Monday, January 31, 2011

Banos and Mckoy under international arrest warrant, escaping in HK after painted the Singapore MRT

Police have begun an international hunt for a British man alleged to have spray-painted a Singapore commuter train — and who may, tantalisingly, be one of the most notorious graffiti artists in the world.

If he is tracked down authorities could finally lay their hands on one half of the shadowy McKoy Banos partnership — a duo celebrated by fans on the internet and believed to be responsible for elaborate works of graffiti on railway carriages all over Europe.

Under Singapore’s strict laws — many of them altered only slightly from the days of British colonial rule — the artist thought to be responsible for 17 years of spray-painted “tagging” of train carriages could receive several years of imprisonment and eight lashes with a 4ft (1.2 metre) rattan cane.

Yesterday police in Singapore issued an international arrest warrant for Lloyd Dane Alexander, a Briton thought to be in Hong Kong, and said that they would push for extradition wherever he turned up.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Last For One Tour graffiti bus (video and photos)

A great work of Koma...See the video to see what i'm talking about! :)



Some photos about graffiti on buses (click on the images to enlarge them):

Friday, January 28, 2011

GPS moves to graffiti tracking

Los Angeles (CA) - Global positioning systems have been used to track convicts and catch car thiefs, and now they're being put to the test to crack down on graffiti bandits.

A new California-based company called Graffiti Tracker is using GPS technology to keep records of graffiti locations. Offenders like street gangs often strike multiple times, using the same artwork. Using Graffiti Tracker's system, the police can then map all locations a specific person or group has "tagged".

Using the same kind of methods they use for serial killers, police can then predict where the graffiti artists are headed next, and when caught can bring evidence against them for past offenses.

In Eastern Los Angeles, Pico Rivera officials said they have made over 60 arrests in the past nine months, after buying the Graffiti Tracker system, reports Reuters.

As a result, the city says it is making an impact on street gangs. "The word is fast getting out there that this is not a good place to tag because they are going to get you," said police department spokesman Bob Spencer.


Taken from: TGDaily

Thursday, January 27, 2011

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

Some graffiti of one of the best writers of the world: Does (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 DOES, CLICK HERE!

To see more about the LOVELETTERS CREW, CLICK HERE!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Will Banksy turn up at the 2011 Oscar ceremony?

The elusive artist responds to news of his nomination.

We were pleased to see Banksy's ace documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop get recognised in the 2011 Oscar nominations.

Whether or not it's an attempt by the Academy to seem cool, we don't care! It's great that the occasionally stuffy Best Documentary Feature category will get a shake up.

Throughout the film, street-artist extraordinaire Banksy keeps his identity hidden via convenient shadows and voice modulation.

Will the artist's identity now be revealed at the 2011 Academy Awards on February 27th?

Responding to the news of the nomination, Banksy released a cryptic statement: "This is a big surprise."

"I don't agree with the concept of award ceremonies, but I'm prepared to make an exception for the ones I'm nominated for. The last time there was a naked man covered in gold paint in my house, it was me."

One thing's for sure, the inclusion of Exit Through the Gift Shop is going to make the Documentary Feature category much more interesting this year.

The film is up against GasLand, Inside Job, Restrepo and Waste Land: does it have a shot at gold?
The British artist made headlines worldwide last year when he created a controversial couch gag for The Simpsons, and his subversive artworks have gained him a cult following.


Taken from: TotalFilm

Some works of Banksy (click on the images to enlarge them):




To see more about BANKSY, CLICK HERE!

To see more about EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP, CLICK HERE!

BIG BANG BIG BOOM - The new wall-painted animation by BLU (video)



"BIG BANG BIG BOOM":
an unscientific point of view on the beginning and evolution of life ... and how it could probably end.

direction and animation by BLU

production and distribution by ARTSH.it

sountrack by ANDREA MARTIGNONI

To see more about Blu, CLICK HERE!

Blu Gets Buffed @ MOCA, Los Angeles

An amazing wall by Blu in LA, and an even more amazing move by MOCA to buff it within 24 hours.

It raises interesting questions about Jeffrey Deitch's influence and the much-hyped forthcoming 'Art on the Streets' show, as GOOD says:

So what gives? Was the mural too politically charged for other members of the MOCA team? What would that mean for Deitch's purported sea change? If a blanket anti-war (or anti-death industry?) statement is too controversial for MOCA, what can we look forward to this spring?


Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Big roller piece from Greece: Hose (video)

A big roller piece from Greece.

New LOVELETTERS bus by DOES


(Click on the image to enlarge it)

“ Yo guys, we bought a new van... See you soon in Brisbane... Aaight!” –Does.

Taken from: Ironlak Blog

Some works of Does (click on the images to enlarge them):




To see more about DOES, CLICK HERE!

