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Archive for April, 2011

Sticker Combos and Crack Heads

MONSTER SCALE!

Atlanta is filled with some of the nicest crack heads you’ll ever bump into.  No doubt rock runs hard in the city. Dope boys and dope traps run rampant.

A couple fun combos included some odd fiends around the action.

This box got wrapped up during the day and people were definitely weirded out by what we were doing.  Cars were looking on, pedestrians were asking questions and also making compliments.  Someone called this “creative.”  I think they actually understood!  HA!

While this thing was getting wallpapered up, some doped out lady with no shoes on got struck by a car at an intersection.  We’d like not to think that it was our fault, since our actions were distracting to motorists at the intersection.  She got knocked the fuck out, but  managed to get up and walk off to the side of the street in a daze.  Some lady ran across the street with a cell phone to call the authorities.  An ambulance AND a full size firetruck came to the scene. I guess she was a “captain save-a-crackhead.” HA!

The next day when going to photograph the combo, in the same fuckin intersection a 16-wheeler big rig had it’s front tire pop right off the rim!  The tire went snowballing down the road and rolled “safely” over and into a bunch of flowers on the side of the road.  The tireless rim scratched a deep and long cut into the road, shit was wild.  Cops came to block the street while they did damage repair.  Lucky we weren’t killed putting this together.  THE STREETS ARE WILD! 

This next jumbotronic combo has a good tale too. We spent a hot minute getting this one all tidy.  This funny ass cracked out dude came thru.  3RD gave him some change to buzz off, then he started to juice NOS for his change.  NOS told him he worked hard for the cake and wasn’t about to hand it out.  So the dude was all “put me to work!” and Nos said “what the fuck you gonna do for me?” The crackhead had a great solution “I’ll pick up all this trash here, I’ll pick it up real good.”  He was referring to the hundreds of paper sticker backs all over the ground in front of the box.  Shit, this was the best $1.35 spent!  He picked that garbage up good!  T$F doesn’t like to leave all that litter on the ground, but who likes cleaning up after themselves?

During the time he was lingering around, the fiend was singing Tupac and messing up the lyrics. Shit was hilarious he was all “TELL MARY nigga run quick see, do you wanna ride or die…” HAHAHAH WTF?!? After that he went on to tell us how legendary Pac was and that Michael Jackson was too.  Said he met MJ and he looked like a women, then he did this HILARIOUS impersonation of his voice, high-pitched of course.  Shit was classic.  He was a nice man.  He took the near $2 we gave him and said he was “finna hit up Church’s chickens before they close.”  GOOD TIMES IN THE ATL.

BONUS COMBO!!!!



Lib’s Tib’s and other good food.

There are so many mind sets that transcend thru us in our lifetime and space… Unfortunately most people, most of the time, are worried about what others think… If you would only take an ounce of that energy and focus it on doing something selfless, your world would change 10 fold. People walk around like little billboards for fashion and multi billion dollar company’s that would not even think once about your tiny little non-existent life (to them) and shit on you like there is no tomorrow. They do it all the time anyways. Can we even break out of this trap?  Where are we going to go? Into a building that taco bell built? Your life will end quicker than you can even blink as long as you keep doing what they have bred, taught and molded your brain into thinking is right okay and/or acceptable… You can’t trust your self if you truly wanna break free. We’re not alone, we have only been systematically segregated to the needs and benefit of them. It is not them, it is we. We are not alone…

=Search your feelings–are the negative things that you feel often based in something that somewhere along the line someone instilled in you was wrong? what have you done with your moral compass? where did you put it, where did you get it?… do you even know what the fuck that you are searching so desperately for>? The most powerful thing they use on US is mind control, there is no way around this one 98% of the population is fuct! the other 1.5% dies before the age of 28 often from drug or alcohol “related” complications. so there is the tiniest little group that squeaks by… the second that controls is the one that I just mentioned drugs and alcohol, this one is the burner… fucks up, takes out and controls so much that the people on top don’t ever need to worry really anymore, just puts money in their pockets. Okay, this one is great… this one i laugh at all the time… T.V. this single-handedly knocked out and added elitist mind control to everywhere!!! let me see how dumb we can make you!

formal education, the blind leading the blind…

5000 years ago at least, hieroglyphics, a way further advanced language than our history books, was wiped out and that history was destroyed so that there could be slavery of the masses. look at your self, slave…

Humans have been on this earth a long TIME. Where is the history? why do the story’s and books only go back 1000 years? when it is FACT that writings, civilization and higher understanding once ruled this planet… SLAVE WORKER BEEZ.

