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)

  
TO SEE ALL THE SKETCHES, CLICK HERE!

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).

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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).


Thursday, November 29, 2012

Sunday, November 25, 2012

The beasts of Berlin: Palestinian artists make a splash in the German capital

"Hungry Beasts" by Jad Salman
Alakhbar,English.Born in 1983 in the West Bank city of Tulkarem, Salman has lived in Paris since 2007. In this collection of paintings, Salman speaks to his personal view of the Arab world nearly two years after the outbreak of the revolutions.

“The idea behind the exhibit was not merely to react to what is going on. Rather, it was the outpouring of the personal pain I feel when I see the daily killing. So I decided to end my silence,” said Salman.

The actual work on the paintings took one month, from early July until August 2012.

“I am with the revolutions but I am also with the people. Today, there is a process underway whereby beasts are riding the coattails of these honorable revolutions and their only concern is settling scores,” he said.


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Sketch Battle #6 - sponsored by NotGuilty Mega Zine

BATTLE FINISHED. TO SEE THE WINNERS, CLICK HERE!

TO SEE ALL THE SKETCHES, CLICK HERE!

Welcome to the Sketch Battle #6 - sponsored by NotGuilty Mega Zine!

Here there are the rules and the list of the prizes:

RULES
Word to sketch: SUBWAY
Theme: we accept coloured sketches (not black and white), with your own style and if you want you can add a puppet (a character). The letters are the main subject, the puppet has a secondary relevance.
Medium: Markers, Pens, Pencil etc.

Deadline
Saturday, December 22th, 2012

Submission
- Send your sketch to this e-mail address: sendgraffsketch@live.com
- Rename your file name with YOUR TAG and the provenience (optional)
- Only one sketch for person.
- We accept ALL the sketches that we receive and we upload ALL the photos that we got, please DON'T ASK us when your work will be uploaded.
- We DON'T delete submitted photos.

PRIZES: (click here to see the photos)
1st place: 1x NotGuilty T-Shirt (any size), 1x NG Beanie hat, 1x NotGuilty Issue 5 & 7, 1x NG Inkmop and stickers
2nd place: 1x NotGuilty T-Shirt (any size), 1x NotGuilty Issue 5, 1x NG Inkmop and stickers
3rd place: Magazine Pack from NotGuilty

GRAFFITI & STREET ART staff and NOT GUILTY staff will vote on the winners.

That's all! Come on people! Show us your skills and good luck!

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N.B.1- We will upload all the sketches that we receive, but only who respect the rules can win the contest.
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Monday, November 19, 2012

Prizes of Sketch Battle #6 - offered by NotGuilty Mega Zine

BATTLE FINISHED. TO SEE THE WINNERS, CLICK HERE!

TO SEE ALL THE SKETCHES, CLICK HERE!

We are proud to announce that a new sketch battle is started!
Our new sponsor NotGuilty Mega Zine offers great prizes for the third, second and first place in the contest!
Please read the rules before to enter the contest: RULES

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PRIZES:

First place: NotGuilty T-Shirt (any size), NG Beanie hat, NotGuilty Issue 5 & 7, NG Inkmop and stickers
 

Monday, November 12, 2012

Miss Colombia, graffiti artists condemn racism

Some of the country’s best graffiti artists teamed up with Miss Colombia in Cartagena to begin the largest mural in Colombia, aimed at promoting anti-racial discrimination.

Reigning Miss Colombia Daniella Alvarez was joined by 25 hopeful candidates at the Benkos Bioho plaza in Cartagena to “say no” to racism. The initiative features an artistic mural, which will reportedly be the largest in Colombia.

