Friday, September 7, 2012

Los Angeles' War on Street Arists - Article Gets Sight Fired

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Picture courtesy of LA Weekly

Read the full article on LA Weekly

Sight was so prolific in his early days that he was known by peers, and graffiti watchers at large, as the "King of South Central."

In 2006, Sight was handed the harshest sentence any artist or law enforcement official can recall for graffiti vandalism: Eight years and four months in state prison.

Released after four years for good behavior, he's perhaps the most dramatic casualty to date in L.A.'s war on street art — a multipronged effort that views young graffiti artists as public enemy No. 1 and has destroyed even those graffiti-style murals painted with full consent of building owners. As galleries and museums increasingly recognize the movement's artistic value, government officials only become more determined to wipe it from the streets.

Today, two years after his release, with 10 unusual "felony" counts for nonviolent vandalism on his permanent record, Sight can't even get a job as a dishwasher. He says he's filled out hundreds of job applications, but potential employers won't believe that spraying paint on walls or etching one's name onto bus panels could lead to felony charges in America.

The star of L.A. Weekly's cover story..."Sight," fresh out of four years in state prison for scratching up the L.A. bus system as a teenager -- has been suspended from his job as a result of the story. Read the follow-up story on LA Weekly.

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