Nov 25, 2012

Stomper

Worlds largest graffiti? 1.7km x 5km

From here

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Worlds Largest Graffiti” von Santiago Sierra, ed Smara Refugee Camp, decease Algerien: “In October 2012 the letters “S.O.S.” were carved into the ground of Western Sahara/Algeria near the Saharaui refugee camp Smara in collaboration with Artifariti and the Frente Polisario. The graffiti measures 5 km x 1,7 km, which makes it the largest graffiti in the world. The piece refers to the Saharaui peoples struggle for independence from Moroccan rule in the almost forgotten West Saharan conflict. For 36 years they have lived in makeshift conditions under the provisional arrangement of the refugee camps in the Sahara desert, south east of Tindouf

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Jun 27, 2011

Wreckers Yard

Nice work by Sofles taking out the Redbull Wreckers Yard

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Mar 23, 2011

Poetry?

I am the last person you are likely to hear rambling on about poetry, but today I got an email that amazed me;

I was inspired by one of your pieces up on what looks like a tunnel in Melbourne and suggested the image as a prompt for our group of poets...

… I thought you might like to see how our poets responded to the image of the woman — you’ll find a variety of takes on her from us …http://wewritepoems.wordpress.com/2011/03/23/prompt-46-its-post-your-poems-day/

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See all the poems below:

I will let the door open

writing a woman’s life

http://imnotaverse.wordpress.com/2011/03/23/how-things-are/

http://soulsmusic.wordpress.com/2011/03/22/1-thru-12-the-true-story/

http://bozone-bw.blogspot.com/2011/03/satans-wires.html

http://1ightverse.blogspot.com/2011/03/toast.html

http://judyidliketosay.blogspot.com/2011/03/vision.html

Wonder

Woman

Train goes by

http://sadlywaiting.blogspot.com/2011/03/its-hard-to-pull-my-gaze-away.html

http://flaubert-poetrywithme.blogspot.com/2011/03/no-more-jonquils-we-write-poems-46.html

http://firmlyrooted.blogspot.com/2011/03/face-on-walll.html

http://poesiatorta.blogspot.com/2011/03/448.html

So I just wanted to say a huge thanks to all those who were inspired by work.

If you haven’t seen this image before there is a bit of a story about it here

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Jan 13, 2011

Formula One at the NGV

We have posted a few links to sirums blog with pics of the process of this wall but now there is a video by Vans to look at:

Formula One at NGV Studio from Vans The Omega on Vimeo.

Looks Dope.

Everfresh is due to paint this wall in the next week or so. We will let you know what’s happening as soon as we know….

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Oct 31, 2010

NGA

So Just got back From Canberra last night. It was a huge weekend to say the least. The exhibition was 10 time more impressive than expected.

Amazing job by Jaklyn Babington and all the good people at the NGA.

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Sync welcomed the crowds

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May 4, 2010

2 years for Photographing graffiti

Can hardly believe this is true- what next arresting people who buy graffiti books?

LA Photographer Faces Criminal Charges, drugstore Appeals for Help

Los Angeles-based photographer Jonas Lara faces up to a year in prison if convicted of aiding and abetting two graffiti artists whose work he was documenting when the three men were arrested on February 2, cialis sale 2010 in South Central Los Angeles.

Lara’s camera, lenses and memory cards, which he uses to make a living, were also seized, and have not been returned to him.

When he was arrested, Lara was working on a long-term project for which he has documented the work and creative processes of 30 visual artists. Lara met the two graffiti artists at an abandoned building in South Central Los Angeles to photograph the pair as they worked on the illegal mural.

An LAPD helicopter spotted the group of three men and a patrol car was quickly on the scene. The artists attempted to walk away from the scene and were apprehended, Lara says. He remained at the scene and was arrested, although the arresting officers never let Lara know what he was being charged with.

The photographer says the officers were understanding when he explained his reason for being at the scene. They told him they needed to process him, and that he would be free to go in the morning. After advising Lara that it would be dangerous to leave his car in the neighborhood, one of the officers even drove Lara’s car to the police station so he could avoid a towing fee.

Once he got to the police station, however, Lara’s situation became much more precarious. The police held Lara for eight hours before telling him he was being charged with felony vandalism. He was held for 26 hours in total.

Two weeks after being bailed out by his wife, Lara was arraigned and the charge of felony vandalism was downgraded to a misdemeanor. At a pretrial hearing Gottesman told Lara that rather than vandalism, he was now being charged with damaging a fence at the scene. Then the charge was later switched again, this time to the misdemeanor of aiding and abetting. Prosecutors now claim Lara was acting as a lookout for the two graffiti artists.

Lara started his legal defense fund when it became clear to him that the charges against him would not be dropped. Those interested in donating to Lara’s legal defense fund can do so here:

Jonas Lara Legal Defense Fund Paypal Page.

