STRONG WIND / STRONG TREES
T$F x King Gorilla x LEBA
photo by Peacful.Warrior from Flickr
Crushed this wall out with a bunch of handmade posters from Nos, Third1, and Phylo.
The dope photos are courtesy of the TSUS homie 2wenty.
This cat has been painting with light lately and shit is raw.
If you don’t know, know you know.
We still love our iconic ‘THAT SHIT’S FRESH” and “THE STATUS FACTION” bills.
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.
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!
- THESE PHOTOS ARE A VIEW INTO A DAY IN THE LIFE OF LOS ANGELES
JUST REMEMBER KEEP YOUR HEADS UP AND YOUR ART DOWN,.
DO WHAT YOU LOVE, AND LOVE WHAT YOU DO, YOUR TIME WILL COME SO ENJOY THE RIDE,
I KNOW WE WILL!
“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.
The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”
Perhaps the best way to understand courage is to define its opposite state. Many would suggest the antithesis of courage is “cowardliness” … avoiding or succumbing to pressure, difficulty, and danger. Others would say “fear” … being afraid to do the right thing when the going gets tough. And there are those who would offer “conformity” … letting things continue the way they are because of the high price associated with changing them all. All of those definitions are valid and appropriate.
As a leader, you need courage to do what is expected of you … to do what you’re there to do.
Even the very best leaders must occasionally pass the courage test. The true measure of your leadership effectiveness is the ability to look in the mirror and know that you had the strength and courage to do what, deep down inside, you knew was the right thing to do. And it’s that very fact that leads to the commandment: Confront Challenges with Courage.
Much respect to all the photographers in Atlanta and Los Angeles who capture our street contributions:
Photos © Jennifer Leigh Strauss Photography
Photo © PhotoJenInc Jennifer Jaimes
Photo © Stephanie Mma
Photos © NYCLA9
Photo © GraaFeetee
Photo © Cathode Ray Gun
Photo © Melrose&Fairfax
Photo © Sticky Shadows
Photo © TheDirtFloor
THANK YOU ALL!!!
These are a few of our favorite things…
Makes for a great desktop wallpaper. Click to enlarge.
photo via www.ThatsOG.com
posters by The Status Faction // combo by ASEND
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!)
The $tatus Faction is walking through the shadows of death.
As a collective we are currently facing some of our greatest struggles.
We are fighting legal charges.
We are fighting disease.
We are fighting addiction.
We are fighting poverty.
We are fighting ourselves.
We fight against the Hell on this Earth.
If you are in our blood family, our extended family, or you are just a fan, we ask you all the same:
“Why be a man when I’m already a myth?”
Much appreciation for the photography provided by: ADOLFO & OHMS & THIRD1
“Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions of and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering. DON’T TAKE ANYTHING PERSONALLY.
Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgement, self-abuse, and regret. ALWAYS DO YOUR BEST.“
-Don Miguel Ruiz (Toltec Shaman)
CLICK THE IMAGES BELOW TO ENLARGE.
Compliments and appreciation to the other photogs whose images you see here, that includes: Melrose & Fairfax, Cathode Ray Gun, and Patrick Duffy.
…………patience is the beacon to my sanity in the place we call la la land……………………………..
……..WE ARE JUST GETTING STARTED, SO IF YOUR SICK OF US ALREADY,
I HAVE A MESSAGE FOR ALL YOU HATERS…….TUFF SHIT!!…….
……………..STYLE IS NOT WHAT YOU WEAR ITS IN THE ATTITUDE FOOL!!!….
…….THIS IS THE ENDING TO A STRANGE AND FOGGY NIGHT BUT I WILL TELL YOU MY ROOM MATE SHOULD OF KNOWN BETTER THEN TO LET A RIVAL GANG FROM MY NEIGHBORHOOD HANG OUT IN OUR HOUSE WHOA MAYBE I WILL TELL YA THE FULL STORY LATER………..
………..TAKING IT FURTHER INTO THE NEW YEAR WITH A STRONG DESIRE AND PASSION TO SPREAD A MESSAGE SOMETIMES WE DON’T UNDERSTAND, AND ON THAT NOTE I WISH YOU A FAREWELL……….