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Nov 13, 2012

Grime Writer: A Soap Pen that Temporarily Tags Dirty Surfaces

I'm a huge fan of street art, but understand that the best achieves a delicate balance between installation and vandalism. At its worse, it's tagging, and destruction of property. Unless, of course, you use soapy water to adorn dirty surfaces.  

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Jul 26, 2012

Colorful Origami Graffiti on the Streets of Vietnam and Hong Kong

French paper artist Mademoiselle Maurice recently created these incredible rainbow street art installations in the the urban areas of Vietnam and Hong Kong.

   

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Mar 13, 2012

Sweeping Beauty: Temporary Graffiti Made with Water and a Broom

Niels 'Shoe' Meulman has hit the streets of Singapore for a different kind of street art installation: one made simply with water. The Dutch artist demonstrates his incredible talent as a calligrapher by freehanding ornamental type with a bucket of water and a household broom. And he completes the entire thing in less than two minutes. 

Watch the video below to see Shoe's amazing skill in action:  

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Feb 29, 2012

Blow My Mindsday: February 29, 2012

created at: 04/17/2013

Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.

The Au Vieux Panier hotel in Marseille, France has but five rooms total, but each are redesigned and reconfigured every year by internationally recognized artists and designers.

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Feb 09, 2012

"Mad Men" Subway Posters Get Humorous Tags, Alterations, and Mashups

A few week's ago, AMC released an advertising campaign in New York City's subway system to promote the latest season of its beloved Mad Men. Keeping with the show's minimalist intro, the art contains a giant white canvas with a falling silhoutted man, with the words "March 25"

That's right. A giant white piece of paper inside subway stations. You can imagine what comes next.  

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Jan 09, 2012

Amazing Map-Inspired Stencil Art

created at: 01/08/2012

This is hands-down the coolest piece of street art I've seen in a long time (do I even need to stay street art? How about just art instead?). The piece, titled Blinking City, is more than just a aesthetically pleasing spray paint stencil. It's actually a collage of several neighborhoods in Bejing and is a commentary on the "inadequacy of traditional maps for city environments characterized by fast pace transformation and urban growth"  

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Jan 04, 2012

Make DIY Long Exposure Light Paintings with LED Spray Paint

created at: 01/02/2012

Graffiti is fun and all, but spray paint can get messy. For those of you that have done long exposure light painting and have similar misgivings about the logistics of aerosol paints, then I've got just the thing for you: the Light Paint Can.  

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Dec 08, 2011

How to: Make DIY Spray Paint

I have fifty-four cans of spray paint. Seriously, I just went to the basement and counted. Years worth of specific projects, a couple of content campaigns with the awesome people at Krylon, and it's really become quite a collection.

And I still don't have all the colors I need. See, while spray paint is often the best tool for a specific task, your options are relatively limited. Compared to cans of wall paint, which you can get mixed in thousands of colors at the hardware store, and artist paints like oils and acrylics, the color of palette of spray paint is limited to those determined useful by the manufacturer.

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Nov 29, 2011

Jaw-Dropping 3D Street Paintings

I don't even understand perspective enough to make a 2D drawing look like it's disappearing into the horizon, so I'd have no idea where to even start to conceptualize these amazing, mind-bending 3D street paintings.

But, thankfully, the very talented team 3D Joe and Max have mastered the technique. 

Recently, the artists teamed up with Reebok to break two Guinness World Records for the longest and largest 3D painting. Here are the results:    

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Nov 02, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: November 2, 2011

created at: 04/17/2013

Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.

The "Senseless Drawing Bot" is a "self-generated drawing machine that draws abstract dynamic lines in real time using spray paints of different colors." 

It's pretty incredible; watch this video to see it in action:

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Oct 27, 2011

Cool Site of the Day: Online Stencil Generator

created at: 10/27/2011

Strix, the same clever team that brought us the Ransom Note Generator, has released The Stencil Generator. It allows you to upload any photo (or even provide an image URL) and create a stencil for internet graffiti, or to print and cut for an actual piece of art.

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Oct 25, 2011

Amazing Collection of Vintage Spray Paint Cans

Artist Roger Gastman has assembled a new book called, Tools of Criminal Mischief, which features, among other things, this amazing collection of vintage spray paint cans.   

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Sep 27, 2011

When Street Art is Attacked by the Government, Artist Tags the Sky

Recently, the Los Angeles City Council put a moratorium on murals, meaning that all public art, whether graffiti, tagging, installations, or legal commissioned artwork is now outlawed. Experts are calling the ban "unconstitutional," but the council is still spending more than $10 million dollars on "graffiti abatement."

In response, street artist Saber, known for the world's largest graffiti, uh, installation, hired a skywriter to avoid the streets altogether. 

 

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Sep 07, 2011

Macro Photos of Spray Paint Cans

Okay, so I try not to write blog posts that go like, "holy cow, look at these close-up macro photos of spray paint cans," but...

Holy cow, look at these close-up macro photos of spray paint cans.  

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Jun 28, 2011

Hilarious Responses to Well-Meaning Signs

Signs, generally, are intended to help people, provide information, or make special requests. While most of us go through the streets noticing them, yielding to their advice when necessary, a few enterprising individuals, armed with art supplies, see a different take...another option, if you will.    

   

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May 05, 2011
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Mar 16, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: March 16, 2011

created at: 04/17/2013

Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.

created at: 03/16/2011

Kuhl Design Guild installs a twisty slide inside a home

A hipster trap in NYC    

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Feb 28, 2011

Getting at the Truth of "Exit Through the Gift Shop"

I don't care what happened at the Oscars last night, Exit Through the Gift Shop was among the most engaging and well-crafted films of 2010. Straight up. (Also, Winter's Bone, Please Give, and Another Year deserve more credit...)

But, Oscar or not, the question still remains. Is Mr. Brainwash an actual, self-sustaining artist, or an elaborate, decades-long project by Banksy and Shepard Fairey, or somewhere in between?

The L.A. Times reports, "The movie is anchored by two of the least reliable narrators in memory: Banksy, the anonymous British street artist; and Thierry Guetta, an eccentric French émigré to Los Angeles whose obsessive

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Jan 26, 2011

Masking Tape Graffiti

created at: 01/26/2011

I'm a huge fan of street art, but I do understand the arguments that liken some of it to vandalism. Not the impromptu installations of sculptures, or even yarn graffiti, but no matter how awesome, spray paint can do damage. And most graffiti isn't really art at all, just immature tagging that can leave permanent and unattractive results.

So they idea of impromptu public art that doesn't actually hurt anything? Well, that's just about as good as it gets.

created at: 01/26/2011

BUFFDiss is a street artist who creates his works on walls, floors, and public spaces, but works exclusively in masking tape, allowing his pieces to be non-destructive.

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Nov 09, 2010

Guy Creates Famous Banksy Stencil in Costume

created at: 11/09/2010

Last year, it was the Lichtenstein-alike halftone costume that took the prize. And this year, this Halloween costume is the internet's most impressive.

George Schnakenberg took inspiration from Banksy's perhaps-most-famous 2D stencil and created a full scale, 3D version of it, flower bouquet and all.

created at: 11/09/2010

Click through to see a side-by-side comparison.  

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