Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Cat Tagger Arrested

Cats next to a faded piece
We all hope that this is not true. This is from today's LA Weekly Blog:

Authorities on Wednesday announced they've taken one of the Los Angeles region's most hardcore criminals off the streets -- a man who surely strikes fear into the eyes of Hells Angels, Crips, Bloods and Girl Scouts alike. That's right, he's the ... kitty cat graffiti artist. (We shiver just thinking about it).

Authorities allege that 33-year-old graphic designer (name removed) used spray cans to put those ferocious felines on freeway structures, bus benches and other buildings, mostly downtown.

(name removed) was arrested at his home int he 200 block of Elm Street in Alhambra Wednesday morning, according to Lt. Erik Ruble of the Sheriff's Department's Transit Services Bureau.

His kitty cats are alleged to have caused $15,000 worth of damage. His bail was set at $60,000.

Another alleged graphic-designer-turned-cat-tagger, Andy Rios, was arrested in April on suspicion of felony vandalism, Ruble said. He's said to have paw'd around with Ordonez.

June 2010 - Los Angeles Freeway Graffiti Report

Here is a new update on Los Angeles freeway graffiti. If you are up on the freeway you are guaranteed to be seen by millions. This set contains pictures from Pasadena, Downtown Los Angeles and South Bay.
Klozer Grimz - Go Lakers
Klozer Grimz - Go Lakers

Eye Candy - Junk Food Group Show - Thursday July 1

Eye Candy - A Junk Food Artist Collective

Thursday, July 1, 2010 7-10pm

Robert Berman Gallery
At Bergamot Station Arts Center
2525 michigan avenue, Suite C2
Santa Monica, California 90404 (directions)

Come check out Vic from The Crazy Robertson, Psyte (remember him from the backyard video) and the rest of the talented artists from Junk Food.

Robert Berman Gallery/ Junk Food Clothing present "Eye Candy," a group exhibition from the in house artists at Junk Food Clothing.

Junk Food as a brand captures the essence of American pop-culture on clothing; this first collective is a way for the artists to express themselves creatively on canvas, through sculptures and other mixed media.

Los Angeles based apparel brand, Junk Food Clothing, started in 1998 with the idea of creating the perfect t shirt. The brand has since evolved into an international sensation, selling in top retailers across the globe and over 4,500 stores worldwide.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Mers One Solo Show Recap - Solid Gallery One - June 26 2010


On June 26, 2010 we attended Mers One's solo show in the heart of Los Angeles at the Solid Gallery One tattoo studio and art gallery. The show was a great success. Great turnout, great vibes and most of all great art. Check out our quick recap video from the opening night as well as pictures of Mers' art.
Mers One Solo Show at Solid Gallery One
Mers One Solo Show at Solid Gallery One

Mers One Solo Show at Solid Gallery One
Mers One Solo Show at Solid Gallery One

Mers One Solo Show at Solid Gallery One
Mers One Solo Show at Solid Gallery One

Mers One Solo Show at Solid Gallery One
Mers One Solo Show at Solid Gallery One

Mers One Solo Show at Solid Gallery One
Mers One Solo Show at Solid Gallery One

Mers One Solo Show at Solid Gallery One
Mers One Solo Show at Solid Gallery One

Mers One Solo Show at Solid Gallery One
Mers One Solo Show at Solid Gallery One

Mers One Solo Show at Solid Gallery One
Mers One Solo Show at Solid Gallery One

Mers One Solo Show at Solid Gallery One
Mers One Solo Show at Solid Gallery One

Mers One Solo Show at Solid Gallery One
Mers One Solo Show at Solid Gallery One

Mers One Solo Show at Solid Gallery One
Mers One Solo Show at Solid Gallery One

Mers One Solo Show at Solid Gallery One
Mers One Solo Show at Solid Gallery One

Mers One Solo Show at Solid Gallery One
Mers One Solo Show at Solid Gallery One

Mers One Solo Show at Solid Gallery One
Mers One Solo Show at Solid Gallery One

Mers One Solo Show at Solid Gallery One
Mers One Solo Show at Solid Gallery One

Mers One Solo Show at Solid Gallery One
Mers One Solo Show at Solid Gallery One

Mers One Solo Show at Solid Gallery One

Mers One Solo Show at Solid Gallery One

Mers One Solo Show at Solid Gallery One
Mers One Solo Show at Solid Gallery One

Mers One Solo Show at Solid Gallery One
Mers One Solo Show at Solid Gallery One

Mers One Solo Show at Solid Gallery One
Mers One Solo Show at Solid Gallery One

Mers One Solo Show at Solid Gallery One
Mers One Solo Show at Solid Gallery One

Mers One Solo Show at Solid Gallery One
Mers One Solo Show at Solid Gallery One

Mers One Solo Show at Solid Gallery One
Mers One Solo Show at Solid Gallery One

Monday, June 28, 2010

We Like Them Throw Ups

There is nothing more fun than painting throw ups. Quick and dirty and you are out. These are all recent pictures taken in Los Angeles. It is a nice variety of throw ups on walls, trucks and a billboard.
Ruets PDB LOD OTR AL
Ruets PDB LOD OTR AL

