Lately, with the combined effect of the legal Wooster Collective-organized Spring St. Extravaganza and the Vans-purchased Neckface billboard, we'd been considering whether the street art community had lost a bit of its outlaw vigor or whether spraying and pasting your work on a public building had become the art world's version of mixtapes. And then, just as the Drama/Cannon debacle forced the music industry to refocus and regroup, so have recent events on both coasts shaken up and energized the world of street art. New York has the Splasher (top photo) who's basically been throwing paint Jackson Pollock-style up on prominent spots, including the aforementioned Neckface billboard, raising hackles and generating bizarre discussions about his identity.
In Los Angeles,
some kid who calls himself Zoner (bottom photo) ran up on a city bus and tagged the window (not unusual), not knowing LA mayor Antonio Villagairosa was vibing inside (very unusual). The Mayor immediately offered to mentor Zoner, but Zoner's school rebuffed by saying Antonio would have to follow the same procedures as any other prospective mentor. Sonned! As a result, Zoner is the hero of his high school and still not mentored. And then yesterday, veteran of the graffiti community and former editor of Stress Magazine, KET was arrested in NYC for allegedly painting on subway trains. Maybe it's all just a coincidence, but it reads like the plot to Wild Style meets Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo and points to the potential revitalization of graffiti and street art, and that is something we can get excited about.
Splasher Vs. Zoner Vs. KET