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Lower East Sider Spends Birthday Buffing Graffiti from MOSCOT on Orchard Street

Posted March 8, 2021 at 5:00 am

For her birthday, a Lower East Side native only wanted to help MOSCOT restore its image. Its Orchard Street storefront, that is. You’ll recall that the exterior of the cornershop has gradually devolved into a mess of graffiti tags in recent months. Paint on nearly every surface, including the shutters and billboard boxes. There is […]

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MOSCOT Sees its Orchard Street HQ Targeted by Taggers

Posted February 16, 2021 at 5:05 am

This sight isn’t easy on their eyes. MOSCOT, the fifth-generation eyewear company founded on the Lower East Side, has been hidden behind a sheath of graffiti for months. Nearly every available exterior surface of its Orchard Street flagship is adorned in spray-painted tags. Walls, panels, window grates, all of it. 108 Orchard Street is the […]

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Delancey Burger King ‘Assures You We’re Open’

Posted December 16, 2020 at 5:04 am

To look upon the disheveled Burger King on Delancey Street would be an exercise in not judging a book by its cover. Or, in this case, a storefront. The exterior is so enveloped in graffiti and plywood boards, you might think it a war zone. Or that it’s gone forever. Though, not so. Nor is […]

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Uncapped: GREED’s Journey from Graffiti to Holistic Doctor

Posted July 27, 2020 at 5:04 am

Hello, my precious Uncapped fam. Freddy Alva is back with us, offering up an exclusive interview with GREED to celebrate the launch of his new book Heal Profoundly: A Graffiti Thug’s Transformation to Holistic Doctor. You can cop that on Amazon, but for now check out the story behind the autobiography. FREDDY ALVA: Queens writer GREED has undergone a […]

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City Suspends Graffiti Removal Program Amidst Budget Cuts

Posted July 22, 2020 at 5:00 am

The illicit output of taggers and street artists will likely remain uncleansed, as the city suspended its graffiti-removal program. The $3 million Graffiti-Free NYC program, which power washes paint from the streets, had been suspended since March. However, as the de Blasio administration finds ways to bridge a $9 billion budget deficit, it’s now on […]

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Uncapped: Graffiti and New York Hardcore – Angel Duster aka KOOL AD

Posted May 4, 2020 at 8:39 am

The following piece was written by guest contributor and author of Urban Styles: Graffiti in New York Hardcore, Freddy Alva. Angel Duster – NYC Graffiti Legend In the winter of 1982 I was hanging out at a youth center on the border of Corona and Elmhurst, Queens that served as the meeting place for all […]

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Uncapped: The Graffiti Virtual Memorial

Posted April 28, 2020 at 5:07 am

Before the clock struck midnight on December 31, so many of us were still reeling from the deaths of Stan 153, Phase 2, and Zexor. We wished 2019 good riddance, thinking that 2020 would be a new start, a new decade and a banner year. Boy, were we wrong. Faced with the COVID-19 global pandemic and […]

Graffiti Icon Nic 707 Dies from COVID-19

Posted April 14, 2020 at 5:02 am

An icon of the 1970s graffiti scene recently fell victim to COVID-19. Fernando Pablo Miteff, known as Nic 707, passed away Sunday after a battle with the novel coronavirus. He was 60. Born in Argentina, and raised in the Bronx, Miteff achieved underground fame as part the radical art explosion in the mid-seventies. (His father […]

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Graffiti World Mourns the Loss of Legendary Writer Phase 2 and ZEXOR WTO

Last modified December 16, 2019 at 7:58 am

Last Thursday (December 10) was a dark day, as the graffiti community lost two of its own. Early in the day we were rocked by the news of Mathew Rodriguez (aka ZEXOR WTO), son of ASP, passing away. He had just returned from Art Basel when he died from complications due to sleep apnea. The […]

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Watch this Brazen Tagger Desecrate Louis Vuitton Logo on Ludlow Street

Posted July 19, 2019 at 5:05 am

It’s clear that the locals aren’t too thrilled with the invasive Louis Vuitton pop-up at Ludlow and Rivington Streets. And one brazen tagger proved it. Midday Wednesday, a youngster jumped onto the building’s garbage bin and quickly spray-painted over the company logo. The graffiti lasted for a couple hours before it was buffed away. As […]

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