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“Locked” zine out now

Featuring the art of graffiti and street artists while they are locked in the system from 1996–2011.

8.5″ x 5.5″
2o+ full color pages stapled with a thick cover.
Each issue is signed and numbered by Alone One in a limited edition of 100.

Contributing Artists:
Alone One
Caype
Grins
Kurse
Lost
Okto
PosterBoy

Smear

Grab a copy at one of these locations in Boston, NYC, or Los Angeles or directly online over at AloneArt.com

Or get one here by making a $10 donation*. Free shipping (include your address in the Paypal comments/notes).

–   S  O  L  D   O  U  T   – 

*All of the proceeds go directly to the contributing artists’ defense lawyers and commissaries. These crazy graffiti writers lifestyles require legal funds. So support the cause and get a great collection of art at the same time. Any size donations appreciated, larger donations get larger thank yous! So (speaking for all of us) thanks in advance for your support.



PosterBoy and Aakash Nihalani (Street Art Co-existing With Graffiti)

If street artists want to co-exist and be accepted by the graffiti world, there’s an old graffiti rule that they should understand. “DO NOT GO OVER OTHER PEOPLE.” ESPECIALLY if it’s bigger, better, or old. Sure those tags and those filled in “throw up” letters DO make a nice looking background to your street art. But that graffiti was there FIRST. It might not seem like much, but those letters were done on the spot with risk of arrest, possibly by someone from another city/country , a king, or even a RIPed writer’s last artifact. Undoubtedly potential historic pieces in the graffiti world. You CAN NOT go over them. Go BEHIND them? Hmm.. Maaaybe? ..If it’s done respectfully. This is a pic I took in Bushwick back in 2009..

Posterboy

Posterboy and Aakash Nihalani playin by the rules.

“Give respect, Get respect.”



“ROYAL FLUSH” Art Show at HOURGLASS Tattoo and Art Gallery, Cambridge MA



“ROYAL FLUSH” Art Show

HOURGLASS Tattoo and Art Gallery
1680 Mass Ave (2nd floor)
Cambridge MA, 02138

OPENING:
August 20, 2011
8 – 12 pm

Art by:
ALONE
ANDRE CHEKO

COAST
HELZ
THE ROYAL KINGBEE
MOUSE
TENSE
TOMB

The show is up until late September.



“History Of American Graffiti” by Roger Gastman and Caleb Neelon

This book came out about a month ago. I meant to do a comprehensive review on it, but with about 400 PAGES a proper review would take months for me to write. And I don’t want to reveal too much of the book. Here’s a small preview…

First, the cover. Take off that paper one that it came with and reveal the (MUCH doper, in my opinion) vintage spraycans cover hiding under there.

Then get ready for a Graffiti History 101 on the history of over 25 cities. Just check out the Contents pages!..



Instead of starting with the expectected Cornbread and Taki 183 stories, it starts earlier with other forms of graffiti.



Of course any history book is bound to overemphasize certain people and events and omits others (REZENT! LOST!). However the Boston and New York sections are pretty accurate and no way as biased as it could have been. I’m not so knowledgeable on the other cities, but hopefully they are just as accurate.




In addition to the individual city chapters, there’s profiles on some very influential writers such as Cost, Revs, Twist, and others.


Then to top things off, they’ve even included info on spraypaint, blackbooks, tagbanging, freights, the list goes on..


I was very pleased to see the Boston chapter giving just credit to the X-men, Jayrock, Remote, and of course the much justified write up and photos of Alert (OD. KBN. 5AV) and Ryze (5AV KBN.) in the Boston chapter.


The OD crew gets their mention. I get a mention and some quote. And a photo (not one I would have chosen.. guess I should have submitted some of my own.) of an “AN” I did on the Porter MBTA tracks in 1993. Yup, the “Star Market wall”.

They also go on in the Denver section about Alert and Hel (OD KBN) relocating out there and hooking up with SWS.

Overall, this is a great book that will undoubtedly (like it or not) be used as THE first and foremost account of 20th century graffiti and will be studied for centuries to come. Grab a copy while you can still get an original first pressing.

