Juxtapoz // Thursday, December 18, 2008
We came across one of the greatest stories of artist camaraderie we’ve heard in a long time just now.
While perusing our favorite artist blogs, we noticed that REVOK of The Seventh Letter (Juxtapoz #78) posted this truly inspiring story.
Anyone who says the art world is full of shady folks, that graffiti artists are criminals, or that Shepard Fairey (Juxtapoz #82) has sold out…get a load of this:
“In case you haven’t heard, yours truly is wrapped up in a bit of legal drama at the moment… I’ll refrain from the details but what I will say is that it is a ridiculous case and it is fucking expensive hassle!” writes REVOK.
“Not only did these overzealous cops raid my pad at 6am, but they also thought it necessary to confiscate all of my shit; my computer, external hard drives, photos, art supplies -basically everything I use to make my living.
“I’ve been doing whatever I can do in these hard times to scratch up the paper to pay my lawyer for the case… thankfully, my man SHEPARD FAIREY came through like the champ that he is and donated all of the proceeds from a run of his prints to my legal fund! This was a completely unexpected and very generous gesture! And has helped me out tremendously! Thanks Shep. –you’re the man.”
Woah, this kind of shit almost makes our cold hearts melt a just little bit.
Now check out this dope video below of REVOK painting this weekend at the Wintafresh Graffiti Art Expo in Tucson, Arizona (which is what we were initially looking for when we stumbled across the previously mentioned bit of generosity.)
Enjoy the video, enjoy the fuzzy feeling you have in your heart right now, and above all, continue to support and enjoy artists that strive everyday to make our world a better, more interesting and beautiful place to live.