Tuesday, January 31, 2012

New collectible for a cause: Blade I bobblehead figure

      [GrafKing Shadow]

JOIN TOGETHER ENTERPRISES (BROOKLYN) The Golden Age of Graffiti ("GAG"), a subdivision of Join2Gether Enterprises (J2G), announces the release of a first-ever Bobblehead Doll of the renowned Graffiti artist Blade I.

The creation of the bobbleheads is a collaboration between Blade I and GrafKing Shadow, a member of The Rebels (Graf Crew 1973-1979).

[approximately 8 inches (20 cm) tall]

Shadow is featured in Stations of the Elevated, Manny Kirshner's groundbreaking graffiti documentary, and in the recent "Graffiti 365" (p. 167) at the most famous Graf high school ever -- Art & Design.

J2G is a community-based organization in the Fort Greene/Clinton Hill area of Brooklyn. We are merchandisers of retro/Americana clothing and items of memorabilia, blending old and new elements into a fashionable statement with a nostalgic note. Through sales of the bobblehead dolls, we plan to raise funding for youth-oriented (anti-felony) art programs. A part of our goal is to give graf a positive image.

More info about this collector's item, payment options, including wholesale and international details:

+1 347-984-2564

Monday, January 30, 2012

Your artwork, on top of buses in London

NJ, Trenton and Pine Brook: Spring 2012 graffiti art classes

France, Paris: February 2012: Cope 2

Cope 2 * 18 February - 1 March * Galerie Mathgoth

Cope 2 * 11 February * Hotel Marcel Dassault

"Sixteen months after his first exhibition in Paris (Burning Hearts in November 2010), the famous graffiti artist Cope 2 presents New York for the second time in Paris. MathGoth proposed by the gallery, the exhibition Defiance meet from February 18 to March 1 works of an international graffiti legends whose work, not settle down, now combines the techniques of graffiti with the dexterity of brush or collages.

No denial in the work of Cope2: the king with his bubbles markers and bombs remains at the heart of each of the paintings but with new spaces and new technology investment. A real change in his work already begun in his first exhibition in Paris Burning Hearts, in November 2010, when appeared the first signs of a burgeoning style.

Now focusing on studio work, more thorough, deeper Cope2 this for a very accomplished performance. Exit the metro line 4 in New York debut, the canvas is now her favorite material, which contributes to the accessibility of the artist in the defying paradox of street art. Cope2 has become a real painter workshop with the rigor and torments involved.

Seize mois après sa première exposition parisienne (Burnings Hearts en novembre 2010), le célèbre graffeur new yorkais Cope2 expose pour la deuxième fois à Paris. Proposée par la galerie MathGoth, l’exposition Defiance réunira du 18 février au 1er mars prochain des œuvres d’une des légendes du graffiti international dont le travail, sans s’assagir, conjugue désormais les techniques du graffiti avec la dextérité du pinceau ou des collages.

Pas de reniement dans l’œuvre de Cope2 : la patte du king avec ses bubbles aux marqueurs et bombes demeure au cœur de chacune des toiles mais avec de nouveaux espaces et de nouvelles techniques investis. Une vraie évolution dans son travail, déjà amorcée lors de sa première exposition parisienne Burnings Hearts, en novembre 2010, où apparaissaient les premiers signes d’un style en pleine effervescence.

Désormais, privilégiant le travail en atelier, plus minutieux, Cope2 approfondit cette évolution pour une performance très aboutie. Exit la ligne 4 du métro new yorkais de ses débuts, la toile est désormais sa matière de prédilection, ce qui concourt à l’accessibilité de l’artiste en défiant le paradoxe du street art. Cope2 est devenu un véritable peintre d’atelier avec la rigueur et les tourments que cela implique.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Australia, Melbourne & Sydney: February-March, 2012: Mark Bode

For two generations Mark and his father Vaughn Bode have forged an artistic legacy that has had a profound effect on graffiti, street art and underground comics.

