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“The Hunted and the Hated”: An Inside Look at the NYPD’s Stop-and-Frisk Policy
October 10, 2012, 5:30 am
Filed under: Politics, Ramblings | Tags: , , , , ,

Old news if you live in New York City’s hoods…

“I wanted to help people. But civililian Population are being hunted. Instead of being protected by us, they are being hunted, and we are being hated” –  honest NYPD cop (11:29)…

Out of 684,330 stops in 2011, roughly 1% are caught carrying weapons.



“Dismissed”
August 21, 2012, 9:00 am
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“Dismissed”
black and white pens on court summons
3″ x 6″
2012



$320,000 Bail for Graffiti? (UPDATE: Revok Gets Sentenced 180 Days)

“Revok”

$320,000 Bail for Graffiti? Is that a misprint? ..Nope, it’s true.. just double checked. They grabbed up REVOK at LAX boarding a flight to Ireland on Sunday. A real FBI style (and QUITE costly) takedown.

from the LA Times:

“Revok, one of Los Angeles’ best known graffiti writers, was arrested as he prepared to board a plane to Ireland at Los Angeles International Airport, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department reported.

Jason Williams, a.k.a. Revok, was taken into custody Thursday for an outstanding arrest warrant for failing to pay restitution, according to sheriff’s Capt. Mike Parker.

Authorities claim Revok is a member of the graffiti crew Mad Society Kings, or MSK. Officials from the sheriff’s department were notified that there was an outstanding warrant against Revok for failure to repay victims of previous vandalism incidents.

That led to his arrest, officials said.

Revok is being held in the Los Angeles County Jail in lieu of $320,000 bail.

— Richard Winton”

Here’s some other bails set IN the past 2 months, and also IN Los Angeles County (taken from Logan Hicks)…

San Gabriel Valley man arrested for allegedly molesting teenage boy he met onlineBail… $25,000

OC hospital worker is charged with raping sedated patientBail… $100,000

Man pleads not guilty to offering ‘dead or alive’ bounty on daughter’s boyfriendBail… $250,000

(more here)

and now……

“Artist charged with not repaying (in full) restitution for victims of graffiti.”… Bail… $320,000.

DAMN! Almost 1/3 of a MILLION $s bail for failure to repay “victims” of graffiti?  “Victims”? Aren’t the “victims” of this graffiti the walls that had their COLOR CHANGED? Along with being an obvious counter strike against the rising graffiti art world and  MOCA’s “Art in the Streets” exhibit, I’m sure Revok’s blog posts on the police don’t help. (MUST READS, if you can stomach them)

Revok’s very honorable dedication to AYER (R.I.P.) in the MOCA show

FREE REVOK.

*** UPDATE: Revok Gets Sentenced 180 Days (from the LA Times)…

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Thank You For Throwing Your Shoe (.com)

If you haven’t already seen the video, Muntadar al-Zaidi is the Iraqi journalist who was arrested for throwing his shoes at President Bush. ThankYouForThrowingYourShoe.com is a photo project devoted to letting al-Zaidi know that people from all over the world share in his outrage over the war in Iraq. 

NY - Shoe Throwerphoto:  ThankYouForThrowingYourShoe.com

If you want to show your support  for this (fairly) non-violent protest, upload your picture on the website.



Graffiti/Street Art vs. Advertising (part 3) – the Graffiti Research Lab vs. Advertising

“NYC’S True Graffiti Problem” by the Graffiti Research Lab

Simple.. “Advertising = Graffiti”.

 

 

RELATED POSTS:
Graffiti/Street Art vs. Advertising (part 1) – Illegal Advertising
Graffiti/Street Art vs. Advertising (part 2) – Ron English
Graffiti/Street Art vs. Advertising (part 4) – Augor



Graffiti/Street Art vs. Advertising (part 2) – Ron English

We have messages flashed at us everywhere. “Buy this.” “Watch this.” “Drive This.” “Drink This.” This is in our so-called “public spaces”. But if you want to say something in these public spaces, it isn’t that easy. Write it on the wall or paint or hang your art outside and you are a “vandal”.  If you think money can buy the rights to say what you want.. wrong! Artist Ron English has tried renting a billboard for a piece, and got turned down. 

