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After a brief hiccup by way of a paint-filled fire extinguisher, New York City graffiti artist COPE2 completed his freestyle production on the Bowery Wall last night. As of 10AM this morning, it was still perfectly intact, but with all the controversy and haters the legendary writer attracts, it’s virtually guaranteed that it will undergo […]

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Last night, someone went over COPE2‘s still-in-progress Bowery Wall with the word “snitch,” painting it in black fire-extinguisher lettering. When we arrived at the wall this morning, the writer was on a scissor lift fixing the work while iconic photographer Martha Cooper took photos. COPE2 appeared unfazed by the ragging. “It ain’t no thing,” he […]

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Notorious graffiti bomber and artist COPE2 has begun painting the Bowery Wall, following Maya Hayuck’s takeover. The Bronx-born writer hopes to be finished by Tuesday and told ANIMAL that he didn’t sketch anything out and was planned on freestyling the whole thing. Here’s what it looked like as of 3pm today. (Photo: Bucky Turco/ANIMALNewYork) […]

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Last night, notorious graffiti artist COPE2 posted an image on his Instagram of what he claimed was a collaboration with Banksy in the South Bronx. The photo depicted a levitating pig with a COPE outline behind it and the words “NYPD” on the hog. Within hours, the post racked up thousands of likes, hundreds of […]

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There’s all sorts of theories on why Banksy’s NYC-based Better Out Than In work is getting stomped out so quickly. According to one “graffiti historian,” writers don’t like Banksy’s art because he’s “pandering to the mainstream.” But that’s not it, graffiti has always attempted to poke its stick into the mainstream, even while its participants–for […]

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After decades of putting work on the streets (for free), Bronx-born graffiti bomber COPE2 continues his pursuit of a more legal career by selling his art (for money). This past weekend, a new exhibit of his work opened at Gallery 69 in Tribeca. The solo show, entitled “Hypnotic,” is comprised of painted canvases, with all […]

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ANIMAL’s feature Artist’s Notebook asks artists to show us their original idea sketch next to a finished piece. This week, NYC graffiti-bombing legend COPE2 shows us what a quick sketch of his wall piece looks like. I did this sketch pretty quick once I knew I was putting a wall together with several graffiti artists. If I’m just […]

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Bronx graffiti artists COPE2 and SEN2 are exhibiting some new work on Dirty Pilot. The lot of work includes canvasses and of course, subway maps, which we’ve already established as a good deal when compared to what the auction houses are selling them for. […]

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Tuesday afternoon, Artnet’s “Urban Scrawl: Graffiti and Street Art” week-long online auction ended, having attracted twice the traffic of its predecessors. Among the hot-ticket items and highlights: the staple bunch of Banksys and Harings, FUTURA’s Untitled for $17,250, Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Cabeza for $19,550 and COPE2’s recently “appropriated” subway sign Church Av Station to Flatbush Av […]

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Renowned graffiti vandal and artiste COPE2 opens up an exhibit of new work on Thursday at the East Village’s TT Gallery. The art speak-laced press release says the paintings “arise from the obstruction of producing graffiti pieces in the streets paradigm to a permanent transfixed surface.” I have no idea what that means, but feel […]

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