Friday, February 26, 2010

The Cats Strike Back - Los Angeles Graffiti

The Cats Strike Back - Los Angeles Graffiti
I was sad to see when the most creative thing that is happening in Los Angeles right now in graffiti was disrespected.

There are so many walls, why hit the one with the cats on it? Well it seemed that this was just the fuel that the cat needed. He not only reclaimed the spot, he massacred the whole area. The freeways have seen the wrath of the cats. Here is a small sample of what's happening.

Update: We got another picture sent in by Arpen from the 101 freeway. Check the last picture.
The Cats Strike Back - Los Angeles Graffiti
The Cats Strike Back - Los Angeles Graffiti

The Cats Strike Back - Los Angeles Graffiti
The Cats Strike Back - Los Angeles Graffiti

The Cats - Before the unwanted visitors
The Cats - Before the unwanted visitors

The Cats Strike Back - Los Angeles Graffiti
The Cats Strike Back - Los Angeles Graffiti

The Cats Strike Back - Los Angeles Graffiti
The Cats Strike Back - Los Angeles Graffiti

The Cats Strike Back - Los Angeles Graffiti
The Cats Strike Back - Los Angeles Graffiti

The Cats Strike Back - Los Angeles Graffiti
The Cats Strike Back - Los Angeles Graffiti

The Cats Strike Back - Los Angeles Graffiti
The Cats Strike Back - Los Angeles Graffiti

The Cats Strike Back - Los Angeles Graffiti
The Cats Strike Back - Los Angeles Graffiti

The Cats Strike Back - Los Angeles Graffiti
The Cats Strike Back - Los Angeles Graffiti

The Cats Strike Back - Los Angeles Graffiti
The Cats Strike Back - Los Angeles Graffiti

The Cats Strike Back - Los Angeles Graffiti
The Cats Strike Back - Los Angeles Graffiti

The Cats Strike Back - Los Angeles Graffiti
The Cats Strike Back - Los Angeles Graffiti

The Cats Strike Back - Los Angeles Graffiti
The Cats Strike Back - Los Angeles Graffiti

The Cats Strike Back - Los Angeles Graffiti
The Cats Strike Back - Los Angeles Graffiti

The Cats Strike Back - Los Angeles Graffiti
The Cats Strike Back - Los Angeles Graffiti

101 Freeway - Thanks to Arpen for sending in this picture
101 Freeway - (Thanks to Arpen for sending in this picture - Check out her flickr for more)

Related:
There are Cats Everywhere
Leave the Cats Alone
Cat Obsession

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Leave it to the Professionals - LOK Crew

LOK Crew
After the JDI crew owned this spot for a few years, there have been some 'ahem' amateur work on this rooftop. LOK crew has taken this Westside rooftop to its glory again. It is such a great spot, highly visible from the freeway that only great productions should be on it.

My pictures do not give it justice. The wall is huge! You can get an idea of how large the wall is in the Save Haiti JDI video.

Hopefully, this runs for a long time. The only concern is that they covered the business' website address which may encourage the business to buff it and redo the sign.

LOK Crew - L
LOK Crew - L

LOK Crew - Character throwing up an L
LOK Crew - Character throwing up an L

LOK Crew - O
LOK Crew - O

LOK Crew - Character throwing up an O
LOK Crew - Character throwing up an O

LOK Crew - K
LOK Crew - K

LOK Crew - Character throwing up an K
LOK Crew - Character throwing up an K

LOK Crew - Character
LOK Crew - Character

LOK - Another angle
LOK - Another angle

Check out previous versions of this wall:
Fight Fire with Fire
The Hate Continues

La Bodega Art Exhibit - Saturday February 27, 2010

Sand One - La Bodega Art Exhibit
February 27, 2010

La Bodega Art Exhibit
1268 South Ditman Street
Los Angeles CA 90023 (directions)
(323) 526-4006

Thanks to Sand One for the information. Her work along with other Los Anglees based street artists will be on display at the opening event. There will also be girls dresses up as Sand's characters making Elotes (corn on the cob).
Sand One - La Bodega Art Exhibit
Sand One - La Bodega Art Exhibit

Sand One
Sand One

Sand One - picture by Amayzun
Sand One - picture by Amayzun

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Bay Area Graffiti

Bay Area Graffiti
I am what you would call a graffiti enthusiast. I try to get my hands on every graffiti book, graffiti magazine and graffiti DVD. A few months ago, I got Mark Batty Publisher's recent book, Bay Area Graffiti.
Bay Area Graffiti
I anticipated to get through the book swiftly and write a quick review on it. Was I ever wrong.

