This Nifty Tool Turns Google Street View Into a Graffiti Time Machine

Graffiti may be ephemeral, but then there's Google Street View with its all-seeing camera. Inspired by Google's recent to move to let users go back in time in Street View, Brian Foo at the New York Public Library Labs thought he could make us look at street graffiti from a new perspective—through time. » 6/25/14 3:03pm 6/25/14 3:03pm

The Science of Removing Graffiti From a Priceless Work of Art

In the fall of 2012, a vandal approached a painting by Mark Rothko hanging in London's Tate Modern, and scrawled it with graffiti. It took the Tate over nine months of work to successfully restore the painting before it went back on display last week. This video shows the amazing science and craft that went into the… » 5/19/14 11:10am 5/19/14 11:10am

This seems like the hardest way to make an animated GIF

Street artist INSA mixes graffiti and animation and calls it GIF-iti. He thinks big and doesn't shirk, producing multiple super sized wall filling works which he digitises and repeatedly overpaints, rendering the results. Street art is by its nature temporal but INSA's work will last forever—or at least until they… » 5/16/14 10:20pm 5/16/14 10:20pm

If a Graffiti Printer Writes With Sand Is It Still Really Vandalism?

Gijs van Bon's Skryf machine is far from the world's first automatic graffiti machine. But it could be the first that won't have law enforcement ready to throw the cuffs on him. That's because the self-propelled device uses a modified CNC milling machine to 'print' messages on the ground using nothing but harmless… » 1/30/14 6:00pm 1/30/14 6:00pm

Watch what happens when graffiti artists are given a giant blank room

When you give graffiti artists a giant empty warehouse with blank walls, what do you get? So much good stuff. It's like opening up an incredible Pandora's box of visual delight that makes you believe in magic and makes you wonder why don't we give artists more space to spray. The art was created by Sofles, Fintan… » 11/22/13 11:44pm 11/22/13 11:44pm

Here's the Second Hidden Piece In Banksy's "Secret" NYC Street Show

Banksy, the mysterious (er, kind of mysterious) British street artist who popularized stencils in the 2000s, is in New York this month to stage a 30-day exhibit that takes place entirely on the streets. His first piece, yesterday, has already been painted over. But we were able to locate today's feature, which is… » 10/02/13 3:00pm 10/02/13 3:00pm

This Innocuous Briefcase Lets You Stealthily Graffiti City Streets

Nothing builds up your street cred like some strategically placed graffiti. The problem is, unless you're out tagging in the middle of the night, you're at risk of getting caught in the act. And for an artist like Bob Partington, who works in the medium of spray paint and public property, that's a problem—so he… » 9/16/13 3:40pm 9/16/13 3:40pm

7 Street Art Stencils That Interact With Their Surroundings

Paris-based street artist ABOVE is known for weaving stencil paintings into the surrounding streetscape to create images that border on optical illusions. Traveling the world to make art that comments on social and political issues, ABOVE keeps an eye out for situations where real world and painted image can… » 8/15/13 9:00am 8/15/13 9:00am

Street Artist Replaces Erased Work With Stencil of Guy Who Erased It

The work of a street artist is perhaps by definition impermanent; you create, it's found out, it's erased, you move on. Or, if you're a young man who goes by the name of DS, you spot the guy who's erasing your work, photograph him, and come back later to immortalize him as a stencil in the exact same place. » 7/31/13 9:23am 7/31/13 9:23am

Feast Your Eyes on Six Time Lapse Videos of Street Artists at Work

Graffiti is cool and it knows it. From the early days of TAKI 183 writing his name on the subway wall to the latest innovative techniques ranging from the eerie look of drip ink to the fleeting glow of digital ink, this art form for the masses has always been surrounded by that hip aura, in part, because it tends to… » 6/12/13 2:04pm 6/12/13 2:04pm

Water-Activated LED Wall: Sounds Dangerous, Looks Beautiful

Water and electricity: historically, not a great combo! But Antonin Fourneau, a French artist and engineer, combines both to remarkable ends in his installation, Water Light Graffiti, which landed in New York this week thanks to Grohe, which was introducing a new collection as part of the event. » 5/16/13 4:00pm 5/16/13 4:00pm