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Stop Graffiti and We All Win???

Submitted by russell on Sun, 02/17/2008 - 14:45

T.A.G. (Totally Against Graffiti) got a good laugh during the Roxie's viewing of the graffiti doc "Bomb It" tonight. This org is well funded and serious about ending the war against graffiti in LA. This org even sponsored the competition "The Difference Between ARt and Graffiti, where the winning child got its art put on a logo-ridden NASCAR race car. Tax dollars hard at work, city leaders seem to forget that ownership of city streets is difficult to express in a simple puppet show.

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Save Tire Beach in SF!

Submitted by russell on Fri, 08/03/2007 - 15:32
From the Stencil Archive inbox:

Thought you might know some folks who would be interested to know about this weekend's planned whitewashing of graffiti at tire beach, aka toxic beach or "warm water cove." If people aren't familiar with the area, it's the park at the east end 24th at the bay. The walls adjacent to the park are covered with great graffiti--a testament to the area's long history as as a space for free, unrestricted public art. A few city sponsored groups are soliciting volunteers to "reclaim" the park from "graffiti vandals" who they say have targeted the park. This saturday the 4th, between 9am and noon, they plan to whitewash over the graffiti as part of efforts to make the area cleaner and safer. Safer for development, and for the inevitable mission bay-ing of the dogpatch, I guess.

This is a terrible idea. Tire beach is one of the most beautiful spots in the city, as-is, and one of sf's last bastions of… Read more

Graffiti fans scorn cove cleanup efforts

Submitted by russell on Fri, 08/03/2007 - 11:38

Jonathan Curiel, San Francisco Chronicle Staff Writer
Friday, August 3, 2007
Original article with photos

Warm Water Cove is a park on the southern waterfront of San Francisco that doesn't get much traffic from tourists, or even San Franciscans. It does have a devoted group of regulars, however - dog walkers, musicians who enjoy the acoustics, and graffiti artists who have transformed walls into a cacophony of scribblings and images.

It's the graffiti that has led to a battle in the park on the far edge of the Dogpatch neighborhood. The city plans to provide volunteers with buckets and paintbrushes Saturday to whitewash the walls as part of a broader attempt to make the park a cleaner place where someone might want to bring a family. The graffitists' defenders say the cleanup is another attempt to gentrify San Francisco and erase its unique character.

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Splashing the Art World With Anger and Questions

Submitted by russell on Mon, 07/02/2007 - 13:15
The New York Times
June 30, 2007
Art

By MICHAEL KIMMELMAN

Until the pranks turned ugly, it was heartening to follow the dust-up between a bunch of street artists and their nemesis or nemeses, identity unknown. As The New York Times reported this week, for some time works of stenciled graffiti art and wheat-pasted posters slapped onto walls in Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan have been splashed with paint and scrawled with messages of protest.

Anonymous claimants have distributed various communiqués taking responsibility for the sabotage, citing the Situationists of the 1950 and ’60s as inspiration. One manifesto declared street art “a bourgeois-sponsored rebellion,” politically impotent, facilitating gentrification.

It was, if nothing else, good to hear that art was still being contested in the streets, not just marketed and sold in Chelsea. But then, earlier this month, as the summer silly season started, somebody lobbed a… Read more

'El Barto' graffiti vandal sentenced

Submitted by russell on Tue, 04/10/2007 - 12:24

San Francisco Chronicle Staff Report

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

A Santa Rosa graffiti vandal was sentenced Monday to 1,000 hours of community service and three years of felony probation after he pleaded no contest earlier this year to two counts of felony vandalism, prosecutors said.

Saif Axxxx, 19, who tagged under the name "Bart" or "El Barto," will also pay restitution to his victims, said Sonoma County Assistant District Attorney Diana Gomez. Prosecutors dropped seven felony counts in exchange for Axxxx's plea.

Police said Axxxx, who was arrested in October, was a prolific vandal, tagging several hundred spots in the North Bay.

He will perform graffiti abatement as his service to the community, Gomez said.

