Wednesday, March 27, 2013

CA, San Diego: March 28, 2013 - Talk: Persue, Neko, Surge

From Misunderstood to Museums

Join us on March 28, 2013 as we talk to Persue, Neko, Surge, and other well known San Diego graffiti artists. Where they’ve been, how they got here, and what’s next for graffiti in our local scene.

7:00pm - 9:00pm
2825 Dewey Rd. Suite 102, San Diego

CA, San Diego: March 29-April 26, 2013 - Neko Burke & Persue

Chop Sticks
New Works by Neko Burke & Persue
Opening Reception: Friday, March 29th, 6-10pm

479 Kettner Blvd
San Diego, California 92101

A special live set by the band: The Skrapes.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

New podcast: The Lantern - about graffiti, street art, art and politics

(just a teaser)

Bookmark or subscribe to the YouTube channel to see it when it comes out (soon).

Australia, Melbourne: April 5-7, 2013: DOES

Just Another and Does are thrilled to present 'Endless Perspectives' - a new body of work aiming to capture graffiti’s transient nature. He displays his journey both as an artist and a person through forty canvasses centred around five cities close to his heart. A series of films by Stephan Polman accompanies the artworks, allowing you to join him on this pilgrimage around the world seeking creative enlightenment.

The five cities – Amsterdam, Basel, London, Paris and Melbourne – have acted as creative refuges for Does, who felt the need to escape his hometown to cultivate his craft. A former professional soccer player who has spent much of his life in the Dutch limelight, travelling has not only been an inspiration to Does, but also an escape. Each set of canvasses contains a distinct colour combination that was chosen based on the predominant colours Does came across during his travels in that city.

‘Endless Perspectives’ signifies the infinite interpretations and unlimited ways in which art and experiences can be perceived. During the journey that led to the work exhibited, Does's outlook evolved continuously. Events that at first glance appeared to be hurdles became unsought opportunities and vice versa – it’s all just a matter of perspective: the viewers’ included.

Using his infamously meticulous letters, Does portrays the multifaceted aspects of his artwork and the inspiration surrounding him. A love letter to both cities and styles, ‘Endless Perspectives’ leaves you looking a little closer at the world around you.

Opening on Friday April 5th from 6-10pm at 48 Easey St, Collingwood. Show runs till 7th April

The first two videos have just been released:


Online auction to benefit Public School 132 in NYC

Toe the Line

Some good stuff in this ebay auction! Writers and street artists.

"Toe The Line" is an online art auction to raise funds for the PTA-funded programs at Public School 132 (P.S. 132) in Brooklyn, NY.

Toe the Line was conceived of by Brooklyn-based painter and photographer, Logan Hicks, whose son (Sailor) attends the school. The idea came Hicks while discussing yet another DOE budget cut with his girlfriend, Kristen Zarcadoolas, P.S. 132 PTA President and Sailor's mom.

"There is a lack of resources at every level within the public school system and I want to do all that I can to ensure that my son has a proper education," says Hicks. "There is a moral responsibility to do everything possible to help support public education." He decided to put out a call out to friends to see if they were willing to lend a hand by donating their artwork, prints, or books to be auctioned. "I used the resources I had to help in the best way I could." After calling on his creative friends, Hicks says, "I was thrilled by the response. Nearly everyone said they'd be happy to donate something."

100% of the profits raised will go directly to the P.S. 132 PTA which funds programs such as TADA! Youth Theater, Growing Chefs - Food Education from Field to Fork, and Bent on Learning Yoga.

Canada, Toronto: April 2, 2013: Hidden Toronto book launch

Hidden Toronto - by Kathy Toth
A photo book exploring graffiti in the hidden corners of Toronto

(Toronto) Hidden Toronto by Kathy Toth is a new photobook launching April 2 (5-8pm) at Swipe Design @ 401 Richmond. Graffiti in Toronto and how Rob Ford has driven artists to legitimacy and pushed then underground as well.

