Post image for Popular Seattle Graffiti Spot Demolished

TUBS, a longtime graffiti spot in Seattle, was demolished yesterday, reported.

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Post image for Paris Censorship Brings Attention to Street Artist’s Cause

Over the past few years, a tiny corner in eastern Paris known as the 13th Arrondissement has become a graffiti mecca, thanks in part to the district’s town hall, which has generally supported artists. Last fall, it sponsored Tour Paris 13, a temporary temple to the spray-can that formed the largest-ever collection of street art. The neighborhood is also home to Les Frigos, a street artist’s squat. Now, it seems the winds may have changed.

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The Story of Hip-Hop’s Film Birth

by RJ Rushmore on November 27, 2013

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Charlie Ahearn is known as an independent filmmaker, but he’s much more than that. He’s perhaps better described as a community filmmaker. For his films The Deadly Art of Survival (1979) and Wild Style (1983), he connected with local communities of young New Yorkers (many of them teenagers) and worked with them to make movies that starred these amateur actors essentially playing themselves.

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5Pointz: The Morning After

by Hrag Vartanian on November 20, 2013

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This morning 5Pointz was largely deserted. There was hardly anyone in sight after a firestorm of online protest about the midnight buff that erased over a decade of graffiti and street art history in Long Island City.

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Post image for 5Pointz Whitewashed Overnight [UPDATE 2]

In the early morning hours, much of the embattled 5Pointz complex on Long Island City was whitewashed — apparently at the behest of landlords Jerry and David Walkoff.

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Post image for Enter to Win: The World Atlas of Street Art and Graffiti, K-60 Paint Markers from Krink

Hyperallergic is giving you the chance to win your own copy of The World Atlas of Street Art and Graffiti! Five lucky winners will receive a copy of the new book The World Atlas of Street Art and Graffiti and three K-60 Paint Markers from Krink.

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Post image for Graffiti Legend Daze Explains the Importance of Martin Wong’s Graffiti Collection

During my recent visit to Write of Passage, I encountered graffiti legend Chris “DAZE” Ellis, who allowed me to interview him about another graffiti legend, Martin Wong.

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Post image for The Bold Murals of Puerta de Tierra, Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Sandwiched between the pristine cobblestone streets and bright houses of Old San Juan and the ritzy, high-rise condos of costal Condado lies the neighborhood of Puerta de Tierra. A thin strip of real estate, once part of colonial San Juan but situated just outside the walled city, this neighborhood was historically the first attacked by various invading armies.

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Post image for Four Documentaries That Capture the Globalization of Street Art

As an ever-increasing amount of street art documentaries appear online, along with pleas for Kickstarter donations to prospective films, I, a longtime street art enthusiast, find it near impossible and entirely overwhelming to try to watch all of these films. With the recent release of yet another street art documentary, Las Calles Hablan (2013), I took a look at four fascinating films documenting the global street art movement, with the hope of easing the decision-making process for wishy-washy observers like me.

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Post image for Reading the Writing on the Wall at #OccupyGezi, Part 2

ISTANBUL — ‘Look at all the things a few trees can do!’ reads this graffitti near Tünel on Istiklal Boulevard. Erdoğan infamously dismissed the protests in a speech where he said ‘This is all too much for a few little trees.’ Of course, the trees were symbols of the general policy of the AKP government of sellling public land to private coorporations without public consent.

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