This is a book rich with content in which I have immersed myself over the last 3 weeks. Unlike Steve Grody's Graffiti L.A. book, which deeply examines graffiti in Los Angeles from its early days, Bay Area Graffiti is a period piece. The author took pictures on a daily basis from 2004 to 2008. The pictures you see in the book are from writers that were up at that specific time.

Bay Area Graffiti

The book is a large format hardcover with a great piece by Reyes MSK on the cover. It is 208 pages featuring 61 graffiti writers and has hundreds and hundreds of full color Bay area graffiti pictures. I am always interested in what motivates each graffiti artist to go out and risk their well-being to do what they love. We get a glimpse into many of the featured artists' psyches as they discuss their thoughts and motivations for doing graffiti.

Bay Area Graffiti

"I hate that the only thing that I know how to do and the only thing that I really love is against the law." -Chue

"I get terrified sometimes when I climb. I sweat compulsevily. I do this thing where I swing under bridges. I climb up the inside and get to the mddle pillar and lie down adn put my amr under and grab a pole and let my legs hang and I pull myself up on the outside beam..." - Keep

"I completely shut off when I paint. It's just me and the wall and if I'm painting with a friend we don't talk. I get in that zone." -Gena

"Dude, the first couple of sprays on that wall, I'm always shook. I'm always looking over my shoulder, seeing if it's cool. And then I get loose after I get manybe the 'G' outlined." - Gator

Bay Area Graffiti
Bay Area Graffiti joins the few great graffiti books that are on the market.

Disclaimer: GraffHead.com was not compensated for this review. However, Mark Batty Publisher was nice enough to provide us with a copy of the book. Mark Batty is an independent publisher with many great titles focusing on street art including Graffiti Japan, Going PostalPeel: The Art Of The Sticker and Textura - Valencia Street Art.

Bay Area Graffiti
Bay Area Graffiti

Bay Area Graffiti
Bay Area Graffiti

Bay Area Graffiti
Bay Area Graffiti

Bay Area Graffiti
Bay Area Graffiti

Bay Area Graffiti
Bay Area Graffiti

Bay Area Graffiti
Bay Area Graffiti

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

LA Graffiti on Freeway Rooftops

Not for the faint of heart! Graffiti on rooftops next to the freeways gets you seen. These are usually private properties and do not get buffed very often. Your main concern is not the buff but some other writers wanting your spot.
Egah Besto Shatr Ivan - Los Angeles Freeway Rooftop
Egah Besto Shatr Ivan - Los Angeles Freeway Rooftop

Tense IRY JOB - Los Angeles Freeway Rooftop
Tense IRY JOB - Los Angeles Freeway Rooftop

UE - Los Angeles Freeway Rooftop
UE - Los Angeles Freeway Rooftop

Str8 - Los Angeles Freeway Rooftop
Str8 - Los Angeles Freeway Rooftop

GR - Los Angeles Freeway Rooftop
GR - Los Angeles Freeway Rooftop

GraffHead Video Sneak Peek - Mers CBS

Mers CBS Video Preview
We filmed Mers from the legendary CBS crew. We are in the final stages of editing the footage. The video should be ready by next Monday.

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Mers CBS Video Preview
Mers CBS Video Preview

Monday, February 22, 2010

Fight Fire with Fire

This West Los Angeles rooftop gets a lot of graffiti action. Lately, unfortunately all the action it sees are people going over other people's work. JDI crew owned this spot for many years. They had different creative works time after time. If you have not seen it, I urge you to check out a timeline of this wall for the past 2 years.
Fight fire with fire - The madness continues
Fight fire with fire - The madness continues

Fight fire with fire - The madness continues
Fight fire with fire - The madness continues
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