Graffiti once considered a truly underground art form developed in Toronto a little later then other US and European cities under liberal circumstances and benefited from the many legal spaces where artists could paint free of harassment. This has remained constant for almost twenty years, however with the election of Rob Ford and his limited understanding of the art form and extremely conservative 'buffing' policy, artists have taken their work in droves to hidden spots which now get painted more often. This includes less trafficked areas such as drainage channels, bridges, overpasses and abandoned buildings which are featured in 'Hidden Toronto'.

Many of these spaces are only seen by the artists and urban explorers and require a fair bit of trekking and specific instructions (or luck) to find, making them more special then coming across work in Rush Lane. While graffiti is an ephemeral art form, political policies as well as developments have changed our city on many levels and even the underground elements reflect this. 

Gentrification aside, some elements of the city still remain hidden just below the surface and new work and spaces are out there to be discovered and this book features imagery from these locations which not only document the artwork and spaces themselves, but also the mood.

Kathy Toth is a local commercial photographer and visual artist whose documentary projects focus on elements of the urban, industrial and built environment. She has documented graffiti in Toronto for almost 20 years and this is her first solo photo book project. She has exhibited her paintings and photography extensively and is currently working on related projects.

You may view her work here and view the Hidden Toronto website:

Hidden Toronto - Kathy Toth
Released : April 2013
Hardcover, 8.74 x 11.25 59pp
ISBN : 978-0-9917777-0-9
Photo book format with 52 images

April 2 (5-8pm) at Swipe Design @ 401 Richmond

Canada, Montreal: April 10-26, 2013 - STARE

Monday, March 25, 2013

Free online graffiti magazine: Liquidteks
Slave TF5, Queen Andrea, Deal CIA, Sofa MCI, Easy (NYC street king), King Bee UW and more!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Australia, Vic, Collingwood: March, 2013 - Slicer

A fierce new collection of work from SLICER, founding member of Melbourne's AWOL CREW. Exploring the surrealist's concept of automatism combined with a vandalistic approach in 'action paintings' on canvas, torn paper and burnt wood.

The result is a powerful subconscious landscape; a psychic flash of urban texture and decay expressed in ink, paint and paper. An insight into the future of graffiti.

Slicer’s work has featured in The Age Media Gallery and National Gallery of Victoria in Australia, as well as at the Confluence Gallery in Paris.

Organized Chaos will be opening on Friday the 15th of March at Backwoods Gallery and running until Sunday the 31st.

A catalogue for this exhibition is now available, email to request a copy.

CA, San Francisco: March-April 6, 2013: White Walls 10th Anniversary group show

Artists: Shepard Fairey, Mark Whalen, Herakut, Augustine Kofie, Jet Martinez, DAL East, Faith 47, Fahamu Pecou, Robert Williams, Niels Shoe Meulman, Greg Gossel, ROA, Apex, Ferris Plock, C215, Casey Gray, David Grant, Peter Gronquist, Miss Bugs, Shawn Barber, Russell Young, Logan Hicks, Helen Bayly, Lauren Napolitano, Rene Gagnon, Gregory Euclide, Robert Christian Malmberg and Sean Murdock.

White Walls & Shooting Gallery
886 Geary Street, San Francisco CA 94109
(415) 931-1500

Tues-Sat 12pm-7pm

NYC: April 17-May 19, 2013: Homegirls - Abby.TC5


artwork by ABBY

curated by Jessica N. Pabón

Opening Reception: Wednesday April 17th, 2013 6PM-9PM

Exhibition Dates: April 17th—May 19th, 2013

bOb Bar is pleased to present the solo exhibition HOMEGIRLS, a collection of works that transform the cities Abby has called home into figurative representations. Abby uses traditional graffiti letter forms to illustrate metaphors and emotions—which are intimate, and sometimes universal in appeal—to push the boundaries of the genre. HOMEGIRLS features African American women whose cadence symbolizes the artist’s experiences living in cities like Philly, Oakland, and Queens.

Please join us on Wednesday April 17th, 2013, from 6:00PM to 9:00PM, to meet the artist and celebrate her work.

