Graffiti, on Earth, and to the outer reaches of space, by Josh Keyes

Tuesday, 24 January, 2017

Artwork by Josh Keyes

Portland based painter Josh Keyes may not be a graffiti artist, but he can imagine a world where graffiti is to be seen no matter where you look, or where you are.

The likes of whales and icebergs are fair game for this highly resourceful would-be tagger, and not even leaving the planet helps either, as this work-in-progress image of a Space Shuttle, titled “Tin Can”, shows.

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Lou Ros, Paris based graffiti artist turned portrait painter

Wednesday, 30 November, 2016

Artwork by Lou Ros

Former graffiti tagger Lou Ros is a self taught Paris based portrait painter who is also influenced by the expressionist artists. See more portraits, and other works, here.

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Drones, taking graffiti and vandalism to new heights

Friday, 8 May, 2015

Drones… they’re going to have their advantages, they’re going to have their disadvantages.

For instance, New York City street artist and vandal, yes, vandal appears to be one of his official titles, KATSU, used one to deface a large billboard attached to the side of a building recently, a “canvas” that might ordinarily be beyond the reach of many would be vandals. A hacked drone at that, with a spray can attached.

As the domestic drone industry grows feverishly, and multicopters like DJI’s Phantom become cheaper and more powerful, artists have been eager to experiment with the technology. It was only a matter of time, then, that people would figure out that the drone has enormous potential for subversive acts on the streets, where defying the laws of gravity is the whole point. Given the enduring privacy, safety, and legal concerns around the technology, conceptually it makes a certain amount of sense that it would find uses at the peripheries of what most people (let alone the law) would consider acceptable.

It has to wondered what other subversive acts some are going to attempt with the technology.

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Graffiti, with punctuation and grammar, only in Quito, Ecuador

Friday, 13 March, 2015

Just as one Wikipedia member is intent on ridding the online encyclopaedia of the grammatically incorrect phrase “comprised of” from articles, counterparts of a sort are on a mission to tidy up errors made by graffiti artists and others, in the Ecuadorian city of Quito:

In the dead of night, two men steal through the streets of Quito armed with spray cans and a zeal for reform. They are not political activists or revolutionaries: they are radical grammar pedants on a mission to correctly punctuate Ecuador’s graffiti. Adding accents, inserting commas and placing question marks at the beginning and end of interrogative sentences scrawled on the city’s walls, the vigilante editors have intervened repeatedly over the past three months to expose the orthographic shortcomings of would-be poets, forlorn lovers and anti-government campaigners.

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Go as deep into the rabbit hole as you like… and still find graffiti

Tuesday, 13 August, 2013

There’s no escaping graffiti as French comic book artist Boulet can tell you, no matter how far you descend into the rabbit hole, as it were.

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The investment banker next door is also the local graffiti artist

Monday, 1 July, 2013

You are in your thirties, maybe your forties. You have a young family. You hold down a senior position in an investment bank. After dark though there’s nothing you enjoy more than throwing a few cans of spray paint into a bag, and heading along to a nearby rail siding to tag a few trains

After leaving school, I got a job in London as a property investor at a global bank, but I kept painting trains. I was often doing it four nights a week. On Monday mornings I would turn up having barely slept all weekend, and my colleagues would say, “Blimey mate, you look a right mess, what have you been up to?” I couldn’t tell them the truth – so I told them I’d been out partying. And to me it was a party – but in a train yard instead. My job was very target-driven: there were multimillion-pound deals and lots of foreign clients to socialise with. I’d have a few drinks, then go home, have an hour or so’s kip, then assume this different persona, and be out until six or seven o’clock the next morning.

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To give your house a quick fast facelift hire a graffiti artist

Friday, 29 March, 2013

Artwork/photo by Nikita Nomerz

Russian street artist Nikita Nomerz travels from town to town giving the derelict buildings he encounters a facelift, quite literally.

Via Environmental Graffiti.

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Water Light Graffiti is graffiti that leaves no traces

Monday, 13 August, 2012

Thousands of light-emitting diodes, or LEDs, that are embedded in a board will illuminate when water is splashed, sprayed, or brushed over them, making for a reusable canvas of sorts for the creation of graffiti and other artworks and messages.

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We conquered the Roman Empire but didn’t beat toilet wall graffiti

Monday, 30 July, 2012

We’ve likely all seen graffiti, or more to the point, scrawlings of the often explicit sort, on the walls of public toilet cubicles at one time or another.

Before cursing the “youth of today”, or whatever, for this… scourge though, it may interest you to know similar such inscriptions have been found on walls across the Roman city of Pompeii.

The city, that remains in a high state of preservation after being buried in volcanic ash when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79AD, offers a snapshot of life almost two thousand years ago, and it seems expressing our lewd desires by way of scribbles on restroom walls was as much a way of life then as it is now.

The more things change, the more they stay the same?

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There’s a lot of… energy in the work of this graffiti artist

Monday, 2 July, 2012

Charging up, or powering, your phone and other devices may one day be a simple matter of spraying several layers of paint onto a surface, such as a wall or floor, that in turn creates a lithium-ion battery.

Regular batteries contain a positive and negative electrode, both paired with a metal current collector, and a polymer separator sandwiched in the middle. These five layers are normally manufactured in sheets and rolled up into a cylinder, making it hard to create extremely thin batteries. Now, Neelam Singh and colleagues at Rice University in Houston have used a combination of existing metallic paints and custom materials to create sprayable versions of each layer, allowing them to make batteries just a fraction of a millimetre thick by airbrushing the layers onto a surface, one at a time.

I could see graffiti problems arising here though if there were indiscriminate use of these spray paint batteries.

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