Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Here is a dope mural in Miami.
Murals are always cool, but M&F loves the organic action of the streets most, like the bombs next to this piece from BK and Dub WAB LB 28 with shout outs to Atomik, and Ynot.
Also dig how the bomb didn't go over the mural, but claimed its own space next to it.
I Wuz Here gets up with a Skill District sticker in Hollywood.
Riding with a couple of tripped out graphic stickers, including one close up of teeth.
Bankrupt Slut holding things down at the bottom, on Vermont.
Funny scene happening here. A classic and iconic paster from Obey featuring Andre the Giant gets pastered up in Los Angeles.
Then, up close on the face, someone came and tagged things like 'Steezy!' and 'Diamond Supply Co.!'.
Its funny because even though it isn't meant as an insult, it is. In fact, its probably meant as a compliment. However, comparing Obey street art to Diamond Supply Co. shows how Obey is viewed as a corporate brand by the masses, not as street art.
Shepard Fairey has dismissed the accusations of selling out. But the fact remains that more people know Obey as a clothing line than a street art effort. Furthermore, most people in general society recognize Shepard Fairey as the artist who designed the Obama Hope poster, not as the artist behind Obey.
The street art community might still recognize Shepard and Obey as a street art entity, but if most people don't, when does street art from Obey become street advertising like Diamond Supply Co.?
Or has it already?
Lethal Amounts presents the Multiple Maniacs Stencil and Screen Print Show.
With a big line up from lots of street art heads around Los Angeles, this should be an intertesting show.
Opening May 4th at 6pm, full details can be found on the flyer.
This is the front side of the old apartment building in Miami where M&F used to live, and this is the spot where M&F fell in love with graffiti and street art.
In the decade since living here, the building has gotten some new paint jobs, both at the Cuban restaurant next door and also around the entrance to the apartment buildings.
This building used to be bare except for some ever-present graffiti tags on the door, and even though it looks different, seeing it sure brings back memories. For instance, see the 6 inch ledge below the 2nd story windows? Well, one day Shasta decided she wanted out--of the window upstairs. When we returned home Shasta was walking that 6 inch ledge back and forth below the windows. And that hallway . . . Geez, you can almost smell the cat piss and mildew from here.
Its good to visit back in Miami, but its even better to come home to Los Angeles~
This ghetto apartment building in N. Miami is where M&F used to call 'home, sweet home'.
Now, the building has a fresh coat of paint signifying its place on the corner of 20th Street, which is the beginning of the Wynwood (Arts) District.
Wynwood has always had an active local graffiti and street art scene. But now, Wynwood has grown to be one of the most heavily painted street art areas in North America, where nearly every building is painted, like M&F's old home.
Its a hot day in Los Angeles, as Shasta is heated now that the temps jumped from a high of 68 to 92 in two days this week. What happened to Spring?
Anyway, Shasta is sauntering in the sun and heat while some animated graffiti eyes pop out of the wall.
Monday, April 29, 2013
Teacher goes big on another ebox. With a ginormous 3d installation saying 'Teach Peace'. The fine print says 'You Can Do It!'.
This piece is a tribute to Teacher's personal friend, Stanley Daschew, who recently passed away.
Rest in Respect~
M&F hates to get all conspiracy theory. In fact, we hate that term because the word 'conspiracy' makes it sound like a bunch of aluminum cap wearing fanatics criticizing the government. But when the available evidence is more compelling than the official public record, then good citizens should and must question what is happening, and make our own conclusions based on the best evidence available. Searching for fact is not conspiracy, and in the case of the Boston Marathon Bombing, the biggest conspiracy seems to be the the way that the mainstream press has swallowed the questionable official explanation hook, line and sinker. The amount of evidence stacked up clearly implies that the Boston Bombing not an example of random terrorism, rather a coordinated false flag attack by the US Government on its own people.
A 'false flag attack' describes covert military of paramilitary operations designed to decieve in such a way that the operations appear as if they are being carried out by other entities than actually planned them. Here are some of the red flags that have been raised around the false flag Boston attack.
Before getting started, it is not conspiracy to look at the available facts. It is conspiracy if someone forms a hard opinion--no matter what that opinion is--without looking at the facts. So, before folks get crazy, just check out the ideas raised, and make your own conclusions about what makes more sense.
First of all, as the official FBI picture clearly demonstrates, the backback detonated in the bombing is different from the backbacks either of the two suspects are shown to be wearing. The logo does match, however, the bag a paramilitary looking dude at the site was holding at the time. That is pretty basic stuff, and pretty elementary. The difference should be clear to everyone. Look at the pictures above and below for yourself.
