I was shocked when I drove through Detroit earlier this year. Throughout much of the city, the buff had advanced like an unstoppable disease—the best graffiti had been covered in blotchy gray and white paint. What happened to the one-time graf mecca?
In most of Asia, the practice of illegal bombing has been around for less than a decade. Tokyo, however, is an exception. I went out with one of the city's longest-active and most prominent vandals to get an inside look at Japanese graff.
Apparently this is what happens when you text one of those "for a good time, call..." numbers written on a stall.
Graffiti in Taipei used to be dominated by expats, but that's changing thanks to a new generation of dedicated and talented writers.
What if you could paint graffiti on the side of a busy street in broad daylight without permission, and no one cared? In Bangkok, this is a reality, even if you get caught in the act by police.
To get some insight into the world of deceit, we talked to people who have to lie like it's their job.
Our graffiti columnist linked up with XEME and YUMOH, who, by all accounts, are considered the most active and well-connected writers in the city.
While graffiti is still a very young concept in Seoul, the country has a fervent core of emerging writers and has also become a destination for members of an international circuit of high-profile vandals. Our graffiti columnist photographed the city's up-…
As he nears 70, the legendary LA-based artist reflects on his past work, which included spraying symbols inside abandoned buildings and taking photos of dogs as they chased his car in the desert.
SKUF YKK, who achieved fame for his style and the ubiquity of his work in New York City, has transcended the beefs of his youth to become an elder statesman of sorts.
Just behind Citi Field sits an industrial wasteland of abandoned garages and festering garbage. This is Willets Point, a.k.a. the "Iron Triangle," and it's become a playground for some of the most talented graffiti writers in NYC over the last few years.
Photographer Ray Mock offers a rare glimpse into the world of ATAK, one of the graffiti underworld's young kings whose limited-edition zine 'Northern Boundary' depicts graffiti action in sub-zero temperatures and white-out conditions.
We interviewed Marcus Barnes, who fought a three-year legal battle over his magazine Keep the Faith.
You hear that, The Academy? Do you fucking hear this piece of stenciled graffiti on the side of a sandwich shop in east London?
Goldie, arguably the most famous drum 'n bass and jungle producer to ever do it, just launched a graffiti app called ARTA. The artist wants it to honor the tradition and history of tagging, while also modernizing its culture.
EDES (short for "Evil Duck Eat Sperm") says he's mocking homophobes through the power of paint.
There are also detailed directions to get from Tijuana to Trump Tower in New York.
Also "Homeland is watermelon."
Texan Scott Lattin reported that "Black Lives Matter" was spray-painted across the side of his truck in retaliation for "Police Lives Matter" being displayed in his rear window. Cops say the story doesn't add up.
Why are the penalties for unauthorized art so harsh in Britain?
Soren Solkaer's exhibition Surface comes to Canada for the first time this week.
The group responsible, Indecline, was previously best known for creating the Bumfights videos and allegedly stealing body parts from a hospital in Thailand.
The 15-year-old Dreamcast game wasn't perfect, but it used music and youth culture as inspirations in ways that few titles since have attempted.
When hip-hop developed in New York, teams of girls would double dutch in the middle of dancing crowds at clubs, an element of the culture that has been lost along the way.