17 in the past six months.

Brady says the graffiti costs tens of thousands of dollars in clean up and deters businesses from coming to Cleveland.

Taken from: News Net 5

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Graffiti Artist Trades Street Vandalism for Bombardier Jet Gig

Los Angeles-based graffiti artist Retna used to get arrested for spray-painting buses, trains and other commercial property. Now, he gets paid to do this.

VistaJet, Swiss operator of 31 private aircraft, commissioned Retna to paint the tail of its largest corporate jet, the Bombardier Global Express XRS, this spring.

“It’s a $60 million canvas, so we decided to start with just this one,” said Nina Flohr, head of branding and communications at VistaJet.

Together with Bombardier Business Aircraft, VistaJet is also sponsoring a traveling exhibition of Retna’s paintings, “The Hallelujah World Tour,” with a $4 million budget.

First stop: A 13,000-square-foot warehouse in New York displaying 35 large canvases and one sprawling sculpture of the artist’s name.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Banos Graffiti (pt.3)

Banos: walls and trains graffiti from Germany.

Click HERE to see the pt.1

Click HERE to see the pt.2

Sunday, February 13, 2011

New book documents history, evolution of graffiti in Toronto

While it may be illegal, graffiti art has a lot of interesting stories to tell, said Dundas Street East and Broadview Avenue resident Yvette Farkas.

"I find it beautiful, inspiring, unapologetic and brave. It's raw creative energy," said Farkas, who spent 10 years photographing the controversial art form and two years interviewing those behind it for her recently released book, Toronto Graffiti: The Human Behind the Wall.

"It takes a lot for somebody to go out and put their art up in public. It's not necessarily sanctioned, but you're putting a part of yourself out there for the world to see."
With her camera in tow, Farkas said she's explored Toronto on foot, bike and public transit snapping thousands of images since 1999.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

New Banksy Print at Bristol Museum?

There's speculation that graffiti artist Banksy has been up to his old tricks again in Bristol.

A new picture turned up at the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery yesterday of Bristol Airport surrounded by flood water.

The image, which was in a gold frame, was placed on a wall next the museum's latest exhibition 'Flight'.

There's speculation what it could be the work of the Bristol graffiti artist as allegedly he's pulled similar stunts in the past.

In 2003 the artist added one his own creations to a wall at Tate Britain, before it fell off.

No one has claimed ownership of this new image but it could also be the work of campaigners against plans to expand Bristol Airport.

Taken from: Jack Bristol

To see more about Banksy, CLICK HERE!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Street art brightens up city

Today graffiti artists are being positively encouraged to add their designs to Portsmouth’s city centre landscape as the council seeks to liven up drab vistas. Street art has gone legit, with some of its top exponents being invited to use their talents to brighten hoardings surrounding key sites. Following the rise and rise of mysterious graffiti artist Banksy, whose work now attracts headlines and sells for tens of thousands of pounds, other urban creative types have been busy transforming local eyesores with their colourful designs.

It all began last year when members of the Portsmouth Creative Movement set to work on previously dull hoardings surrounding the site of the now-demolished Pitt Street baths and gymnasium.

The public art project was set up by the city’s design and heritage committee because there was concern that this unattractive gateway area was being seen by many visitors to the city as they drove past. To avoid them being left with a negative impression of Portsmouth, the city council agreed to put up £1,000 for materials and paint and grant permission for the hoardings to be turned into artworks. It was such a success that last week street artists from across the south descended on the city to transform more hoardings surrounding the empty former Zurich Insurance building in Stanhope Road.

Now another city centre site has been transformed into a public gallery - and the hunt is on for other hoardings and walls in Portsmouth that would benefit from a multi-coloured makeover.

The art project is the brainchild of an advisory group headed by Councillor Cheryl Buggy, design and heritage champion for the council. Southsea creative agency We Are Pseudonym and another Southsea company, Fark Industries, have also been involved in bringing top street artists to Portsmouth.

Cheryl says: ‘The whole idea is to take some areas that look a bit sad and let artists use them as their canvas. In the latest project, some of the art produced is really stunning.’

Cheryl adds: ‘What’s brilliant about this is that artists have been happy to give up their time and come to Portsmouth free-of-charge just for the chance to paint one section of a hoarding. Pictures of their work have been put on the internet and what started as an idea to make a part of Portsmouth look more attractive has grown into something seen around the world.’

Cheryl acknowledges there has been some criticism of the project, but defends the decision to give it council backing.

‘If you look at some of these pictures, they’re art. They’re totally different from the initials and logos or ‘tags’ that some graffiti artists use to make statements. They’re beautiful and people would be happy to have them hanging on the wall at home.’

