Watch a short 1976 documentary about the NYC graffiti scene


"Watching My Name Go By" is a great half-hour BBC documentary from 1976 about the early days of graffiti culture in New York City. (YouTube, thanks UPSO!)

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Graffiti enthusiast won't take red for an answer


In the eternal struggle between graffiti enthusasts and wall owners, sometimes a playful conversation emerges, like this battle over the word RED vs. red paint. Read the rest

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Giant Ron English art-book: Status Factory

Whether putting up his own US/Mexican border-crossing signs or appearing on the Simpsons, street artist Ron English is a versatile, trenchant, eyeball-kicking master of the form.

Star Wars Tree Sweater

This is how they yarn-bomb in Iowa City. (via Ellen Kushner) Read the rest

Banksy's "Taking the Piss," illustrated

Banksy's classic "taking the piss" essay (adapted from an essay by Sean Tejaratchi) is a moving, important screed about the colonization of public space by advertising.

The Zen Pencils illustrated version gives very welcome visual component to Banksy's words, reminding us that as articulate as Banksy might be, his real power is in the image.

155. BANKSY: Taking the piss (explicit)

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Jonathan Koshi: drawings of tagged European doorways

My friend Jonathan Koshi created a series of striking graphite drawings of tagged doorways he encountered in Brussels, Rome, Florence, Paris, Amsterdam, and Copenhagan. The work can now be seen at San Francisco's Secession Art & Design gallery and online. Koshi says:

I've focused on the tension between art, graffiti, vandalism, and architecture. In this series, I question tagging as vandalism with architectural drawings of tagged doors. I employ classic pencil drawing technique to capture the details of the tags and surrounding architecture to create a work of art where vandalism becomes an essential component of the piece.

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Banksy artworks in LEGO

Banksy pieces redone in LEGO by Jeff Friessen of The Brick Fantastic (via Laughing Squid). Read the rest

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Street art that cleverly incorporates its surroundings

Bored Panda rounds up a gallery of street art that "interacts with its surroundings" -- a fancy way of saying that the artists incorporate found settings from cracks in cement to blooming trees into their work. It's positively delightful.

28 Pieces Of Street Art That Cleverly Interact With Their Surroundings

(Thanks, Robbo!)

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Hand-painted murals as animated GIFs

Street artist INSA paints and photographs multiple variations of his murals and then creates mind-bending animated GIFs from the photos. More examples below! "INSA's GIF-ITI" (via Hi-Fructose) Read the rest

Skull/face paste-up wrapped around a sharp corner

Street artist Maldito Juanito installed this perspective-driven paste-up in Geneva. It wraps around the corner of a concrete pillar, and depending on your angle of approach, you see a boy's face, a skull, or a half-boy/half-skull. (via Kadrey) Read the rest

DIY Drone Shadow Handbook: how to create accurate drone-shadow street art

James Bridle has released a CC-licensed DIY Drone Shadows handbook (PDF), which explains, in detail, how to make accurate drone-shadow street art in your town/neighborhood. It's part of a larger project around Dirty Wars, a documentary on drone warfare currently touring the UK. Read the rest

Tuesday: free NYC screening of artist Invader's film, ART4SPACE

Last year, Parisian street artist Invader, famed for his ubiquitous 8-bit video game mosaics, launched one of his invaders into the stratosphere on a weather balloon. On Tuesday (10/29), our pals at NYC's Jonathan LeVine Gallery are presenting a free screening of the short film about that project, titled ART4SPACE. The screenings are at 8pm and 9pm at Landmark Theatres Sunshine Cinema on East Houston Street. ART4SPACE screening Read the rest

HOWTO make hydrophobic rain-only street art

NathanSharratt from entered a Home Depot contest and hit on the idea of stenciling street art with hydrophobic NeverWet stuff, producing designs that are only visible when it rains. Read the rest

Octophant mural in east London

Artist Alexis Diaz painted this beautiful elephant-headed octopus mural near my flat in East London; I've just got back from Comic-Con and I'm going to make a special detour tomorrow to see it in person. According to Colossal, the mural took a week to paint.

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Germany tests anti-graffiti drones

German railway operator Deutche Bahn is to target graffiti artists with surveillance drones: "The idea is to use airborne infra-red cameras to collect evidence, which could then be used to prosecute vandals who deface property at night." Read the rest

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