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Getting Up 2.0

Wrath of the digital graff

I’ve always been into art in the streets. There is something special about the mysterious, obscure & dangerous methods it takes to create graffiti art. Wild Style is one of my favorite movies to this date. Some call it vandalism, others call it art. True graffiti writers don’t give a sh*t what you call it, so long as they “get up”.  In this ever changing world of technology and open networks of communication, it should be no surprise that graffiti has evolved along w/ the digital revolution (known as the ever-cliche “2.0”). The world wide web and it’s army of geeks are rising to the occasion.

Traditional graffiti methods demonstrated by Hector Calderon on ArtBabble.

Graffiti Analysis 2.0: Digital Blackbook from Evan Roth on Vimeo.

I’ve noticed a big surge of digital tools, and open source networks of communication for graffiti artists. Lucky for you I have dug deep into my digital crate of delicious links and have compiled them into a… you guessed it, list!

  • F.A.T.
    Every techno-savvy artist cutting the edge should have this site bookmarked.  “The Free Art and Technology (F.A.T.) Lab is an organization dedicated to enriching the public domain through the research and development of creative technologies and media. Release early, often and with rap music. This is Notorious R&D.”
  • EyeWriter Initiative
    It is a low-cost eye-tracking apparatus & custom software that allows graffiti writers and artists with paralysis resulting from Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis to draw using only their eyes.
  • Hektor
    Hektor is a portable Spray-paint Output Device for laptop computers.
    A labor-saving device for graffiti artists. An assistive tool or telematic proxy for taggers working in harsh environments. Long-needed relief for graffiti artists with RSI.
  • Graffiti Analysis
    “A digital graffiti blackbook designed for documenting more than just ink.”
  • DustTag (Graffiti Analysis iPhone Edition)
    A pocket sized digital graffiti blackbook designed for documenting more than just ink.
  • LRPD Vandalsquad
    Be sure to check out the online graffiti tool, Graffiti Studio, here.
  • The Exchange
    An international group of style writers trade sketches of each other’s moniker and it is documented here. Worth a look indeed.
  • Stencil Revolution
    An online stencil art community resource.
  • Projection Bombing
    One day, you will see this at the IMA. Mark my words, but dqmot.
  • Wooster Collective
    This has been a go-to blog for the graffiti community since 2001. One of the best. “This site is dedicated to showcasing and celebrating ephemeral art placed on streets in cities around the world.”

I’d love to hear your thoughts, and as always feel free to share any good links I have left out. If you are incorporating technology in a new way into your art, please do tell!

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