The moment of realization is worth a thousand prayers.

-N1


Steady Mobbing….



Easter Sticker Combo

Duurty South sticker combo.

Easter in Atlanta, outside Daddy D’z BBQ Joynt.


Shout out to the homie J.C. and John 14:6!


NOS / 3RD / T$F • Blue and White


WTF: weekend edition

There’s never a lack of “what the fuck moments” when you live in the city.

This edition brings you;

1. Gangbanger Ernie from Sesame Street
2. Neighborhood Sensitivity
3. Sexual Spraypaints
4. a Missing Medicated Mutt
5. the Oldest iPhone user
6. the Youngest Tecate Consumer
7. Horses in Hollywood
8. L.A.’s Finest Freeway.

ENJOY!

photo © November80/Richard


Handy Slaps

Stencils / markers over various mailing labels.

~Third1 • T$F~


MoCA- damned if you do and damned if you don’t.

A familiar feeling is coming around, one nostalgic to the time of the Oscars.  When Banksy “came” to L.A. to install a few stencils this year, the whole city lost it’s lid. Photographers trolled around the city like it was a treasure hunt, truth of the matter was- the best photos of the work could be found on Banksy’s website, check em out: CLICK HERE.

Everyone lost their mind- I’m pretty sure 85 new kids started putting up posters the week of the Oscars.  I’m not sure why- perhaps its just the new trend being on t.v. and in movies, books in Urban Outfitters, etc etc- what are they thinking- “if I glue posters to electrical boxes I will have a chance at an Oscar?” Who knows?  Perhaps it’s just a growing SCENE and a way for weird kids to fit in together, ones who sucked at sports or can’t play music. Who cares?

So now it’s April and L.A. has this flourishing street art scene, which isn’t automatically a bad thing. The WORLD has a flourishing street art scene.  Graffiti seems to have taken a back seat to this new method and medium.  Even The Status Faction, in large part, have fallen back on spraying letters to do more stencils and posters. Graffiti isn’t seeming to get 100% of the love it used to, I suggest you try it!  Let’s see your funky fresh letters!  Grab a backpack full of cans, climb a roof and set it off!  Good luck!  It’s far more difficult, has far less reward and if you suck- the graffiti community will have no qualms about crossing you out. In the world of street art, people are greatly enthusiastic and supportive, most are friendly. I’ve yet to hear a great story of violence over a spot, which is common in graffiti.  One can put 100 posters up in a night, upload them to the internet, get some love, book a show, sell some shit and BAM!  There you go!  Do it! Why not??? The motivation can be $kewed to use the $treet in 2011.

This weekend will mark the opening of L.A.’s Museum of Contemporary Art’s new exhibit “ART IN THE STREETS” which is a history of graffiti and street art through many of the world’s most well known participants.  My question is WHAT THE FUCK IS WITH ALL THE HOOPLA? Why so much controversy and backlash?

Let me start with the Blu mural that was commissioned than buffed by the director of the MoCA.  My own personal opinion is…  GOOD.  Buff that shit out.  Who the fuck are you Blu? I’ve seen your art, but you do not live in L.A.  you are invited to this great Nation, paid to make something of value for a MUSEUM, paid to make something LEGALLY, and you have the nerve to create something about United States politics???!!!  I’d prefer you speak on the politics of your own country.  You carelessly paint a mural that is offensive as all fuck to the neighboring establishments and then bone out of town…  weak.  Deitch might have just made a mistake hiring that guy, maybe he should have asked ROA instead.  The mural, in my opinion, wasn’t very original and wasn’t really that well done, in MY opinion.  You took your money, which was like $30,000 to $40,000+ or something ridiculous and ran.  Then you acted all hard trying to be like “don’t censor me, this is the streets!” Shut the front door sonion, this is a MURAL, done legally, for a museum, not some shit you painted at night without permission.  That mural was as commercial as any art could get and the client wasn’t happy- so he hired someone else.  If you work in the design world, this isn’t unfamiliar.  Happens all the time.

