THE $TATUS FACTION

Archive for February, 2011

Year of the Rabbit: The Art of Living

How does T$F live their lives?

Just to breathe is enough for us to always be happy.
Just to be alive is enough.

We don’t need knowledge or great philosophical concepts.
We don’t need the acceptance of others.

We express our own divinity by being alive and with our love.
Love is not about concepts, love is about action.
Love in action can only produce happiness.

We become one with what we are doing, and it’s a supreme pleasure.
Just expressing ourselves leads the Status Faction to ecstasy because we are creating.

This is our art, the art of living.

We don’t need to know or prove anything.

Just to be, to take a risk and enjoy life, is all that matters.

This is life as an art.

 


WTF?!?!

There’s something wrong with the world today……

 


Street Art Pop-Up Store x T$F

Opening March 4th, 2011 Bomit presents the world’s first Street Art Pop-up Store.

The secret location (soon to be released) will be in T$F’s beloved neighborhood of Echo Park, California.

The Store will only feature the work of Artists who have put in hard work on the Streets.
BOMIT.com is opening this in order to bring some major publicity to the Street Art / Sticker Scene. We are assisting Bomit by putting our own personal art & merchandise on display and up for sale.

Containing a massive and diverse collection, some featured artists include: Dick Chicken, Gaia, Dual Streets, Subhumanoid, Restitution Press, Love Me, Know Hope, Biafra Inc, Banksy (just kidding) Bigfoot, The Status Faction and many many MANY more.

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T$F proudly created a filthy ass mini-installation for this venue.
Think; Graffiti/Sex/Stickers/Drugs/Fine Art.

In addition to being featured as a participating artist, The Status Faction opted to sponsor this venture. What does that mean? Did we donate cash money?
NO!
Chill out buddy boy, we’re not rich. We don’t have money, we got lawyers and court fees to cover! We have sponsored in our own right.  We donated a very generous amount of T$F hand creations to the cause. For everyone confused and talking shit out the side of their necks— we will not be profiting from this retail environment.  We DONATED with no strings attached, no profit sharing, and no financial expectations.

The Street Art Store will be offering original T$F created t-shirts, posters, pasters, jewelery, stickers, buttons and more.  100% of the sales will be reallocated into FURTHERING THE MOVEMENT OF STREET ART.  These sales will provide income to keep the rent afloat and contribute to building http://www.FreeStickers.org, a web platform dedicated to circulating sticker art, for FREE.

In addition to the merchandise and custom created art, T$F is working with the organization to prepare and promote the venue space. It is a genuine selfless act from us to support this concept. We don’t need a pat on the back or a ‘thank you’ but we’re explaining our participation to curb the morons who dare gossip that The Status Faction is profit-motivated by their contributions to the street. We fuckin hustle, we don’t have a recipe with our intentions.  We work from the heart, create from the soul, and contribute for the love. We never give a fuck, but keep your facts in check before you make assumptions. We are constantly angry.  The Status Faction is FUELED by this feeling and our behavior is based on emotion. Since 2007, we have created MANY “products” but they have always been for OURSELVES, and then circulated the extras.  We can honestly say that we’ve never made a profit from this art collective.  Not that we hate money, it’s just a false pretense that we don’t own.  We are graffiti writers turned multi-dimensional.  We don’t give a fuck about the bullshit.

With that being said, go open dad’s wallet and come to the Street Art Pop-Up store during March.  Buy a T$F shirt and poster and you can feel good that your conscious consumerism is going to support a movement, not our lobster dinner.

CONGRATULATIONS TO BOMIT FOR DOING WHAT NOBODY HAS DONE BEFORE.

GODSPEED ON THIS VENTURE – WE WISH FOR IT’S SUCCESS!

For more information and the address release visit: www.StreetArtPopUp.com (click it!)


Keep it Up

T$F stays HARD in the paint.

 

 

 


Cocaine is the _____ drug.

Cocaine is the second most popular illegal recreational drug in the U.S.A. (behind marijuana),
and the U.S.A. is the world’s largest consumer of it.

Speaking very simply, Rick James famously said “Cocaine is a hell of a drug.”


1/2 Ounce fish scale.

 

It’s actually a FUCK of a drug.  The $tatus Faction does not endorse the use of blow,
in fact— there is little we ever DO endorse. We are far from role models.
We hold our individual addictions and various collective ones,
but we are addicted to life and our artwork beyond any substance.

Everyone has fuckin problems. Whomever is reading this must have a SHIT LOAD!!!  Ha!
If you’ve read our blog post that appeared right before this one, you already know T$F couldn’t care less what your opinion is. If you’re lucky enough to ever meet Mr. Phylo, he may even suggest you pucker up and kiss his ass!!!

We are strong believers that everything happens for a reason.
YOU WILL PAY FOR EVERYTHING IN LIFE. You either pay NOW or you pay LATER.
There is no escape from that, especially in the great and sprawling city of Los Angeles.

