4) “Content”

“Content” Text Cuts And Additional Commentary

This goes with the political pieces on page 100-1:
Exceptions may be inspired and sincere or of the insipid, boring “off the pigs” variety. Note that in the cool Marka piece detail below, the woman is “harvesting” aerosol cans. The UTI “Destructive Army” mural is unusual in two respects: first it is not a left-leaning political statement, whereas the majority of productions that have any overt political content at all tend to be “counter-culture” if not revolutionary in pose; second it is a 50th year anniversary D-Day dedication to the Allied Forces led by the United States (note the day count since the invasion). Few writers show interest in history before they were born, but lead designer of this production, Cale One, said he had been wanting to do a D-Day memorial for some years.

“Memorials” Text Cut
Skate, Ayer, Rob One, Pure, Geo, Sine, Risco, Tolse, Soon, Clever, Ink 5, Over and Lest are writers that have been and still are memorialized in tags and pieces around the city.

9 Responses to “4) “Content””

  1. When writers get up messages with CONTENT it truly makes a solid difference.

    Joey “The Shadow Man” would get up all over L.A. in the eighties and nineties with an almost insoluable human outline which would almost always be accompanied with a one-line slogan evoking thoughts or even action. “To feed the hungry… Oh how we mourn for strength”… “Lost Angeles”… “The city that sleeps all day” “Impeach Mother Teresa….jk”

    Several thousand walls, tracks and alleys were hit by Shadow… several thousand messages were dictated. In Graffiti, it truly does matter what you represent and what you say.

    Revok MSK / 7th Letter just got dissed by an unknown vandal… on Santa Fe Ave. by the Boyle Heights bridge… he countered by placing a fresh fullname throw up over the whole thing and scrawling “Leave a name you Coward!”
    Things like this, with out basic content, can go on forever. If a writer wears his or her emotions on the sleeve… and does not consider a much bigger or greater cause to represent, they end up destroying lives or even their own ultimate focus whenever old school SPIT’s or modern day JA’s diss and rediss. We seriously need content in Graffiti.

    Years ago (1989) at the L.A. Belmont yard, Nuke was rocking a piece with a kid smoking a crackpipe. HEX TGO hit him up and spoke directly on the responsibility we have a writers to know exactly what we represent and why. “What are you trying to do with this image? Do you think it makes you tough or hard to be seen as a crackhead in Los Angeles? What about the little kids that might think this is actually acceptable?” He had seen several friends die from crack and heroin overdoses in Lynwood, Compton, Paramount and South Gate. (DJ Style’s dad)… Nuke just stood quite and mentioned he understood, then placed a bid red ANTI sign around his character and ended up changing the message diametrically… due to “content”. Today, noone can stop Joseph Montalvo from speaking his mind on political, native and social issues, due to one writer who actually cared enough to stand on something.

    From TWIST in Oakland to FLARE in New Jersey, From YEM in L.A. to Old School Joey “Shadow man in downtown alleys, Content always matters.


  2. on 25 Jun 2008 at 6:26 amOBI

    Santo is right.

    Joey Krebs was known as: Shadow man, The Shadow, Street Phantom, King Krebs, etc.

    He hit hard in the mid 80’s to mid 90’s with content that would make the average business executive or the drug addict downtown bum, have to stop, consider and think.

    “Content” is important and is often lacking in alot of todays Graff works.

  3. on 03 Aug 2008 at 8:18 amfearo

    The “Destructive Army” mural that was done in east l.a. was not UTI but DCV in which Cale used to be a member of. The only UTI that worked on that production was me. DestruCtiVe was a longer version of DCV… and instead of calling ourselves a crew, we liked to refer to ourselves as an army. Thus “Destructive Army” Cale later added the d-day element to tie it all in. That mural was done by me, Jersey, She one, Neenr, Zore 64, Cale and Loyer.

  4. on 03 Aug 2008 at 8:35 amsteveWP


    Thanks again for the clarifications. Keep ’em comin’.

  5. on 27 Mar 2010 at 2:57 amsoon

    Thank you Joey but I’m not dead thank God the most high I I’m Soonone and I’m just chillin in Atl so keep your prayers comming peace !!!

  6. on 15 Jul 2010 at 12:37 amradar

    i like this book cuz it showing kids that if they’re gna do graff it should be nice not juss little tags cuz thats vandalism the nice shit is actually legit art

  7. on 28 Jul 2010 at 5:12 ammark7


  8. on 05 Sep 2010 at 5:14 pmMiguel Torres

    The Phantom Street Artist Joey Krebs continues his great Art into the new millennium through his Destined Campaign of Calling our Kulture in Question…

    Most recently the Phantom Street Artist Joey Krebs called out and challenged Shepard “Phoney” Fairey aka Obey Giant to a Fight in the Cage for his decade and a half of willful misappropriation of important cultural authors and archives. The AP copyright case against Fairey will wind up within month where Shepard Fairey will unanimously lose his title of being the greatest ripoff artist. Fairey’s has admitted serious infringed legal violations as well as omission and lies. He has not only admitted fabricating and tampering with evidence as well as perjury. Fairey’s one time counsel Anthony Falzone requested his resignation to be removed from counseling the Giant Liar. Across America Shepard Fairey has lost his respect as well as his once consumed street credibility. From sea to shiny sea Street Artists have given their so called appraisal of Fairey Murals by puncturing and tagging it.


    Please review the Statement from Srinandan R. Kasi, VP and General Counsel, The Associated Press:
    “Striking at the heart of his fair use case against the AP, Shepard Fairey has now been forced to admit that he sued the AP under false pretenses by lying about which AP photograph he used to make the Hope and Progress posters. Mr. Fairey has also now admitted to the AP that he fabricated and attempted to destroy other evidence in an effort to bolster his fair use case and cover up his previous lies and omissions.

    In response the Phantom Street Artist has said:
    People will one day speak of a Future Day and Time when a coined term will come from the voice of the streets. The term will be a definitive colloquial called Fairey Use TM to mean when an artist out of disrespect betrays important historical and revolutionary cultures, languages and authors to advance his own selfish interest in greed and mammon. This is called Fairey Use TM when an artist steals from other artists, cultural references and fails to give proper credit then tampers with federal evidence then hides behind important movements like the creative commons and attempts to escape justice under interpretative legal defense.
    In a sentence:

    Mommy is that artist pulling a Fairey Use?



  9. on 20 Jan 2011 at 12:13 amiuvare

    The Phantom’s website is: http://www.artsaveslives.net

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