In the mid seventies, the iconoclastic Vaughn Bode's comic book characters, particularly Cheech Wizard resonated so closely with the revolutionary spirit of pioneering graffiti artist that these characters were adopted as the mascots of the movement, becoming the first used in graffiti.

In recent years Mark Bode, an accomplished graffiti artist, tattooist, illustrator and writer, has stretched the horizons of the Bode universe beyond imagination, creating several cult classic comics, perhaps the best known being Colbalt 60, which is currently slated by Zack Snyder for a live action film.

Bode is also something of a nexus for the world street art and graffiti art scene, the heir to the first graffiti characters, a genuinely positive visionary and a backbone of the community he has painted murals around the globe with an extended family consisting of the most respected graffiti and street artists.

For "Bode in Oz", In February Mark Bode will be taking a 2 week tour of Melbourne and Sydney, painting murals with Australian artists and exhibiting a collection of original work along with the performance of a Cartoon Concert in both cities.

House Of Bricks
40 Budd St, Coillingwood, Vic
Opening. Saturday 18th February 6-9pm
Running from the 19th Feb - 4th March

China Heights
Level 3, 16-28 Foster St, Surry Hills, NSW
Opening, Saturday 25th February 6-9pm

video: El Mac in Viet Nam

El Mac Artist Statement, Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam from Viet Nam The World Tour on Vimeo. More info about the Viet Nam scene and interviews with writers on VNTWT.COM - via Matt Lucero

video: Mission Impossible aerosol mural in London by End of the Line

CA, San Francisco: Feb. 10, 2012: The Truck Show

The modern box-style delivery truck lives in the inner cities all across America. For the modern day graffiti writer it is a contemporary relative to the subway cars of the '70s and '80s which helped spark the explosion of graffiti. In a state of eminent relocation, they assemble a disjointed gallery of ceaseless unrest, a perfect canvas for any opportunistic writer. Pristine new clean white box trucks not only invite as they call it “the application of a medium” to their surface, but beg for it. In the streets delivery trucks fit best after being worn and weathered as a pair of old shoes with scuff marks and layers of historical remnants. In an attempt to keep their truck looking new, many truck owners will opt to give a graffiti writer permission to assume control over this valuable real estate in the urban landscape.

The truck show is an homage to this modern Icon of graffiti and seeks to display these moving masterpieces to the public through the filter of a Gallery. On display in the purest form, without the distractions of the city or the fact that they are usually in motion. Isolating the image of a delivery truck on canvas extracts the truck from its normal environment and presents it as symbol of Graffiti, and how Graffiti is the only art form that uses moving machinery as canvases.

The Truck Show SF
1AM Gallery
Friday February 10th, 2012
San Francisco
6th & Howard St


CA, Los Angeles: Feb. 25 - Mar. 24, 2012: OS GEMEOS

Saturday, January 28, 2012

CA, Los Angeles: Feb. 4 - Feb. 26, 2012: Blow up L.A.

Aerosol Warfare's Blow up L.A.: The Art of Blowing Up Your City
Art Exhibition
Feb 4, 2012 through Feb 26, 2012
Curated by GONZO247 of Aerosol Warfare

Aerosol Warfare is excited to announce an upcoming art exhibition in Los Angeles, CA “Blow Up L.A.: The Art of Blowing Up Your City” opening on February 4, 2012 and curated by Gonzo247 of Aerosol Warfare. Blow Up L.A.! is part of the traveling Blow Up (Your City!) exhibition. The show features customized Jamungo BUD & NADE vinyl dolls by national and local artists as well as other artwork. Artists with backgrounds in graffiti, street art, design, illustration and other urban expressions will customize the urban vinyl toys with no given limitations. The stylized urban toys dolls and other artwork will be on display and for sale at Crewest Gallery from Feb 4, 2012 through Feb. 26, 2012.