And the questionable issues just continue. The 'hero' who reportedly had both legs blown off in the blast is identified as Jeff Bauman, but Jeff looks exactly like Nick Vogt, a former US Army Officer who had lost both legs previously in war. Check out the pics below, because it sure does look like the same dude. Futhermore, 'Donna' who was one of the witnesses to the bomb, is actually Dawn Hochsprung who months before was reported as being the principal at Sandy Hook and died there. Seriously. Check out the pic below, but you can't make this shit up. The craziest thing is that the mainstream media will broadcast the misinformation, but doesn't question it.
Furthermore, there are some websites set up showing a rather convincing frame-by-frame accounting of the immediate blast scene. It does look like there is some coordinated behavior, and why is there no blood where limbs are missing?
If only it stopped there. But also notice how both suspect brothers were taken into custody in relatively good health--both walked on their own towards the government enforcement entities. However, once the brothers are seen again, the body of the first one is completely ripped apart (wtf!?), and the younger one had a 'suicide' shot through the back of his neck--which, even if it didn't kill him also makes it so the guy can't talk. At first the government reported the second brother shot himself. A few days later they admitted no weapon was found with the second suspect. No explanation for a bullet hole through the back of the dude's throat has been given.
Not to get all conspiracy, but it seems like the conspiracy is what the government says happened.
As far as media goes, it makes one wonder if this is another final nail in the coffin for mainstream media. Mainstream media is scared to tell any story away from the official talking points, which forces people to look elsewhere for truth, or at least a story line that isn't complete bullshit. Even though the Boston Bombings have nothing to do with traditional street art, because the main news sources are failing to provide the full story, as an alternative news source, M&F felt this was something important that needed to be shared.
It is extremely frightening what happened in Boston. People are outraged, as they should be. But shouldn't we make sure our outrage is aimed at the right place? Don't these strange and suspicious circumstances require that we take a closer look at the Boston Bombings and try to find out what really happened?
Tag saying 'I Have the Biggest Heart You Ever Tore Apart'.
Wonder if the person who wrote it got dumped since it is placed on a dumpster? (bada ching!)
Riding with Tragec and Bale AIG behind Melrose.
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Dig the way that this spot is completely bombed out with tags, and with a cool rabbit character from Bluse(?) to bring it all together.
As the tag from Sicks GS implies, sick~
Also riding with tags from Theme, Doom, Sewr, Don, Meak, Touch, 78, and many more.
A mini full color paster of a Zombie dude busking on the street playing guitar, and begging for brains.
The Zombie also has an Obey sticker on his guitar and a Septerhed sticker on his guitar case, which is full of brains.
With 'Spattah' on the wall behind it.
Sticker combo on Melrose with all kinds of cool little 'weird' stickers.
Action from Smear, 14 Bolt HCP OTS, Borat, Tame, Lukas, SYB, Reti, Ikon, Land of Sunshine and more.
Saturday, April 27, 2013
A mural from the Feeble Toys crew, displaying some graffiti skills that would be described as neither feeble or toy. This is some sick shit here.
Dig the morphing 3 headed crab boy piece from Cruz as part of it.
In the Wynwood District of Miami.
This wall is pretty cool, but the repeating faces can't be seen without making comparisons to Rime's similar piece riding in Miami.
Both pieces are awesome. But Rime's takes the cake. Since Rime also uses the graffiti name Jersey Joe, and this artist is named 'Not Your Average Joe', having some fun with the title saying 'More Average than Jersey Joe'.
Friday, April 26, 2013
Alec Monopoly is painting different characters other than the Monopoly Man, although the content is still classic cartoon characters. Like Richie Rich, and also this Scrooge McDuck mural on Melrose.
Click the jump for more pics of the mural--and a gratuitous shot of the combo on the stop sign out front.
Gafle PVS paints a graffiti piece over a spot where some long riding pieces from the Rotting Fresh crew sat.
It seems that this is less of a cap and trying to take the spot? Usually when its a cap, its done much dirtier. Gafle did leave the Rotting tag at the bottom.
When street art or graffiti gets up a lot, it is commonly referred to as 'smashing'.
But this is a different kind of smashing. This spot gets pasted with a wheat paste showing a building that has been smashed in.
Joined in the hole by a sticker from Nervous. Also check out the texture on this wall.
As part of the celebrations, British living street legends Inkie and Eine will be painting live murals during the 2-day event, as will LA's own Mear One.
The fun for BritWeek goes down on May 4th and 5th. Click the jump for the press release with full details, contact info, and schedule information.