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December 16, 2014 Aymann Ismail

Some of New York City’s most desolate spots are also some of its most beautiful. This derelict warehouse I recently ventured into in Sunset Park qualifies as one of those places. Thoroughly dilapidated and rundown, yet beaming with sunlight and rows of columns, the sprawling abandoned space is adorned with graffiti from the likes of […]

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December 15, 2014 Bucky Turco

New York City lost another legend this weekend with the passing of Jeffrey KORN Gamblero, better known to the world at large as the Nets superfan. Numerous media outlets have already published details of his tragic death, so I’d like to reflect on his life. For well over a decade, I knew KORN only by […]

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December 12, 2014 Aymann Ismail

Paul Insect has been creating work in the public space since long before street art was popular and recognized as a thing. The 40-something anonymous artist, who cut his teeth with some of the UK’s most renowned outlaws and creative talents, has embellished walls without permission from London to Palestine to New York, among many […]

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December 8, 2014 Bucky Turco

While protests erupted in New York City and nationwide against another grand jury’s decision not to indict a white police officer in the death of an unarmed black man, graffiti and street artists headed down south for Miami’s annual artsy clusterfuck. This flock of creative talent descended on the Wynwood neighborhood, where they partied and […]

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November 21, 2014 Bucky Turco

As interesting as this 1983 study on bathroom graffiti is, I’m not quite convinced scatological scripting is “worthy of its own entire category,” when classifying the various types of public scrawl. But, if there was ever an argument for why there should be, this one by The Atlantic is it: What makes toilet graffiti special, […]

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November 20, 2014 Bucky Turco

Even if you’re not familiar with the Shirt Kings, chances are that you’ve heard of them before in a rap lyric, or seen their work in outfits donned by the likes of LL Cool J, Jay Z, RZA and Jam Master Jay (RIP). The legendary graffiti-inspired art crew from New York pioneered early hip hop […]

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November 7, 2014 Alexis Janine

If you know what you’re looking for, you can still find the original murals by Chris FREEDOM Pape in the Amtrak tunnel under Riverside Park 25 years after the famous graffiti artist painted them. In a city where almost nothing lasts — let alone graffiti/street art — it’s incredible that they are still intact. As […]

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November 4, 2014 Aymann Ismail

Traditionally, when a graffiti artist risks arrest to paint a train in New York, he or she usually targets a subway car, but one enterprising writer decided to go against the grain by painting a Long Island Railroad train instead. Earlier today, I shot a photo of a LIRR commuter train near the Arch Street […]

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Rhett Jones

Beloved legal graffiti haven 5 Pointz is almost completely destroyed. The man responsible for its destruction now wants to pay tribute by naming his new condo units after the complex reports DNAinfo. Developer Jerry Wolkoff tried to trademark the name back in March, but that application was rejected because it was too similar to another trademark that’s already registered. […]

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October 30, 2014 Bucky Turco

Turhan Gumusdere aka TRIKE1 is an old-school graffiti writer who used to bomb NYC subway trains in the 70s and is now the warden of Rikers’ biggest jail. Although this promotion happened in early June and was announced via an official press release (PDF), the New York Post is just putting it all together now […]

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