Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Harlem Wall of Pride going condo

Better go get some photos now.

Thanks to Omar for the tip. Thanks to James T.O.P. for all you do.

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February 20 NYC - An Evening of Hip Hop History

Join The Hip Hop Culture Center as we celebrate Black History Month with an Evening of Hip Hop History.

Friday, February 20th

The Hip Hop Culture Center
2nd Floor of the Magic Johnson Theater
2309 Frederick Douglass Blvd
Harlem, New York City

"An Evening of Hip Hop History" will observe Black history month and Hip Hop through a presentation by Jamel Shabazz, art exhibitions, film screenings, and special performances.

6:30pm-7:30pm ?The Lesson Plan?
Screening of ?The Lesson Plan?, a short film about the impact of Willie Lynch. Q & A
following by director Eddy Duran.

8:00pm-8:30pm Renaldo Davidson?s Obama Art Series
Talented Artist , Renaldo Davidsonintroduces his 44 series, a retrospective collection
of Obama & family portraits

8:30pm-9:30pm Hip Hop Photo Legend Jamel Shabazz
Noted Hip Hop photographer and author, Jamel Shabazzpresents his work and vision.
?Back in The Day?, ?A Time Before Crack?, and ?The Last Sunday in June?. Q & A and
book signing.

9:30pm-10:45pm Hottest Poets host Old School Hip Hop Tribute & Poetry Jam
Rapathon Alumni pay tribute to KRS 1, Nas, Brand Nubian, Biggie, and Jay Z. This
segment will also include Hip Hop Questions for prizes and performances with poetry.

10:45pm-12:00pm After Party featuring DJ Mike Doelo
Music & Mingle


MC/Spoken Word Artists with best freestyle of the evening will win cash prize of $100


Call 212-234-7171 for more info

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Thursday, January 15, 2009

10 facts everyone should know about Islam and the Middle East

This is a short clarification that explains a lot of who's who and what's what in the M.E.

via marshallk

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Saturday, December 13, 2008

Graffiti in Hong Kong

This PopMatters article discusses the Wall Lords event in the greater context of HK graffiti over the years.

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Thursday, December 11, 2008

The Definition of Hip Hop

directed by Konee Rok

"This 1998 piece was a preliminary concept originally intended to be part of my unreleased film How We Chill: The Incomplete Chicago Hip Hop Documentary."

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Friday, November 07, 2008

President elect, Barack Obama

Yes We Did.

Here are some excellent photos from the campaign.

I participated in the election-night rally in Chicago (thanks, Killian!), and I'll post a few photos from it in a day or two.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Bando on Flickr

Bando has long been considered one of the most influential style masters since Dondi. He wrote in NYC, Paris, and London in the 1980s with CTK and the Chrome Angels.

Thanks to Rough for the heads up.

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Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Some cave art may have been painted over millennia

"The results so far are in line with archaeologists' hypothesis that sudden flowerings of cave art came as rapid climate change was causing Palaeolithic cultures to move quickly about Europe, first as the coldest period of the ice age approached, and then as the ice age drew to a close and inhabitable areas expanded."

"There have been surprises, though - in several caves whose art had previously been assumed to date from the same period, the new dating technique has revealed that the paintings were done in several phases, possibly over 15,000 years (25,000 years ago to just 10,000.)"

Imagine living in English caves for tens of thousands of years waiting for the ice to go away again.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Wikipedia vs Gilligan's Island: A sea change in human activity

... television watching? Two hundred billion hours, in the U.S. alone, every year. Put another way ... that's 2,000 Wikipedia projects a year spent watching television. Or put still another way, in the U.S., we spend 100 million hours every weekend, just watching the ads. This is a pretty big surplus. People asking, "Where do they find the time?" when they're looking at things like Wikipedia don't understand how tiny that entire project is ....