“The idea is to show that Cartagena is not only a center of beauty and tourism, but also an area of ​​anti-discrimination and social inclusion,” said Alvarez.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

KubalArt: great artist from Bratislava

Lukas Kubala is a young artist, who brings one of other looks on constantly changing society into our culture. His work is rich in colour, shapely expressive, thematically fixed on human. In women faces he shows beauty, virtue, sensuality and a harmony of passion and hope, inaccessible in life. In the present work he covers them by lines of stories, expressive lines, hidden in the moments of complexity of existence. The author's work develops art-attractive form. Seemingly, only man dominates in it. In him there is also everything today.

Lukás Kubala was born in 1983. He graduated school of scenic art design. He participated at several exhibitions. He lives and works in Bratislava.

 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Grime Writer: detergent-filled graffiti pen

Grime Writer is a detergent-filled graffiti marker that cleans away street-filth to leave your message behind. There's a good chance that the graffiti you create with these is no more legal than any other kind -- there've been successful prosecutions against companies in the UK that paid "street teams" to "reverse-graffiti" their messages by using detergent and stencils to selectively clean away grime from public walls, leaving behind commercial messages.

Grime Writer is a special chunky marker pen that can be filled with cleaning solution, and used to create art on a canvas of filth. Use it to tag your dirty vehicles & windows, or to transform dirt into artistic expression.
Much more socially acceptable than real graffiti and (more importantly) a lot less illegal - Grime Writer helps you leave your mark wherever you find muck. Use responsibly to help promote the phenomenon of negative graffiti, and brilliantly combine the crime of defacing a bridge with the community service time cleaning it up again afterwards, into one harmless, helpful, creative act. 


Taken from: Boing Boing

Monday, November 5, 2012

Man killed trying to stop vandals from spraying graffiti on church

One man was killed and another wounded in the Westlake district after interrupting vandals spraying graffiti on a storefront church, police said Monday. 

The shooting took place about 6:30 p.m. Sunday when two congregants came out of the building to confront vandals spraying graffiti on a wall of the church near the corner of Beverly Boulevard and Reno Street.

A police official said one of the church members asked the vandals to stop, but instead one of them opened fire. One man in his 20s was killed and another, who appeared to be about 45, was wounded. Neither was identified. 

The suspects fled and have not been apprehended, police said.

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Project “Eat Street Breathe Art”: 12 Artists and 24hr Lockdown!



12 Dutch street inspired Artists go into 24hr live paint lock down in Ahoy (9th Nov Rotterdam Holland). They will bring a painting to life through out an all white furbished room in search of the effect that “art” has on its surroundings.

Website | Facebook event

Vandals spray graffiti on Age UK ambulance in Leicester causing thousands of pounds damage

Vandals have caused thousands of pounds damage after covering a charity's ambulance in graffiti.
They broke into a secure compound in Yeoman Street, in the city centre, before spraying the Age UK vehicle on Tuesday night.

The vehicle, which ferries people to Clarence House in the city every day, was so badly covered in graffiti that it could not be used.

Silver paint blotted out nearly all the windows and black tags were also painted on the vehicle.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Popular Summerside graffiti wall dismantled in Canada

Summerside graffiti artists have lost a loved wall where they practice their art.
The Shur-Gain graffiti wall at the former feed store has been taken down because Shur-Gain is re-developing its property.

Brian MacDonald helped get the permission from Shur-Gain to designate the wall, which faced the Trans-Canada Trail, for graffiti artists.

Losing the wall may mean more unwanted graffiti in Summerside, MacDonald said.

"I hate saying it but it may lead to increased tagging in that area," said MacDonald.

The Shur-Gain wall was an area where many established artists would go and according to MacDonald, it had a positive impact on younger artists.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Swet - Roskilde Festival 2012 (video)


Reunion Day - Rome 2012 (photo & video)

Reunion Day went down last weekend in Rome, Italy. A huge wall at the Rebibbia Station on the end of the famous B-line metro was given by the Rome City Council for Brus and 8 international friends to paint. Roid had to cancel last minute and was replaced with oldschool Hero from Copenhagen

The busy station and bus stop was transferred from a soulless transit area into an inviting space full of urban art over one hot weekend in October. Thanks to Brus and the local organizers and MTN for spraypaint support!



