This clip shows Above painting the entire exterior of a house with his signature upward-pointing arrows. Baked into the edit are examples of some of Above’s other works — a Van, hanging arrow signs, etc. — throughout San Francisco.
Writing on Comment is Free, a Web site of the British newspaper The Guardian, Charlie Brooker has argued that the work of the hyped-up and hot street artist known as Banksy is “rubbish” that “looks dazzlingly clever to idiots.” The article makes some keen points, some worth merit, and some worth debating, but it is not very convincing as it attempts to explain why Banksy is overrated and his work crap. The tone of the piece is hurtful and angry and it lacks the sophisticated reasoning of an instructive critique. It’s rather funny, actually, and reads like an Internet troll.
(Tip of the Kangol to Robin K. for sending us the link.)
The New York Times ran an interesting story about the efforts by San Francisco city authorities to crack down on graf. According to the article in this past Saturday’s edition of the Times, San Francisco is targeting sticker art and hunting the guy responsible for the “BNE” stickers that have proliferated around the northern California city. BNE’s stickers can be founds in many place, including right here in Global Graphica’s stomping ground, New York City. (Thanks to Jess for the tip!)