ART CRIMES///RON ENGLISH UNVEILS “ABRAHAM OBAMA” BILLBOARD IN HOLLYWOOD & SEATTLE

January 22, 2009  |  art, Art Crimes, Billboard Liberation, Graffiti, Hollywood Swingin', LA, News, Ron English, Street Art  |  Comments Off

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Ron English brings "Abraham Obama" to Hollywood, and the cold heart of Seattle...

Supertouch's own RON ENGLISH has been a very busy man in LA and Seattle this week following his stop in DC to celebrate BARACK OBAMA's inauguration on Tuesday. Located at the corner of Pico & Fairfax in Hollywood, this newly "liberated" billboard features Ron's iconic "Abraham Obama" hybrid portrait created for the Big O's presidential campaign last year. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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NEWS///STREET POLITIKS///OBAMA GETS UP ON BANKSY IN NEW ORLEANS

December 9, 2008  |  art, Art Crimes, Banksy, Graffiti, New Orleans, News, Street Art  |  Comments Off

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Barack Obama does, in fact, have a posse, it seems...

We never thought it would come to this, but it seems BARACK OBAMA's street team has confronted UK street art phenom BANKSY head-on in a battle for the streets of NEW ORLEANS where the Bristol Bad Boy recently made a well-publicized art run. You're up, Banks...

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Banksy's post-Katrina, pre-Obama original...

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LONDON///TIM BISKUP AT THE LAZARIDES “SHUT DOWN” PARTY

October 22, 2008  |  art, Art Crimes, Art Stunts, Banksy, London, News, Tim Biskup  |  Comments Off

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After buying a new Banksy piece, Tim Biskup found time to make nice with the ladies...

The art "Extravaganza" event that was originally scheduled to take place at the now infamous LAZARIDES GALLERY in London last week during the throes of the FRIEZE ART FAIR was instead turned into the "Shut Down Show" after the local authorities canned STEVE LAZARIDES' original setup over gambling concerns. Turns out Laz's grand plan to sell 250 tickets at £5,000 GBP each for the event—which guaranteed every participant a 1-in-10 chance of winning an original piece of art from the gallerist's stable of artists including Miranda Donovan and Faile and included a raffle of an original BANKSY oil painting valued at more than £300,000 GBP—looked more like a mini casino operation to the gambling commission than a proper art show. Instead, Lazarides stepped to the plate and converted the original fete into an equally impressive group show of art by ANTHONY MICALLEF, INVADER, PAUL INSECT, and JONATHAN YEO, to name a few, that also included several vintage works by Banksy, including the "corrupted" oil painting that was to serve as the centerpiece of the raffle. While everyone who bought tickets for the original party was given a full refund and a piece of free artwork for their trouble, the new show did include a "Gnome Bowling" game whereby anyone knocking down a set of gnome bowling pins received a piece of free art, a less-than-subtle F.U. to the gambling commission if there ever was one. Of course, our man TIM BISKUP was on the scene to take in the spread, pick up on the ladies, and even DJ'd the afterparty side-by-side with Supertouch homie ACYDE at SoHo HOUSE where show attendees like DENNIS HOPPER tore it up late into the foggy eve. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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STREET LIFE///DONNY MILLER’S “GAS SIGNS: TRUTH IN ADVERTISING” CAMPAIGN

October 17, 2008  |  Art Crimes, Donny Miller, Graffiti, News, Politiks, Street Art  |  Comments Off

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Donny Miller's come a long way from his days pumping gas to the newly-crowned minister of propaganda for the oil industry. Only in America...

