Tag Archives: graffiti
A photo taken from the outside of an H&M store. The clothing retailer was recently sued for using a graffiti artist's work without his permission.

H&M Battles With Graffiti Artist Over Copyright

Since graffiti is often viewed as vandalism, most people don’t believe the artists themselves have any legal rights to their work. But according to the Washington Post, “… artistically speaking, the law is often on their side.” Recently, clothing and retail giant H&M tested its luck when it featured a picture of a model backflipping […]

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A photograph of vibrant, colorful graffiti covering a brick wall.

New York City Graffiti Tours Becoming More Popular

Once upon a time, graffiti was viewed as vandalism. But those days are long gone, and in its place are tours that are honor the craft. Graff Tours, based out of Queens, was the first graffiti tour company to open in NYC. Gabriel Schoenberg, who started Graff Tours, was a student at NYU when he […]

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The Banksy Arrest was Another Hoax

Banksy, the famed UK-based graffiti artist and political activist, has been a controversial and mysterious figure since his work began gaining notoriety in the 1990s. He has made headlines countless times for his politically charged artwork, his elusive nature, and his surprising installations. Most recently, his alleged arrest jolted him yet again into the international […]

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Stations of the Elevated Returns to the Big Screen

Global graffiti culture is decidedly subversive, and a genre of art that has been notoriously under documented throughout its history. This is likely because few documentarians have been willing to risk the legal ramifications of following graffiti artists, and because of the elusive nature of these daring artists themselves. One filmmaker who dared to explore […]

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5Pointz Artists to Feature Work In Upcoming Gallery Show

When 5Pointz: The Institute of Higher Burnin’, also known as the 5Pointz Aerosol Art Center, closed its doors in late 2013, it marked the end of an era. Originally founded in 1993 by Pat DiLillo, over time 5Pointz had evolved into a graffiti mecca, where artists could come and proudly display their work on the […]

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Cultivators of Culture: Lady Pink

We recently wrote about the incredible female street artists at Art Basel Miami Beach, and how their loud, vibrant presence speaks to the talent that women graffiti artists possess. Though grossly underrepresented in urban art culture, female street artists have proven to be a formidable force. One artist, known as Lady Pink, knows this better […]

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Martha Cooper, Wynwood, and the Women on the Walls

While many Art Basel Miami Beach attendees wandered about the dense cluster of galleries indoors, something really remarkable was happening outside. The Wynwood Walls hosted a slew of talented female graffiti and public arts artists, who brought dynamic color, vision, and creativity to the Wynwood District as part of Women on the Walls, a presentation […]

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Contemporary Graffiti: Expressive Street Art or Vandalism?

Since it began to receive commercial attention in the early 1980s, graffiti has long since existed as a point of contention in artistic and social communities. Graffiti as we know it has endured an evolving history, its origins linked to both urban gangs as well as to pure artistic expression. Smashing Magazine discusses this evolution, […]

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