If you spray, you pay: What the law says
Saturday, December 26, 2009
(Original article here)
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…
The hearts of the matter: Brandon Hughes’ art puts him in court
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Original Article Appears Here
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
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
Street art and artists in the Mission
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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......
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…Read more
Graffiti shifts from urban blight to urban chic
Blagojevich art: Graffiti stencil of disgraced former Gov. Rod Blagojevich appears around city
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…Read more