Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Nina Simone "Strange Fruit"

My mum played a lot of Nina Simone to me when I was a kid growing up. This song always stayed in mind.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Banning Hoodies stops tagging

Graffiti kids hide behind bala-hoodie

Geoff Chambers From: The Daily Telegraph June 28, 2010 12:00AM

SENIOR police have slammed a graffiti competition that could flood Sydney streets with thousands of free spraycans.

The All Ironlak Graffiti Competition is giving away more than 1300 spraycans for what it deems the "best" wall of graffiti.

The same company has also become embroiled in controversy by giving away zip-up balaclava hoodies to its customers.

A Lake Macquarie shopping centre banned hoodies this month after a rise in graffiti vandalism.

Deputy Commissioner Dave Owens said having the 1300 spraycans on Sydney streets could promote a black market for under-age graffiti vandals.

"We are keeping a very close eye on this competition for obvious reasons," Mr Owens said.

"People must remember that if you are under the age of 18 then it's illegal to purchase or possess spray cans. It's also an offence to supply the cans.

"It's illegal for a good reason - the public wants a quality of life and any graffiti vandalism is considered malicious damage."

Mr Owens also attacked the zip-up balaclava hoodies, and said they were used by vandals to cover their faces and avoid being identified by CCTV cameras.

"I question a company that sells hoodies with your face blackened using the balaclava zips. They are designed like that for a reason," he said.

Mr Owens said the competition could not be banned because it was "technically" not illegal.

"Some of these graffiti artists are talented but they can't do their work on people's property," he said. "These days you see a new Colorbond fence go up and within 24 hours it's tagged."

NSW councils and private companies spend more than $100 million a year obliterating graffiti.

Police are now using Facebook and a council-operated dob-in-a-graffiti hotline to catch vandals.

The Ironlak competition has been promoted as "get busy with Ironlak and win a massive paint stash".

AVT Paints, the agent for Ironlak in Australia, last night rejected the claims that its competition would promote illegal spraypainting.

A spokesman said entrants should be respected for their hard work, with each spending up to 10 hours on an individual piece.

"We are aiming to support legal graffiti. Our intention is to not promote illegal graffiti," he said. "If we get an entry that comes through and it is blatantly illegal and has been done without the owner's permission, it is disqualified from winning."

For the Best Production and Best Piece categories, entrants must take a photo of their submission with a can of the company's spraypaint in the frame.

The AVT spokesman laughed off police concerns about the zip-up hoodies.

"They are a popular style of jumper," he said.

"Our product goes across the globe so if you live in a cold climate, the balaclava hoodie is pretty practical."

Sunday, June 27, 2010

It's just a body dude

SYDNEY, June 27, 2010 (AFP) - - A woman who performed a striptease on top of Australia's giant red rock Uluru on Sunday prompted renewed calls for people to be banned from climbing the important indigenous site, a report said.

Alizee Sery, 25, stripped down to a white bikini after climbing the central Australian monolith, formerly known as Ayers Rock, in what she described as a tribute to Aboriginal culture.

"I am aware that Uluru is sacred in their culture. My project is a tribute to the greatness of the Rock," she told the Sunday Territorian.

"What we need to remember is that traditionally, the Aboriginal people were living naked. So stripping down was a return to what it was like."

Her comments failed to impress David Ross, director of the Central Land Council which covers Uluru, who said it was an indication of how many people ignored traditional owners' requests not to climb the monumental rock.

Ross said the 346-metre (1,142-foot) high climb should be closed, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported.

Alison Hunt, a traditional owner, told the broadcaster Sery's act had shown a lack of respect.

"We try our best to share our land with many walks of life and coming here and doing that is just disrespect -- it's not acceptable at all," she said.

But Sery, who is reportedly French-born, said: "After such a hard climb, when you reach the top, the view and the magic of the place gives you an amazing feeling of peace and freedom. You want to sing, dance -- and strip."

Visitors are asked not to climb the rock because of its cultural significance to Aborigines but thousands do each year.

Fucken jeez, this the problem with art, you bloody well do whatever you want in the name of it. Bet she makes the spiritual journey to WOMAD as well. Spot of capoeira bro? Chuck your sarong on and we'll get into it. You've already got it on? Oh sweet as.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Barry Mc Gee

He's fucken awesome. Transcending the art sissies with good tags.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

P is for Pimp

Safer communities together.

Cheer up bro, it's not like the dog died. Oh wait... Police culture is fucked.

On a side note, the house was raided based on information that the owner had a large amount of marijuana that he intended to sell. Police found a pipe, a grinder and a small amount of marijuana.