Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Montana Hardcore, here at last

The famous Spanish professional spraypaint, in artist colors, is finally available for purchase online (continental USA only). You must be at least 18 years old and buy a minumum of 6 cans at a time (they don't have to be all one color though).

10 years later

I know I keep mentioning it, but it's because I can't believe it myself ... Art Crimes will be 10 years old Sept. 4, 2004. But the rumor that this is the first art site on the net is not so. Art Crimes was the first graffiti site on the Web though.

We wish Art.Net a happy birthday too. Their 10-year anniversary was in June this year.

Also Sito.org is still going strong, since January 1993. Its "Synergy" events allow artists make visual art together online.

These are the big, collaborative art sites, among the very first on the Web, that allowed artists to post their own work. SITO (then OTIS), was a big inspiration for me when I began to think about how graffiti could also live on the Web. Check them out. If they weren't great, they wouldn't be around still.

Sunday, August 29, 2004

The Nation: A failed presidency

How has Bush failed? Let us count the ways.
More on The Nation

Word just in: despite the unprecedented advance intimidation of protestors and the attempts to marginalize and hide the protests, hundreds of thousands of people marched against Bush in NYC today on the eve of the Republican National Convention, where Resident Bush will try to put a happy face on his sorry record.

Maybe there's hope the Americans will take their country back in November elections.

Friday, August 27, 2004

Justin Bua poster signings in LA and SF CA

Justin Bua did that cool DJ poster in distorted illustration style and buncha sk8 decks. He's got new posters and he's signing them, so don't miss out.

LA on September 9th and SF on September 26th

Scroll to Fusicologyevents for more info.


RIP Truman 715

Truman 715 was much loved in Italy, his home.
He will be missed by his friends, family and crew always.
You can find some of his work at the link above.


Saturday, August 21, 2004

R.I.P. KING KISER: Chicago and Beyond, X-M

Rest in Peace Kiser (CAB/X-Men)
"Kise passed away August 16, 2004, doing something he loved, he was hit by a train on the Howard Red line."

We're fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance.  ~Japanese Proverb

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.  ~From a headstone in Ireland

We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.  ~Kenji Miyazawa

Kiser was an exuberant 22-year-old who burned bright for graffiti. It is tragic that he was killed by one of the trains that he loved so much.


Sunday, August 15, 2004

Slam Bush

Hiphop Battle / Poetry Slam to defeat George Bush

You too can participate. . $5000 first prize. USA live events in August. Fun! Thanks to Upski for the heads up.

Friday, August 13, 2004

Oh NO, it's Weboggle

Goodbye solitaire, Weboggle to the rescue. Totally addictive. Compete with others and yourself.

Works with Safari and Netscape 7 on Macs. Try it with Explorer or _better yet_ Firefox on Windows.


Rest in Peace

Pre Sweet

Be strong my brothers and sisters.
Pain lets us know we're still alive.
Beware of the permanent solution to the temporary problem.
Bend like the green tree in the storm.
Battered, but not beaten.
Bent but not broken.


Future Soundtrack for America

Sure, the money goes to voter registration efforts over at Move On, the political action committee trying to defeat Bush in the US elections and stop the occupation of Iraq.

BUT, it's great rock and roll! I'm really pleased. If you like R&R at all, you'll want this. Get it while you can. It's an eclectic mix of styles and each song is done by a different artist.

Buy it from MoveOn for $25 or ask for it at your local record store. The link above has the track listing too -- 22 songs destined to be classics of our time.

Also check out this MoveOn TV ad that they're trying to get to run during the Republican convention.

Not from the US? Can't afford $25 to help restore the free world? You can
buy it from the label here where your donation goes to progressive organizations like Sierra Club instead.

Thursday, August 05, 2004

Q: "Why should I vote? I don't care about politics." A: Iran is next

"The American military, already stretched thin and forced to "call back" reservists to fight in Iraq, would probably have to go ahead with contingency plans to bring back a large-scale draft next year. At least a half-million conscripts would be needed for a fight that would likely drag on for years. Hundreds of billions of dollars would be spent on hardware and weaponry, not to mention lining the pockets of Administration-connected war profiteers. War against Iran could easily push us into the abyss of economic and moral bankruptcy. The draft would prompt tens of thousands of young American men to flee. It would push [the US] out of the community of nations once and for all."