We live in a disruptive time. As humans turn away from TV and begin to participate in making media, community, tools and meaning, we have a surplus of brainpower and time to apply to making a better world together. Viva la difference!

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Monday, August 18, 2008

Rough videos

Rough at Tate Modern - UK history

Stormie and Rough brighten up Perth Australia

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Friday, August 15, 2008

Satanic Plumber Archive

400+ news articles from over two decades on underground New York City subjects..... City Hall Station, graffiti writers busted, Hickey + Ski interview, the Ket saga, the High Line story, WTC diagrams, subway blacksmith, TATs profile, Freedom Tunnel, Caine RIP....... it's all there and more.

via SaneSmith

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Street Art and Aesthetics: The Renaissance of Cute

Nick Mount has just published a great article in Walrus, a Canadian magazine. It discusses the relationship between fine art, lowbrow, graffiti, street art, merchandise and collectibles, among other things. Nick does a good job explaining what's going on by taking the long view.

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Tuesday, June 03, 2008

RIVAL, LA graf legend: Write In Peace

At URB, by Risk.


Rival and Grem

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Saturday, May 03, 2008

Graffiti LA

This great website supports the book of the same name. There is lots of LA history online here, and it's a great read. The book is amazing and huge. You must get one. It has more than 900 pictures, including a CD-ROM. The website has additional material and commentary.

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Estria's skinny cap (stencil tip) tutorial [updated]

Correct info, from the site: "In 1986 Crayone TWS and Razor KTD first introduced Estria to the Skinny Cap. Razor was the first to conceive of it." (San Francisco Bay Area)

This type of detail cap has spread to Europe and beyond over the decades.

Here's the first public tutorial on home made skinny caps.

Be forewarned: Using these can be incredibly messy. You will get paint all over yourself until you get the hang of it. Wear gloves and trashed shoes. On the upside, you'll have plenty of loose paint for those nice splatter effects.

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Friday, April 04, 2008

Mission Graffiti

Some great historical photos here.

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Monday, February 18, 2008

Fuzz One needs our help: Buy his book now

Sadly, Fuzz One's mother just passed away and he is trying to raise funds to cover her funeral costs. So if you were thinking about buying one of his new books, this is the best of all possible times to do that. Here's the info:

Fuzz One
The Last of the Old School
by Vincent Fedorchak

This one you have to buy directly from Fuzz because it's not available anywhere else.
Info: myspace.com/fuzzone

Fuzz says:
Book is 8 1/2 by 11 inches. Heavy and almost 400 pages. All raw text of hardcore NY history.

US customers: No PayPal at all. Only checks allowed from a U.S. bank. Check or money order only. For one book only and extra artwork, the total to send is $40.00. All shipments get sent with Priority Mail and include new artwork I am doing. If you want more than one book, e-mail me for prices.

Any other country: No personal checks. Only International Money Order or U.S. dollars in cash. No Euros or other currency for now. This gets you one book and Priority Mail shipping (airmail). You can send it certified mail so you know I got it, but that is an extra expense for you. It's US$ 50.00 for one book to get sent to England. I have had a few customers from there already. It should be close to that for other European countries but I ask that you e-mail me first from where you are in order to determine if it will cost more. Send inquiries to djfuzzone@yahoo.com

I will sign each book and in most cases will add my own graffiti artwork by doing something for you and include it with the book. No other authors do that.

More than one book: If you want more than one book, send me a note to tell me how many you want and where you are. New shipping prices will be given to you.

Not doing business with any bookstores or distributors. Write your name and address neatly so I can read it when sending your payment.

Send any payments here:

Vincent Fedorchak
PO Box 111
Port Jervis NY 12771

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Sunday, October 14, 2007

The Martyring of Che Guevara

Interesting summary of Che's role in history, his assassination 40 years ago, and the absurdity of obsessing over Communists.

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Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Happy Birthday Art Crimes

Art Crimes is 13 years old today, believe it or not.

