Friday, September 30, 2011

French graffiti artist known as “Kidult” is gaining notoriety

The anonymous French graffiti artist known as “Kidult” is gaining notoriety at a rapid pace. By filling up fire extinguishers with paint and dousing luxury brand store fronts with his tag, Kidult is on a mission to once again “Illegalize Graffiti.” While many are considering his tags a compelling statement, a large number of critics have already summarized his work as nothing more than vandalism. Wherever you personally land on this spectrum, Kidult is making sure of one thing: he will be heard.

But Why?
Before heading into any further discussion, I think it’s best to further explore the reasoning behind Kidult’s form of tagging. As a person who is genuinely passionate about the culture of graffiti and street, he is quite fed up to say the least. He’s frustrated this culture has become commercialized to the point where luxury brands feel comfortable incorporating this form of art into their own campaigns. The biggest qualm that Kidult has, however, is that these people are selling this street art culture for capitol purposes, without having an inkling of an idea of what that very culture actually represents. This is undoubtably exemplified by this commercial for a new fragrance bearing the title “Flower Tag” by Kenzo:
Obviously angered and disillusioned by this video clip, Kidult decided to contribute to Kenzo’s new found love for his culture. “If they really like graffiti, then I just give them what they want,” says the distorted voice of the French artist in his “Illegalize Graffiti” short. “I’m just simply saying ‘hello’ to them.” We can see here how Kidult extends this greeting to Kenzo:
Kidult has swiftly bestowed this form of “hello” to plenty of other brands he feels have misused graffiti. These include Colette, Agn├ęs b., JC/DC, YSL, and Supreme. Another recent recipient of his tag was an exterior wall of the MOCA Street Art Exhibition in Los Angeles. By painting over the work of Mr. Brainwash (a “street artist” who somewhat forced his career into motion as seen in the film “Exit Through the Gift Shop”), Kidult is attempting to make a statement he’s obviously passionate about. I feel this is captured best when he says that“what [he] did with these extinguisher tags was just a reminder that graffiti can be found wherever the graffiti artist would like it to be found.”
So Then.
Whether you feel the work of Kidult is legitimate “street art” or nothing more than ugly vandalism, this masked Frenchman seems set on his mission to take back graffiti. Personally, I feel that his work lands in a unique area. It’s a bit hard to claim that what he’s doing on these buildings looks great visually, which is what many people seem to have problems with. Of course that’s not the point though – the point is a drastic gesture pleading commercialism to stay away from this street-bred culture. “It’ll take a lot of work to wake this world out of a coma,” says Kidult, “so stay awake. Graffiti is not dead.”
The “Illegalize Graffiti” short may be viewed below

KIDULT ITW (uncensored) "ILLEGALIZE GRAFFITI" from eric on Vimeo.

Victor Reyes Time Lapse

check out this dope time lapse video of a huge wall

Victor Reyes Time Lapse from Brock Brake on Vimeo.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Writer 8: Keep 6

Writer: Keep6
Crew: SDK
Location: Canada

I was in the mood for some train graffiti this morning instead. So here we go, a dope writer from Canada

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Crew: MSK

One of my favorite crews with some of THE most talented artists ever, MSK

The next few posts will be focused on more of their writers

heres some just MSK pics, enjoy

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Writer 6: Hael I'm Not an Artist I'm a F*&#!ing Vandal

Location: Los Angeles
Crews: TKO, OTR, AL, MSK, LOD, DMS and the mobb BTM

Heres a break from the real good looking art like graffiti, and the other side of graffiti, pure vandalism from the eyes of Haeler

I'm Not an Artist I'm a Fucking Vandal from Josh Cole on Vimeo.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Writer 4: Ewok

Ewok is a real real fine artist. A true master of his art. He's from the much nicer climate of Southern California, and in MSK and THE SEVENTH LETTER, two of the most prolific and innovative graffiti crews in the world. He also happens to be a founding member of Life Sucks Die magazine as well as a member of Minneapolis super-design firm, BURLESQUE of NORTH AMERICA.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Writer 3: Revok sentenced to 180 days in jail

THIS DUDE IS A LEGEND, a true artist. Another one I grew up seeing in Southern Cali.

The graffiti writer known as Revok, whose work is displayed in the "Art in the Streets" exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art, was sentenced Monday to 180 days in jail after a judge found that he had violated the terms of his probation in a previous vandalism conviction, court officials said.

Jason Williams, 34, also known as Revok, appeared in a Van Nuys courtroom Monday where he was found to have violated his probation on a misdemeanor vandalism charge by failing to pay adequate restitution to his victims, according to prosecutors.

Williams was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport last Thursday as he prepared to board a plane for Ireland.

His arrest came amid controversy surrounding the museum's "Art in the Streets" graffiti and street art exhibition, which the Los Angeles Police Department and Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department have criticized as promoting vandalism and tagging.

Sheriff’s investigators said they are conducting a wide investigation into Revok.

"As a result of evidence discovered during his April 21 arrest, other incidents of vandalism were found in the county of Los Angeles," said Capt. Mike Parker.

Investigators said the L.A. County district attorney’s office could file felony charges against Williams, who was arrested by a sheriff’s transit team that specializes in catching vandals.

The team recently arrested Cristian Gheorghiu, also known as Smear, another tagger-turned-artist. Gheorghiu received 45 days' community service for violating his probation. He was arrested two days after The Times published a story on his life as an artist with tagging roots.

Revok is among the best known and boldest taggers in Los Angeles. Williams, a one-time member of the graffiti crew “Mad Society Kings” or MSK, was arrested in 2009 in Melbourne, Australia, after a series of highly publicized large pieces.

A resident of the Fairfax district, Williams was placed on probation for felony vandalism in Indio in 2009 during the Coachella music festival.

He also was arrested in November 2009 by deputies near the 33rd Graffiti Art Store, where images of his graffiti were featured. During a later search of Williams' home, deputies found several hundred paint cans, a police badge and a fire extinguisher — a tool commonly used for applying large tags.

They also found a stolen detour sign and digital photos of his graffiti work on his phone

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 online. Bail… $25,000

OC hospital worker is charged with raping sedated patient. Bail… $100,000

Man pleads not guilty to offering ‘dead or alive’ bounty on daughter’s boyfriend. Bail… $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?