Graffiti wars in Bushwick as artist murals are replaced by corporate ads

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Sadly, this is a fitting metaphor for what’s happening throughout Brooklyn.

On 247 Starr St., near the Jefferson L train stop, a billboard plastered with AT&T ads covers a mural where the “Bushwick Collective” signature can still be spotted in the corner.

Movie posters and more AT&T ads were recently put on the side of 427 Troutman St., covering the only work that a group of Russian artists did outside of their home country. [Read more…]

Graffiti artist Xerorocks tagging Bushwick Collective’s murals, blames them for gentrifying

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In the last several weeks, Xerorocks has been tagging — and sometimes painting over — many of Bushwick Collective’s murals:

ZEXOR, a graffiti writer born and bred in NYC, has been on a rampage lately, defacing (or beautifying, depending on who you talk to) one mural after another with spray paint. His main target? The Bushwick Collective, an ongoing street art project that facilitates the painting of scores of walls by urban artists. [Read more…]

S. Williamsburg Hasidim Assist NYPD in Grafitti Crackdown

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The NYPD arrested five individuals on Saturday night over the course of four hours for graffiti vandalism in Williamsburg, The Jewish Political News and Gothamist reported. The NYPD was tipped off to the crimes by the WSPU, or Williamsburg Safety Patrol Units, part of the Williamsburg Shomrim (Hebrew for “Guards”). Most neighborhoods in New York with large Hasidic populations field Shomrims, which function as neighborhood watch organizations and often work in close concert with police to report and prevent crime.

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Modified pedestrian lights in New York — including Bedford Ave — a reminder of 9-11

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As one class at Miami Ad School Brooklyn spent Tuesday night spray-chalking a memorial to the victims of 9/11 in Queens, another class was creating a street art project of their own. Six international students from the school are behind a guerilla project that turned pedestrian traffic lights around Manhattan and Brooklyn into symbols of remembrance. The stop symbol was modified to resemble the fallen Twin Towers, while a message reads “9/11. Forward. Together.” underneath it.

Watch the video below: [Read more…]

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UK Cops Posting Graffiti Tags to Facebook 'Wall of Shame'

The whole point of tagging, as I understand it, is to get noticed. So when UK cops got the bright idea of taking pictures of graffiti tags around town and posting them to their Facebook wall in a “Wall of Shame,” wouldn’t that just encourage the artists into throwing their tagging efforts into overdrive?

Police logging and photographing tags, seen as a badge of honour amongst graffiti artists, which will be kept on record and used when offenders are identified.

And a wall of shame has been created on Facebook so the public can also see the graffiti tags.

Yep, good luck with that, Halesowen PD.

Cache of 1980's-era Graffiti Discovered in McCarren Pool Locker Rooms

photo c/o LTV

A blogger found their way into McCarren Pool locker rooms before they were gutted and discovered a treasure trove of graffiti dating to the 1980’s. They’re calling it “the most impressive graffiti discovery of 2010, period.”

LTV Blog writes:

All of the graffiti you see here (well, with one or two exceptions) was done inside the locker rooms of the pool during the 1980s. The date range of these tags runs from 1983 to approximately 1987. It is rather easy to conclude that during the years immediately after the pool was closed, the entire site was completely abandoned – doors left open, and vandals taking full advantage. At some point in the late 80s the buildings were sealed up with concrete and reinforced iron. From that point on, even while the exterior of the building became an illegal graffiti haven, no other graffiti artists gained access to the locker rooms.

Up top is just one of ten photos they posted. You can view the rest here.

Big h/t to Animal for pointing us to LTV, which is now securely set in my RSS reader.

Update: Damn. These guys also found their way into a network of underground McCarren Pool tunnels (!!!) and shot another batch of graffiti there. Check that out here.