NY Graffiti: A Great Art Form

NY Graffiti: A Great Art Form

New York Graffiti-The Urban Expression   New York Graffiti is believed by many as a form of urban expression. It mainly has an implication on the urban landscape of the city. The city truly shared its history of graffiti and street art. Good thing, the best pieces and scenes can be found out there. When you visit the city and turn around the corner, you will discover a street-art mural that takes up an entire wall. You will also spot a perfect piece designed and created by your favorite artist. You will enjoy all these things with the best places to find to see graffiti and street art. You will notice the best art galleries, curated walls and other alternative spaces. You will be most fascinated by the exciting new spaces and storied walls. Apart from it, you will be gaining a complete understanding of the common styles and difficult styles of street art. It is best for you to first learn about the history of New York and its discipline. You will also be captivated by the behind-the-scenes look of a giant mural in Brookly, New York. For the past few years, the city of New York has become a paradise of the art. New York Graffiti is a legacy and is felt in spirit. Back in the 1970’s and 1980’s, graffiti movement took place that opened for a newer art form. New York Graffiti has truly been embedded in the visual culture. This is also considered to be an ephemeral street art. The city boasts for its enshrined works that are scattered in the entire boroughs. There are memorial murals, commissioned murals, ambitious pieces and city-painting projects. These best serve their purposes on mostly all restaurants and stores. There are also permission walls wherein a free-form work is created. With the best tour on this art, you will surely love it. You will be seeing brand-new and old graffiti work of art. It is mainly visible and is accessible without any admission charges to be paid. One of the New York Graffiti projects out there is the Dumbo Walls. This is located along the Pearl and York Streets and is sponsored by the main city. This is a street art in the city and this leaves artists even more motivated. This is also a place that brings a lot of energy to the people. This is a...

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The 1983 Death Of A NYC Graffiti Artist

“It Could Have Been Me” September 16, 2013 7:12 PM ET Erik Nielson A passenger boards a subway car painted with graffiti, in New York in 1984.   “It could have been me. It could have been me.” These were the words uttered by painter Jean-Michel Basquiat, who was deeply shaken after he heard the story of a black graffiti artist who was beaten to death by New York City police. Seeing his own life reflected in the death of a fellow artist, Basquiat went on to create Defacement (The Death of Michael Stewart),not only to commemorate the young man’s death, but also to challenge the state-sanctioned brutality that men of color could face for pursuing their art in public spaces. The events that shook Basquiat and inspired Defacement happened 30 years ago. In the early hours of Sept. 15, 1983, aspiring artist and model Michael Stewart left the Pyramid Club in Manhattan’s Lower East Side and headed for the First Avenue and 14th Street subway station to catch a train back home to Brooklyn. As he waited for the train, the slender 25-year-old allegedly pulled out a marker and began scrawling graffiti on the wall, probably not noticing that transit police were watching him intently. The events that followed are not entirely clear, but at 3:20 a.m., he arrived at Bellevue Hospital in police custody, hog tied and badly bruised, with no pulse. Hospital staff managed to get him breathing again, but they couldn’t bring him out of a coma. Thirteen days later, he died in his hospital bed, all because he tagged a subway wall. The city had declared a “war on graffiti” years before, waging a costly, and even sometimes violent, effort to eradicate graffiti from the city, but as details of Stewart’s murder became known, many New Yorkers were shocked by the sheer brutality of it. District Attorney Robert Morgenthau pursued indictments against some of the transit officers involved and presented a disturbing sequence of events, which included two separate beatings — one outside the train station, another outside the police station where Stewart was originally taken. Witnesses saw police hitting Stewart, who was handcuffed on the ground, with billy clubs. As he was screaming for help, officers kicked him repeatedly, even choking him with a nightstick until those screams turned to silence. His arms and legs were finally bound behind his back, at which...

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The 50 Greatest NYC Graffiti Artists

Having a top 50 list with no explanations just doesn’t work, so I’ve carved the subway movement into sections and tried to work that way—tags, style, throwies, etc. Trying to ?gure out how much weight to give to a category of writing is tough. Even tougher for the writers is that each generation has to surpass the next in quantity and quality. This is particularly tough on writers in the ’80s and ’90s. I think most writers can agree on at least 40 of the writers, after that it probably becomes more subjective. When you get frustrated with my list do what I did, ask yourself which one of these greats would you take off to put in your candidate? Good luck. Let the debate begin. Written by Chris Pape / FREEDOM   50. Ja Neighborhood: New York/Los Angeles Years Active: 1984-present You would think that a writer from the 80s couldn’t make this list with just a throw-up, but Ja did. After kinging New York, he moved to Los Angeles and took that city by storm. He still hasn’t stopped. Amazing. image via 49. Revs Neighborhood: Brooklyn Years Active: early ’80s-present Revs is probably the biggest crossover writer from the subway movement to the street art movement, which is something he refuses to capitalize on. He began hitting subways in the early ’80s and had a decent career. In the late 1980s he teamed up with his partner Cost to do a series of wheat-pasted messages throughout the city. If that wasn’t enough, the duo began using bucket paint to roll their names from rooftops. When Cost retired, Revs decided to write his autobiography in every tunnel in the transit system; it’s still an unfinished work. When he isn’t working on his autobiography, Revs is soddering unique sculptures in the five boroughs. He’s a legend. image via 48. Tats Cru Neighborhood: The Bronx Years Active: early ’80s-present Tats Cru was formed as a subway writing crew in the early 1980s by Brim. Each member of the crew had style to spare, and they were a major presence on the IRT lines. When the subway movement ended, the group disbanded, with members reuniting occasionally to paint walls. In 1996 Tats Cru became an official company with Bg 183, Nicer, and Bio. They’ve been paid well to paint murals around the world and are to the commercial mural world what...

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2012 T-Shirt Design Entries

Here are the 2012 T-Shirt Design Entries, please vote your...

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T-Shirt Design Contest

T-Shirt Design Contest

New York Graffiti T-Shirt Design Contest – Starting on Nov 1, 2012 We are looking for graffiti artists around the globe that will provide us with their style piece with the words “New York Graffiti” or “New York Graff” or just “New York” either on paper [blackbook style] – OR – as vector art as EPS file then upload your design & release form documents to New York Graffiti using the form below (for paper drawings scan it in high resolution format at 300dpi) (and for standard vector EPS files just upload it using form below) We are using a digital printing process on the T-Shirts so use as many colors, gradients and transparency’s as you like. Please sign our release statement and just upload it using form below. Winners will be selected by users through an online voting system, and NewYorkGraffiti.com judge panel will make the final decision based on lettering style, colors and creativity. Winners will be announced 1 week after the closing of the polls (20 designs submissions minimum needed to finalize contest, will run until 20 entries have been submitted) , users may submit up to 3 designs per contest. Winner’s fees will be sent via PayPal (so if you dont have an account, sign up for one before submitting your designs). Use this opportunity to make some cash with your talent. ALL ENTRES MUST SUBMIT AN ARTIST RELEASE FORM WITH THEIR ENTRY TO BE ELIBLE FOR THE PRIZES. 1st Place Winner – $300 USD 2nd Place Winner – $125 USD 3rd Palce Winner – $75 USD DESIGN SAMPLE BELOW Upload your design & release form documents to New York Graffiti using the form below. To select multiple files please use any browser but IE. TitlePost content or file description Description (optional) Upload Your Files Your Media Files Visit the NYGraffiti TShirt Shop for Graffiti Shirts &...

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