Mar 212011
 

It’s exciting to find a fresh new mural in DC, like this one we stumbled on while walking around the city last week. A friend says “the pieces were done for 368 music group artist Da Phuture for his single Stupid Dope Moves, as a custom paint job by Art Under Pressure. Also featured in the picture is “2” by Cave and “Dali” by SLR.”

Phuture Dro Boiz Stupid Dope Moves Mural Washington DC Graffiti

It’s rare to find a mural that’s so bright, clean and spacious. Writers and crews often fit as much as possible onto available wall space, even spilling over like you see on the pavement at the bottom of “Moves”. Graffiti style in general tends to be wild and crazy. It’s cool to see the contrast of clean wall space and color that allows the styles in the lettering and character to really come through on the mural.

Below, the music video the mural was produced for. Note, lyrics NSFW:

 

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Jan 182011
 

A series of wheat-pasted posters appeared this week in DC’s historic U Street neighborhood to mark Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – under the banner of non-violence and “revolutionary spirit”.

MLK Posters @ Busboys + Poets on 14th + V St. NW DC

The posters read: “Our only hope today lies in our ability to recapture the revolutionary spirit … declaring eternal hostility to poverty, racism, and militarism.”

The work appears in mid-town’s U Street Corridor, historically known for both turmoil and triumph. “The intersection of 14th Street and U Street was the epicenter of violence and destruction during the 1968 Washington, D.C. riots” (Wikipedia) – and the site of spontaneous celebration 40 years later on the election night of President Barack Obama.

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Jan 102011
 

“MR. OBAMA, WE NEED’E’ JOBS” – write OLHA + STEF in a message to President Obama on the DC Metro Orange line. In context, there’s a strangely hysterical irony here that both the left + right side of the political aisle can back: People need jobs!


Got a great photo of graffiti + advertising in Washington DC? Send us your pics!

We’re collecting photos of graffiti + advertising in Washington DC to catalog the influence of cultural arts in the media, marketing, community + politics of America’s Capital. Our second week features some great shots thanks to readers JS + HH.

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We’re collecting photos of graffiti + advertising in Washington DC to catalog the influence of cultural arts in the media, marketing, community + politics of America’s Capital. Our first week features some great shots thanks to readers A.W. and Flickr user hch0007.

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Oct 052010
 

Riverfront Fest

Riverfront Fest hits the District this Saturday, October 9th — with a lineup featuring the No Kings Collective b-boy + break-dance battle, art by The Fridge + Art Whino, and event sponsorship by the ReadySetDC crew.

I’ve got 10 free tickets! First 5 people to LIKE, TWEET or COMMENT … go!