*** Oh yeah, BIG THANKS to Caleb and Roger for hooking up me up with a copy of the book!!



SABER strikes back…
June 22, 2011, 10:48 pm
Filed under: Graffiti, Politics | Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Some well spoken words from SABER MSK

THE DEVIL WEARS A PINK SUIT: A RESPONSE TO “RADICAL GRAFFITI CHIC”
.Saber, "Sacred Trash" at MOCA's "Art in the Streets" exhibitionSaber, “Sacred Trash” at MOCA’s “Art in the Streets” exhibition

After looking at the longest list of credentials of one person I’ve ever seen—Yale, University Of Cambridge, Stanford Law, Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, contributing editor of City Journal, recipient of 2005 Bradley Prize for Outstanding Intellectual Achievement, etc, etc—I came to the conclusion that approaching Heather Mac Donald’s fortified intellect would be the equivalent of challenging the IBM Chess Terminator: cold, calculating, and absent a pulse. I find it hard to believe that someone of such high stature would spend so much energy on something that seems trivial in comparison to her passion for deportation and torture. Yet she seems really upset at the idea of a museum honoring over forty years of development in Graffiti Art.

In her lengthy article “Radical Graffiti Chic,” she refers to artists as “vandal-anarchist wannabes” and attempts to highlight their hypocrisy. She names me personally in the article, stating that I am quick to sell out to any corporate sponsor: “Saber, who declares in an interview with the graffiti journal Arrested Motion that ‘there is no room for empathy when there is a motive for profit,’ has sold his designs to Levi’s, Hyundai, and Harley-Davidson.”

In trying to paint me as a hypocrite for capitalizing on my intellectual property, Heather does not take into account that I support my family through my art. I have painted everything from sets to faux finishing to gold leafing to put food on the table or to pay for health care bills, since insurance companies have refused to cover me due to a pre-existing condition (epilepsy). Heather, who is paid to write articles, should understand the process of making money for one’s creative output, and that this is not what I was referring to in the Arrested Motion quote. I was referring to health insurance companies taking away accessible facilities from sick people in order to save a buck at the expense of the patient’s life. To compare my art to the health insurance companies is ludicrous. Continue reading



$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)…

Continue reading



Early 90’s Sanford Mean Streaks

Nothing like when Flex comes through with a housewarming gift.. some old-school Sanford Mean Streaks from the early 90’s… even including the “Mean Streak condoms”! Nice! Another graf supply his pops confiscated in the 90’s and instead of throwin em out, saved em to give back when he thought it’d be safe. Haha.. IT’S NEVER SAFE…



Burnside, The Bronx – 1997
April 14, 2011, 9:00 am
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Burnside, The Bronx – 1997



Graffiti Banned in Fine Art??
March 20, 2011, 12:00 pm
Filed under: Art, Graffiti, Politics, Ramblings | Tags: , , , , , , ,

From the LA Times (thanks MAC)…

“Graffiti Artist’s Past is Tagging Behind Him

Cristian Gheorghiu scrawled ragged images and his nickname, ‘Smear,’ on L.A.’s lampposts, walls and riverbeds. Now that his gallery career is taking off, an injunction is threatening to bar him from profiting from art bearing his telltale ‘tag.’

In 2007, Gheorghiu’s problems came to a head with his first adult felony arrest. Responding to Smear’s graffiti on buses, L.A. County sheriff’s deputies raided his home. A graffiti vandalism conviction resulted in a 40-month suspended prison sentence, three years’ probation and about $28,000 in restitution for scrawling on buses.

Gheorghiu remains on probation because he has paid off only about $5,000 of his fines.

He says he stopped vandalizing property after his conviction. Today, he insists, his only artwork is created in a studio, with larger pieces fetching $2,000 to $2,500. Art “is my way of making amends,” he said.

But his trouble with the law didn’t end. When his old tagging crew was suspected of creating a quarter-mile-long MTA tag in the Los Angeles River, Gheorghiu was caught in the ensuing police sweep.

He spent three days in jail in 2009. Charges were never filed.

But in 2010, the city attorney sued him and nine others. The suit seeks at least $1 million in penalties and a civil injunction that would forbid many activities, including making money from work emblazoned with their street names.”

Read the whole  story here.