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SRJC student arrested as prolific tagger

Submitted by russell on Mon, 10/09/2006 - 21:43
By BOB NORBERG
AND JEREMY HAY
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT (Santa Rosa, CA)

A Santa Rosa man suspected of being the prolific tagger "El Barto," whose widespread graffiti has caused about $100,000 in damage, was arrested Friday, police said.

xxxx, an 18-year-old Santa Rosa Junior College student, is suspected of several hundred graffiti incidents throughout Sonoma County and in other parts of the Bay Area during the past year, making him one of the region's most active vandals, Santa Rosa Police Sgt. Lisa Banayat said.

His tag has been prominent on freeway railings and overpasses, homes, commercial buildings, fences and signs.

"I even saw him once on Lombard in San Francisco," Banayat said.

After a monthlong investigation, xxxx was arrested at a first-floor, one-bedroom Ridgway Avenue apartment where he lived with his father, xxxx, across the street from the Santa Rosa City Schools District… Read more

Writing's on the wall for graffiti guerrilla

Submitted by russell on Tue, 07/25/2006 - 05:46

Writing's on the wall for graffiti guerrilla

Notorious S.F. tagger hit with $20,000 fine

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Carlos Romero left his spray-painted graffiti marks around San Francisco for years, tagging everything from fences and walls to street signs and trash cans with such monikers as CREAM and QUESO (which in Spanish means cheese).

And it wasn't just dairy products he had an affinity for. When police linked Romero to one tag name, city officials said, he would simply switch to another, and in addition to CREAM and QUESO he left…

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BORF gets a Month in Jail

Submitted by russell on Sat, 02/11/2006 - 12:24

Stencil Archive stands in solidarity with BORF and all other artists who end up in bogus judicial systems that support property rights.

From the Washington Post

The teenage graffiti vandal known as Borf got tagged yesterday -- with 30 days in the D.C. jail and a dressing-down that no one in the courtroom will soon forget.

Borf, aka [not gonna give his real name out], chose not to address the judge who was deciding his fate. But D.C. Superior Court Judge Lynn Leibovitz had a lot to say to the young anarchist from Northern Virginia. She didn't paint a pretty picture.

"You profess to despise rich people," she said. "You profess to despise the faceless, nameless forms of government that oppress. That's what you've become. That's what you are. You're a rich kid who comes into Washington and defaces property because you feel like it. It's not fair. It's not right."

Prolific like few local taggers…

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The Right to Bear Cameras

Submitted by russell on Sun, 08/28/2005 - 21:35

Go to the blog post

Tonight Flickr pals Ropeboy, Aqui-Ali, Ranjit and I all went down to Oakland's warehouse district to shoot. No sooner had we begun than we were stopped and confronted by Sheriffs. They required each of us to turn over our IDs and then proceeded to detain us for about 20 minutes. Admitedly there is a small power plant and trains down in the district but ask yourself this, should carrying a camera result in this kind of harrasment? Should the police be able to randomly stop you and run your ID for warrants or a background check merely for being in the wrong place with a camera? There is a chill in the air in this country right now but I'm not sure that taking it out on the rights of photographers is the correct answer. We…

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Vandalism or Art? Part II in the SF Chronicle

Submitted by russell on Tue, 03/08/2005 - 15:13

The public space belongs to everyone and no one. Caught in the middle are those who treasure public art and those who would paint over it.

Steven Winn, Chronicle Arts and Culture Critic

Tuesday, March 8, 2005

When she first appeared, on a wall in San Francisco's Mission District, the woman smiled in sunny contentment as she patted a fresh tortilla in her hands. A large, skillfully shaded water pitcher stood nearby and beyond, an airy Mexican mountainscape stretched down the block. Today her smile looks pale and wan. Graffiti taggers have had their way with this mural at the corner of 24th and Florida streets. They've inscribed the white tortilla with their signatures and marched over the landscape with their spray cans. The mural itself, meanwhile, has faded, as if it were sinking back into the surface under the pressure of these multiple assaults.

Most viewers would likely agree that this is a sorry and degraded sight. Vandalism…

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