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NEW ANGELA DAVIS GRAFFITI PIECE by VIRAL - POWER TO THE PEOPLE !!!

by VIRAL on 08/27/14

This past weekend I had the opportunity to do a Angela Yvonne Davis Street Art Piece in the Los Angeles Area in a private location.  This is the first piece of Angela Davis that I have ever done.  For those of you who do not know Angela Yvonne Davis (born January 26, 1944) is an American political activist, scholar, and author. She emerged as a prominent counterculture activist and radical in the 1960s as a leader of the Communist Party USA, and had close relations with the Black Panther Party through her involvement in the Civil Rights Movement, despite never being an official member of the party. Prisoner rights have been among her interests; she is the founder of Critical Resistance, an organization working to abolish the prison-industrial complex. She is a retired professor with the History of Consciousness Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a former director of the university's Feminist Studies department.[2] -


THIS WAS A 2 DAY PIECE ON A 9FT x 200 FT WALL - THE PIECE FEATURES ANGELA DAVIS ON THE LEFT HAND SIDE !! AND AN ABSTRACT GRAFFITI READING " BLACK POWER "  ON THE RIGHT. 

NEW GRAFFITI / STREET ART PIECE BY VIRAL FOR VAP VAPORIZERS IN COSTA MESA CA

by VIRAL on 08/15/14

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to do a piece for VAP VAPORIZERS in COSTA MESA CA.  This Piece Features Several Mods ( VAPORIZERS ) including CHI YOU - MOJO - KING - CARTEL & NEMESIS - For those of you who are not familiar these are some of the leading producers of mechanical mods or VAPORIZERS also known as E - CIGARETTES.  I want to give props to IVAN and all the guys from VAP VAPORIZERS this shop is SUPERB.  I also want to give props to GINO the producer of CARTEL MODS.  you can view the pics below - this ended up being a 4 day job.  VAP Vaporizers is located at 3033 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 in case you choose to see it in person !! ENJOY and check out the MAJESTIC JUICE LINE !! Especially King Kong Flavor - YUMMMMY





PROPS TO DAVIS INK FROM COSTA MESA CA

by VIRAL on 07/03/14

This was a piece i did about 2 years ago for Davis Ink in Costa Mesa, CA.  Davis Ink are some of the most talented and reputable interior designers in the world.  This piece is located in their main showroom in Costa Mesa CA by VIRAL.

OLD SCHOOL PIECE FROM WAY BACK WHEN by Los Angeles Graffiti artist VIRAL

by VIRAL on 07/03/14

This is a piece that I did back when I was about 19 yrs old.  I have no Idea where the Idea came from and the piece is not supposed to have any particular meaning but ended up being quite controversial for some reason or other.  Who Knows?  


STREET ART PIECE FOR HOLLYSCOOP OFFICES IN LOS ANGELES CA by VIRAL

by VIRAL on 07/03/14

Here is a piece I did quite awhile back for the HOLLYSCOOP offices and REV media in Los Angeles CA.  


Interesting Article on GRAFFITI in CHINA & Surrounding Areas !!

by VIRAL on 06/30/14

Below is an article that I found interesting about graffiti art in China.

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20131206-the-great-scrawl-of-china

Graffiti tests the limits of free expression in China

Graffiti in Beijing

(Getty)

A tiny street art culture is taking root in Beijing, adding a splash of colour in a grey, authoritarian city. Clarissa Sebag Montefiore reports.

“The city is like a system and graffiti is like a virus,” says ‘Camel’, a hip young Chinese graffiti artist who sports a cap, sunglasses, and wispy goatee. “The purpose is not to make the city more beautiful. We just want to try and say something in our own way.”

In 2009 Camel spray-painted a wall in Beijing with an image of a chengguan, one of China’s despised urban management police, seen by much of the population as brutish bullies. (In the same year a manual leaked online stated that chengguan should, when carrying out orders to quell dissent, “take care to leave no blood on the face, no wounds on the body, and [ensure that] no people [are] in the vicinity.”)

The portrait was painted over and the artist was asked to hand 3,000RMB ($500) to the police. It was, however, a small price to pay for the act of expression. “In China we can’t talk about things, we must find other ways to show we are angry,” shrugs the 22-year-old.

Camel, a member of the crew ‘Margin’ (“because we are marginal people,” he says), is one of only a handful of graffiti artists tagging or signing their names in public spaces in Beijing today. But while the numbers remain tiny – around 40 in a city of 20 million according to their own estimations – the culture is slowly taking root. Many are attracted by adding splashes of colour to the generic and drab architecture in China’s endlessly grey capital. Others, like Camel, want a new way to have their voice heard.

In America graffiti is often associated with poor, disintegrating neighbourhoods and is viewed as a tool for the dispossessed to carve out an identity. In China, however, graffiti artists occupy an altogether different space. On the one hand the art is reserved for the emerging middle classes who can afford expensive cans of paint and pricey fines. On the other, graffiti artists are attempting to make Chinese cities – long defined by pervasive politics and, more recently, commercial interests – their own. 