To see more about the LOVELETTERS CREW, CLICK HERE!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Identity of street artist Banksy up for sale on eBay

FOR one million dollars, you could buy a house, a luxury yacht or a lifetime's supply of fancy clothes.
Or you could find out the real name of Banksy.
An eBay user called "jaybuysthings" is currently auctioning off the opportunity to discover the true identity of the mysterious British graffiti artist.
"If you win this auction I will mail you a piece of paper revealing the true identity of 'Banksy'," the item description reads.
"I have uncovered his identity by matching up the prices of his sold pieces to corresponding tax records. I will reveal no more details.
"The winner of this auction is the only person I will ever share this information with. The piece of paper will say his name, nothing more.
"I give you 100% assurance that it is most certainly the full name of the street artist known as 'Banksy'."

According to the seller's details, he or she is located in the US, joined eBay in August 2000 and has no items other than "The Identity of 'Banksy'" available for sale.
The current bid stands at $US999,999 and shipping is free.

The seller said a previous attempt to sell Banksy's identity on the site had been shut down, "because I was selling something that was not 'tangible'".
"It is now tangible," he or she said of the piece of paper.


Taken from: News.com

To see more about Banksy, CLICK HERE!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Banksy's $100,000 Disney 'execution' up for auction

London, England (CNN) -- Baloo, Mowgli and King Louie of the Apes from Disney film "The Jungle Book" all feature in a print by anonymous graffiti artist Banksy that is expected to fetch up to $124,000 at auction Tuesday.
The work, "Save or Delete Jungle Book," is going under the hammer alongside works by other urban artists as part of an Urban Art sale at Bonhams auction house in London.
The image was originally commissioned by Greenpeace for a poster campaign highlighting the problem of deforestation, with the characters transposed onto an image of a devastated forest. But the posters were never circulated due to copyright issues with Disney.
Estimates for the original work are the highest in the sale, with "Save or Delete Jungle Book" expected to fetch between £60,000 ($93,000) and £80,000 ($124,000), and another Banksy canvas depicting a tank trampling on another tank estimated at between £30,000 ($46,400) and £40,000 ($62,000).

These high estimates indicate Banksy's continuing popularity. The anarchic street artist, who numbers Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp among his many fans, is famous for stenciled graffiti on buildings and walls across the globe, including the controversial West Bank barrier in Israel.
Bonhams contemporary art specialist Gareth Williams says the high prices also show the healthy state of the market for urban art, which he defines as a more permanent version of street art.
"I think when the recession kicked in, it was a difficult time for all contemporary art, but urban art, because it was such a new market, was badly affected initially," Williams said. The market has "found its feet, it's got steadier" since then, according to Williams.
Bonhams was the first auction house in the UK to mount a sale of urban art in 2008 and has since staged two more urban art auctions. This is the fourth sale for the house.
The sale includes many vibrant works by a number of well-known street artists -- including American artist Shepard Fairey's iconic "Change" poster for the 2008 U.S. presidential campaign. But Banksy remains the big ticket.
"I think he appeals to a huge cross-section of people," Williams said. "You've got contemporary art collectors who love his work, and he also appeals to people who perhaps haven't really purchased contemporary art before."
And Banksy's anonymity, Williams said, helps to maintain a healthy interest in the artist and his cheeky and often anarchic imagery.
Other works in the sale include a spray-paint-on-board work by U.S. graffiti artist Futura 2000, part of a set for a 1983 concert by punk rockers The Clash; and a three-meter long suspended shark made out of reclaimed metal by artist Tony D'Amico.
Williams said that Banksy, alongside other street artists, regularly makes commercial work in addition to his street-based projects. But Banksy's more commercial work has not been immune to criticism.

Art critic Matthew Collings wrote in London newspaper The Times in 2008 after a previous Bonhams' urban art sale: "What can you get at the auction? You can be the owner of Banksy's Laugh Now, in stencil paint on canvas, for only £40,000. It shows a chimp with a sign round its neck that reads: 'You can laugh but one day we'll be in charge.'
What would you really be buying? A status symbol -- the work has no value as art. But owning it would make you modern and clever. Or stupid. It's a fine line."
Williams says that although it is created for a commercial environment, urban art is still connected to its roots in the street, both through the use of the techniques employed (such as stencil spray painting and wheat pasting) as well as through its politicized sensibility.
He added that street art is an ephemeral art form that disappears as quickly as it appears, and that "urban art is an attempt to redress this by leaving a more permanent legacy."
Art critic Francesca Gavin, who writes on graffiti and street art, said that making commercial art is simply a way for street artists to survive financially.
And while he may have proven himself to be a sound investment at auction, in the end, she said, "Banksy's appeal will always be that he appears to be sticking his tongue out to the establishment.
"Something that, I think, might seem very desirable even to the most straight-laced individual."

Taken from: CNN

To see more about Banksy, CLICK HERE!

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