Control and I were sitting down with a very talented aerosol artist a few months back who will rename nameless.
The nameless states " I hate vandalism, why does it always have to be in the Ghetto, think about it... "
Control and I looked at each other, and laughed at him.
After going to Art Basel 2012, I "GET" it.
You can read how awesome the art was on other blogs.
I'm bringing the ugly side.
First, too much left over artwork from 2011.
2012 spots only covered a small portion of the 2011 work. People like Ghost RIS used to have to spend their days doing the low crawl around train yards to express this artform known as wildstyle. A city is throwing walls at the world to paint yet only portion of them gets covered ? Something is not right with that picture. Stop smoking $10 less worth of reefer a week and save the money for Art Basel 2013. Buy some plane tickets at Jetblue as soon as you find out the 2013 dates and stop making excuses. Tip for those that don't fly that much, the further away you buy tickets from the departing flight date, the cheaper they are. JetBlue is always cheap, I've done NY/FT Lauderdale under $150 round trip before, just buy the tickets a few months early. If you don't mind sleeping in some shitty hotels, Priceline Negotiator and Orbits works well, plenty of coin left over for your dollar menu.
The further away you get from the Wynwood district, the graf gets diluted. Your not gonna see Wen COD next to a multi-million dollar high rise. The walls in the Ghetto are reserved for the Graf portion of Art Basel. No matter how free the walls, no matter how awesome it is to paint in December in flip flops with a palm tree backdrop and a priceless horizon, you still opted for sloppy seconds, leftovers... Lets face it, the Miami Dept of Tourism took your $10 can of spraypaint ass and dumped you on the Haitan communities walls, all while they laugh their way to the bank. The Haitians don't get a choice whether they get Sheppard Fairey or a 90 foot GUK fire extinguisher tag. I give props to Wen for making a statement on all the pop-graf (see Wen photo). What happened to the days of renegade graf and being the "anti" ? Make a statement, dont settle for less. Dondi..Voice of the Ghetto. Koch and crew are cheating you, Sane 182. Know ya history or ya doomed to repeat it...
Enjoy the pics.