Monday, December 24, 2012

Winners of the Sketch Battle #6 - sponsored by NotGuilty Mega Zine

Finally, we have the three winners of the sketch battle #6, sponsored by NotGuilty Mega Zine!

1st place - SMOKE54 - Germany (WHY? amazing work, cool letters' style and perfectly integrated with the background)

2nd place - PERTS (WHY? cool work, nice letters, nice details, nice colours)

3rd place - DALES XQZ (WHY? really strong style and the colours work perfectly together)


Sunday, December 16, 2012

Graffiti gang who caused £150,000 worth of damage to trains described by judge as 'talented artists'

- Keiron Cummings, 21, Alex Rowe, 22, and Billy McColl, 17, carried out vandalism on 'an industrial scale' 

- Self-styled 'SMT' graffiti gang targeted train and tube carriages across London, causing £150,000 worth of damage 

- Judge Henry Blacksell said he would pass 'least possible' sentence as he praised defendants' 'talent'

A judge described a graffiti gang who caused £150,000 worth of damage in planned attacks on trains as 'talented artists', as he locked them up for a combined total of almost four years.

Keiron Cummings, 21, Alex Rowe, 22, and Billy McColl, 17, targeted train and tube carriages across London in a three-year campaign described as vandalism on 'an industrial scale'.

The trio, who called themselves 'SMT', caused huge disruption to train services by spraying their tag onto carriages under cover of darkness. But Judge Henry Blacksell said the defendants had 'got talent', and that he would pass the 'least possible' sentence.

Keiron Cummings, 21, of Ruislip                       Billy McColl, 17, of South Ruislip                      Alex Rowe, 22, of Milton Keynes

After vandalising trains the gang members would brag about the damage they had caused by posting pictures and videos of their handiwork online, Blackfriars Crown Court was told.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

'Yellowist' Jailed For Defacing Rothko Painting

A co-founder of the Yellowist art movement is sent to prison for vandalising a painting by Russian-born artist Mark Rothko.

A 26-year-old man has been jailed for two years for defacing a Mark Rothko painting at London's Tate Modern gallery.

The Polish national arriving at court
Wlodzimierz Umaniec, also known as Vladimir Umanets, vandalised the mural, worth between £5m and £9m, at the gallery on October 7 this year.

The Polish national, who co-founded the artistic movement Yellowism, stepped over a barrier and daubed his name and the words "12 a potential piece of Yellowism" before fleeing.

He admitted criminal damage in excess of £5,000 - but estimates suggest the restoration of the painting, called Black On Maroon, will cost around £200,000.
Inner London Crown Court Judge Roger Chapple described his actions as "entirely deliberate, planned and intentional".

The court heard Umaniec, who lives in Worthing, West Sussex, went to the gallery intending to put his "signature" on a picture, but decided to damage the Rothko painting only at the time he saw it on display.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Roid & Horfe in London. 2012. (photo/video)

The Parisian graffiti writer, Horfe, visited London recently to sign his new prints with Topsafe.

While in town he visited Roid at his studio, while he was preparing for his upcoming show- and they painted a secret location in town together.

Film by Jayga Rayn & Mollie Mills.
Music by Stills

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Tagger arrested in Christchurch (New Zealand)

Tagging in Christchurch costs the city thousands of dollars each year.
Police have nabbed a teenager they say is one of Christchurch's (New Zealand) most prolific taggers, as part of a new hardline approach to the vandalism.

Senior Sergeant Glenn Nalder said an 18-year-old was arrested last week and charged with wilful damage for allegedly causing "several thousands of dollars" worth of graffiti damage in Woolston, Linwood and Richmond - most notably on Stanmore Rd.

Nalder said the teenager was identified using a list provided by the Christchurch City Council as one of the five "most prolific" taggers in the city.

A new list is compiled each month as part of the council's new tagforce programme, he said.
Under an initiative set up a few months ago, council staff map complaints to its graffiti hotline and collate photos of the tags.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Two Vista teens arrested for allegedly causing $274,000 in graffiti damage

VISTA, California — Two teenagers have been arrested for allegedly causing $274,000 worth of graffiti damage in San Diego County.
City News Service says a 17-year-old boy and a 15-year-old, both from Vista, were arrested Thursday.

Authorities contend they tagged sidewalks, road signs, bus benches and other public property hundreds of times in the past seven months, leading to a small fortune in cleanup costs.
The 17-year-old was released to his mother but authorities say the 15-year-old had a prior graffiti arrest and was booked into Juvenile Hall.

Source: The Republic

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Graffiti-removal worker arrested for 'tagging' to create work

Graffiti remover in action
An unusual graffiti arrest in Burbank: A man working for a graffiti removal company is accused of making his own graffiti, then cleaning it up on the job. 

Graffiti can be an eyesore for communities. No one wants a permanent reminder of vandalism, so cities like Burbank contract out to companies to paint over unwanted graffiti. That's what 53-year-old Enrique Medrano's job was.

But Burbank Police say he was illegally working overtime by tagging his own graffiti, then charging to paint over it.

Police say most of Medrano's tagging happened in public parks like Valley Park. He would tag benches and restrooms and walls. In all, he's accused of tagging more than 100 times.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Ultimate graffiti costs teen Ryan Smith his life in fall from Southern Expressway bridge

This is an old news. But it's important to not forget. R.I.P. Ryan. 
August 30, 2011. 

RYAN Smith died trying to spray the ultimate tag, a graffiti signature that would earn him credit among his mates. 

Last night, those mates ignored police warnings, risking their own lives to pay tribute and tag the same spot that Ryan was trying to reach when he fell 15m to his death on rocks at South Australia's Christies Creek.

Friends of the 17-year-old, whose body was discovered by a walker at 8am yesterday, said last night that art was "his everything".

As darkness fell, those friends began to scale the Southern Expressway bridge, including precarious ledges they believe Ryan was trying to reach when he died some time on Sunday.
They said the highest, hardest to reach and most dangerous tags earn graffiti artists the greatest honour among their peers.

Graffiti artist Jorden said Ryan had been "a graffiti artist for life".
He also was a talented artist, attracting plenty of compliments for the work he displayed on his Facebook page.

Emergency service workers recover the body of a young graffiti artist who fell off a Southern Expressway bridge at Christies Creek. Pic: Chris Mangan Source: AdelaideNow

Sunday, December 2, 2012

High risk graffiti on the Metlac Bridge Veracruz, Mexico (photos and video)

The photos show three young writers from Mexico writing on one of the higest bridge in Mexico, the Metlac Bridge Veracruz (it is about 100 meters high).


How to recycle an old crt monitor

A nice way to recycle old crt monitors drawing on them!
Big props to Dibo, from Alicante (Spain).

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