Wednesday, January 28, 2009

MTA's get raided

8 Arrested in High Profile Tagging Probe
Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
January 28, 2009
LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies Wednesday arrested at least eight alleged members of the notorious Metro Transit Assassins tagging crew, some of whom are believed to be responsible for a several-blocks-long "MTA" tag in the concrete Los Angeles River bed that authorities say will cost millions of dollars to remove.
The arrests occurred during a series of early-morning raids centered in the Hollywood area. Among those detained for a parole violations was a famous tagger whose work as has won acclaim in the art community, "SMEAR."
Those arrested were booked on suspicion of vandalism, drug possession, narcotics for sales, weapons possession and other parole violations, officials said
"These individuals are responsible for tags not only in Los Angeles but Las Vegas and San Francisco," said Sheriff's Cmdr. Dan Finkelstein, who is chief of the Metropolitan Transit Authority police. "The Army Corps of Engineers estimates that removing the "MTA" tag from the riverbed alone will cost $3.7 million.
Cleaning graffiti from the river is far more expensive than cleaning other areas. Officials use high-pressure water spray to remove the toxic paint.
But hazardous-materials crews must then dam and capture all the paint and water runoff to prevent it from getting into the river. The crew did an additional $20,000 worth of damage to transit vehicles and facilities. Finkelstein said the Los Angeles River "MTA" tag, in a vast industrial district east of downtown between two rail yards, took about 400 gallons of paint -- 300 gallons white and 100 gallons black. "It took them four nights to do it," he said.
The three block letters cover a three-story-high wall and run the length of several blocks between the 4th Street and 1st Street bridges. The tagging crew, which is also known as "Melting Toys Away" and "Must Take All," began about the time the transportation agency began using the MTA letters. Investigators say they have statements, including some on video, that implicate some of the crew members in the enormous tag.
"Some of this group could face federal charges," Finkelstein said. During the raids, Finkelstein said, investigators found customized high-pressure fire extinguishers that, when filled with paint, allow the tagger to hang upside down on the underside of a freeway and quickly scrawl massive graffiti. These taggers are not kids, he said.
Most those detained are in their 20s; one of them drives a $60,000 BMW, and another member possesses a diamond-and-ruby-encrusted Metro logo pendant with paperwork suggesting it's worth $29,000, Finkelstein said.

Black Dynamite is coming

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Trigz - The whole section from 5AM DVD

If you havent bought the DVD yet, this is what your missing. You can cop at bombingscience.com or most graff supply stores.

From Silverlake to Williamsburg

Spotlight on Nipsey Hussle

Alot of rappers are coming out of the west claiming they are the wests savior. Theres The Game, Bishop Lamont, Glasses Malone, Jay Rock etc etc. One rapper that doesent seem to have the promotion or hype as these guys is Nipsey Hussle. If you aint heard of him then watch a couple vids, google him, do whatever you need to do. This dude is the real savior to this west coast rap game imagine Snoop in 1993 rapping with 2009 lyrics. Thats Nipsey Hussle



Iced Out Soles

Nike is releasing these Air Force 1's with "Ice" soles. I think they are pretty dope.


If you copped these Spizikes you noticed they have clear soles - pretty similar to the ice ones.

Eminem Mixed with Bubba Sparxxx

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Hollywood Rooftop Parties

The homies from Ballerina Black invited me to a little party at a rooftop in hollywood. Some pretty cool images for LA.




Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Billboard Liberator

Check us out on LATaco.com also

Friday, January 9, 2009

5AM The Interview

Check out the first interview since Vapors Magazine a few years back.


http://www.graffhead.com/

Saturday, January 3, 2009