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L.A. River Buff

So last spring I started a what I thought was going to be a 150′ fill-in on the Los Angeles River (Frogtown section). The first night, I rolled out 3 gallons of black/brown which only got a skinny outline done. It was more like the sketch so I’d know where to start filling in the next night. Well I couldn’t get back for the second session for a few days, but I figured “no biggie”; this was gonna be a big project and gonna take many nights.  So I stroll up there a few nights later to start the filling in, and um…. I could swear I started it earlier that week. …Where was it?!! …Buffed?!  What?! But the Saber piece was running for years. The MTA piece was just done. WTF?! Why me?!!! Little did I know, this was the beginning of something big. Or should I say the REMOVAL of some things big…

Turns out that even with these crazy economical times, they’ve come up with $837,000 to start to buff the Los Angeles River.  Now if you don’t already know, the L.A. River is not exactly a beautiful “river”, but actually a literal drainage ditch with 60′ cement banks running through industrial and unvisited parts of Los Angeles. One of the only things the river has offered has been the enormous canvases for some of the largest murals on the planet.

LARiver-Saberthe “SABER” piece. 60′ x 250′, 1997
(check out Saber himself siiting in the upper left part of the “B”)

Saber buff (a)
Saber buff (b)

Saber buff (c)
Saber buff (c)“SABER” buffed September 2009 (above 4 photos: Known Gallery)

Then, last week, they had the US Army Corps of Engineers buff the MTA piece. Yup, the Army is now working to buff graffiti. Must be a national security issue. Gotta get the army to fight art done without permission. In related news, they’ve arrested 10 of the alleged MTA crew, and are charging them for the graffiti. They claim it took them 400 gallons of paint and 4 nights to do it. They also might be seeking to charge the crew the clean-up cost of $3.7 MILLION to buff it ($38 a square ft). What The Fuck?! Sounds like the Army Corp are the ones cleaning up. I’ll do that shit for $1 million. Fuck.. even $100,000.

MTA - L.A. River“MTA” Piece, L.A. River, 60′ x 1700′, 2008

Buffing MTA (1)
Buffing MTA (2)

Buffing MTA (3)(above 3 photos: LaTaco.com )

MTA buffed“M” of the “MTA” buffed (photo: fotograffia.com)

MTA buffedMTA piece buffed, 10-11-2009 (photo: jondoeforty1)



2008 Wrap-Up (Photos From the Past Year)

2008 was a crazy year for me. The “divorce” was finally over and no more mortgage. I was set free in a lot of ways. Here’s some pics from the last year that never made the blog..

the Whip in NevadaI drove (..yeah crazy already) about 15,000 miles in a year.

112

..even in a minivan, I can’t drive 55. Topped out at 117, shaking ALOT.

Caution Rattle Snakes
Spent alot of time in Los Angeles. Things are just different there.

MomsLA doesn’t have so many Dunkin’ Donuts.

Galo LA
Size LAGalo and Size. Don’t know who did the cholo characters, but they are so LA and really dope.

FTW Billboard

FTW. These dudes were up in Echo Park. 

sLAyDope SLAY sticker. This dude was up, creepin tags in weird not-so-quick-to-buff spots.

"Adze" “ADZE ” also had his ups.

Elllis G LAEllis G came through for a West Coast visit.

Bay Bridge The Bay Area became my new second home.

Hew photographing RamonaHew Burney came through with the pics when in Vegas..

Pink Gucci in Vegas
Alone1 - "Stitches" shirt in Vegas 

Tacos Mexico
Taco TuesdayTaco Tuesday dictated the schedule in ’08.

2nd St tunnelSecond St Tunnel.

caype_odOD crew wasn’t being pushed anymore, partly due to a “bad apple” bumming out everyone. Something had to give, and it was either retire the crew or clean it up and move on. Bad apple removed.. new apples added.
Welcome to the family Caype OD.

Lost 2008Lost OD UW” made a comeback.     

Alone in LAI did a bit of painting myself (but let’s not get into that). 

Caype buffedThe fuckin Nazis brought down Caype.         

Vault ODeeVault got put down in OD. Welcome bro.
 

Aloneblog BannerGetting bored, and with the recomendation/encouragement from some friends, I started this blog.

LA Gas Prices
Gas GaugeGas prices got out of control (I had to spend $5.15 a gallon once in Hollywood), leading me to drive less and steal more (gas). Which made LA suck even more.

LA Sunset
LA women..so even with all the beautiful weather and women, LA just wasn’t for me.
I was out

Grasses
Celtics Girls

Watertower and Fire Escape
MTA Redwing
Dumpling House
Lower East Side X-mas
Eldridge St graffiti

NY from BKEast Coast <3 .

Obamaand oh yeah, huge political news.. Obama pulled it off.

New Years Eve 2008Happy New Years!




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