“Legally, I don’t have a right to do this, but I do as a proponent of free speech, I have an obligation to do this” – Ron English

Corporations don’t deserve free speech.. PEOPLE deserve free speech.” – Ron English


POPaganda: The Art and Subversion of Ron English.. 


photos:  Graffiti.Org

Our laws say that we can be subjected to their corporate messages with their words and images, but putting out your own words or images and you are a criminal. Basically “Read, Don’t Write.”  Read more on “Read/Write Cities” on AntiAdvertisingAgency.com

 

RELATED POSTS:
Graffiti/Street Art vs. Advertising (part 1) – Illegal Advertising
Graffiti/Street Art vs. Advertising (part 3) – the Graffiti Research Lab vs. Advertising
Graffiti/Street Art vs. Advertising (part 4) – Augor



I’ve Had Enough, I’m Out.

I’ve had enough of L.A.. Time to be out.

Shit is mad fake. The L.A. river is a fake river. Silver Lake is a fake lake. The plastic surgery. The girls. So many of the people. The wack LA hipsters and the corny Hollywack scene. I’d rather just read The Arab Parrot, and look at his pic of all the clowns I missed from the night before. And even he did the right thing and flew the coop a few weeks back. Good move.

Sick of the L.A. art scene. Sick of Shepard Fairey and his Fuct-up plagiaristic art. Sick of Mr. Brainwash and his mockery of the art world (first art show grossing over 1/2 million$!).  If that’s what it takes to make it, I’m all set.

Sick of cars and driving. The city is designed wrong and public transportation here is so useless, that you really have to drive. Driving everywhere. Tickets. Tickets, and more tickets. Car towings. Random car repair bills. Traffic here can make a 15 minute drive turn into 2 hours. Cars are wack. And the gas prices (insane skyrocketing from $3 to $5.15 in  the spring)! Fuckin gas. Aren’t people dying over this shit?!

Sick of the segregation. It’s ridiculous. All of the black people are in South Central, Compton or Watts unless they are even less fortunate than that and are on Skid Row. Mexicans live in central (excluding Skid Row) and East LA. Asians live in their retrospective neighborhoods (Chinatown, Koreatown, Little Tokyo). The white people live on the West Side (Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Los Feliz, Silver Lake), on the top of all the hills, and anywhere near the ocean. There’s not much interaction between races here. No getting on the subway and seeing 12 ethnicities and hearing 6 languages being spoken on the same train. Most of the conversations between races here are actually people yelling at each other while driving. Maybe I’m weird, but I like diversity.

The economy in LA is severely unbalanced. There’s alot of money here, but it doesn’t seem to get around very well. No wonder there’s been some frustration here before (and before that). It seems that you are not making $30+ an hour, you are basically a “Mexican” (meaning everyone else)  getting minimum wage. That is, IF you can get work. 

Sick of jobs falling through, people wanting art but then “We really want your art, but we don’t quite have the budget. But if you wanna do it for free, it would surely help your portfolio”. ..Um yeah.. charity usually involves helping someone that needs it, not helping your store look better so you can sell more cupcakes. I have to eat. So if I work for you, then “Fuck you. Pay me.” If I just wanted to paint a wall.. I can find walls to paint.

Sick of the best time to get something done out here always being “tomorrow”. Let’s just get shit done!

Sick of the weather. “But it’s ‘perfect'”. Bullshit. It’s the same everyday, and it is borrrring. I can get into a cloudy day, fall foliage, painting in the snow, spring rain and rebirth. Bad weather makes me appreciate the “nicer days”. Sick of the sun. The sun is over-rated, and causes skin cancer, heat stroke, squinting, and exhaustion. Sunsets are ok.. because it’s leaving. Like me.

(*All this ranting aside, thanks and big ups to my all my friends still in Los Angeles. Now I just gotta get y’all out!)



