Director of Panned '80s Graffiti Doc Stations of the Elevated Wonders Why We're So Into It Today

Nobody thought a movie made entirely about graffiti-covered trains would be so compelling. But it was. Or so people think today. Stations of the Elevated, a 1980 documentary by cinematographer and School of Visual Arts professor Manfred Kirchheimer, has been getting the kind of recognition -- 24 years later -- that it never saw when the film was first released. During a sold-out screening at BAMcinemaFest, the theater still had a line around the block.

But why?

"I'm not altogether sure," Kirchheimer, now 83, tells the Voice. "There's a resurgence, but I don't know why. I'm just a filmmaker."

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Famed Graffiti Artist Adam Cost Arrested by NYPD Officers Obsessed With Adam Cost

Categories: Graffiti, NYPD

Photo by Mark Hewko
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In the '90s, legendary graffiti artist Adam Cost papered New York with his work, wheatpasting sly, hilarious, all-caps tributes to himself ("COST Fucked Madonna" was the best-loved one) on every available surface before abruptly going silent. In early 2013 or so, as we reported at the time, he returned, and suddenly Manhattan's scaffolds and street signs were full of COSTs once again. That is, until this past Sunday, when police officers in the NYPD's weirdly named Cabaret Unit, the quality-of-life-crimes patrol out of Manhattan's Sixth Precinct, say they caught him in the act, walking away from a fresh tag with his clothes covered in wheatpaste.

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Queens Assemblymember Fears Chalk-based Graffiti Toy Will Usher in New Urban Dystopia

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Is it chalk or cocaine? And is there really any difference?
State Assemblymember Phillip Goldfeder is very worried; there's a toy on local shelves that's turning children into criminals.

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The Queens Graffiti Mecca 5 Pointz Was Never Just About the Painting on the Outside

C.S. Muncy
Nicole Gagne doesn't remember the fall itself, or any of the month that followed. She spent almost all of it in a hospital bed, pumped full of a painkiller that had the happy side effect of causing temporary amnesia.

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5 Pointz: Before and After the Whitewashing

Categories: Graffiti

C.S. Muncy
For the second time this week supporters and artists gathered at 5 Pointz in Long Island City, but rather than to rally for a last-ditch fight against the developers trying to raze the building, the crowd was there to mourn. In the middle of the night and with police protection, workers painted over nearly every single piece of art on both the outside and interior of the building.

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$100,000 KAWS Poster Stolen From Marc Ecko Gallery by Hipster-Type Person

A guy wearing a mustache, dark glasses, that a hoodie? apparently ripped a $100,000 poster from the wall of the Marc Ecko art gallery on West 23rd Street on Thursday at around 6 p.m. This hipster or hipster-esque person knew what he was doing, and casually rolled up the loot, put it in a tube, and left. He was photographed by the elevator's security camera, however. And he is wearing a hoodie, as well as jeans, a baseball hat, sunglasses, and running shoes. A hipster, then...or just a hipster mustache? But seriously, does this guy sort of look familiar to you, too?

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Joseph Waldo, Notorious "Moustache Man," Nabbed By NYPD

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Moustache Man, the graffiti writer who scrawls "moustache" in cursive on people's upper lips in subway ads, has been apprehended by New York's Finest. Joseph Waldo, 26, was taken into custody last night, for the grave crime of scribbling a mediocre graffiti tag on advertisements with a marker. More »

Anti-Graffiti PSA From 1988 Is Deadly Serious

If you're going to do graffiti, a) work a little bit faster than this guy, b) don't just stand there like an idiot while a cop is obviously approaching you, and c) outrun him, he's not that fast.

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Is Banksy's Identity for Sale on Ebay?

"If you win this auction I will mail you a piece of paper revealing the true identity of "Banksy": This according to Ebay seller daigroandujo, who leaves us public folk only six more days to elbow our way to the prize of an English man's privacy. Perhaps the morning trudge from bed to bathroom will make a detour to the medicine cabinet for a healthy dose of skepticism?

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Park Slopers Ponder Perplexing Existential Questions Wrought by "You Would" Graffiti

One of these messages is confusing. Photo circa 2009.
The New York Post notes some strange goings-on in the nabe of Park Slope, where "You Would" tags have apparently never ventured...until now. Graffiti artists have begun to write all over traffic-control boxes and other "blank canvases" with the intriguing phrase, often in pink marker. People are perplexed! They are amazed! What does it mean? What could it mean? Why pink? Does this denote gender bias?

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