Crewest Gallery
110 Winston Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013


Opening reception will take place on Saturday, February 4, 2012 from 6-10pm at Crewest Gallery with live music by DJ Phyz Ed. We will be heading to L.A. to be there in person on Thursday, February 9, 2012 from 6-10pm during the Downtown Artwalk. Downtown Artwalk event will include live music by DJ Phyz Ed. http://downtownartwalk.org/


This exhibition has plans to stop in a few other cities. Stay tuned for the next location. For participation information please contact Aerosol Warfare at aerosol@aerosolwarfare.com

Germany, Berlin: Feb. 2 - March 2, 2012: Cren

New York, NYC: Jan. 7 - Feb. 19, 2012: Rather Unique

Rather Unique
January 7th - February 19th 2012

New for 2012, Woodward Gallery invites Harlem-based street Artist Royce Bannon as their first-ever guest curator for an exhibition with rather unique art.

This exhibition will highlight a group of trendsetting artists who stand out in street and graffiti genres. The artists include: Cassius Fowler, Celso, Chris RWK, Cope2, Darkcloud, H.veng.Smith, Indie184, infinity, KA, Keely, Kenji Nakayama, Kosbe, Matt Siren, Moody, Nose Go, Royce B, Russell King, UR New York, Veng, and Wrona.

While how they each create differs, they are commonly driven to share art with their peers without-constraints. This public focus has afforded the group to experiment and redefine their creativity with instant feedback and inspiration from colleagues.

Bannon selected these few for their resolve and commitment. They have worked obsessively over the years to get their public art recognized.

Woodward Gallery acknowledges these most contemporary of artists and their contribution to the new world of art.

Jekse and Cines of Chile and the outdoor art in Santiago - Articles by Tarja Kankkunen

Switzerland: Bursins: Jan. 28-Feb. 25, 2012: RosyOne

L’artiste Graffiti Suisse RosyOne "Too  much is never enough"
Swiss Graffiti writer RosyOne  "Too  much is never enough"

Dessins / Drawings

EXPOSITION du 28 janvier au 25 février 2012
SHOW from 28 january – 25 february 2012

Chemin des Cerisiers 1
CH-1183 Bursins

Telephone: +41 (0) 21 824 20 10
Horaires: Du vendredi au Samedi de 13 à 18 heures et sur rendez vous
Opening Hours: friday - saturday from 1 to 6 pm and by appointement.

Melbourne, Australia street art gets a big hug from BBC news - where and what

Friday, January 27, 2012

Got a nickname? Google + wants your driver's license or else.

Video of Poland's ACTA protests earlier this week, more today - informative

Why all the non-graffiti posts?

I've been posting a lot about freedom, liberty, privacy, and censorship because if we don't act to save the internet and our countries from corporate and authoritarian control now, we might not get the chance to do it again.

The laws that corporations are paying lawmakers to enact threaten networked civilization, globally. Anything that criminalizes painting and showing cartoon characters and other popular culture themes in art threatens graffiti, and it threatens Art Crimes.

Please educate yourselves about these issues because your future depends on you doing smart things now to protect yourselves and all of us, through taking positive action to raise some hell while you still can.

Trouble signs in the US for authoritarianism and censorship - proxies

Twitter took on a Saudi investor and now they are censoring tweets in certain countries.  Twitter users plan to stay off Twitter Saturday Feb 28 in protest. But you know, money talks. http://www.csmonitor.com/Innovation/2012/0127/Twitter-censorship-Posts-now-yanked-country-by-country
Twitter Faces Backlash Over Censorship Plan
How to get around Twitter censorship

The US press freedom rating has plummeted this year with the arrest of journalists over Occupy Wall Street protests:

And, as I blogged earlier, Google has decided it's more profitable to be Evil(TM)

How to manage your Google info a bit:

How to get around country blocking and have a bit of privacy on the web, using proxy servers:
Some configuration info (a bit old but probably works) with a search for proxies (you have to change them from time to time when yours is blocked).