Friday, June 25, 2010

Mers One - Paintings and Sculptures - Saturday June 26

Mers One - Solid Gallery One
Mers CBS will have his first solo show in the heart of Los Angeles at the Solid Gallery One tattoo studio and art gallery. The show will consist of Mers' work on canvas and sculptures and will be somewhat of a departure from his graffiti art that we have seen over more than 10 years in Los Angeles. (Video: We have filmed Mers in March of 2010 paint a mural)

Saturday, June 26, 2010 8PM - 11PM

Solid Gallery One
334 North Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles CA 90036 (directions)

The show runs June 26, 2010 - August 15, 2010

Billboard Graffiti - Jaw and Handle - The Last Airbender

JDI Billboard - Jaw and Handle
It has been some time since I have seen quality work on a billboard in Los Angeles. Jaw and Handle broke the long absence of great pieces on billboards. It's been a few days since the official start of summer. What a great way to kick off the summer season.

The billboard is so clean. I almost missed it driving by it. The colors blended in so well with the The Last Airbender billboard color scheme. Also, Handle's letters looked so crisp it almost didn't look like it was painted on the billboard. It looked like it was printed. Jaw's letters superbly worked with the blue character on the left. I took some pictures at night and went back the next morning for some daytime flicks. Enjoy.
JDI Billboard - Jaw and Handle
JDI Billboard - Jaw and Handle

Constructive Destruction 3 Party and Photo Exhibition - Saturday June 26

Constructive Destruction 3

June 26, 2010 7PM - 11PM

25104 Broadwell Ave
Harbor City, CA 90710 (directions)

Load Limit Group Presents The official Constructive Destruction 3 Premiere Party and Photo Exhibition

A North American freight train art subculture event.

Photo show featuring railroad imagery from:
All Seeing, Spencer 14.2.1, Brotha Darkniz, Bob the Bencher, Southern Pacific Forever, Brandon, Snoty Pimpin, Blood4Lube, CrankyJunky

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Eyer Swank Adikt Graffiti Production

Eyer Swank Adikt
The Visions Crew/Rock Angels yard contains many treasures, like this production. This was painted late 2009 by Eye, Swank and Adikt.

Rendition 2 - Friday June 25 - Hold Up Art

Rendition 2 - Curated by Eye One

Friday, June 25, 2010 - 7PM - 10PM

Rendition 2 - Curated by Eye One SH (Read our interview with Eye in 2008)

Hold Up Art
358 E. 2nd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012 (directions)
(213) 221-4585

Featuring artwork by:
Adikt, Andy Rios, Cache, Christine Villa, Eric Gallegos, Eyeone, Jorger, Kozem, Luna, Swank, and Skypage

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Video: Gang Injunction - MTA Crew

The Los Angeles authorities are at it again. Instead of focusing on real crime they have issued a gang injunction against LA's MTA tagging crew. Fox 11 reports in their usual grossly exaggerated style.


MTA - Pasadena Freeway
Recent MTA on the freeway

The Los Angeles Times also wrote an article about this:

City prosecutors filed for a civil court injunction Wednesday to stop the activities of the Metro Transit Assassins tagging crew known for a massive, quarter-mile-long graffiti "bomb" of its acronym along the Los Angeles River.

The injunction, which names 10 members of the crew, would be the first of its kind in that it specifically targets a group of graffiti vandals, according to the Los Angeles city attorney's office.

Unlike many "turf-based" anti-gang injunctions that create "safety zones" by limiting the activities of street gangs from operating in a particular area or associating with one another, the injunction against the Metro Transit Assassins, or MTA, would impose a broad list of prohibitions against the crew.
The court order being sought by city prosecutors would bar members from associating with each other, institute a mandatory 10 p.m.-5 a.m. curfew and prevent members from possessing "graffiti tools or weapons."

The civil suit is scheduled to be heard Aug. 31. It seeks $250,000 in civil penalties and $3.7 million in damages for what the city attorney's office described as 500 documented incidents of graffiti vandalism associated with MTA.

