5 Pointz: Before and After the Whitewashing

Categories: Graffiti

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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

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A guy wearing a mustache, dark glasses, and...is 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.

[via Kottke]

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Is Banksy's Identity for Sale on Ebay?

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"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

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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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Police Are Watching That Secret Subway Station Art Spot

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New York Times
Police have arrested 20 people for trying to access a "formerly secret guerrilla exhibition of underground street art" beneath an abandoned Brooklyn subway station, the New York Times reports. The paper -- whose 2,000 word feature on the clandestine art space probably caused some of this increased interest to begin with -- says police and transit officials don't plan to remove the art installation, but are working hard to keep people out.

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Momo's Eight-Mile NYC Paint Line Hits the Big Times Four Years Later, Thanks to Blogger

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A line of orange paint that winds around Lower Manhattan for about eight miles, and is "possibly the biggest graffiti tag in the world," landed a feature in the New York Times this weekend, thanks largely to a renewed interest in the project sparked by blogger Nick Divers of Best Roof Talk Ever. Now, four years after the art project, and though the artist Momo "decided not to publicize it widely," the story is being told in a famous newspaper. And it's all thanks to a blogger, which the Times both names and links to!

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Twist Is All Over the Freshly Painted Deitch Wall

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That didn't take long. Last week, the Shepard Fairey mural was removed from the Deitch Projects wall at Houston and Bowery, and now Barry McGee, a/k/a Twist, has already redecorated it with graffiti, sticking with Fairey's red and white color scheme. It definitely looks more interesting than the plain white wall -- the tags up above must have taken some serious balance and climbing skills. [Via EVGrieve]

The Street Art Subway Compasses: Spreading

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Via NYC The Blog.
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We recently reported on some compass stencils that had been painted outside two subway stops in lower Manhattan's SoHo and Nolita. Well, it looks now as if the urban assistance for the directionally impaired has gained traction, and is now spreading to all subway lines. And they've caught quite a few eyes.

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