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Graffiti Vandals turn Violent in LA

Graffiti vandals turn violent in LA
Aug 1 02:35 PM US/Eastern
By THOMAS WATKINS
Associated Press Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) - One man got stabbed. Another got shot in the chest. A 6-year-old boy was temporarily blinded when he was spray-painted in the face.

And they were the lucky ones among those who have had run-ins with graffiti "crews," or gangs.

Over the past 2 1/2 years in Southern California, three people have been killed after trying to stop graffiti vandals in the act. A fourth died after being shot while watching a confrontation between crews in a park.

No hefty price tag for ignoring S.F. graffiti

No hefty price tag for ignoring S.F. graffiti

Original SF Chronicle Article

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

San Francisco officials have made graffiti cleanup a crusade over the past few years, pushing for the prosecution of vandals and fighting to hold private citizens accountable for tagging on their properties.

But a lack of money to pay city lawyers to go after the property owners has hobbled a much-touted anti-graffiti law, several members of the city's graffiti advisory board say.

NYTimes: One Wall Down, Thousands to Paint

March 2, 2008
Heads Up | Berlin
One Wall Down, Thousands to Paint
By ANDREAS TZORTZIS

SPRAY cans clink in Ali’s bag as he walks down a cobblestone street in Berlin’s post-hip neighborhood of Prenzlauer Berg. He stops in front of a grocery truck parked near a children’s playground and pulls out a can. With a fluid motion, he strokes his name in bubbly, bright red letters, before leaving his mark on a telephone booth, a dozen doors and a concrete wall next to the train tracks.

"It’s a great feeling doing a piece at night and coming back the day after to look at it,” said Ali, 31, an industrial designer who was dressed in baggy pants and a black hoodie and didn’t want his surname used to avoid prosecution. “I also see it as reclaiming the city and shaping my urban environment.”

Stencils and Geek Graffiti Tech

Blog Post from WebUrbanist:

What qualifies something as unusually geeky street graffiti? In some cases it is the content but in many instances it is the methods employed in its creation. Here are seven more geek graffiti projects that comment on and employ tools of the digital age to reinterpret traditional street art approaches or convey contemporary messages via new media.

The Shadow Act: Kara Walker's vision.

The Shadow Act: Kara Walker's vision.

by Hilton Als

October 8, 2007

(Original profile appears in the New Yorker and is not online. A treatment of the profile is reprinted below.)

Shades of Meaning (a slide show, including photos of Walker's cut paper pieces).

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