The streets have been seeing an uptick in socio-political messages recently, whether because of the Occupy protests, or because artists are exercising their speech in low cost, low-tech, person-to-person methods. The very personal nature of this kind of messaging actually feels impactful when it catches your eye with a sense of intention, grabbing you by the ear and making you think. This week we have Street Art commentary about housing, class inequality, the abuse of poser, erosion of privacy and fears of a police state. It makes sense that art on the streets is reflecting us back to ourselves.
Here’s our weekly interview with the street; this week featuring Buff Monster, Cash4, Cope, Dirty Teddies, Ema, Enzo & Nio, Essam, Faile, Hush, Ment, Shiro, XAM, and XXX.
Turning his face away from the camera so he could not be identified, writer BLOOMIE catches a tag across a Tats Cru piece. (photo courtesy Tats Cru)
Okay, things are not always what they seem – this was a legal spot peeepull! But it is a funny sort of recognition of the place that graffiti has evolved to. I’m sure this will keep the arts and culture pundits chewing on the implications and ramifications for days. OMG!
Thanks to – and for more on this story see the Tats Cru blog – like they say “Only in New York Baby”!
Los Angeles Spends 3.7 million Dollars to Remove Largest Graffiti Tag in America
NO, this was not a story lifted from The Onion, although it sounds like it. I don’t think the total amount is for that one tag, but rather the whole L.A. River.
Brooklyn is on the opposite coast of the US, so we don’t really know what it’s like to see the graff on the concrete of that river.
But California, the world’s 8th largest economy, is on the brink of financial calamity, school classes are ballooning to 45 students, and the rising price of fish tacos on the beach is negatively affecting the surfers. Is today UPSIDE DOWN DAY?
As reported by Ed Fuentes in BlogDowntown.com, the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers hired contractors to spray over the giant tag and made a big show of it, complete with a press conference.
“At 2,000 feet long by 60 feet tall, the MTA tag near the 4th street bridge was said to be one of the largest graffiti tags in the United States.
On Thursday it proved plenty large enough for a press conference that included the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, a pair of City Councilmembers and the L.A. Sheriff’s department.” More here…
NYC Mayoral Race ’09 HEATS UP with Bloomberg, Thompson, and Mr. Burns
Why limit the race for mayor to only ONE BILLIONAIRE? Spending like a drunken sailor during Fleet Week, Mike Bloomberg, the richest man in the state, has reportedly spent $16 for every $1 that his opponent Bill Thompson has. Not so fast, Mike! Here comes Mr. Burns, a real leader of the people and believer in democracy.
photo David Hershkovits in Papermag.com
In a press conference Mr. Burns attacked the end-run Bloomberg did around election laws to get himself on the ballot for a third term. “The man shows no guts, he should have simply declared himself king over these slack-jawed troglodytes, I mean good citizens. But that’s democracy for you”
Recently these campaign posters for Mr. Burns have been appearing all over New York, indicating that he is taking the race very seriously.