Saturday, October 20, 2012

Jail for graffiti vandal who caused £54,000 of damage to trains in Surrey and London

A GRAFFITI vandal who caused more than £54,000 worth of damage to trains has been jailed for 16 months.
A police investigation into Eugene Ironside uncovered dozens of images of graffiti-damaged trains, including one at Caterham station which was damaged in January 2007.

Ironside, 23, had been arrested by police in July last year after the security shutter of a chemist's in Selhurst, near Croydon, had been spray-painted.

He ran off but officers caught him in a nearby park – and found paint on his hands.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Artist Employed by London Olympics Convicted of Graffiti Vandalism


A graffiti artist whose work featured in the opening ceremony of the London Olympics has been jailed for 16 months for causing £32,000 damage to trains in the capital.
Forty-year-old Glynn Judd – known in graffiti circles by his tag Noir – helped decorate the house danced in by Tinie Tempah during the iconic show.
Now he will spend at least eight months behind bars after pleading guilty to 15 counts of graffiti vandalism between 2006 and 2011.

The 40-year-old, who has a young daughter, also pleaded guilty to possessing a can of CS spray, which is prohibited.
Judd’s website claims he had been in discussion with his local authority Hertsmere Borough Council to secure a grant to renovate run-down basketball courts and playgrounds in the area by painting murals.

Friday, October 5, 2012

BRUS @ Outdoor - Urban Art Festival 2012 in Rome (photo & video)



Big wall for a great festival, Outdoor, 2012, collaboration with "Officine Fotografiche" "NuFactory"... Always think big and always looking up !!!
Thanks to: NuFactory and Officine fotografiche
Photography: Daniela Pellegrini, Gloria Viggiani
Video maker: Kobe Studio

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

MadABC (video)



MadC paints an alphabet wall in London for her solo show 'MadABC' at Pure Evil Gallery London, opening 14th of April 2011.

Monday, August 13, 2012

The Cardillo of Scampia

In September 2009, Simon Jung and Paul & Hanno Schweizer painted a songbird over 4 storeys of a building in Naples, known throughout Italy as a stronghold for drug dealing. In this text the three artists describe the situation in Naples’s “problem area”, how they gained access to the neighbourhood and made contact with its inhabitants and what prompted them to undertake their project “Goldfinch”.

Naples, capital of the province of Campania, is faced with the same problems as many other areas in Southern Italy: corruption and the prevalence of mafia-like structures characterise economics and politics while society is plagued by high unemployment. No improvement is in sight: government and EU subsidies trickle away or are wasted on absurd building projects.

It would be difficult to find another area where these complex problems are more manifest than in Scampia. The neighbourhood was built from the 1970s to 1990s on the northern outskirts of Naples. 62,000 people are registered as residents of Scampia’s 4 square kilometres; 50-75% of the working population are unemployed.

Ever since Roberto Saviano’s book “Gomorra” became a bestseller and was filmed by Matteo Garrone, this neighbourhood has become famous in Italy and beyond as a gigantic drug market and scene of untold violent crimes. The lack of legal employment forces adolescents and young men to earn their money as look-outs or drug couriers. Many of them end up imprisoned or shot dead before they come of age.

Over the years one particular building complex in the heart of Scampia became a symbol of malevita, violent crime and drug dealing in Southern Italy. Anyone who has the means to do so, moves away from these high-rise blocks, known as vele (sails) because of their triangular shape.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Winners of the Sketch Battle #5 - sponsored by MEM-T SHIRT

Finally, we have the three winners of the sketch battle #5, sponsored by MEM-T SHIRT!