Dear Blu– we who live in the U.S.A. are well aware of our struggles with debt and war, no need for you to fly all the way from Italy to come and point it out.  For your actions- we will be sending the entire cast of Mtv’s JERSEY SHORE to your country to film season 4.  They will each be paid $100,000 per episode.
Revenge is a bitch!!!

Are you serious? It’s his JOB to curate the museum, he makes the executive choice what appears on that property and what doesn’t.  Let him do his thing.  After all- Deitch doesn’t go down to the Burger King and tell you how to do your job!!

So what happens after that??? L.A.’s most ungrateful dudes make posters slamming Deitch. The backlash was too dramatic. Whining about how Deitch is a censor, but then frosting the cake with putting their posters OVER other street artist’s posters. Spreading MORE negativity!

They basically did the same thing Deitch did!  WHAT HYPOCRISY!!! You think one message is more powerful than another, one thing needs to be seen and the other doesn’t?  Where is our peace? Yo what happened? Oh well, actions always speak louder than words.

Deitch made cultural choices and stood behind them.  Blu’s mural story went viral and his shock value served more publicity than deserved, he still got paid and caught the fame.  We all saw that miserable death reminding mural. If you think that you’re a better director and more qualified- you should have applied for the job at the MoCA! Post your resume. If you hate Deitch- just boycott the exhibit, it’s just a fucking art show after all.

In conclusion- I personally am EXCITED to see this exhibit. I am interested to see how these artists translate their work from outside a building to inside a building. Why complain?  How many of you street and graffiti artists are still “keeping it real”??

I highly suspect a LARGE part of these people are the same ones who wait in line at the Neckface show, drive all over looking for parking at the latest Shepard Fairey opening, attended DFACE’s show, saw EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP, went to the MBW show in 2008, and all the other minor galleries at crewest, Street Art Pop Up, Montana Store, 2Bad Refresh, and on and on and on.  You go to many of the other galleries supporting the kings and underdogs then cry about the museum.  The artists involved in the MoCA have often been on the outside division of the fine art world, it’s a compliment to the medium for them to get the spotlight for an exhibit of this scale.  I think Deitch is the opposite of a “safe show,” I think he has balls to put this on, and the city will embrace it.  I predict ticket sales will be sky high and attendance will be huge.  What a gift to our city of Los Angeles.  Congrats!

~THIRD ONE • T$F


WHAT UP LOS ANGELES

PHYLO AND THIRD ALSO YOU KNOW WHO

PHYLO AND THIRD IN THE BACK AND A LOT OF HEAVY HITTERS IN THE FOR GROUND. PHOTO BY http://www.ihateyoulovebb.com

FOLLOW THE LEADERS

REAPPROPRIATION BY ASEND

I GUESS THIS IS A HAIR SALOON...BUMMER...

SOMEBODY HAD ALITTLE TOO MUCH TO DRINK AT THE ECHO...NASTY!!

WE  ARE UP, WE ARE DOWN, WE ARE HAPPY, AND WE ARE SAD, TIMES ARE HARD AND THE SHIFT OF MONEY AND POWER ARE NOT SO OFTEN IN US COMMON FOLKS FAVOR, AND OFTEN YOU WILL GET BEAT UP EMOTIONALLY, PHYSICALLY, AND MENTALLY, BY FRIENDS, FAMILY, AND PEOPLE YOU MAY NOT EVEN KNOW. WELL DON’T LET IT GET YOU DOWN CAUSE YOUR TIME WILL COME SO CHOOSE YOUR BATTLES AND FIGHT YOUR WARS WELL, THE BEGINNING IS NEAR …….MR. PHYLO…………


The Lions Nest



 


Fuck you son!!

YEAH!!!


Winston’s Day Off

New fine art by The Status Faction