In 1994, there were no search engines, no commercial websites, and putting images on the web was a brand new idea. The web was primarily focused then on what scientists and academics were interested in, because they were the ones with access to the Internet. Art Crimes was one of a handful of art sites, and the first website for graffiti art, although Kel1st and Mare139 had a website for their activities already by then, and Taiteiden Rajamailla (the first Finnish graffiti site) and I Can Fly crew's site were in the works even then.

Websites were so newsworthy in 1994 that Newsweek magazine did features on them, showing Art Crimes in one of its October 1994 issues. Writers started emailing me to say they read about the site at their dentist's office and decided to get online so they could see it. It was amazingly complicated to get online access then too, so kudos to everyone who made the effort.

Thanks to everyone who's been along for the ride, as well. Your enthusiasm, your purchases from our store, your generosity with your products and your photos have kept the site going. Thanks especially to everyone who helped and encouraged me over the years. I am honored by your support and awed by your talents.


Sunday, September 02, 2007

Shoe interview

Shoe.CIA is a legendary stylemaster from Amsterdam. And he's having a show there this month.

September 13 - 16, 2007
Oosterdokskade 3-5

Press preview opening September 12 10:00-12:00
Opening party September 13 18:00-01:00

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Saturday, August 25, 2007

PowWows.com live webcast

Another reason I love the Web.

I'm really grateful that the Native American tribes have shared some of their traditional celebrations in this way.

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Friday, August 24, 2007

Mr Wiggles on the Art of Lettering

Tutorials, alphabets and more.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Barbara Bode Falcon, RIP

Too soon, too soon. Barbara Falcon, who was known universally as "Barbara Bode," has left this life. Barbara was the former wife of the brilliant underground cartoonist Vaughn Bode and the mother of his lizard spawn--the artist Mark Bode.

The passing of this prismatic and charismatic soul is a heavy loss for those who knew her personally and to the graff community.

She was the spark for Vaughn?s "Bode Broads," his unique way of drawing pinup in a recognizable fashion. To Vaughn, Barbara represented the most idealized form of feminine beauty. The vision of Vaughn's Bode Broads is a style that's appealed to the most influential and prolific graff artists of our time. Bode Broads can be seen in graffiti art all over the universe. Barbara?s moon-like face and curvaceous body type launched a thousand walls, worldwide.

"My father did hundreds of characters based on her image and some of them really captured her spirit, she was the original inspiration for all Bode Broads to come and ever since," said Mark.

Barbara's very nature was too complex to sort out, yet paradoxically she was an open book of the most fragile kind. She possessed great physical beauty, razor wit, keen intellect, and immense empathy. Still, one never wanted to cross the Sicilian Queen; she'd cut you off quicker than a piece of salami.

She was born Barbara Hawkins, in Utica New York, in 19xx. At the age of 16, the sultry-eyed teenager began dating a square-looking Vaughn. The couple eventually married against her parents' wishes. The intensity and dysfunction of their 11-year marriage was an event that Barbara tried to process until the end of her life.

The year of Vaughn's untimely death in 1975, she met and married Rick Falcon, the brother of Vaughn's sister-in-law. Rick was always the more normal father and husband that Barbara yearned for after the bizarre and tumultuous period with Vaughn. "After meeting Rick," Mark recalls, "it seemed like Mom and I had landed gently on a peaceful earth after we had just ridden on the tail of a space cowboy comet which was Vaughn's life with us."

Rick was Barbara's ultimate care-giver and loving husband until the end.

Rest in Peace Barbara.
- written by Angela Frucci

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Friday, May 25, 2007

Brad Holland's school of art history

All oxes gored.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Berlin wall section secretly removed over Easter weekend

We can hope the officials are telling the truth and that it's being restored and preserved, but the secrecy is suspicious. The Berlin wall is important world history and important graffiti history. Even if it can't remain in Berlin for some reason, it needs to be preserved as possible.

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