A lot of wind has blown out of the current president and the two battling candidates about the state of the financial world we're all wallowing in. Meanwhile, Supertouch's own DONNY MILLER has been taking it upon himself to address our problem with fossil fuels with his "Gas Stations: Truth in Advertising" campaign. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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NYC///BANKSY’S “VILLAGE PET STORE AND CHARCOAL GRILL” OPEN FOR BUSINESS

October 13, 2008  |  art, Art & Commerce, Art Crimes, Banksy, Feature, Graffiti, News, NYC, Street Art, Video  |  Comments Off

banksypets5.jpg Street art aficionados and cynical phenomenologists (we don't know any of those) have been long awaiting SIR BANKSY's official New York debut but surely even the most imaginative punter couldn't have guessed that the Bristol Bad Boy's first show in the Apple would come in the form of a mock pet store with nothing inside for sale. That's exactly what the "street art" king's adoring public got, however, when the doors to "The Village Pet Store and Charcoal Grill" opened at 89 7th Avenue (between Bleeker and West 4th) last Thursday, October 9th, revealing what seemed from the outside to be a small West Village pet shop stocked not with purring kittens and wiggly puppies, but a more sinister menagerie. Inside, animatronic chicken nuggets, porno watching monkeys, coexisted alongside ageing tweety birds, swimming fish sticks, and suggestively writing caged hot dogs, in what can only be described as an entirely unique visual critique of the state of animal husbandry in the modern world.

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NYC///STREET LIFE///BANKSY ON THE LINE

October 13, 2008  |  Art Crimes, Banksy, Graffiti, News, NYC, Street Art  |  Comments Off

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NYC///STREET LIFE///BANKSY’S 2ND ROUND OF LEGAL BILLBOARD DROPS

October 13, 2008  |  Art Crimes, Banksy, Graffiti, News, NYC, Street Art  |  Comments Off

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The rats in NYC keep getting bigger...

As we mentioned last week, BANKSY is indeed in Manhattan, this time for the opening of his self-funded mock pet store installation, titled "Village Pet Store and Charcoal Grill," and he's spending big to post huge—and, yes, LEGAL—wall-sized murals around downtown to prove it. These two new installments—located at Houston & MacDougal and Canal Street near the Holland Tunnel—were again paid for by the deepening pockets of Sir Banksy himself, and executed by expert sign painters, COLOSSAL MEDIA, who just days prior installed the reigning street art king's first two mega-rats. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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NEWS///SHEPARD FAIREY IN THE NY TIMES

October 3, 2008  |  Art Crimes, News, NYC, Shepard Fairey  |  Comments Off

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As the once underground world of “street art” continues its triumphant march through the public consciousness as the aesthetic zeitgeist of our times, mainstream media has played the enabler, documenting the phenomenon’s rise at every turn. This week sees the NEW YORK TIMES’ astute MELENA RYZIK following Supertouch’s own SHEPARD FAIREY through his recent bombing run in San Francisco in support of his current “Duality of Humanity” show at WHITE WALLS gallery, chronicling the aging and undisputed king wheatpaster on what must be one of his last big city runs. READ ON: Read More

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NEWS///POLITIKS///RON ENGLISH WEIGHS IN ON THE ECONOMY

September 28, 2008  |  Art Crimes, News, Politiks, Ron English, WTF???  |  Comments Off

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The underground art world's most outspoken political agitator, Supertouch's own RON ENGLISH is not happy about the economic bailout. Needless to say, Clear Channel isn't going to be very happy either when these new media bombs start appearing—sans permission—around the country. And, for dissidents who like to take billboard liberation into their own hands, hi-res EPS files of the images can be downloaded HERE. Just don't tell us what you did with them and no one gets busted. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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NEWS///STREET LIFE///BANKSY DISAPPEARING FROM NEW ORLEANS FAST

September 23, 2008  |  art, Art Crimes, Banksy, Graffiti, New Orleans, News, Street Art  |  Comments Off

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The Bristol Bad Boy makes NoLa residents see red... 

As we've been reporting, BANKSY's pre-Hurricane Gustav art run through New Orleans' battered Lower Ninth Ward produced a flurry of new large-scale pieces throughout the neighborhood that started disappearing almost as soon as the hurricane passed. Now the remaining images that can't be cut down and trucked off are being covered up at rapid pace by locals who don't exactly fancy some rogue Englishman painting up the sides of their houses and stores, regardless of how abandoned they might be. The highlight of this week's cover-ups? The wall formerly home to Banksy's gas mask marching band being reclaimed by the local Gulf Coast Dragons Motorcycle Club, complete with a new handpainted sign where Banksy's stencils used to be. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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