Give Peace A $155K Bid

John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s 1969 Bed-In for peace in Montreal (signed by both) sold for more than $155,000 at auction on Nov. 15, 2011. This might be construed as something ironic, since the hand-lettered placard, along with the Lennonesque …

Teen Angels Rule

Teen Angels is not what it sounds like. While its name indicates a magazine for dewy-eyed preteens (or middle-aged doo-woppers), the 33-year-old publication’s audience is graffiti and tattoo artists, as well as the prison population. Its website touts Teen Angels …

Whirling Dervish Penmanship

Primary schools today don’t teach the old methods of penmanship. If they teach handwriting at all, I’m not sure what to call it; 21st-century cursive looks a lot like it was  scribbled by a species that forgot it had opposable …

There's More to London Than the Olympics

If you happen to be visiting London at any time after the Olympics, you may want to visit The Outsiders, a gallery of insider/outsider contemporary art. It features a stellar group of artists including Banksy, Blu, Gary Taxali, Lucy McLauchlan, …

Finally "Seeing" Street Art

Although my eyes first began digesting what I now know to be “street art” in the mid-1990s in San Francisco, it wasn’t until a trip to Paris in the Fall of 2009 and a move to Los Angeles a couple …

The Cloying Claw

A few years ago I ranted and raved in Print about a recurring and cloying conceit among designers. I’m talking about the one where a designer shows a reproduction of a poster or other printed piece in a portfolio by …

Back to the Underground

On the copyright page of We Own the Night: The Art of the Underbelly Project, curators Workhorse and PAC include on their thank you list “all the people who know how to keep a secret and keep their mouths shut!” …

Chugging Along on The Italia Graffiti Train

The other day I took a train from Siena to Badass, Italy (well, actually it is Badesse, Italia). If you miss the graffiti on trains in the U.S. there is plenty to fill the gap on the Italian rails. Here …