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April 10, 2015 Bucky Turco

Like other crimes, the laws against graffiti vary from state to state and from country to country. There are many places such as Bogota, Colombia where the fine is relatively minor and then there are others, like Singapore, that will get straight up medieval on someone’s ass should they get caught tagging. The makers of […]

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April 9, 2015 Aymann Ismail

Some people have such a visceral reaction to graffiti that they will go through great lengths to cover it, even if it means making the whole wall, door or gate look way worse than the newly scrawled tag or fill-in. In an effort to document and evaluate these eccentric acts of post-vandalism, ANIMAL is launching […]

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April 6, 2015 Peter Yeh

Turkey has blocked Twitter and YouTube, along with hundreds of other sites, following a court order. Graffiti is fighting the block by giving instructions on how people can update their DNS to use Google’s DNS at 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4. The block was ordered because pictures of terrorists and their hostage were being shared on social […]

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April 1, 2015 Bucky Turco

On Wednesday night, a New York City-based group that uses the arts to rehabilitate teenagers and keep them from becoming a cog in the criminal justice system is holding a silent auction at Chelsea’s Joseph Gross Gallery to raise money for its program. The artwork was donated by venerable list of graffiti and street artists […]

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March 30, 2015 Bucky Turco

Things are fucked up in Detroit. And they’re not just hidden-behind-the-scenes fucked up, but in-your-face fucked up. Throughout the city, there are deep pockets of half-collapsed buildings and blocks of burned-out homes. Once elegant places now look so abandoned that if it was not for the graffiti, there would be virtually no evidence of human […]

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March 23, 2015 Liam Mathews

Eric Ulrich is a 30-year-old Republican city councilman representing District 32, which includes conservative parts of Queens like Ozone Park, Howard Beach and Breezy Point. A big part of his political career has been washing graffiti off the streets of his district. On Monday, he announced that he will be allocating an additional $10,000 this […]

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March 20, 2015 Bucky Turco

For years, relations between America and Venezuela have been frosty, but things took a turn for the worse when President Obama issued a bizarre executive order declaring the South American country an “extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States,” which of course, it isn’t. Venezuelan officials responded by launching […]

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March 16, 2015 Aymann Ismail

Street art and graffiti fans gathered at 44 Bowery Gallery on Friday the 13th to celebrate an unusual show of a self-described group “of degenerate artists working out of a hovel in Bushwick.” The show, called Yellow Worm Hole, was curated by the same folks who organized the 21st Precinct Art Exhibit: Outlaw Arts and […]

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March 11, 2015 Aymann Ismail

On a snowy night in February, two graffiti writers used the cloak of winter to gain access into the Loew’s Canal Theatre — not to bomb it with aerosol — but to restore its former glory. Rather than desecrating the monument, they paid respects to it. “The project was just a random idea that came […]

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March 10, 2015 Bucky Turco

For decades, the massive six-story, 72-room building at the corner of Bowery and Spring has served as a giant outdoor canvas for graffiti writers and street artists. Now it’s getting cleaned up. Earlier Tuesday, workers began removing the layers and layers of wheat-pasted posters that have been applied to its surfaces over the years. Once […]

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