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Nowadays, graffiti is an art form that can be found in the collections of major museums and cultural institutions throughout the world, but back in the ’70s and ’80s, it was considered a symbol of urban blight and lawlessness in the city. In July 1985, mustached WPIX reporter Alec Roberts spoke to some New Yorkers […]

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City Councilman Costa Constantinides, who represents Astoria and parts of Woodside, East Elmhurst and Jackson Heights, has set aside $52,500 of his $710,000 in annual discretionary funds to clean up graffiti in his district, DNAinfo reports. “Our sidewalks and buildings are windows to the neighborhood and it is important to keep them clean and graffiti-free,” […]

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Just across the Hudson in Jersey City there’s a seemingly abandoned auto repair shop covered in graffiti art. Its entire exterior is doused with spray painted characters and letters that appear to explode off the wall in vibrant shapes and colors. And it doesn’t stop there. (Click gallery above to see every piece.) Scores of […]

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I’ve known SABIO (Supreme Articulation Bouncing In Orbit) for over a decade and didn’t even realize it until I met him in person as SABIO. Throughout the years, I’ve seen the Clark Kent-version of him at galleries, bars and and other art events since the mid-2000s, but never had an inkling he was the city’s […]

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Scores of urban artists from across several generations took part in Ad Hoc Art’s 6th Annual Welling Court Mural Project this weekend. Located in Astoria, Queens, the walls stretch for blocks and feature a diverse array of talent, such as Abe Lincoln, Jr., AM, Bishop203, Chris RWK, Chris Stain, Col Wallnuts, Dan Witz, Ellis Gallagher, […]

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ANIMAL paired SABE, a NYC-based graffiti writer and artist, with Carter Cruise, an adult film star and deejay. The mission? Teach her graffiti. Cruise met up with us in an industrial area near the Queens-Brooklyn border. SABE pulled out a drippy marker and wrote his name and then hers. He handed her the mop filled […]

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A truck trailer painted at the 1998 Glastonbury music festival by street artist Banksy and former co-conspirator INKIE fetched €625,399 (or the equivalent of $683,993) at a recent auction of contemporary art in Paris. Entitled “Silent Majority,” the collaborative mural on metal that was cut out from the side of a trailer home features military-type […]

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The production company that brought the world Bum Fights and other incorrigible films, recently documented what they’re calling the “largest illegal graffiti piece in the world.” It was painted by West Coast graffiti writer AWARE, who has done some clever freights and other large scale actions on an old runway outside of Cuddeback Lake in […]

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As part of the New York City DOT’s ongoing beautification projects, urban artists have been working in partnership with the agency for the past week to make the pedestrian tunnel at the 191st Street subway station less dreary. Mission accomplished! Aerosol masters such as COPE2 and Queen Andrea painted murals on opposite sides of the […]

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On Monday, the NYC DOT held a press conference to unveil its “art beautification project” at the 191st Street tunnel in Washington Heights. The agency commissioned graffiti and street artists to paint the passageway that stretches for nearly four blocks… legally. Over the past few days they’ve been doing just that and expect to be […]

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