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Art turns ugly in squabble over 'Hope'

Submitted by russell on Fri, 02/13/2009 - 08:27

Art turns ugly in squabble over 'Hope'

Friday, February 13, 2009

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First Poster Boy, Now Shepard Fairey: Watch Out at Art Openings

Submitted by russell on Sun, 02/08/2009 - 04:15

Shepard Fairey Arrested In Boston

JAY LINDSAY | February 7, 2009 08:30 PM EST | AP


BOSTON — A street artist famous for his red, white and blue "Hope" posters of President Obama has been arrested on warrants accusing him of tagging property with graffiti, police said Saturday.

Shepard Fairey was arrested Friday night on his way to the Institute of Contemporary Art for a kickoff event for his first solo exhibition, called "Supply and Demand."

Two warrants were issued for Fairey on Jan. 24 after police determined he'd tagged property in two locations with graffiti based on the…

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Poster Boy Arrested in NYC

Submitted by russell on Thu, 02/05/2009 - 08:12

New York street artist Poster Boy arrested by police

Mysterious figure's work was featured throughout the city's subway system

For a street artist whose work is scrupulously shrouded in anonymity to evade… Read more

AP alleges copyright infringement of Obama image

Submitted by russell on Wed, 02/04/2009 - 12:40
AP alleges copyright infringement of Obama image
Feb 4 06:56 PM US/Eastern
AP National Writer



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Fm Melbourne: Clamping Down: The Graffiti Prevention Act 2007

Submitted by russell on Thu, 10/09/2008 - 14:31

Original blog post can be found at Images to Live By

You could be forgiven for thinking that the Australian state of Victoria just can’t make up its mind as to what it thinks about graffiti and street art. On the one hand, it uses images of graffiti and street art to promote tourism, showing images of Melbourne’s laneways (well, Hosier Lane, usually) on television and in its information guides (have a look here). On the other hand - well, it has recently passed a new statute called the Graffiti Prevention Act 2007, which creates a bundle of new criminal offences and gives the police new powers of search, which hardly seems to fit with its marketing of Melbourne as the city of cool street art.

So, what are the new offences? Well, there’…

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Nowhere to Paint, Nowhere to Learn

Submitted by russell on Sun, 08/10/2008 - 05:25

Nowhere to Paint, Nowhere to Learn (Find Original Article Here)
Posted By: Jason Youmans
07/30/2008 8:00 AM

By cracking down on street art of all sorts, has the city lost a valuable tool in the battle against bad graffiti?

As Monday learned after publishing a recent editorial in defense of graffiti, it seems no one in Victoria likes the lowly tagger. But in a city quick to buff the first sign of unsolicited spray paint from its walls while offering no alternative for budding Banksys* to feed their egos and make their names known, the Garden City is setting itself up for a tourism-dependent town’s worst nightmare—an endless cycle of really crappy graffiti.

Monday recently caught up with a decade-long veteran of the local aerosol art community to talk about the city’s graffiti scene, why there are so many trashy tags and what happens when…

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Graffiti Vandals turn Violent in LA

Submitted by russell on Fri, 08/01/2008 - 11:59
Graffiti vandals turn violent in LA
Aug 1 02:35 PM US/Eastern
Associated Press Writer
LOS ANGELES (AP) - One man got stabbed. Another got shot in the chest… Read more


Submitted by russell on Mon, 04/21/2008 - 05:56

NY Post (Link to Original Article)

April 21, 2008 -- Graffiti arrests and complaints are skyrocketing as so called "taggers" treat city walls as their personal canvases, new police statistics reveal. The NYPD recorded and unprecedented 81.5 percent surge in graffiti-related complaints from 2006 to 2007. During the same period, graffiti arrests spiked nearly 28 percent. "We did an excellent job turning the tide against graffiti in the '90s and the beginning part of this century," said Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Queens), the chair of the council's Public Safety Committee who has turned the war on graffiti into a personal crusade. "Unfortunately, because of the lack of police officers, the fact that they have to do… Read more

No hefty price tag for ignoring S.F. graffiti

Submitted by russell on Wed, 03/12/2008 - 06:20

No hefty price tag for ignoring S.F. graffiti

Original SF Chronicle Article

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

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Santa Ana, CA: Beware of hooded, baggy panted, citizens

Submitted by russell on Mon, 03/03/2008 - 11:54

What is tagging?

Tagging is not an art form or about expressing oneself. It is vandalism and the destruction of private and public property. Tagging is any unauthorized marking, etching, scratching, drawing, painting or defacing of any surface of public, private, real or personal property.

Tagging causes blight in our community resulting in a genuine threat to the quality of life, incalculable economic losses to businesses, and can lead to the general deterioration of the area in which you live or work. The eradication of graffiti is a huge drain on the City’s resources in both cost and manpower. In most cases,…

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