Just thirty years ago splashing cash on creating art that might get painted over tomorrow would have been unthinkable. As China’s economy has boomed, however, rising income levels, relative political stability, and the one-child policy has created a new generation of young people with money to burn. Lance Crayon, director of the documentary Spray Paint Beijing, has noted the change. “The idea of a 20-year-old having a disposable income, that’s a new thing in China. Can you afford to do [graffiti] and is your drive strong enough to do it?”

Red letter days

At a recently opened shop called 400ml dedicated to selling graffiti supplies in Beijing’s trendy 798 Art Zone, Taiwanese rap music blares out of the speaker system and artists from different crews loll on sofas chatting nonchalantly. Just outside, a graffiti-covered wall includes a striking illustration of two vast hands clutching a can of spray paint. Above are the words “EU-CN X-CHANGE”. They act as homage to the Europeans who travel to Beijing to paint alongside their Asian counterparts, tempted by what they see as a new frontier in graffiti art.

 

(Clarissa Sebag Montefiore)

 

In Europe and America graffiti, is intertwined with hip hop culture. But China has its own history. In the 1920s revolutionary slogans and paintings were applied to public spaces to further the communist cause. During the Cultural Revolution the Chinese Communist Party daubed propaganda in red characters on neighborhood walls. And today, in a country that is capitalist in all but name, many interior walls of high-rise apartment blocks are covered in scrawlings by small businesses advertising their services. “It’s sort of in their blood to write on buildings,” explains Crayon.

Graffiti, which some argue in its purest form is the artistic rendering of letters and words, also speaks to the Chinese because of their tradition of calligraphy. “In the West people really don’t get it. We have to paint nice figures and landscapes [for them] to appreciate what we are doing,” points out German graffiti artist Norbert Kirbach who has lived in Beijing since 2006. “[But] for Chinese people handwriting is very important. How you transform something; how you use the letters.”

A short walk from the 798 Art Zone, half hidden among the trees under the airport express rail tracks, sits a long wall which Beijing’s graffiti artists started tagging in 2010. Today it is covered in images, the most striking of which is a giant pig with a Chinese kitchen knife stuck in its back. The animal’s body is already carved into gleaming chops but it smokes a cigar, defiant of its fate, its beady red eyes shining angrily. The image was created by 25-year-old ‘Scar’, an amicable fine art graduate whose cheery disposition stands at odds with his name.

 

(Clarissa Sebag Montefiore)

 

“It is about pork prices getting higher and higher,” explains Scar, standing proudly next to his work as trains roar overhead. For years China has suffered from fluctuations in pork prices. “We can’t stand it. Pork is the most expensive thing in China and the government does nothing about it. We can’t do anything so we thought why not paint graffiti?”

Rebels without causes

Like Camel, Scar sees graffiti as a form of defiance. But he also knows where to draw the line. Artists do not tag anywhere near Tiananmen Square and they are careful to avoid government buildings. They are also cautious in their subject matter. “I don’t do many political things because it is a little bit dangerous,” Scar admits dolefully.

Crackdowns are a risk and punishments can be arbitrary, ranging from time behind bars to police extortion – graffiti is illegal in China, although it is sanctioned in the 798 Art Zone. Five years ago Scar and six other artists were arrested – he was only released when his well-connected parents paid 5,000RMB ($820). Despite this, authorities in China have shown relative leniency to graffiti artists. While artists in the West work under the cover of darkness in short bursts, in China they can take their time. Crayon elaborates: “The foreign artists will hold their cans in a bag because they are getting ready to run. In Europe or America you have maybe ten minutes to throw up a piece if a gang is going to come and beat them up or the police are going to come and arrest them. Chinese artists lay their cans out [on the ground]. They can take all day.”

Graffiti in China is protected, for now at least, by its very smallness. So far it has attracted scant official attention. But Crayon believes that in Beijing, China’s political nerve centre, an explosion of interest in the art form might “raise the wrong type of attention”.

Still, for Camel graffiti is there to make a difference. It has also given the wayward former high-school student focus, purpose and a community to call his own in a still largely conformist society. “Graffiti has already changed the world – because it has at least changed me, and I am part of the world,” says Camel. “Graffiti does not have the power to make society good or bad, it is just urban culture. But it can change a few people’s lives.”

BANKSY ADMITS TO CHELTENHAM SPIES ARTWORK - THREE SPIES -

by VIRAL on 06/24/14

Have to give a shout out the the Master BANKSY - Banksy's new " THREE SPY or SPY BOOTH" Piece - Check out the article from the GUARDIAN and pics below - " much props to banksy 

The guerrilla graffiti artist Banksy has confirmed that he is the creator of an artwork showing trenchcoat-wearing, sunglass-sporting spies close to the surveillance agency GCHQ.

 

Dubbed Spy Booth, the image of three spooks equipped with listening devices and surrounding a phone box appeared in April on the corner of two residential streets in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.

Check out the article here http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2014/jun/10/banksy-creator-spy-booth-wall-art-gchq


Banksy has confirmed that he painted three spies near GCHQ in Cheltenham.