A Queens, New York native, Abby is a visual artist with roots in the early '80s graffiti art at the geneses of New York’s Hip Hop movement. She attended the seminal High School of Art and Design in Manhattan from 1981 to 1984, and has been a quiet, yet active, crew member of TPA, TC5, Rocstars, KAOS Inc, and TM7 for three decades. Her early work has been captured in Spraycan Art and Piecebook Reloaded. Her recent work has been exhibited in ‘Heiroglyphics 3’ at the San Francisco African American Art and Culture Complex, ‘Queens Arrive’ at McCaig-Welles NYC, and ‘TC5 Revolutions’ at Crewest LA.
For more information, please contact the curator:
bOb Bar
235 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002

The Facebook event page

Student seeks people who saw Haring chalk drawings in NYC subways in the '80s

I am a grad student at CSU, Chico working on a thesis on Keith Haring's chalk drawings created in the subway systems of NYC during the early 1980s.  If you saw these drawings in a the subways I would love to hear from you.  

I am conducting interviews with people about their experience seeing the pieces. If you would like to participate can send you an information packet that has more details.

Thanks for contacting me

NYC: April 6: Harlem - The End Gun Violence Rapathon

The Hip Hop Culture Center In Harlem Presents


New York, NY—H2C2 brings Rapathon back to Harlem in an effort to help End Gun Violence. The Hip Hop Culture Center is producing a Rapathon to support Harlem Mothers Save.

A Rapathon is an event similar to a Walk-A-Thon. A group of Rappers commit to rap non-stop for multiple hours (no cursing) for every minute that this is successfully done funds are being raised. Monies raised will be donated to the organization Harlem Mothers Save.

Harlem Mothers Save is a group of Mothers who have lost children to gun violence and are committed to making a difference on their slain children's behalf. The goal is to open a new office on 125th St. in NYC. Gun violence is reaching alarming heights in our communities and we intend to be part of the cure. Many people realize how serious this situation is, and supporting us through Rockethub is a great way to help.

The Rapathon will be filmed, and all supporters will have a custom rhyme created and included in the documentary.

H2C2 is a community-based organization best known for conducting Hip Hop centric education youth programs, sneaker battles, artist showcases & expos, art exhibitions, and corporate special events. Our most significant event has been the record-breaking Rapathon, which has proven to be a great outlet for unsigned and upcoming artists to spread their message. Members of the Rapathon Alumni have performed at Summer Jam, been signed to major record labels, and have had a videos directed and produced by Ralph McDaniels.

This unique event will focus on helping to stop the gun violence that has taken over our community. Emcees will rhyme about positive themes to draw attention and help prevent the violence challenging our streets.

The Hip Hop experience begins Saturday, April 6th, 2013 at 10 am at the Kennedy Community Center

The Rapathon is open to anyone with a love for Hip Hop and the ability to rhyme for 90 seconds straight without cursing. If you think you got what it takes, be part of a positive community event, want to showcase your talent, or just want to be amongst your kind of folk', the Rapathon is the place to be.

There will be no fee for emcees to participate but pledges for time rapped are required. There will be a general admission fee for spectators which will help benefit Harlem Mothers Save.
For more information pertaining to the End Gun Violence Rapathon, please contact Curtis Sherrod or Paul T. Christie at tel: 212-234-7171 or

Saturday, April 6th, 2013 at 10 AM 

The Kennedy Community Center
34 West 134th Street, near the Schomburg & Harlem Hospital 

It is accessible by 2 & 3 trains, Bx33, M1, M7 and M102 bus lines.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Meeting of Styles wants you
Here's the schedule

"How can I participate at MOS?
Depending on the venue and the local possibilities we try to present all disciplines of Hip-Hop, even though we concentrate our resources on Graf. So, no matter if you are a Rapper, Writer, Breaker or DJ. Easy. Just get connected and send a bunch of pictures or a link to info at . Please downscale the pictures so they are not too big. If you get in touch with us and ask for participation let us know where. Please don't forget that we are always tight in budgets, resources and wallspace."


Thursday, March 21, 2013

CO, Denver: April 7, 2013: Colorado Crush heat

Movie: We Are Legion - The Story of the Hacktivists 2012

CA, Daly City (SF): April 20, 2013 - The Jacket Show

You can still get your custom graffiti clothing into the show until April 1.

