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25-year-old graffiti artist Shamsia Hassani is one of the handful of Afghan “art activists” who have been taking to the streets of Kabul to paint political pieces around the war-torn city. Her motivation is to bring art to Afghanistan and get people thinking. Before graffiti, the self-taught artist served as an associate professor of sculpture at Kabul University. Shamsia has traded traditional art for spray cans and stencils because she has realized that traditional art is a luxury that cuts out all but the educated. Read More
In the 70's and 80's, graffiti was extremely common in major cities like New York. As the act became increasingly associated with crime, police heightened surveillance of street art. Still, little tags can be seen almost everywhere you look, including bigger pieces that make quite an impact. While some citizens clearly aren't fans of graffiti, others are glad that these anonymous artists are being generous enough to create free, original artwork for the public.  There are many female pioneers who painted the way for women in the mysterious world of street art. Read More
When was the last time you found yourself inspired by a public restroom? Well, one girl was. A university student came across this handwritten note taped to the door of the stall she was using at her school. A good samaritan had responded to some of the graffiti left by other girls who wrote about "some of their most horrifying life experiences". At a time where we hear so many stories about girls teasing and bullying and just being all around mean to each other, it is good to know someone out there is trying to do some good. Read More
For better or worse, the closest thing to “natural” that many New Yorkers experience in their day to day lives may very well be shopping in the organic section of Whole Foods. Guerilla street art collective Mosstika is trying to change all that with their latest “graffiti” project. Rather than sprawling tags across the city in spray paint, Mosstika’s works are created using living grass and moss.   “We believe that if everyone had a garden of their own to cultivate, we would have a much more balanced relation to our territories,” they write. Read More

Banksy's Bush

BY Intern Christina in Arts

Get your mind out of the gutter! Well, only slightly out of the gutter. British street artist Banksy's newest creations have been posted to his website, and one is more than a little suggestive. Check out the piece below, and his website for even more. Image courtesy of HighSnobiety. Read More
Whether it's scribbled, scratched or sprayed, graffiti is a fascinating public art form. Martha Cooper, the fabulous photographer, has teamed up with Here Comes The Neighborhood, a short-form docuseries that explores the revitalizing power of public art. Her work is featured in "HCTN Episode 7: Martha Cooper".  Cooper is best known for documenting the New York graffiti scene in the '70s and '80s. She continues today in places like Wynwood, Miami (NW 20th Street to NW 36th Street and from North Miami Ave. to NW Sixth Ave.). Read More
For anybody living in the New York City area it is impossible to imagine a city without graffiti. Lines and letters demand attention from rooftops and overpasses, and several sacred spots have been reserved solely for the exhibition of this urban art form. While I’d be the last one to promote vandalism, a few headliners caught my attention, and made me wonder exactly who the enemy is in the recent graffiti crackdown. Read More
Some see it as a menace, some see a revolution, and insiders see a big fat question mark. Street Art has made its mark on the wall of history; and as one of the genre's champions, Banksy wants to tell you how. Though normally evading cameras like the plague, the grapher of mystery did an about-face in his first film, Exit Through the Gift Shop. French ex-pat, Thierry Guetta had originally planned the film as a documentary of the Street Art Movement, but Banksy saw that the real story was Guetta himself - aka Mr. Brainwash. Read More