Gothamist today has put up photos that have been floating around the internet for a few days now, showing the underbelly project completely dissed. .
it appears the vandals only went after the ‘street art’, as there are no photos of the various bits by graffiti artists having been dissed.
It’s pretty easy to deduce that this is yet another salvo in the war between street artists and graffiti artists. While many artists have no issues working together, others clearly have a beef with ‘street art’. That beef is rather well summed up in this comment:
the streets belong to writers and street “artists” will never be vandals. sitting at home on their powerbooks, spending hours and hours behind a computer, drawing perfect bezier curves, creating stencils, having a team of people help you create a tiled poster at kinkos to be wheat pasted. all that time, all that preparation. it contradicts what graffiti is all about. it’s a turf war and it only takes 2 seconds to line a piece of street art.