Here’s an interesting news piece I came across today.
A street decorated with graffiti will soon debut in southwest China’s Chongqing city, becoming the largest graffiti building group in China.
Chongqing Evening News reports that the project, when finished, will decorate the roughly-40,000-squaremeter of wall surfacing buildings on the 1.25-kilometer-long Huangjueping Street in suburban Chongqing.
Read More: Graffiti street to debut in Chongqing
It seems that yet another Banksy masterpiece has been carelessly buffed. This time the price tag is much higher: Â£300,000!!
Workmen in London have painted over a 300,000 pound piece by world-renowned graffiti artist Banksy, reports said on Friday.
Although Banksy’s canvases are snapped up by celebrities such as Angelina Jolie for thousands of pounds, his stencilled graffiti creations can be found on walls and billboards around the capital.
Now one of these, a picture of John Travolta and Samuel L Jackson’s characters from the 1994 film “Pulp Fiction” holding bananas instead of guns, has been painted over by a graffiti removal team, the Daily Telegraph said.
Above: One of the copies produced of the famous Pulp Fiction piece by Banksy.
Read More: London workmen paint over graffiti by top artist
I told you I’de stay on top of this story.
Relying on computer evidence seized from his Manhattan home last October, the district attorneys in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens have charged Mr. Ket under his real name, Alain MaridueÃ±a, with 14 criminal counts, including trespass, criminal mischief and making graffiti. If convicted, he could potentially face decades in prison and huge financial penalties.
Mr. MaridueÃ±a is charged with painting several recent images on subway cars, a form of graffiti vandalism that has largely died out since the early 1990s. But his case, and his recent professional history, underscore how graffiti has been propelled from the shadowy corners of the subway system into a global genre of virtual images circulated on the Internet, and become a powerful influence in design, fashion and graphics.
The case could pose an important test for prosecutors and the police, since Mr. MaridueÃ±a was never caught in the act and has no previous criminal record in New York City. Instead, the governmentâ€™s case appears to be based largely on what prosecutors say is the unmistakable detail of his graffiti signature â€” his â€œKETâ€ tag â€” and the fact that the tag is visible on photographs of illegal subway graffiti that were entered into Mr. MaridueÃ±aâ€™s home computer only hours after identical work was discovered on subway cars.
Read More: Graffiti Figure Admired as Artist Now Faces Vandalism Charges
Just caught this one from the nightly news here in southern California. There’s video of his work, just follow the link.
Police call it vandalism, he calls it art. Steven Gonzalez (aka ORGY) was facing prison time for tagging public and private property, but he won’t serve a day. John Schwada explains who paid the price for this tagger’s crime.
Source: Home Loan Pays for Tagger’s Crime
Some of ORGY’s work can be found here, in this short video clip titled “Acts of Bravery.” – within the first few seconds of the clip his work is on the underside of a freeway bridge in Los Angeles.
It has been confirmed. New York based graffiti legend and music junkie Joey Semz was found dead on April 7, 2007. Confirmation.
Born in Staten Island, New York, in 1976, SEMZ first started to look at graffiti in 1983. â€œI was in second grade,â€ he recalls. â€œI rarely paid attention in class because I was constantly sketching graffiti in my notebook. During that time, when I was seven years old, I traveled to my grandparents house in Brooklyn every Sunday for family dinner. On the way there, the Belt Parkway had a stretch of thousands of feet of graffiti covered walls. Some of the names I remember were FIB, JIS, DC, SPIN BUST, and JENZ. I saw these names as a book I would read, telling a story of a soldier trooping though the city, leaving his name on everything in his path until there was no more ground to conquer. I conquered my ground and I am happy. I am SEMZ, the only one.
â€œI really started writing, or got good at my lettering, around 1990. Every school night, I stormed my neighborhood with markers I would steal from the local pharmacy. In the mid-90s, my name was a diseased plague all throughout the borough of Staten Island. I was obsessed and I knew I was good at what I did. My heart and mind were there, so I took it All City in 1997. Little did I know, at some point around the year 2000, every writer in New York knew my name. …Read more at PowerHouse Books.
Joey Semz memorial:
Today, Mon. 7-9pm.
Tomorrow 2-4 and 7-9.
Caseys Funeral Home 350 slosson ave. Staten Island, NY
So, I’m searching for some new stuff to post tonight when I stumbled onto this news piece from Las Vegas, NV local news KVBC, News 3 Nightside. In the video piece they basically speak about the trials and tribulations associated with cleaning up graffiti in Las Vegas, all-the-while showing a brand new throw-up of TKO on the back of a suspended freeway sign and on another suspended freeway sign the moniker SWYPE is thrown-up (fairly clean for where it’s at) in black and white.
Check out the following link to see the video and read the news article.
The cost of cleaning up graffiti
Well, not quite. At least not yet. Be expecting SABER’s artwork to appear on your cell phones soon though. I would bet on him producing wallpapers, icons, and other various artistically inspired content for the phones, but we will have to wait and see.
Here’s a news article I’m sure you’ll love.
IRVINE, Calif.–Boost MobileÂ® today announced an exclusive mobile art content collaboration with Los Angeles-based artist SABER, also known for painting the worldâ€™s largest street art piece, enabling Boostâ€™s youth wireless customers an opportunity to own a piece of iconic artwork from the renowned artist on their Boost Mobile phone.
â€œSABERâ€™s work is original, distinctive and groundbreaking,â€ said Jeff Park, director of business development, Boost Mobile. â€œHis artwork sets the standard for the emerging street art scene and Boost Mobile is fortunate to align with such a legendary icon to collaborate and share his amazing work exclusively with our customers.â€
Boost Mobileâ€™s support of a creative lifestyle, culture and attitude is represented by this exclusive deal as an extension of the brandâ€™s commitment to enhancing the youth wireless experience. Boost also plans to collaborate with the artist to design limited edition products that are relevant to mobile communication and pop culture.
You can read the entire article here.