Found via HYB, this article comes from PDN Pulse

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Mar 15, 2010

Interview with Makatron over at Invurt.com

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If you are looking at this blog you probably have enough time to read this interview I did with Invurt, cheap enjoy…

http://www.invurt.com/2010/03/11/interview-makatron-everfresh-studio/

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Nov 22, 2009

Urban Arts- Two one

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Jul 7, 2009

King BNE


Found via Revok’s Blog
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Long Live King BNE

See his blog here

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Jul 7, 2009

“THE DSKYZER”

Just another Reminder to go get yourself a copy of the Kingsway Book if you haven’t already…

Here are some words from the Dskyser:

I’ve got to admit that reading this book tonight I was moved to tears. For so long I tried to block all these years out of my consciousness. There were so many unbelievable happy memory’s mixed in with out of proportion tragedy and loss. So many young creative people who lost their way and their outlet to make sense of it all and find belonging and community.

Making the decision to turn my back on graffiti back then was one of the most difficult adjustments I’ve ever had to make. It was a pretty extreme lifestyle that only those at the core of the scene could ever fully understand. It was completely lawless and detached from the regular 9-5 existence that the majority of society labored so hard to uphold. To walk away meant turning the volume of life down from level 110 to a quiet twilight whisper.

By the age of 18 it was mainly the prospect of jail that spelled the end of artistic expression for most, without the life affirming and self worth building side effects of active graffiti writing and creative expression, a large number increasingly turned to drugs to fill the void that had begun to grow within their hearts and souls after retirement. It was so sad to see so many close friends and people I loved either start to fade, look for even more destructive outlets or in the worst situations die by their own hands or by misadventure related to substance abuse. It really darkened my view of the world for a very long time; there were many times there where I even tried to exit the frame. Lucky for me I somehow made it out the other side.

Read the rest here

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Jun 24, 2009

ACMI screening Melbourne Ink

Along with some other great titles ACMI is screening Melbourne Ink on Saturday the 18th of July, doctor which I think coincides with the launch of the amazing kings-way book.

The good people of Acmi have offered us 2 free Dbl passes to see Style wars (see deatails below)

If you would like a FREE Dbl pass to see style wars just email us the answer to this Question: Name 2 Everfresh artist that feature in Melbourne Ink

Email to xxxxxxxxxx
Subject: stylewars tix

(sorry all gone- thanks to all that entered)


ACMI Cinemas Presents
Art and Street Culture in July at ACMI

First Look > Full $13, recipe Conc $10
Thu 2 Jul 7pm, Fri 3 Jul 7pm, Sat 4 Jul 7pm, Sun 5 Jul 5.30pm
Beautiful Losers
unclassified 18+
Aaron Rose and Joshua Land, 90 mins, USA, 2008, Digital Betacam. Courtesy: Madman Cinema
Beautiful Losers charts the rise and rise of a group of multi-disciplinary artists including influential street artist Shepard
Fairey (Obey) and filmmakers Harmony Korine and Mike Mills. All self-proclaimed ‘outsiders’ this loose-knit group drew
inspiration from the rich sub-cultural veins of skateboarding, graffiti, surfing, hip hop and punk, finding an outlet for their
creations in the early 1990s at Aaron Rose’s storefront gallery ‘Alleged’. Scored by Money Mark and imbued with a vibrant mix
of historical footage and contemporary interviews, Rose and Land’s documentary about these artists’ shared histories,
journeys from obscurity and energetic DIY ethos makes for inspirational cinema.

Curated by Kristy Matheson as part of the First Look program in collaboration with the State of Design Festival.

Thu 9 Jul 7pm, Fri 10 Jul 7pm, Sat 11 Jul 7pm, Sun 12 Jul 5.30pm
Style Wars unclassified 18+

Tony Silver, 70 mins, USA, 1983, Digital Betacam, Color/B&W. Courtesy: Wienerworld Ltd
“If you want to know what Hip Hop is really all about, check out a film called Style Wars” KRS-1
Shot in NYC in the early 1980s, Tony Silver’s groundbreaking film documented the new language of hip hop – graffiti, rap,
breakdance. Bringing subway battles between artists and civic guardians to the fore, Style Wars gives voice to some of New
York’s legendary writers including Kase 2, Skeme, Seen UA, Cap and Dondi. A precursor to both Wild Style and Beat Street,
Silver’s film is vivid, legendary and a rare big screen event.

Curated by Kristy Matheson as part of the First Look program in collaboration with the State of Design Festival.

Australian Persectives > All tickets $8
Sat 18 Jul 4pm
Melbourne Ink unclassified 15+
Romain Levrault and Julien Sena, Australia, 2009, DV Cam

Melbourne is home to some of the best graffiti artists in the world. Laneways across the city have been encrusted with street
art and they’ve become popular backdrops for wedding photographs, international backpackers, even tourism campaigns.
Furthering the debate are filmmakers Romain Levrault and Julien Sena and their recent snapshot of the current graffiti
landscape with interviews from some of the big names in graffiti and street art: Andrew Chew, Andy Mac, Miso, Ghost Patrol,
HaHa, Drew, Meggs, Reka, Vexta, Phibs and Rone. Presented as part of State of Design Festival, the screening will be
followed by a panel discussion with the filmmakers, street and graffiti artists, Gordon Harrison (City of Melbourne), Dr Lachlan
MacDowall (VCA) and other special guests. Then join us at 6pm for the book launch and signing of Kings Way: The Beginnings
of Australian Graffiti, Melbourne 1983 – 1993 in the ACMI Function Space.
Curated by James Nolen as part of Australian Perspectives in collaboration with the State of Design Festival.

