Graffiti

For some, graffiti is an attempt to break the separation between an impersonal urban landscape and the vibrancy of life. It is a very literal assertion of the value of creativity over the sanctity of property, a visual declaration of the will to live. Politicians, from positions of unchecked power, simplistically assert that graffiti is “wrong”. They attempt to coerce their constituency into assimilating their morality, as if “right” and “wrong” really are objective terms. For writers, the world isn't so black and white. Why, asks the writer, can’t the dead walls of our city become the canvases of our aspirations?

VANDALISMS: Memory

In our last column, we dedicated our column to Stephon Clark, murdered by the police in Sacramento, as well as DOPH, a graffiti writer murdered by police in San Francisco, and HINT, a longtime...

Wheatpasting the Revolution: An Interview with Zola

Few street artists have captured the sights, feels, and emotions of combative social movements as well as Zola, an anarchist based in so-called Montreal. Bringing to the streets high color posters, stickers, and artwork...

VANDALISMS: Our Work is Never Done

VANDALISMS, our ongoing graffiti and street art column, returns to tear up the streets with anarchist, radical, and anti-political graffiti from around the world. Somewhat of a dilemma we confront each time we start putting...

New Orleans, LA: Community Routs Racists via Revelery

"Of course, no-one showed up to help, leading one pro-confederate to dramatically knife the "Kool Konfederate Klub" patch off his own jacket on live video" If you know nothing else about New Orleans, know that even...