This has to be one of the dumbest bureaucratic goofs I’ve heard about in a long time. L.A City Hall had honoured the graffiti artist Man One this June, however it seems their tastes don’t reach as far as the night cleaning crew. A few days ago, undercover of the night, an overzealous city worker with a power washer managed to completely destroy a massive mural by two of L.A’s finest graffiti artists, Man One and Vyal.

Even local business owners had commented how much passing trade the street art was bringing in. What’s worse, there’s a $h1tload of crappy tags just around the corner, and no one even thought of removing those. I’ve had it with dumb bureaucrats and their hankering for making every single urban sprawl look like the next. To save face, next time L.A City Hall should take a tip from Bristol, club together and lay some perspex over the murals they want to keep.

Read the whole story at: L.A Weekly

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Columbian street art legend Stinkfish, famed for his ginormous psychedelic murals of local faces is exhibiting in a group show opening August 11 to September 1st at “Primeval” Culver City, CA’s Carmichael Gallery. Also featuring work by graffiti artist Emol from Diadema City, Brazil, and California muralist/streetwear designer Zio Ziegler.

The whole Olympics crackdown on street art is getting out of control. Darren Cullen is a legal graffiti artist, part of Graffiti Kings, a company commissioned by Team GB to create some enticing street art for the event.

illegal arrests, missile launchers mounted on apartment blocks without even asking the permission of the people who live there, suppression of  news, removal of anything or anyone, that the unelected powers that be, decide on a whim. All this for a bit of running and jumping. Is it really worth it?

If it’s a trade off between The Olympics and human rights, I’ll take the latter thanks.

Read the interview with Darren Cullen at VICE.

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