Part of the damage was the massive MTA moniker that stretched the equivalent of several city blocks on the west bank of the Los Angeles River. At one point, the river was one of the largest open-air tagging canvases in the region, with thousands of graffiti tags covering its concrete banks.

The MTA "bomb" was removed last October as part of a $1.3 million graffiti abatement program by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. As one of the largest tags in the United States, its three block letters covered a three-story-high wall and ran between the 4th Street and 1st Street bridges. It could be seen from the air.

In seeking the injunction, city prosecutors filed a criminal complaint that includes 52 witnesses and 101 photographs and documents damage to highway signs, highway sound walls, billboards, bridges, buses, passenger trains, freight train cars, trucks, homes and numerous commercial buildings.

The city attorney's office cited figures from the office of community beautification estimating that the city spends more than $7 million a year on graffiti abatement and other cleanup costs related to graffiti vandalism.

New Post in The Train Section - Benching in Long Beach

Leaving the Yard
We added new pictures of trains benched in Long Beach to the GraffHead train section.

The Heavens Called - Turn the Negative into Positive

The Heavens Called - Arpen + Afex + Strikr
There is nothing that I hate more than silly, jealous kids crossing out pieces. It is a very cowardly move, especially when they do not leave their names. Graffiti artists spend hours, sometimes multiple days to paint a piece for everyone to enjoy.

In this case, some great pieces were crossed out. But instead of dwelling on the situation, the negative was turned into positive. The complete wall was dedicated to those that have passed away by painting their names on the wall.

I know some will get angry at me for showing the dissed pieces. But I think it is important for everyone to see the actions of these jealous kids. Stop the nonsense!
Skate (SK8) by Fear UTI
Skate (SK8) by Fear UTI

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The UTI Switcharoo

You can only paint your own name so many times. Is it a 100, a 1,000 or a million times before you get bored? Most writers never get tired painting their own names. But it is always fun to paint someone else's name. It also pushes you to become better since you have to paint different letters.

The Switcharoo - Fearo + Panic + Besk + Thanks
The Switcharoo - Fearo + Panic + Besk + Thanks

Monday, June 21, 2010

The Block is Hot But We Don't Stop

These large 4 color throw ups were painted in 2009 in Downtown Los Angeles by Sufer, Apear and Puzle.
The block is hot!! But We.. Dont stop!
The block is hot!! But We.. Dont stop!

Sufer Apear Puzle
Sufer Apear Puzle

Friday, June 18, 2010

UTI Graffiti Production

I love finding older productions that are still running. I believe this production was painted in 2006 by the UTI Crew. It is tucked away in Downtown LA in an easy to miss location.
UTI Production - Skez + Theme + Fear + Flex + Kofie
UTI Production - Skez + Theme + Fear + Flex + Kofie

Skez UTI
Skez UTI

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Rocking Angels Production

A few months ago I had the privilage of going to the Visions Crew/Rock Angels Yard in Los Angeles. There are some amazing pieces in that yard. This particular one is executed so flawlessly. The colors, the characters the amount of attention to detail is inspiring. The artists that worked on this production are Scud, Mock Astek and Wram.
Rocking Angels - Astek + Scud + Wram + Mock
Rocking Angels - Astek + Scud + Wram + Mock

Rocking Angels
Rocking Angels

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

New Post in The Train Section - Famous Sayings by Jaber

Jaber - Save America
We added new pictures of famous sayings by Jaber to the GraffHead train section.

Long Beach Loves Sand One

Long Beach Loves Sand One
Last month I visited Long Beach. I was told that this long wall had full color pieces on it from one end to the other. Every single piece was buffed except Sand One's character. Long Beach loves Sand One's characters!
Long Beach Loves Sand One

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Owie and Eyesr in Sun Valley

I usually see Owie and Eyesr on trains. It was a pleasant surprise to catch their work on a wall in San Valley, California. You can see Owie and Eyesr paint a train in one of our recent videos.
Owie Eyesr
Owie Eyesr

Owie AUB
Owie AUB

Monday, June 14, 2010

On the Fence

This large lot is in the heart of Los Angeles. I especially like this lot because the majority of the work in here uses 3 colors. They could have done quick throw ups but they actually put more effort into it.Most of these were painted in 2009.
Voila KI + Dahm CSM + Script KI
Voila KI + Dahm CSM + Script KI

Voila KI - Hearts are made of string to be pulled
Voila KI - "Hearts are made of string to be pulled"

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