“Wherever You Go – There You Are” (Another Parking Ticket)

“Wherever You Go – There you Are”
pen, marker, and collaged letters on a parking ticket envelope
2008



Graffiti/Street Art vs. Advertising (part 1) – Illegal Advertising

Some people look at graffiti as an “eyesore”. But many of us don’t have such a problem with advertising. Just because it is paid for by some corporation, does that justify it being there? Is somebody’s mural (or even tags) really worse than a big billboard telling you what garbage to eat, crappy fashions to wear, car to drive, etc ? Or even worse.. I remember the day I was trying to quit smoking – waiting at a bus stop with a huge Newport billboard staring down at me – torture!. And that was a LEGAL ad.

Turns out, ALOT of advertising is ILLEGAL.

Illegal Ad on the flat iron building. I love this building. Imagine coming to NY as a tourist and seeing this landmark architecture. Yeah that would be a nice picture. photo: Municipal Art Society

Wanna go to the park to escape the city for a few or maybe a picnic with the girl? photo: IllegalBillboards.org

Some of this advertising is more than a visual problem. Here’s scafolding, with the weight of an illegal Helio ad, crushing a few cars.  Luckily noone was injured. photos: Gothamist.com



Many of these posters that you see on construction sites are illegal.

Rockstar Games sticker (“IV”) going over the homie  “Rate“‘s tag. photo: Corporate Vandals blog


Tats vs NY
While these corporate vandals are doing whatever they want, we have assholes like media whore Al Sharpton painting over LEGAL graffiti.
photos: NY Daily News

“Consume, dont think about expressing yourself.” …Something is definately wrong here.

A few interesting facts..

– New York City arrested 3,786 graffiti writers last year. They arrested 0 illegal advertisers.

– Vermont, Maine, Hawaii, Alaska, and Washington D.C. bans billboards.

– Buenos Aires, Argentina recently removed 40 thousand billboards (60% of their billboards) to fight “visual pollution”.

– Sao Paolo, Brazil BANNED all commercial advertising in 2007. They have also LEGALIZED Graffiti.

RELATED POSTS:
Graffiti/Street Art vs. Advertising (part 2) – Ron English
Graffiti/Street Art vs. Advertising (part 3) – the Graffiti Research Lab vs. Advertising
Graffiti/Street Art vs. Advertising (part 4) – Augor



“Speeding”
September 20, 2008, 2:11 pm
Filed under: Art | Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

“Speeding”
2008

If I drive 75 mph, it’s gonna take me forever. And the longer it takes, the more tired I become. And tired + driving = very dangerous! That extra 2 hours on the road might be tragic. Safer to let me continue at 100+. Get it?

And again, thanks for more free drawing paper, you nazi fucks.



The Corporation
September 16, 2008, 5:47 am
Filed under: Uncategorized, YouTube | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

If you haven’t yet seen the documentary “The Corporation”, I suggest you sit down and get ready for the 101.

“150 years ago, the business corporation was a relatively insignificant institution. Today, it is all-pervasive. Like the Church, the Monarchy and the Communist Party in other times and places, the corporation is today’s dominant institution. This documentary examines the nature, evolution, impacts, and possible futures of the modern business corporation. Initially given a narrow legal mandate, what has allowed today’s corporation to achieve such extraordinary power and influence over our lives?

Through the voices of CEOs, whistle blowers, brokers, gurus and spies, insiders and outsiders, we present the corporation as a paradox, an institution that creates great wealth, but causes enormous, and often hidden harms.

To determine the kind of personality that drives the corporation to behave like an externalising machine, we can analyse it like a psychiatrist would a patient. We can even formulate a diagnosis, on the basis of typical case histories of harm it has inflicted on others selected from a universe of corporate activity.

Having acquired the legal rights and protections of a person, the question arises – what kind of person is the corporation?” – the Narrator

In short they are a person with “no soul to saveno body to incarcerate”. – Baron Thurlow

“Corporations were given the rights of immortal persons. But then special kinds of persons, persons who had no moral conscience. These are a special kind of persons, which are designed by law, to be concerned only for their stockholders. And not, say, what are sometimes called their stakeholders, like the community or the work force or whatever.” – Noam Chomsky

Watch the full version here



“Notice To Appear”

“Notice To Appear”
2008

Notice this.. assholes.



“Parking Ticket”

“Parking Ticket”
2008 

Thanks for the drawing paper, dicks!




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