video: Bay Area Graffiti: The Early Years | KQED Arts

Graffiti // Wednesday, April 02, 2014
Depending on whose telling it, graffiti history will vary from person to person. What one writer saw in the streets another may have not. KQED Art School has put together rarely-seen photos of San Francisco Bay Area graffiti in the 1980s captured by photographer Jim Prigoff, co-author of the seminal book on early graffiti "Spraycan Art". Graffiti artist Neon describes from his point of view the styles, spots, and writers that had an early influence on the Bay Area graffiti scene.

Baer Btr

Graffiti // Wednesday, April 02, 2014
Baer has been on operation “Paint a whole lot” for some time now. This new one on a checkered background is doing a lot.

Dirty 30 street division

Graffiti // Wednesday, April 02, 2014
Begr gives this gray brick some weathering treatment and a new coat of funk. Free of charge service.

Pimp My Ride - Guns

Graffiti // Wednesday, April 02, 2014
In this strangely different edition of “Pimp My Ride,” Guns gives this “fixer-upper” a new custom paint job.

Opening: Bates "Still Going Strong 1984 -2104" @ Le-Fix Gallery, Denmark

Graffiti // Wednesday, April 02, 2014
Le-Fix Gallery just opened a special exhibition by legendary graffiti writer, Bates, entitled “Still Going Strong 1984 – 2014." Bates is an old school writer from Copenhagen who have been making his name known all over the world since the late '80s. Our good friend Henrik Haven took pictures at the opening and around the gallery that we can share with you today... the show runs through April 9, 2014.

"Just another quality of life offense"

Graffiti // Tuesday, April 01, 2014
Taboo blessed this spot with an awesome dedication to the ethically and morally unsettling  “Stop & Frisk” law in New York. He left a great tag line on the side that reads "Just another quality of life offense." 

Jade truckin and Nekst leaning...

Graffiti // Tuesday, April 01, 2014
These two came together perfectly in this photo as Jade was trucking on by. Great to see both their work running strong RIP.

Bubbled and beveled

Graffiti // Tuesday, April 01, 2014
Haeler took on some beveled lettering and a barrage of bubbles on this piece.

No outline needed...

Graffiti // Tuesday, April 01, 2014
This is not your typical fill-in and outline graffiti on a train. Vapor scratched the outline and utilized some negative space.

"Destination Tahiti" by sofles

Graffiti // Monday, March 31, 2014
The Ono’u Festival in Tahiti is swiftly approaching. Leading up to the festival, Sofles painted this jaw-dropping piece accompanied with the words "Destination Tahiti" to get into the Tahitian spirit! ONO’O is the first worldwide graffiti event to ever take place in Tahiti and they are offering $10,000 to the winner. That’s the most cash we’ve ever heard being offered for a contest involving graffiti. 

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