DC, Washington: April 5-21, 2013: Mumbo Sauce

Mumbo Sauce

Continuing in its tradition of coordinating gallery exhibitions with D.C.’s world-class museum shows, Contemporary Wing presents, “MUMBO SAUCE,” in conjunction with the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s Pump Me Up – D.C. Subculture of the 1980s, currently on display at the museum.

MUMBO SAUCE is a survey of artists with deep roots in Washington, D.C., and explores how such factors as Go-Go, graffiti, punk, hardcore, graphic design and fine art have shaped and influenced the work of these artists. MUMBO SAUCE is curated jointly by Roger Gastman, curator of the Corcoran’s “Pump Me Up” show, and Lauren Gentile, founder of Contemporary Wing.

Mumbo Sauce is a red, sweet, and tangy sauce, akin to barbeque or plum sauce. Indigenous to Washington, D.C., the condiment is found in carry outs throughout D.C. and the surrounding metro area. Mumbo Sauce is endemic to Washington D.C.’s African American culture, and it is the flavor of home for many D.C. natives.

Just as Mumbo Sauce conveys a rich texture and flavor that is distinctively D.C. in the cultural arena of food, the art works in the MUMBO SAUCE exhibit reflect the living, breathing soul of the city. MUMBO SAUCE explores how living and working in the District has shaped the artistic evolution of the featured artists. Participating artists include BORF, Richard Colman, Cynthia Connolly, Tim Conlon, COOL "DISCO" DAN, Clark Fox, Globe Poster Archive, Mark Jenkins, Rosina Teri Memolo, Mingering Mike and Robin Rose.

To preview the works, please contact

MUMBO SAUCE is open April 5th - 21st
906 H Street NE, Washington, DC 20002

Opening Reception and Party, Friday April 5th
7 – 10pm Music by DJ Stereo Faith
Limited space so please RSVP to

Show Runs Through April 21st
Hours: Tuesday - Sunday 11-6pm

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

NYC: April 12-26, 2013 - Kingbee & Sen2

International Sketch Battle - Erebus * Greek graffiti magazine

NY, Ithaca: April 5-7, 2013 - Get-Up State (epic live painting event)

Hip Hop: Unbound From the Underground An Ithaca Community Celebration of Hip Hop Culture

Tompkins County Public Library is excited to announce its partnership with Cornell University Library's Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections and other community groups to offer Hip-Hop: Unbound from the Underground - An Ithaca Community Celebration of Hip-Hop Culture, April 4 through 7.

This four-day celebration, featuring events on campus and throughout the community, will include exhibit openings, gallery exhibitions, panel discussions, film screenings, concerts and three days of live, mural painting by some of the world's finest graffiti artists.

Get-Up State event info can be found here:

Full schedule for Unbound From the Underground:

Japan, Tokyo: March 21 - May 18, 2013 - José Parlá

José Parlá

March 21 - May 18, 2013

Opening Reception for the Artist: March 21 (Thu), 18:00-20:00

YUKA TSURUNO GALLERY (New location in Shinonome)
2F 2-9-13 Shinonome Koto-ku
Tokyo 135-0062
Hours: 11:00-19:00 Tuesday - Saturday

Monday, March 18, 2013

CA, San Francisco: April 6-May 26, 2013 - 1810 Mobb

“Steady Mobbin” 
is a collection of work by 1810 MOB, including digital print, painting, and installation art. As a crew founded in homage to the Mexican War of Independence, 1810 MOB represents the freedom and destruction of warfare and its parallels with the graffiti lifestyle.

Contributions from Mexico and the United States, from artists including

The opening reception and release party for 1810’s DNT SLP clothing line will take place on April 6th 2013 from 6 – 10pm.
1124 Sutter St, San Francisco California


UK: Hull - April 5, 2013 - The Unknown Collective

The Unknown Collective's first group show!

Michael Bell, Mike Blowman, Dhers, Mal Williamson and others.

Art, music and film.

