Posts Tagged ‘Graffiti’

On Screen and In Print, Wall Writers Tells the Story of Graffiti’s Formative Years

Roger Gastman's latest film and book explores the storied history of graffiti.

Spray of Reckoning: How Cool “Disco” Dan Became a D.C. Mascot

Through its streetcar days, its riots, its crack epidemic, and its many-flavored scandals, Washington has remained a town of hoary legends. Men’s names, etched into marble; dead generals astride horses, gazing stonily into rush-hour traffic—for generations, these cold and glory-drunk statues have passed as public art in the District. Ask a passerby to connect a [...]

Urban Verbs, PCP, and Pink Pants: “Pump Me Up” In Photos

1980s D.C. is imbued with a mystical aura for certain people, thanks in large part to our city’s narcissistic talent for self-documentation. A couple of years ago, I met a 19-year-old kid from Guatemala who was visiting relatives in Virginia. He had a hardcore band back in Guatemala City, and had read Dance of Days [...]

Arts Roundup: The Laudable Follies of Follies Edition

Priorities: In his latest Huffington Post column, Kennedy Center prez Michael Kaiser says the arts center's production of Follies—which closed on Broadway Sunday night—did not recoup its financial investment, but the publicity made it all worthwhile: "No one production creates lasting acclaim for any arts organization and Follies did not change the history of the Kennedy [...]

MuralsDC’s Art Show Closes Tonight

For last week's Washington City Paper cover story, I took a long look at some of the organizations that have helped institutionalize graffiti in D.C. One of them is the city's MuralsDC program, a program that placed nine public art projects around the city this summer. For the last week, the former library and Temporium space on [...]

This Week in WCP Arts: Big Graffiti, Imagining Madoff, Wild Flag

Jonna McKone has this week's cover story with her look at the institutionalization of local graffiti culture via galleries, nonprofits, and even government programs—and what that means for the form itself. Bob Mondello leads this week's arts section with a review of Imagining Madoff—the long-delayed Deb Margolin play that generated a national controversy when one [...]

Roger Gastman to Talk Graffiti on Display Inside (But Not Outside) the Corcoran

Roger Gastman has spent a career documenting graffiti—in zines, in books, and on screen. Mostly he's helped shed light on the work of others. But he used to be a scrawny teenager with his own tag—"Clear"—that, once upon a time (read: the early '90s), you might have spotted from the above-ground sections of the Red [...]

For the Warm and Fuzzies, Knit Happens

It’s not hard to find the graffiti artists who call themselves the Warm and Fuzzies once they give you the general location of their Mount Pleasant basement apartment. It’s the one with knitted streamers hanging from the barred door, and once you’re inside, there’s yarn waiting to be knitted or crocheted everywhere you look. I [...]

Who Is Cool ‘Disco’ Dan? D.C. Graffiti Legend Opens Up in New Documentary

The graffiti tag "Cool 'Disco' Dan" is connotative of all things D.C. during the 1980s and early 1990s—citywide double-dutch competitions, the politics of then Mayor Marion Barry, the war on drugs and coke kingpin Rayful Edmond III. No part of the city was off-limits to the phantomlike Dan, who dropped tags on just about every [...]