Tagged With graffiti

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Describing graffiti as a "minor terrorism-related act", researchers in the UK have used a technique developed for crime-fighting to tag the identity of Banksy, a highly prolific but secretive street artist. The system could thwart more serious crimes, but its use in outing an anonymous artist shows the potential for abuse.

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More than anything else in our cities, graffiti and its removal creates a dynamic, ongoing visual conversation that plays out across pretty much every urban surface. Over at Medium's Re:Form, Ian Besler investigates the process with Los Angeles's graffiti abatement program, which removed one square mile of graffiti from LA's streets in 2014.

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If you're a well-known street artist who wants your legacy to live on through your kids, you're going to want to get them comfortable with graffiti at a young age. Except that handing a three-year-old a can of spray paint or a thick indelible marker is a terrible idea. They need to hone their skills with something considerably less permanent — like this marker-shaped piece of chalk for making graffiti that's only temporary.

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In late 2012, a vandal approached a painting by Mark Rothko hanging in London's Tate Modern, and scrawled it with graffiti. It took the Tate over nine months of work to successfully restore the painting before it went back on display last week. This video shows the amazing science and craft that went into the job.