“SMEAR”
photo: LA Times

Hmmm… tags no longer allowed in fine art? Wow. That’s pretty fucked up. What about signed pieces by other graffiti and street artists? Are those just criminal evidence now?

If you read a little further the real motive against graffiti/ graffiti art reveals itself (again)..

“Their suit also argues that Gheorghiu’s graffiti served as free publicity, giving him an unfair advantage over legitimate artists — a violation of state laws governing fair competition.”

…..Exactly. All about the $$$$s.

 

 



R.I.P. SURE (ATM, HAA, 156)
December 8, 2010, 6:24 am
Filed under: Art, Graffiti | Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,


Just heard that SURE (ATM, HAA, 156), half of the duo “SURE + FAUST”, has been killed while in the line of duty in Afghanistan at the age of 25. If you’ve been around lower Manhattan (or all of New York for that matter) in the last few years, you’ve surely (no pun intended) seen his over saturation of stickers. And these aren’t the (so trendy right now) printed vinyl stickers, these are all hand done with some of the dopest handstyles in the graffiti world. I met him briefly last year (He actually caught me getting up. Classic.). We talked for a minute and exchanged some stickers. Seemed like a genuine cool dude. He’ll definitely be missed. Rest In Peace.






Check SURE out in Martha Cooper‘s book “Name Tagging” and read an interview with him at Mark Batty Publishing.



“Name Tagging with Martha Cooper” from hypebeast.tv
July 13, 2010, 2:44 am
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“Name Tagging with Martha Cooper” from hypebeast.tv



Martha Cooper’s “Name Tagging” – Sneak Peak










If you weren’t lucky enough to get an early copy at the book launch party, it’s now available at Amazon.com or your local book store.



Hourglass TATTOO CIRCUS Art Show this Friday, Cambridge, MA

Hourglass Tattoo Studio and PBR Gallery present TATTOO CIRCUS Art Show on FRIDAY, JUNE 25, 2010

Featuring original works by Andy Regan(Hourglass Tattoos), Johannes(Black Stallion, Holland), Jamie Cassaboon(NYC), Suze Manzo (Hourglass Tattoos), Chris Torress(NYC), Guy Ursitti(NYC), Sarazah Deetz, Bryn Taylor(San Francisco, CA), Ray Negron, Dave Tree, ALONE, Joe Bastek, HELZ, Jimmy Johnson, Frede Cugno, Gerald Schiphone, Nate Dizzle

Doors open @ 8PM.  Must be 21 years of age or older to attend.

Hourglass Tattoo Studio + PBR Gallery
1680 A Massachusetts Avenue  Cambridge, MA 02138



Italian Home For Children, Boston
June 15, 2010, 12:09 am
Filed under: Art, Graffiti, Inspiration | Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Yesterday I got to do a little “graffiti class” with the kids over at the Italian Home For Children (I.H.C.) in Boston. They’re really a great group of kids with a lot of creativity ready to come out. It was a true pleasure to work with them. I did the first sketch, then the kids took turns doing the fill, and I did the final outline and highlights. One of the kids hooked up the “Italian Home” letters and I followed it with the “for Children”. Teamwork!

About the I.H.C.:

The I.H.C. is a residential and day treatment facility for emotionally and behaviorally challenged children of all races, nationalities and religions. On any given day about 100 children attend the programs in the Jamaica Plain campus. All of the children, boys and girls, range in age from 4 to 13 years old. The Italian Home for Children specializes in the assessment and treatment of a variety of behavioral and mental health concerns.

Read more on the IHC here.



Martha Cooper’s “Name Tagging” Book Launch, Saturday, NYC
May 14, 2010, 10:45 am
Filed under: Books, Inspiration, Photography | Tags: , , , , , ,

 


“For nearly a decade I’ve photographed hand drawn tags and street art on stickers. My best finds are now published in a little book called Name Tagging. It launches this Saturday at the OBEY pop up store at 151 Orchard Street from 5:00pm-8:00pm. If you come with stickers, you may be able to trade with some of the elusive artists featured in the book.”  – Martha Cooper

 

If you’re in NY this weekend, check out the book release and meet the photographer, Martha Cooper.

And be sure to check out her blog over at 12 oz.

 





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