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ASK BSA/IOK=Graffiti isn’t Art Coverboy

Some dood named Russell Jones(no odb) wrote a book called Inside The Graffiti Culture:Why Graffiti isn’t Art.
Jones used Ohio graffiti writer Ask as his coverboy.

Here is the Amazon.com description:

Product Description
Illegal graffiti is disconnected from standard modes of visual production in fine art and design. The primary purpose of illegal graffiti for the graffiti writer is not the visual product, but “getting up.” Getting up involves writing or painting one’s name in as many places as possible for fame. The elements of risk, freedom and ritual unique to illegal graffiti serve to increase camaraderie among graffiti writers even as an individual’s fame in the graffiti subculture increases. When graffiti has moved from illegal locations to the legal arenas of fine art and advertising; risk, ritual and to some extent, camaraderie, has been lost in the translation. Illegal graffiti is often erroneously associated with criminal gangs. Legal modes of production using graffiti-style are problematic in the public eye as a result. I used primary and secondary interviews with graffiti writers in this book. My art historical approach differed from previous writers who have used mainly anthropological and popular culture methods to examine graffiti. This analysis enabled me to demonstrate that illegal graffiti is not art.

Bombing In Iraq

While looking around the internet for responses to the tragic death of Camu Tao. I came across this on the War 42 site:

It’s armed soldiers getting up in Iraq. Thats your Tax dollars at work. While I am against the war, I do support our troops.

What’s even weirder is that the soldier shouted out Texas PBJ/IOK/BK member, Bryer who painted on this years’ Daymon Day Wall, as well as the Industry Standard Wall.  Click for more photos’ of US soldiers painting graffiti in Iraq. 

WAR 42 is a DVD series that showcases graffiti intertwined with clips of really disturbing behavior like home footage of naked strippers smoking meth out of broken lightbulbs.


They Ship Cars In These Freights

DARK repping iok and fst stolen from Art Crimes.

Hery’s Up in the New Catch Me If You Can Magazine

Columbus graffiti writer and national treasure, Hery, has a piece up in the new issue of Catch Me If You Can. It’s a production he painted with I.O. cats in the Nati on the back of Club Clau.  It looks like molten lava and alien ovulation.There is also a good interview with Rhymesayer Entertainment C.E.O Siddiq about how they built such a nationally prominant label in a Midwestern town not known for Hip Hop like Minneapolis.

Ohio Writers Featured In Bench Warmers Number 7

Benchwarmers is a West Coast based dvd series that shows footage of Indie Hip Hop artists, and graffiti writers. The latest installment has a 15 Minute segment of Ohio writers that was documented by the Better Days people out of Cincy. In that section of the DVD ,I saw footie of IOK, RA, Droids, PBJ, BSA and more. There is a live action bombing sequence of Five, Arel, and Cern hitting rooftop in Cincy, and getting interupted by another writer from like 2002.Its kinda funny. The video also has interviews with NYC scumbar rapper/Mass Appeal contibuter R.A. the Ruggedman, weirdo rappers Shapeshifters and Bukue One, who opened up for Del and Devin the Dood on their latest tour. Below is the trailer for the DVD.

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Sasquatch Sighting in Ohio


My homie and crewmate from Portland, Sasquatch, was in Ohio for a week or so for… Scribble…bombing…bbqing..discussions about falling in and out of love at inopportune times…discussions about the need for more classy behavior in graffiti… discussions about the worldwide onslaught of condos(Portland and Spain are getting gentrified)…discussions the overuse of u-locks in fights in Portland by hipsters at artshows….his conclusion…
Pluto has left the universe, and we are all thrown off by it.
Dood was hella likable…

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Scribble Jam Flicks; Zero Namechecks El Jesus In Freestyle


2007 Scribble Jam happened this weekend. And for the first time in some time, I wasn’t there.
And am very happy because of it. If they would build a hotel with a pool adjacent to Annie’s, I would possibly go. But I am too old and miserable to stand around and listen to whiney white people making homoerotic insults that illustrate an intense sexual repression during the mc battle..

The graffiti is usually good though. I found these photos of IOK’s wall at America’s Largest Hip Hop Festival.

Zerostar also didn’t go to Scribble. He stayed at home, and played racketball.(True Story!)
When not playing sports, he recorded some freestyles. One is over DJ Przm’s instrumental that was originally used for Copywrite’s song Ten Times. The other is over Blueprint’s Lo-Fi Funk. In that Freestyle, he claims to use that El Jesus. Not sure what drug that is. But just when I thought everyone came to their senses and realized rappers and indie rockers have nothing in common, and have no business hanging out with each other, Zero suprised me.

MP3: Zero-Ten Times Freestyle
MP3: Zero-Lo Fi Funk Freestyle.

More Scribble Flicks After the Break
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Behold A Pale Horse(IOK Reunion)

“They say the end of the times is near, so I walk a righteous path, holding a beer.” Common

Graffiti crew IOK celebrated its 11 Anniversary in the Nasty Nati this weekend. Writers came in from all over the country for this reunion. I suspended my graffiti retirement for one day to get down on this production, which is on Bogarts in Cincy. Our theme was “The Four Horseman of the Apocalypse”. It kinda cracks me up that in Columbus, people can’t even paint angels on a legal wall on High Street. But in the Queen City you can paint graphic depictions of the end of the world. Could you imagine this in Pearl Alley behind the Newport?


Character by Gamble IOK

More pictures of the IOK Reunion after the Jump.
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Graffithly from the Cincy Channels, and Scribble Jam 2006

Donewaiting.com’s Friendship Farm don’t cotton 100 percent to naughty natured vandals that are down wit’ OPP (or PBJ). However, the graffiti in this video is pretty harmless and the PBJ involvement is somewhat anon.

The footage is from my friends at Better Days, makers of a graffiti dvd series that documents work from all over the great United States with a strong focus on Ohioians.

This installment showcases pieces in the Cincy channels and Scribble Jam 2006.

The channels are a endless concrete playground for writers who don’t mind jumping over a huge sewage stream and are content with giving beers to homeless crackheads to pacify harassment and snitching. (The upside of the breaking the bums off with booze is they protect your burners sometimes. Even derelicts have their loyalties!!)
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