Graffiti and Exploring in NYC have been joined at the hip since the very beginning. Graffiti writers explored tunnels to find trains to tag, and industrial areas for buildings to practice painting in.

While we document this relationship, we also specialize in following graffiti on NYC's freight trains and tracks - an aspect of the hobby that was virtually ignored by photographers and blogs until we released 'Brooklyn Queens Freight' and 'Yard Job NYC'.

Murderous Nutcase was a Graffiti Nobody

If you haven’t heard by now, a real freak broke loose this last weekend and went on a murderous rampage. Early coverage of the story did not mention though that he had prior arrests for graffiti:

(CNN) — A New York man fatally stabbed three people, slashed at least five others, hit and killed one man with a car and hijacked two vehicles before being wrestled to the ground early Saturday while trying to break into the cab of a subway car, police said.

Maksim Gelman, who is unemployed and known to authorities mostly as a graffiti artist, was arrested aboard a northbound train in Manhattan around 9 a.m. Saturday, about 28 hours after he allegedly began a spree that spanned three New York City boroughs, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said.

So just what did this a-hole write? At press time, no one seems to know. One all city street bomber only had this to say: “He was a nobody in the graff game.” … [ read more ]

‘Probation Vacation’

When Bonnie and Clyde over here ain’t rolling deep with a truckload of crazed MUL motherfuckers kicking dry snitches asses, they’re creating some nifty shit worth your dollars. Their first book, ‘Probation Vacation’ is out now.

This book has some great photos and is guaranteed to inspire and make you look into upping your own game. The print & paper quality top notch. I’ve had mine for a few weeks now and paging through it has definitely inspired me to get off my own fat ass and publish again soon.

LTV Racing

Some day soon the stories from this spot will be told… until then, here’s a few more via Mr F5sky. Also, large props to The Jice Man. This one goes out to Queens.

Gimme Gimme Gumballs

Freedom Tunnel, Painted

The Kearney Warehouse Stub

Located in NYC, this set of tracks used to service two warehouses. The tracks come around a tight curve into this space, hidden in plain view. The walls have slowly become a canvas for artists who want to ply their trade without the hassles of dealing with legal walls and the authorities.

Underbelly Arrest Roundup, Demands to Open it to Public

Gothamist continues to cover the Underbelly story in depth. Today they have a roundup of stories from some of those who have been arrested. Our original estimate of a dozen or so people having been arrested has continued to trend upward, with sources stating that the tally at the moment is closer to 30.

NY Times Art Beat has similar coverage, with quotes from the MTA stating they have no intent to paint the abandoned station shell.

If the comments within the NY Times article are any indication, the public really wants to see this art installation. Some are clearly willing to risk arrest just to see it. Let me state … [ read more ]

Astoria Graffiti Time Warp

A lotta queens people lately were talking about the old woolworth’s store on Ditmars and 31st street. In it’s recent conversion to a CVS, old siding was taken down out front, revealing the old woolworth’s name for a short time before it was covered over again.

What no one seems to have talked about though was the panel on the corner of the building which revealed an array of old historic graffiti tags. See the photo below. How many old school names do you see? Looks like an original Chino tag to me, along with a Rost, note, and others.

This panel was covered over a day after this shot was taken, so the graffiti, just like the old outline of the old woolworth’s sign, is entombed once again.

The Underbelly Project

Located in an abandoned section of NYC subway tunnel, the Underbelly project was a major art production with over 100 artists involved. Here is a rare glimpse into this gallery of grand art.

Underbelly, Dissed.

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 … [ read more ]

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