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Jun 16, 2009

A letter from Iran

It kind of crazy how much we take for granted when you read stuff like this:

As Taken from Huck Mag

Yesterday after coming back from street riots, the government banned all satellite TV and all the internet sites like YouTube, and Facebook. They reduced the internet speed from 128k to 12k and so when I tried to send you a video of what was happening on the streets I found that it was impossible.

They bit and hit people and the young on the streets. They fear our power. We trusted them but they abused our votes. We could never imagine such pig minds. I just sent you this and hoped you could spread this news in many blogs. Not just from me but from all Iranian freedom seekers. They are banning us and they make us fear and be silent. Even the person we vote for told us to ‘be silent because these government has no fear to tear your breasts and pour your blood into all Persia rivers…’ The person we vote even asked us to be silent and forget it. He said they are not Muslim and they are liars.”

Now the police is like a wolf here and Muslim people in neighbourhoods are trying to laugh and disrespect us as non-Iranians. The government made fires and robbed banks at night to say we (the people) had done this. But people did nothing dangerous or criminal, they just seek their votes. We elected someone else and they made someone else the winner. All the people say this but the government liars.”

He’s also done what he knows best and hit the streets with some of his following creations…

Some of his work from the streets of Melbourne:

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Stay safe

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Mar 4, 2009

Graffiti girl wins appeal against jail

Nice to see her sentence was seen by the judge as “extremely unusual” but then on a personal note about if he thought she should be behind bars he says “I think she should.”
“I think she should”? seriously? You think a 18 y.o. girl should go to jail for writing her name on a wall? What do you think should happen to athletic men who beat the shit out of people? Im sure your cool with that. I could go on but I’ve ranted about this all before here

As taken from the age website:

An 18-year-old woman with no criminal record, who was sentenced to three months’ jail for writing graffiti on the wall of a cafe in Sydney, has won her appeal against the severity of her punishment.

Cheyene Back pleaded guilty to writing with a black marker pen on the wall of the Hyde Park Cafe in Macquarie Street on January 11.

Downing Centre Local Court magistrate Ian McRae sentenced her to a jail term last month.

But District Court judge Greg Hosking overturned the sentence today, describing it as “extremely unusual” and put Back on a 12-month good behaviour bond with no criminal conviction recorded.

The jail sentence failed to take into account laws that stipulate prison should only be considered as a last resort and where no alternatives are considered appropriate, he said.

“It is unusual in the extreme for a woman as young as this with no criminal convictions to be sentenced to a term of imprisonment for putting graffiti on a wall, as serious as that matter undoubtedly is,” Judge Hosking said.

“In my view the magistrate was clearly in error in sentencing Ms Back to three months’ imprisonment and that penalty falls completely outside the range of sentencing options.”

The NSW Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999 says: “The court must not sentence any offender to imprisonment unless it is satisfied, having considered all possible alternatives, that no penalty other than imprisonment is appropriate.”

Judge Hosking said his decision to overturn the sentence should not be interpreted as tolerance of painting graffiti.

“I’m not condoning what she did for a moment,” he said.

“People in Sydney are sick of graffiti, there’s no doubt about it.”

Back’s co-accused, Robert Napoli, was sentenced to one month in prison last month.

NSW opposition justice spokesman Greg Smith said it would be unfortunate if Judge Hosking’s decision meant others were not deterred from defacing property.

When asked if Back should be behind bars, Mr Smith said: “Personally, I think she should.

“I think graffiti is a very serious offence.

“I understand that the culture hasn’t been to jail and we’ve got to change that culture, otherwise our city is just going to be … an eyesore.”

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Feb 4, 2009

Zero Tolerence?

Some good points raised by Kurt Iveson on SMH found via Images to live by

…many people find tagging ugly and annoying, and it can be costly to remove. But is it appropriate to imprison someone for three months (at a cost of more than $20,000 to the taxpayer) for writing one non-offensive word on a wall (at a removal cost of $200 to the property owner)?…

…zero tolerance strategies have worked to encourage tags and discourage pieces.It takes time and effort to produce a really good piece, and writers are less likely to make this investment if it exposes them to arrest or if their work will be immediately covered. Tags, on the other hand, are quick to execute and can be re-applied in bulk no matter how many times they are covered…

…we need to engage with graffiti writers and their culture. Older, more skilled writers tend to place more value on the quality of their work and have their own collective sense of ethics about appropriate locations for graffiti. Driving graffiti culture underground only serves to make it less accessible to young people. This doesn’t stop them writing, it simply stops them developing the skills and ethics that might improve their efforts.

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Dec 10, 2008

Retna & the Mac

MSK guys Retna & the Mac have just done this amazing wall in Miami- found at Revoks blog

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