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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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March 6, 2015 Bucky Turco

In January, the founder of French clothing label A.P.C. did something very dumb while showcasing his latest collection. When a group of models came out wearing camel coats and Timberlands, Jean Touitou held up a sign that read: “Last Ni##@$ IN PARIS.” As you can imagine, this didn’t go over well. Neither did his his […]

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March 3, 2015 Bucky Turco

Although she’s over 9,000 miles away, Sydney-based artist Karen Farmer has a close connection to New York. For the past few months, she has been getting requests by some of the city’s most notable graffiti writers to paint portraits of them painting graffiti. Farmer’s Instagram is peppered with her photorealistic renderings of EASY, DUEL, SEV […]

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February 20, 2015 Bucky Turco

Graffiti writers love Detroit. With its industrial ruins, abandoned buildings, and decaying structures, it’s a magnet for urban art and exploration. Artists from all over the United States make yearly pilgrimages there — and the city has had enough. Local paper Metrotimes spoke to a councilmember about some of the proposals they’re considering. One of […]

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February 6, 2015 Bucky Turco

The same week that Oxygen debuted a terrible street art show, Vogue published a feature online about graffiti…or something. It’s so fucking fluffy I don’t even know where to start. While some might appreciate the mainstreaming of urban art, the House of Anna Wintour is the last place I’d expect or want to see it […]

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January 27, 2015 Aymann Ismail

While some New Yorkers hunker down during an extreme weather event, others venture out and use it to their advantage; like surfers love hurricanes, graffiti writers love snowstorms. Blizzards, even boring ones like last night’s, provide great cover when spray painting art on property without permission. There are less busybodies outside, snowy roads slow motor […]

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Rhett Jones

Somewhere in Cardross, Scotland there’s an abandoned seminary that rivals 5 Pointz as a dream location for graffiti writers. St. Peter’s Seminary, a beautiful brutalist building, has been left to rot in the Scottish countryside for decades. In 2014, the necessary grant money to restore the building was awarded and soon it will undergo renovations. […]

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January 22, 2015 Bucky Turco

ZEXOR, a graffiti writer born and bred in NYC, has been on a rampage lately, defacing (or beautifying, depending on who you talk to) one mural after another with spray paint. His main target? The Bushwick Collective, an ongoing street art project that facilitates the painting of scores of walls by urban artists. The Collective […]

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Prachi Gupta

Brooklyn graffiti artist Craig Anthony Miller, aka CAM, has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against luxury homebuilder Toll Brothers, The New York Daily News reports. Miller claims that the developers used his “Elephant Mural” without permission in a series of DUMBO condo ads they ran in 2012. The 90-foot mural once appeared on Water Street, […]

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January 7, 2015 Prachi Gupta

Police have found disturbing graffiti in a Queens basement that says local officers will be “Next to Die.” The graffiti, found in the Pomonok House on Parsons Boulevard, reads, “PSA-9 ‘n’ 107 Pct R Next to Die.” It refers to Police Service Area 9, a unit that oversees the housing project in the 107th Precinct […]

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