 

L.A. view taken from Runyon Canyon (in Hollywood)

 

Many people in L.A. get super hooked on Cocaine aka “Nose Whiskey” aka “Devil’s Dandruff” aka “Booger Sugar” aka “Barry White.” That’s not at all weird.  The weird part is; after their lives self-destruct, and they move back home to their respective state, they blame Los Angeles for their problems.  “Oh L.A. is fucked up, the place sucks and everyone is fake!”
Wake up foolYOU ARE FAKE AND NOW ALSO POOR!
You love to make excuses, and then play the victim role, dontcha?

Control yourself asshole! MIND OVER MATTER!!!

If you’ve never tried cocaine, GOOD, but who the fuck are you? The Mayor? The President?
If you want to act judgemental, “Get over yourself.”

If you have ever read our BIO (click it), the first sentence reads:
“Standing in the midst of it all, neither higher nor lower, with all those who are working and struggling is The $tatus Faction (T$F).  Change itself is the very basis for our continuity as people.”

Calm down! Stop talking so damn much! Stop trying so hard! Try and just be yourself for once.
If you’re just a regular-ass person, standing in the middle of everybody, we’ll be great friends.

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Escorted by this theme in Los Angeles,
The Status Faction invites you on our visual exploration of cocaine.


 

•  Stickers by: ASENDWords/Photos: THIRD1

P.S. We find it obligatory to say that T$F meant NO disrespect to the artist ALEC and KEEPER when we reappropriated their contributions to street art. The stickers were placed tongue-in-cheek and not to be taken at face value. If you two artists cannot take a joke- feel free to remove the stickers, there just fuckin’ stickers!

TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT, WE’LL CARRY ON REGARDLESS

LOOKING DOWN ON YOU AND JUDGING THE JUDGEMENTAL

YOU DO WHAT YOU DO AND WE WILL DO WHAT WE DO. WE ARE NOT TRYING TO WIN A POPULARITY CONTEST. IF YOU DON’T LIKE OUR SHITTY ART THEN KEEP IT MOVIN, CAUSE WE DON’T WANT TO HEAR IT AND WE DON’T GIVE A RAT’S ASS

HANDMADE STENCIL/WITH PAINT PEN EFFECTS. DHL STICKER LABEL BY MR.PHYLO TSF

WHAT IS YOUR HURRY ASSHOLE AND DIDN’T YOUR MOMMA TEACH YOU ANY GOD DAMN MANNERS?
WAKE THE FUCK UP, I’M NOT YOUR ENEMY, YOU ARE!!!

EASTER CAME EARLY THIS YEAR BITCHES!

WE AIN’T TRYING TO PREACH TO MOTHER FUCKERS, WE ARE JUST A GROUP OF INDIVIDUALS THAT ENJOY SPEAKING THROUGH AN ARTISTIC FORM OF EXPRESSION. WE ARE GENERALLY DECENT FOLKS THAT ARE NICE TO MOST, SO IF YOU THINK YOU CAN TAKE THAT AWAY…..THINK AGAIN….

TITTY STICKER FOOL

I DON’T KNOW IF THAT LADY WAS REALLY NICE OR JUST REALLY DRUNK. MAYBE BOTH?
GOOD LOOKS LADY, WHO EVER YOU ARE, YOU’RE FUCKIN COOL… HA!

FRESH FRUIT FOR ROTTEN VEGETABLES ANYONE?

WAS AT A WAREHOUSE PARTY IN EAST LOS ANGELES AND SAW THIS IN FRONT.
WAS I HERE BEFORE? BLACKOUT MUCH? APPARENTLY I LEFT MYSELF SOME FOOD FOR LATER.

GOOD PLACEMENT FOR THIS PIECE.
IT WAS IN THE HEART OF ECHO PARK, NEAR A CLUB WHERE MANY HIPSTERS ROAM LIKE ZOMBIES.

THIRD .. NOS… PHYLO….CREEPIN
SILK SCREENED BY HAND 8 1/2″ x 11″  WHEATPASTES
ILLUSTRATED (FUN HOUSE MIRROR) VARIATION OF OUR T$F “POPE CLOWN”
THE MARTIAL ARTIST WITH NO HAND

SOMETIMES IN LIFE YOU MUST FIGHT WITH YOUR MIND AND NOT WITH YOUR FIST…
…SHIT MOST OF THE TIME— WHAT AM I SAYIN?!?

AND FOR ALL YOU BULLIES AND BACKSTABBERS; WE HAVE OUR EYES ON YOU…
DON’T THINK WE DON’T KNOW, CAUSE WERE NINJAS FOOL.

THE IMAGE THAT KEEPS ON GIVING
THE VIEW FROM MY BACK DECK…LIFE’S NOT SO BAD.

I LOVE MY CITY AND I RESPECT MY CITY.
IF YOU DON’T ENJOY SEEING OUR ART ON THE STREETS—
WE DON’T LIKE TO LOOK AT YOUR ADVERTISEMENTS AND PROPAGANDA FOR YOUR ALTERIOR MOTIVES.
IF YOU’RE JUST A HATER— THEN SCREW YOU TOO, BECAUSE WE DO THIS TO FEEL GOOD AND GIVE BACK…INSPIRE AND CONFUSE.  IF YOU DON’T KNOW..NOW YA KNOW……..MR. PHYLO…….


Steady Mobbing….

You are the storyteller of your own life,
and you can create the legend or not.

~Isabel Allende

(photo by Zone Six Creep)