1st place - HAREK - Hungary (WHY? even if it doesn't have the jungle theme, it has a nice lettering and compact style, the best in this battle)


2nd place - SMOKE 54 - Germany (WHY? old school style and nice background)


3rd place - ATEO - Italy (WHY? great style and background, unfortunately the "L" letter is not so good for us)



TO SEE ALL THE SKETCHES, CLICK HERE!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Sketch Battle #5 - sponsored by MEM-T SHIRT

BATTLE FINISHED. TO SEE THE WINNERS, CLICK HERE!

TO SEE ALL THE SKETCHES, CLICK HERE!

Welcome to the Sketch Battle #5 - sponsored by MEM-T SHIRT!

Here there are the rules and the list of the prizes:

RULES
Word to sketch: JUNGLE
Theme: only black and white, every kind of style, if you want you can add a puppet near the piece. The letters are the main subject, the puppet has a secondary relevance.
Medium: Markers, Pens, Pencil etc. No computer funk. And again, only black and white.

Deadline:
Tuesday, July 31th 2012

Submission:
- Send your sketch to this e-mail address: sendgraffsketch@live.com
- Rename your file name with YOUR TAG. Example: if your tag is "qwerty", rename the file so: qwerty.jpg
- Only one sketch for person.
- We will upload ALL the sketches that we receive.
- We DON'T delete submitted photos.

PRIZES: (click here to see the photos)
1st place: 1x MeM hat + 1x MeM T-Shirt
2nd place: 1x MeM T-Shirt
3rd place: 1x MeM hat

GRAFFITI & STREET ART staff will vote on the winners.

Come on people! Show us your skills! Good luck to all!

A big thanks to http://www.mem-tshirt.com/

Friday, July 6, 2012

ENERGY FEST 2012 live streaming - street art and graffiti meeting @ GHIRANO PN (Italy)

This evening, exclusively for our people, the direct-streaming of the street art and graffiti meeting @ Ghirano Pn, in Italy!
Graffiti, beers, music and nice people!
Check the event: http://www.facebook.com/events/337572382959093/

Stay tuned! :)


Live stream videos at Ustream

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The Noise Of Cairo: the artists behind the Egyptian revolution (Documentary)



Turbulent changes are still plaguing the Middle East. What all this will lead to is not yet completely clear. However, there have been some tangible results: the Arab Spring, at least for the moment, has put an end to decades of (self) censorship and terror, unacceptable legacies in such times of globalization. Consequently, different forms of artistic expressions have stemmed from the Arab upheavals.

Winners of the Sketch Battle #4 - sponsored by IS THIS THE FUTURE.CO.UK

Finally, we have the three winners of the sketch battle #4, sponsored by IS THIS THE FUTURE.CO.UK!

1st place - STAN ONE – Russia (WHY? - dope original wildstyle lettering & detail)


2nd place - MONE78 – Hungary (WHY? Clean & classic wildstyle lettering)


3rd place – KINT – Milan, Italy (fat Character and great lettering styles for a tee)


TO SEE ALL THE SKETCHES, CLICK HERE!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Sneakers that drew graffiti

Moscow, Russia, 2012.
Famous graffiti artists: Sindik, Brovyan, Snack, Poser - created an illegal street art 30 meters above the ground. What is so special about this piece? Artists used soles of their sneakers to paint.

Items: 4 pair Adidas ZX sneakers, size 41-44.



Friday, June 8, 2012

Street Art Mecca Five Pointz To Be Demolished

New York graffiti Mecca Five Pointz will soon be razed and replaced with high rises and a luxury shopping mall.

Owner Jerry Wolkoff has allowed street artists to create art on the walls of the former warehouse in Long Island since 1993. Marlon Bishop for WNYC reported Wolkoff intends to submit formal redevelopment plans for the $350 project within two weeks. In addition to the residential buildings and commercial spaces, the plans include studio spaces for artists and a wall for graffiti artists to use.

The announcement came as a surprise to graffiti artist Jonathan Cohen, known as Meres, who runs Five Pointz.

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