She adds: ‘If you go and see some of the designs, I don’t think you’d call them graffiti. If you watch people as they go past, they smile and to me that’s a great thing. I know I would certainly rather look at a picture than a drab hoarding.’

Cheryl would like some of the artwork to be used to inspire children. She explains: ‘In just a few months the hoardings will come down. But it would be nice to think that they could be kept and given to local inner city schools as an example of what can be achieved.

‘This is a very cool art form and we know that colour and pictures can have a huge emotional impact.’

She says there is now a waiting list of artists who would like to come to the city and produce more public work.

‘If we could combine that with some workshops for children, that would be fantastic.’

Claire Sambrook, a senior lecturer in creative technologies at the University of Portsmouth and a member of the city’s design and heritage committee, loves the hoardings.

She says: ‘Good street art is very eye-catching and attractive and people love to see it. Some of these artists have their own followings. I’m very impressed by what I’ve seen. I think the quality of this project has made it such a success.’

Claire adds: ‘I think we’ll get a lot of recognition as a city and it’s great to know that we can attract artists of this calibre. It shows that we are a cultural city.’

Carl Downer, of We Are Pseudonym, says of the Stanhope Road project: ‘It’s been a great success. With street art, it’s about putting your work out there so people can engage with it. It is very difficult to find locations, but hoardings are a natural platform and this is such a key location in the city.’

He adds: ‘They might be called graffiti artists, but this is definitely an art form. I’ve watched them and it’s an awesome skill.’

Taken from: Portsmouth

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Madrid shopkeepers recruit graffiti artists

Shopkeepers in the Spanish capital have invited graffiti artists to paint the steel shutters protecting their stores to prevent them from being defaced by crude or obscene scribblings.

Over 130 graffiti artists from across Europe, including Bristol and Milan, decorated 140 shutters on Sunday in Madrid's central Malasana neighbourhood, which has long been the heart of the city's countercultural scene.

Since painting over another graffiti artists' artwork is considered a serious insult by street artists, the shopkeepers believe they will no longer find their shutters covered with ugly, and sometimes obscene, drawings that are be expensive to remove.

"I really like it," said Marcela Orquera as she admired the painting of a large blue star inside a red ball outlined in yellow on the shutters of her Internet cafe.

"If you leave the shutter clean, they will paint on it. They respect each others' work so this way they will leave it the way it is," the 31-year-old Argentinian added.

Some of the drawings are linked to the shop's activity, like the black silhouette of a chef tossing pizza dough against a red backdrop on the shutter of a pizzeria -- but in most cases there is no connection.

The shutter of a bicycle shop depicts a young girl in a red dress skipping with barbed wire in front of a tank and a helicopter -- reminiscent of the works of celebrated British graffiti artist Banksy.

Others depict blue monsters, a girl washing herself in a pail and Mexican wrestlers in colourful costumes that leave only their nose, mouth and eyes exposed.

Organizers hope the initiative, which as the backing of the local residents' association, will transform the neighbourhood into an "outdoor urban art gallery". Shops can have the painting on their shutters changed every 80 days.

"We like graffiti, what we reject are the indiscriminate scribblings that no one authorises that make the neighbourhood ugly," said the president of the local residents' association, Isabel Rodriguez. The quarter was the heart of the "movida madrilena", the explosion of creativity in fashion, theatre, movies and nightlife which took place in the late 1970s and the 1980s after the death of dictator Francisco Franco.

The area still retains an alternative feel like London's Camden Town and New York's East Village, with its hemp shops, independent clothing stores and bars that send customers spilling out into the street.

"This is the perfect neighbourhood for this, it adds to its unique character," said Carlos Reverte, a 21-year-old student at a local art school as he sat with friends at a cafe terrace during a break from classes.

Graffiti artists have also greeted the project with enthusiasm.

"It is great because it is an outdoor museum where everyone is going to see the works," a Spanish artist, whop painted one of the shutters, said.

Taken from: VancouverSun

Phiesta (CRIMINALS) Graffiti (pt.2)

Phiesta (CRIMINALS): walls and trains graffiti from Rome (Italy).

Click HERE to see the pt.1

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Stay tuned for the 3rd part!

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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Ironlak Family | Byron Bay 2010

Reals, Sofles, Does, Tues, Sirum & Seiko of the Ironlak Family painting a wall in Byron Bay, Australia.

Shot and cut: Selina Miles -

Ozer (LoveLetters - Ironlak) Graffiti (pt.2)

Some graffiti of Ozer (Love Letters Crew) in collaboration with the Ironlak Team.

Click HERE to see the pt.1

(Click on the images to enlarge them)

Click HERE to see the pt.1

Stay tuned for the 3rd part!

To see more about OZER, CLICK HERE!

To see more about the LOVELETTERS CREW, CLICK HERE!

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