The exhibition is for one night only
5th of April 2013, 7pm til late

Union Mash Up bar
22 Princes Avenue
Hull, UK

CA, San Jose: March 22-April 23, 2013 - Force129

FORCE129 / Just My Imagination

Opening reception: March 22, 2013 / 7pm - 10pm
Show runs: March 22 - April 23,2013

The Arsenal Gallery
1202 The Alameda
San Jose, CA 95126

"Just My Imagination" is a collection of new mixed media artworks from FORCE129

FORCE129 has dedicated half of his life to creating art. Using his imagination, he consistently creates something out of nothing. Known for his letters, characters and vivid color schemes, his creations are inspired from vintage eras & modern reality that transform into a limitless imaginary wonderland, where anything goes.

With limitless concept & design, FORCE129's work is constructed from endless layers of mixed media collage & materials, using found objects as well as canvas to attempt to bring his imagination to life on a variety of surfaces.

The works from "Just My Imagination" have been created in his studio over the past eight months. With a site specific installation to be included, the collection of artworks include; a series of animated recycled jars, vases, and paintings on canvas and found objects.

Denmark, Allborg: March 22-June16, 2013 - Dansk Graffiti 1984-2013

KUNSTEN Museum of Modern Art Aalborg

Kong Christians Allé 50

9000 Aalborg

Phone +45 99 82 41 00

Photos from the show:

Thanks to Bates!

CA: San Francisco - March 22-April 20, 2013: Game On

Game On

"GAME ON" opens in concurrence with the Game Developers Conference at the Moscone Center and the release of our 1AM app this month. It will include a blend of designer vinyl custom toys and canvases that reboot the personalities and realities of classic video game icons (Mario, Zelda, QBert, Contra, Bowser, Mega Man, and more).

The artist lineup includes Vogue TDK, Frank Kozik, Jesse Hernandez, Robert Bowen, Sam Rodriguez, Toro, Pemex, Satyr, Nate1, Christopher de Leon, Goser, Tim Diet, Mike “BAM” Tyau, Estria, Ardabus Rubber, JC Rivera, Igor Ventura, Carson Catlin, Grimsheep, Gomi, RsinArt, Clark R, Chris Moore, Timbone, and Sekure D.

March 22nd, 6:30-9:30pm opening event

1000 Howard Street
San Francisco,CA 94103

CA, Oakland: March 23-?, 2013: GIANT

Mike Giant: Metaphorical Suicide

PACO EXCEL Presents: Manos De Oro from Taylor Morgan on Vimeo.

GIANT opening on March 23, 2013

Paco Excel's new gallery in Fruitvale district of Oakland, CA
Manos de Oro
2603 International Blvd., Oakland, CA 94601

CA, Los Angeles: March 16-24, 2013: Beastie Boys: License to Ill

Photographer Sunny Bak will display her iconic Beastie Boys images featuring their License To Ill era in Sherman Oaks at

Basement 818 Gallery
Ventura Blvd at Van Nuys Blvd. 
Sherman Oaks
Hours: noon-10PM, 818/ 817-3114

Also on display will be the collaborative work of Ms. Bak and graffiti artist Cey Adams, a respected member of the Beastie Boys family.

It’s Time to Rethink Graffiti Abatement Strategies

"Graffiti abatement is a 17 Billion-dollar-a-year industry in the United States. That’s right, 17 BILLION dollars—more than four times the total amount spent on arts funding in 2012 by government, state, and local agencies ($3.58 billion, according to a Grantmakers in the Arts report)."

Read the whole article here:

Book: TheGrifters PhotoBook Two - Bulgaria

from Teh Grifters on Vimeo.

TheGrifters PhotoBook Two:

Preview here: (sign-in required because of adult content apparently)

100% Grifters film photography, the raw and uncut interview that we gave for Concrete magazine + a travel report from a hiking trip to the Seven Lakes of Rila in Bulgaria.

All personally signed!

