Laser Graffiti

15 02 2010

I hadn’t heard about Laser Graffiti till I heard that Kid Static was scheduled to create it at the Mos & Doom show that was at the Congress Theatre on February 13th and now I’m enamored.

Laser Graffiti seems like a huge projector, projecting graffiti onto the sides of buildings. According to muonics, engineers of the one I’m going to show you below: “In its simplest form the Laser Tag system is a camera and laptop setup, tracking a green laser point across the face of a building and generating graphics based on the laser’s position which then get projected back onto the building with a high power projector.

They give you the recipe for creating one here. If you do make one, be sure to call me so that I can come and help you try it out. It seems that this system is mad politician friendly and just overall cool.

But really, I’m tired of typing about it. You watch the Graffiti Research Lab and Laser Graffiti in action. All I’ll say is that this is about as urban art as urban arts can get.



The C1 Section: Os Gêmeos

4 08 2009

The challenge to the longevity of urban art forms is to embrace the title of urban while rejecting the negative connotations that sub-urban folks place over. The graffiti of Os Gêmeos does just that.

As stated on their website, “Graffiti, skateboarding, punk rock and hip-hop undeniably gave rise to the current climate of popular culture, but their true substance is so often missed by a simple name check. Do the research. Know the history. Recognize originality.”

Blood brothers Gustavo and Otavio Pandolfo from Brazil work in large scales and vibrant colors. Their pieces possess the air of children’s book illustrations through their color pallets but the stories told are comments of Brazil’s culturally and politically rich landscape.

Os Gemeos

Os Gemeos

On July 17, Os Gêmeos took Manhattan on the corner of Houston and the Bowery. As a result, an article was written in the New York Times C1 section, A World Springs to Life on an Urban Wall 4 Aug. 2009, Roberta Smith.

The C1 section.

To see more of Os Gemeos work, visit their Flicker Fan page.

If you haven’t visited 12 Ounce Prophet yet, you should be clicking here right now. Once you get there, hang out and click around. You won’t regret it.

Then go back and read this piece.

Lastly, the ideas expressed here are those of VB.