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If You Spray, You Pay

Submitted by russell on Wed, 02/03/2010 - 17:03

If you spray, you pay: What the law says

Stencil art painted on public or private property without permission is a crime, but Washington law treats stand-alone graffiti differently than graffiti laid down by gang members or followers.

Paint, scribble or scratch your mark on property where it’s not wanted, and you can be charged with malicious mischief in the third degree — a gross misdemeanor that carries a fine of up to $5,000 and a jail term up to one year.

The state’s anti-gang laws can apply if the graffiti is carried out under the auspices of a street…

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Citizen Caught While Stenciling to "Cheer People Up"

Submitted by russell on Wed, 01/20/2010 - 09:26

The hearts of the matter: Brandon Hughes’ art puts him in court


Brandon Hughes stenciled 12 pink hearts on Wenatchee public property last year in an attempt to “fill the city with love.” He later scrubbed away his handiwork, but still faced a…

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Mud Stencils Create Environmentally-Conscious Graffiti

Submitted by russell on Fri, 10/23/2009 - 05:37

Just in time for the global 350 Protests, features Jesse Graves' mud stencils. Using mud is a great idea. Not illegal (can be washed off) and fun (who doesn't like playing in the mud?).

Inhabitat's post is mostly just rehashing what's on Jesse's site, but using better media is always something to think about. Especially when our spray cans aren't healthy at all!


If these scrawls could talk - Tom Sevil and Melbourne's Alt History

Submitted by russell on Tue, 09/22/2009 - 11:48

If these scrawls could talk

September 23, 2009

Original Article Here

Urban activist Tom Sevil leads a tour of political graffiti in search of an alternative history of Melbourne. Andrew Stephens reports.

TOM Sevil is up a laneway inspecting some 1970s graffiti. He likes these places. He's a stencil artist, graffitist and graphic designer, but also something of an archaeologist, because the work at hand here is but a fragment, partly buried beneath rich layers of history.

In white house paint applied with a brush, not an aerosol, this graffito no longer makes sense. It says: Frazer is a bottled toad in a trust - and there it ends, forever to remain a mystery, its final words obscured by years of others' graffiti.

This fragment, a bastardisation of a phrase from Shakespeare's… Read more

SF Chron: Street Art and Artists in the Mission

Submitted by russell on Fri, 08/21/2009 - 07:20

Street art and artists in the Mission

Friday, August 21, 2009

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KALW Interview Today (May 14)

Submitted by russell on Thu, 05/14/2009 - 09:52

you can download it here

you can stream it here

Penny Nelson sat me down for some stencil geeking this morning for KALW's Cross Currents news show. The interview begins about 3 and half minutes in. The original interview was 20 minutes long so they cut things up for the 10 minute segment. Funny that they kind of threw in the Zero Graffiti comment I made. Yep. Good luck on that SF Gov't......

Street art: evolving enigma

Submitted by russell on Tue, 05/05/2009 - 04:37
American Graffiti: Art or Vandalism?
Street art: evolving enigma

Splashes of vibrant color burst off of the buildings and depictions of multi-cultural icons gaze down on the busy commuter corner of 24th and Mission.

For more than three decades, the walls that line the vital community of San Francisco's Mission district have been visual feasts for those who see the versions of surreal, pop, Chicano, urban, graffiti, and cartoon artwork.

Such artists as Las Mujeres Muralistas, Gronk, Barry McGee (Twist), R. Crumb, Swoon, Sam Flores, Juana Alicia and Andrew Schoultz have made the Mission their eternal community gallery, often…

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Graffiti shifts from urban blight to urban chic

Submitted by russell on Tue, 05/05/2009 - 03:52

Graffiti shifts from urban blight to urban chic

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Blagojevich stencil appears in Chicago

Submitted by russell on Fri, 05/01/2009 - 04:34

Blagojevich art: Graffiti stencil of disgraced former Gov. Rod Blagojevich appears around city

Capturing the image

Evan McGinley makes a cell phone photo of a stenciled image of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich in an alley just south of Washington Street between State Street and Wabash Avenue, across from Macy's in downtown Chicago. (Tribune photo by Phil Velasquez / April 30, 2009)

A mysterious mural has turned up on a half-dozen… Read more

SF Chron: Graffiti judged low priority in S.F.

Submitted by russell on Sat, 03/28/2009 - 03:51

Graffiti judged low priority in S.F.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Five years ago, Gideon Kramer was thrilled to be appointed to San Francisco's graffiti advisory board.

"I really thought I could make a difference," the graphic designer and 30-year city resident said Friday.

Three years into it, he resigned in disgust. He said he'd rather spend his time volunteering to help landscape local schools, as he does now. It wasn't just that graffiti was popping up faster than it could be painted over - it was that people had given up.

"People would say, 'Why do you bother? It's just going to be back tomorrow,' " he said.

San Francisco doesn't have a graffiti problem. It has a commitment problem. It isn't enough to get a few residents riled up about neighborhood taggers, or to get the police and district…

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