Caleb Neelon

Lunch Break Video: Courting the Creative Class @TEDx Boston

Thought you might enjoy seeing the video of a talk I did in June for TedxBoston. ; From the website: What is TEDxBoston? What happens when a group of people rally around a radical idea and set in motion unlimited possibilities for a brighter future? A Revolution. More than two centuries ago, ordinary citizens...

Go Make Cheap 'Zines and Send Them to People!

I love it when my artist buddies, or artists I’ve never met, send me their little ‘zines. They’re cheap, silly, easy, quick, and fun to send and receive. I especially love ‘zines made from a single piece of plain old paper – including the ones with a slit in the middle for folding. Nothing...

The History of American Graffiti

It was back in 2006 that Roger Gastman and I began working formally on our forthcoming book, The History of American Graffiti, but of course we really began working on it as teenagers when we got our first peeks into the world of graffiti. After five years, this has been a long time coming....

Yes2 Show at Dirtypilot.com Opens

Graffiti blackbook drawings are an art and a craft all their own, and are emblematic of a moment in time when they, more than photos of finished pieces, were how styles were slowed down and spread from writer to writer. Unlike graffiti art transferred onto canvas (which always feels like a forced transition), blackbook...

Nothing to Say at Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco, Opening January 8

My first group show of the year opens January 8th at Guerrero Gallery in San Francisco’s Mission District. The show title is “Nothing to Say,” and it features more than 25 artists’ works incorporating text. I’ll also be making a smaller incarnation of the “Signs and Symbols” project I did at the Boston Museum...

Tools of Criminal Mischief

My friend and frequent collaborator Roger Gastman just released a fun new book, Tools of Criminal Mischief. It’s a collection of graffiti ephemera: just the kind of oddball book you’d put together if you’d just spent the past four years rifling through more than a quarter million images of American graffiti in compiling a...

The On the Run Artists Series, Reviewed

Before graffiti found its way onto the Internet, it made its way around the global community via fanzines and old-fashioned pen-pal photo swaps, and On the Run was one of the first. It was based in Germany but always had an international bent; by the 1990s, the publication had shifted focus to create single-artist...