Some info about proxies

Clickable web proxies. You can start surfing from here. It's a bit busy so if you don't get it right away, try back. The links above probably list more of these. Here's a dump of today's list on url.sc in case it's unavailable:
  1. Hide My Ass!
  2. Can't Bust Me!
  3. Proxy Mafia
  4. MySpace Proxy
  5. Proxy Pimp
  1. Secure Proxy
  2. Proxrio
  3. 250eu
  4. Kroxy
  5. Unblock Filters
  1. Proxy Buddy
  2. Army Proxy
  3. Anonr
  4. Vulb
  5. Invisible Surfing
  1. Surfaz
  2. Site Surf
  3. Our Proxy
  4. Web Proxy Pro
  5. Hide My Info
Anonymous Communications - How to:
A bit dated but lots of good education to be had here, from the anarchist community.

This year's guide, from Anonymous:
Read it and download the PDF guide

(Tip: Beware of using the LOIC if you don't know what you're doing. People are in jail today because they didn't know how to hide their location while attacking websites with Anonymous. If you just want to cobble together a better online security setup for yourself, that's not illegal in most countries yet, though.)

Remember: Self incrimination is the worst kind. Be careful what you say on the net, in email, on phones, in texts, because all of that is being collected now and it will be used against you whenever it's convenient to do so. This is not paranoia, this is fact.

The 28th Chaos Communication Congress (hacker camp) took place recently, and you can watch some amazing talks from it here:

(English and German) I think you'll find these particularly interesting:

4848 (Must see - Cory Doctorow explains. I blogged this before.)
Thes are all on YouTube also, on the 28c3 channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/28c3 which seem to be more available for the moment than that streaming server. You can also download them here: http://mirror.fem-net.de/CCC/28C3/

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Google plans to track you all across its web property, and you can't opt out

Google's new "privacy" policy - Washington Post explains.

Some Google employees are upset, but boss says, my way or the highway.

Here are some things you can do.

Get Firefox
Get DuckDuckGo search plugin

Log out of Google, YouTube, Picassa, Blogger, Gmail, G+, and so on, when you're done using one, so you're not dragging your browsing history around for them to collect.

Sure, it's a tiny hassle to log back in, but you can keep your passwords in a password safe app on your phone.

(You're not reusing your passwords, are you?? Good. Because passwords keep getting posted publicly on the internet.)

Your activities are being collected by DoubleClick, which Google owns also, and Google ads, even when you are not on a Google-owned website.

So get an ad blocker too. Adblock Plus is great.

ACTA is also a worldwide problem - find out more

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Dutch teen, Laura Dekker, completes her sail-around-the-world solo trip!

AZ, Phoenix: Feb. 3-?, 2012: Kaper solo show!

Video: Kont event: Tallinn, Estonia

KONT from Alari Teede on Vimeo.

KONT 2011 - a street art project which was held as a part of the project Tallinn 2011 - European capital of Culture from August 8th until September 5th.

Several artists around the world were invited to cover heavy duty containers with their own artwork. This video follows the work of nine artists:

Italian 3D legends Peeta and Made, their compatriot Joys
Honet from France
YUSK from Brazil
Robert Proch from Poland
Anton & Remy and Multistab from Estonia

More information on kont.ee Filmed & Edited: Alari Teede Photos: Urmas Mand urmasmand.viewbook.com/album/kont?p=1

Monday, January 16, 2012

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Playing with perspective for 3D effects

Crucial advice for creative people - I wish someone had told me


"Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. 

For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. 

A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. 

We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. 

Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through."

Ira Glass

Monday, January 2, 2012

Bassnectar Explains Dubstep (in under 3 minutes)

Mexican writer response to rising street violence: The Shot Movement

Protecting yourself and friends from being compromised online (and on phone) when you are arrested

Learn to code for free - beginner lessons online

How to surf anonymously, like hackers do

Turkey (and other places) How to bypass internet ban and censorship

Corporate conspiracy to control the Internet?

The same people who are trying to take over the Internet distributed and promoted the software used to download. Disney and CBS branded their own file sharing service... and it goes on. Watch and distribute, reupload. Write and call your lawmakers.