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Tuesday, August 7, 2007 New Graffiti

Back from a week on Cape Cod and time to get back into LA. The graffiti changes all the time and a visit to what the CBS Crew is up to now in "Graffiti Alley" behind Melrose Avenue will catch you up.  You can look at this low-resolution video and get a sense of the place. And there is this short video documentary -

    Want to see graffiti art in L.A.? Forget the wine, cheese and art-worldese spoken in trendy Culver City galleries. Hit the alleys behind Melrose Avenue to see the unabridged works of L.A.'s famed CBS Crew.

The CBS Crew City Bomb Squad or Can't Be Stopped or whatever provides a service to the local shops.  They get edgy freshly painted walls, kept clean and vivid, and the Crew gets a widely-visited public gallery.  They've had their art-school training. They're good.  They're just looking for a space to stretch out and do what they do.

The newest wall is angry, militant vegetarianism.

Graffiti by the CBS Crew, Melrose Avenue alley
Graffiti by the CBS Crew, Melrose Avenue alley

The evil of drink looms over the evil of eating the singed or boiled dead muscle tissue of helpless animals.

Graffiti by the CBS Crew, Melrose Avenue alley

Oh yeah be careful where you park.

Graffiti by the CBS Crew, Melrose Avenue alley

Across from the no parking warning, the new killer rabbit

Graffiti by the CBS Crew, Melrose Avenue alley

Just an eye

Graffiti by the CBS Crew, Melrose Avenue alley

And when you leave, don't take the bus.

Sticker at bus stop, Melrose Avenue

If you wish to use any of these photos for commercial purposes I assume you'll discuss that with me. And should you choose to download any of these images and use them invoking the "fair use" provisions of the Copyright Act of 1976, please provide credit, and, on the web, a link back this site.

Technical Note:

Most of these photographs were shot with a Nikon D70 - using lens (1) AF-S Nikkor 18-70 mm 1:35-4.5G ED, or (2) AF Nikkor 70-300mm telephoto, or after 5 June 2006, (3) AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor, 55-200 mm f/4-5.6G ED. They were modified for web posting using Adobe Photoshop 7.0.  Earlier photography was done with a Sony Mavica digital still camera (MVC-FD-88) with built-in digital zoom.

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