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The Cleanup of Detroit Has Erased Graffiti History

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?
Ray Mock
10.9.16
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How Tokyo Became Asia’s Graffiti Capital

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.
Ray Mock
8.28.16
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The VICE Guide to Right Now

A Guy Texted a Number on a Bathroom Wall and Found True Love

Apparently this is what happens when you text one of those "for a good time, call..." numbers written on a stall.
Spencer Fox
8.15.16
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Taiwan's Graffiti Scene Is Outgrowing Its Foreign Influences

Graffiti in Taipei used to be dominated by expats, but that's changing thanks to a new generation of dedicated and talented writers.
Ray Mock
8.14.16
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Bangkok Graffiti Matures Amid Beef and Growing Pains

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.
Ray Mock
7.31.16
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Stuff

How to Lie: Pro Tips from an Undercover Cop, a Lawyer, and a Dominatrix

To get some insight into the world of deceit, we talked to people who have to lie like it's their job.
Zach Sokol
7.17.16
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I Went Bombing with Hong Kong's Biggest Graffiti Writers

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.
Ray Mock
7.17.16
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Photos of Seoul's Raw, Emerging Graffiti Scene

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...
Ray Mock
6.26.16
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John Divola's Artistic Vandalism Is Still Fresh After 40 Years

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.
Jonathan Blaustein
6.22.16
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What Happens When a Legendary Graffiti Writer Grows Up

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.
Ray Mock
6.5.16
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Painting the Iron Triangle, Queens’ Toxic Graffiti Paradise

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...
Ray Mock
5.1.16
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A Graffiti Extremist’s Winter Diary of Spraypaint and Isolation

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.
Ray Mock
4.10.16