Writer's Block

Stuff

Graffiti Artist CASH4 Does Not Want You to Vote

As a graffiti writer, CASH4 has a history of butting heads with conventions of style and other writers. That always-on attitude of not giving a fuck has wound its way through his artwork, too, including at his upcoming exhibition "Mock the Vote."
Ray Mock
11.6.16
Writer's Block

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
Writer's Block

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
Writer's Block

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
Writer's Block

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
Writer's Block

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
Writer's Block

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
Writer's Block

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
Writer's Block

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
Writer's Block

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
Art

[Exclusive] Visualizing 36 Years of Iranian Literary Censorship

Talking to Small Media about their interactive visualization of Iran's literary censorship from the 1979 revolution through to today.
Sami Emory
6.27.15
Writer's Block

Spanto, a Graffiti Writer in His Third Act

Despite being diagnosed with cancer, the Los Angeles–based graffiti writer is more active than ever and doesn't plan on going anywhere.
Sammy Winston
12.12.14
0102