 

It was suspected that the work was by Banksy, but the artist has confirmed it on the Q&A section of his website. Asked: "Did you paint the spies in Cheltenham?" He replied: "Yes."


YEAR OF THE DRAGON ORIGINAL CANVAS BY VIRAL

by VIRAL on 06/19/14

This is a piece done back in 2012 for Chinese new year ( year of the dragon ).  This is a piece that I did over a 6 month period.  The piece uses several shades of Belton Molotow Red shades as well as several layers of paint markers including Molotow One4all, Krink, Montana and several old school Decco markers.  This piece is 2ft x 6ft long and is currently on display at a private gallery in Los Angeles.

SURREALISTIC STREET ART GRAFFITI ART BY VIRAL -

by VIRAL on 06/11/14

This is a piece that I did awhile back just for fun in Los Angeles.  This was an experimental surrealistic graffiti piece of a skull and a nude woman coming out of it with reindeer horns.  This piece went through several stages as you can see through the various pics.  Unfortunately this piece has been since covered up with several new pieces.  

MARILYN MONROE SURREALISTIC STREET ART PIECE BY VIRAL - ORIGINAL CANVAS

by VIRAL on 06/11/14

This is a personal canvas I did about 2 years ago. Recently I have been posting up works that I have done in the past 2 years.  This piece depicts Marilyn Monroe on a table with headphones beside a wine glass with a face in it. The wire of the headphones is connected to the city of Los Angeles in the background.  This piece is titled "NAKED LUNCH", I decided to name this piece after the William S. Burroughs book.  If you haven't read it, you should.  This is an original piece about 50 inches x 46 inches.

HAND'S OF GOD, STREET ART RENDITION BY LOS ANGELES GRAFFITI ARTIST VIRAL.

by VIRAL on 06/11/14

A couple weeks ago I had the opportunity to do a street art rendition of the "Hands of God" by Michelangelo.  This piece is located at CENTRAL AVENUE CHURCH IN GLENDALE CA. 725 Central Ave, Glendale, CA 91203.  This was a rather fun piece to do as it was a fairly high building and very large area.  It took about 70 cans of BELTON MOLOTOW spray paint.  Much thanks to the City of Glendale, Aaron, & Glendale PD for making this piece happen.




ORIGINAL OG GAS MASK STREET ART CANVAS.

by VIRAL on 06/09/14

This is the original OG GAS MASK street art canvas by VIRAL - oringal sizes are 16x20 inches and available in several Giclee reproductions sizes.


WHITE LOTUS STREET ART PIECE #2 BY VIRAL for DAVIS INK Interior Design In Costa Mesa Ca

by VIRAL on 06/09/14

This is another WHITE LOTUS based street art piece that I had the opportunity to do for the amazing interior designers at DAVIS INK.  This features a blonde female character coming out of a purple and white - white lotus flower.  This piece ended up being featured in the OC Metro Trusted Brands Issue.

EXPERIMENTAL BIO-MECHANICAL GRAFFITI SKETCH

by VIRAL on 06/09/14

This is a experimental bio-mechanical graffiti piece that I did a few months back.  I just need to find the right support wall now.


CITY OF GOD CANVAS GRAFFITI PIECE - Cidade de Deus

by VIRAL on 06/09/14

Here is a graffiti piece I did based on the snapshot from the movie CITY OF GOD Cidade de Deus) is a 2002 Brazilian crime drama film directed by Fernando Meirelles and co-directed by Kátia Lund, released in its home country in 2002 and worldwide in 2003. The story was adapted byBráulio Mantovani from the 1997 novel of the same name written by Paulo Lins, but the plot is loosely based on real events. It depicts the growth of organized crime in the Cidade de Deus suburb of Rio de Janeiro, between the end of the 1960s and the beginning of the 1980s, with the closure of the film depicting the war between the drug dealer Li'l Zé and criminal Knockout Ned. The tagline is "If you run, the buck catches; if you stay, the buck eats", (a proverb analogous to the English "Damned if you do, damned if you don't").




LITTLE THEIF CHINESE GRAFFITI PIECE BY VIRAL

by VIRAL on 06/09/14

This little thief piece was done over 2 years ago and I am finally getting around to posting it.  This piece is dedicated to the "LITTLE THIEF" by VIRAL.

WHITE LOTUS STREET ART PIECE BY VIRAL

by VIRAL on 06/09/14

WHITE LOTUS GRAFFITI PIECE BY VIRAL


BUDDHA STREET ART PIECE - GARDEN GROVE CA - MEDICAL MARIJUANA P

by VIRAL on 06/09/14

BUDDAH GRAFFITI,STREET ART PIECE for the GARDEN GROVE CA, MEDICAL MARIJUANA FACILITY 

WITCHES BLOOD PIECE - MONTANA CANS, BELTON, HARDCORE , & KRINK

by VIRAL on 06/06/14

WITHCES BLOOD PIECE - 

GARBAGE GRAFFITI PIECE FOR FAITH COMMUNITY CHURCH IN COVINA CA

by VIRAL on 06/06/14

Graffiti Mural for Faith Community Church in West Covina -