i looooove these, esp because i’ve been thinking a lot about street art/graffiti and whiteness (a lot of which has been inspired by things i’ve heard from mijajaja about the relationship of race between the terms of “graffiti” n “street art” a few years ago). in chicago, a hip and quickly gentrifying neighborhood like logan square is covered in “street art” a type of vandalism people perceive as having a ~cool artsy edge~. i’ve also noticed that the rise of gentrification by hip white people also correlates with a rise in “street art” according to their tastes. it is almost like a signifier of ownership - “yes we have moved in. this is ours now. we are going to decorate this neighborhood to our liking through vandalism.” so the reason why i love these set of works is that in an environment where gentrifying street arts get recognition and praise, these tags arise confronting and attacking whiteness manifested in immigration policy and nation building while also refusing (except for the one stencil) to bend to the aesthetics of said street art by writing it freehand. yes yes yes yes
A young man leaning over onto the hood of a truck. San Francisco, CA, 1966-7. Photo by William Gedney.
He joined the Black Panther Party at the age of 16, in 1966. On April 6th, 1968, he was traveling in a car with a few other Black Panther members, when they were ambushed by the Oakland police. They ran for cover in a building nearby. When the police finally threw tear gas into the building, Hutton stripped down to his underwear so that the police would know he was unarmed and he walked out.
The police shot him 12 times. At the age of 17, Bobby Hutton was murdered by the police.
On Saturday, a group of Los Angeles guerrilla knitters “bombed” a homeless shelter with hand-knit scarves, hats and blankets. The gifts were displayed on “Wooly WALLart” at the PATH homeless center in East Hollywood, waiting for residents to walk by and take their pick of the lot.
KnitRiot sent out the call for this latest project in September on their blog, asking for finished scarves and hats for their “next knitbomb strike.” In the past, they have yarn-bombed a tree outside a Los Angeles public elementary school, inviting children to take the art supplies they had hung from the branches. The sign next to the tree said that the display was “a wish for LAUSD to have more funding for arts education.”
“‘Tis better to give than to receive.” Be thankful you are able to give by giving to those who need.
— @el_gallo on BoingBoing.com (via lordmoudemort)
Video of the Oakland Police Department’s siege on Occupy Oakland protestors
Trigger warning: Graphic violence, police brutality
Punch - “If Not Me”
I’m gonna try not to let myself down. If not me, then who can I depend on?
Flipper - “Way of the World”
sometimes you just gotta get shirtless and eat and entire frozen cheese pizza. you just gotta.
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