Size: A5
Pages: 104 full color

Price: 15 Euros including worldwide shipping (After 15 February)

Order here:

Book: New York Subway Graffiti 1973-1975 by Keith Baugh

New York Subway Graffiti 1973-1975 by Keith Baugh - Expanded 2nd edition

New Book: All Stations - Australian trains

All Stations Magazine - All Stations Issue 1 was the first ever full colour, trains only, graffiti magazine in Australia. This rare gem has been out of print for more than 10 years until now. We are proud to bring you an e-book version of the Aussie graffiti classic. It features work from many of Australia's realest and best train writers including Banos and Zombe OSF/TM.

Every cent we make from this book will be donated to help Fuzz One meet the costs of publishing his next book. We won't make a penny from this at all. Given that the philosophy of All Stations was that of love and respect for the NYC masters, this is a great opportunity to give something back.

By buying this book/ebook, not only do you get a rare piece of Australian graf history, you're also helping an NYC subway king get more history into the public eye. Please buy one and tell your friends about it.


Sude.FC passed on in December, according to one of his friends, who asked me to post something to let people know.

I have been waiting for something official to post, but haven't received anything yet, so please forgive me for both the brevity and the lateness.

Sude was most known for his piece "Jungle City", which is the inside cover of Art on Walls.  He was one of three artists to do that piece.

Heartfelt condolences to his friends, his family, and his crews.

Rest in Peace

NYC: March 30, 2013: Style Wars 30 years

From @stylewarsnyc

Style Wars 30yrs at NYPL 3/20 6pm 40 Center Plaza 66st Screening and live talk with Chalfant-Mare139

Monday, March 11, 2013

New Book: Flip the Script, A guidebook for Aspiring Vandals & Typographers

This book is a monumental collection of graffiti lettering and regional styles. It is the first serious attempt to catalog lettering and alphabets in the USA in a systematic way. Although no survey of styles will ever be complete, it's a worthy effort that lays down an important visual historical foundation.

Hand styles, tags, histories, interviews ... this book has it all. This is an epic addition to graffiti history and to typography studies, brought to you by Christian Acker of

Anyone who's done their homework will recognize the names of the writers whose knowledge and hands grace this book. It's the kind of book that only someone who knows what's up can write.

It's the size of a traditional blackbook with a rugged textbook-style cover, high-quality paper, and a satin, sewn-in bookmark appropriate to its seriousness as a working reference for the lettering-obsessed. 

- Susan

Gingko Press in association with Upper Playground is pleased to announce the release of

FLIP THE SCRIPT: A Guidebook for Aspiring Vandals and Typographers.

Graffiti is one of the last strongholds of highly refined, well practiced penmanship in our contemporary culture. The tag, that most reviled and persecuted form of graffiti, is seldom appreciated for its raw beauty and skeletal letter forms. The casual viewer seldom discerns the difference between entry level and advanced hand styles.

Within the pages of FLIP THE SCRIPT, author Christian Acker systematically analyzes historic hand styles by collecting the work of writers from the most influential American cities and searching for the origins and commonalities that connect people, places and times. While distilling years worth of interviews with graffiti writers from all over the country, intersecting tales emerge that reveal a web of unwitting connections and influences.

FLIP THE SCRIPT has captured a representation of geographic differences within contemporary folk-art history; a history rapidly becoming muddied by internet culture. Acker presents the lettering samples in a clean, chronological format, for the first time giving the material a formal treatment evocative of classical calligraphy manuals and typography books.


224 pages, Hardcover, 8 ̋ x 10.5 ̋ (178 x 229 mm) 100s of 2-color illustrations, English ISBN: 978-1-58423-460-9 Retail: $ 35.00
Publication Date: 3.8.2013

Friday, March 1, 2013

CA, San Diego: starting March 2, 2013: Graffiti art classes

Learn spraycan painting technique and the history of the art with Max Moses!
(scroll down to the bottom of that page)

Why no March issue?

It's becoming a regular thing, skipping a spring month. February is short and I was late with it, so here we go again. Lets hit the tax forms, and I'll show some hot new work in April.


Where the women are: C.O.P. magazine

Great website, with lots of style. Check their Art Basel coverage for some great pieces. They have PDF special features, and so much more.