UPDATE: REVOK Arrested (yet) AGAIN (APRIL 2011)
Previous story from 2008:
This is both sad and lame.
LA has become so gentrified in the past decade, that it now feels the need to hire & pay more cops, just to create the illusion that the wealthy can roam “safely” all over us?
The reality is they’re firing more teachers & closing schools. GRAFFITI is a NON-VIOLENT CRIME. If found guilty a graf writer should only have to pay for the paint & labor to cover up their offense.
Posted on 30-Jul-08 at 5:13 pm | Permalink
I wish I lived in a country where artistic masterpieces like the ones REVOK has been doing for years were glorified and admired, and the visual pollution/takeover of free space by commercial billboards with (at best) manipulative intentions are despised and made illegal….
Posted on 31-Jul-08 at 10:49 am | Permalink
REVOK is not a tagger he is an artist.
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Posted on 01-Aug-08 at 5:22 pm | Permalink
Nyse AWR wrote:
I’ve known Jason for many years, as we are in the same art crew. I must say that, at least as far as my life goes, graffiti opened doors for me and set me on my path as a fine artist, designer, and illustrator.
Although I am not a close friend of his by any means, I did get to watch as his skills and style developed into something unparalleled in the graffiti world; he is truly a master of his craft.
The life of a master street artist like Jason is a difficult line to walk; on one hand you have the creative genius and on the other hand you have the environment which has marked his birth – the streets. Trying to negotiate this duality is a terrible burden; the expectations that mark your rise to prominence and the ultimate goal to survive as a professional artist are the ingredients of an epic internal battle.
Anybody that looks at his work with an objective eye can readily see that this is not a tagger at all, but a respected street artist that should be revered and encouraged to paint his masterpieces. But, once again, the stereotype absconds the individual. This is the tragedy.
It is also interesting to note that any charge of vandalism is dependent on “Malicious Intent” – how one can look at Revok’s work and derive ‘malicious’ from it is the real crime here.
Posted on 14-Aug-08 at 10:16 pm | Permalink
Thanks NYSE and everyone else who gave great insight!
I am sorry for REVOK and wish him the very best outcome, if there’s anything we can do on our site to support him, please don’t hesitate to let us know.
This talented and versatile artist stands up for the whole community and has worked ceaselessly to give graf the legitimacy, acceptance, and evolution that it deserves. REVOK also makes a point never to work on private property or tag up people’s shit, he even mentions it in Bombit! That interview should be used to persuade against malicious intent charges.
I feel the real loss here is Los Angeles’s. Just like with the taco trucks in East L.A. and immigration enforcement citywide, the people running the show don’t understand the culture and bounty of a free Los Angeles. We could have the most beautiful city streets of murals and artwork instead of all that gray and make it an attraction we’re known for, drawing tourists and putting our Southern Californian culture more firmly on the map.
Stop outlawing free public street art and find a way to hire and incorporate these artists, cuz graffiti artists are born everyday and the need to create cannot be stopped by cutting art classes or locking up taggers. What kind of effect might this have on illegal artwork?
So many people have shame about this city and thinks it lacks culture, continually outsourcing to New Yorkers like Bernard Kerik and Joe Torre and denying our intrinsic strengths. Our local government again and again makes horrible decisions selling out our schools, transportation, futures, and our health, as E73 points out. I am way more offended by that high-rise being built on Santa Monica Blvd. that blocks the view of the mountains when people are stuck in traffic headed east than I am by graffiti.
I find it stupidly ironic that the same people constantly crowing about how ugly graffiti is gloat when an artist makes beautiful graff art like Revok does. How pitiful that these anti-graffiti extremists can’t tell the difference between the art and the shite. And they call us crazy!
Posted on 09-Sep-08 at 1:48 pm | Permalink
that sux man revok is a legend!
how did he get caught!fucken cops!
he just showinn his feelings!
let revoke go!
ull never stop graffiti artists!
ull never catch the rest like ewok or retna!!
Posted on 11-Sep-08 at 12:20 pm | Permalink
I believe that revok and all the MSK’s and the AWR’s have made a big impact in graffiti and REVOK is i believe one of the main one as is SABER when he did the L.A river it gave graff writters around the world ideas to take it to the next level and revok is always doing that in every style and every spot he hits so its gonna be wierd without seeing his recent styles….FREE REVOK MSK AWR
Posted on 06-Dec-08 at 6:43 pm | Permalink
Revok is having a poster release/signing at GCS in Pomona on December 14. Proceeds go to paying his legal fees.
For more info: http://www.graffhead.com/2008/12/revok-survival-of-fittest-poster-and.aspx and http://www.gcsclothing.com/
Posted on 09-Dec-08 at 12:04 am | Permalink
people see wat they want and the police see taggers not artists jus because sum of us use graffiti in the rong way doesnt mean all of us hav 2 pay.….FREE REVOK
Posted on 20-Apr-09 at 11:03 am | Permalink
Fuck the popo Free revok he’s a artist
Posted on 01-Jun-09 at 1:35 pm | Permalink
Posted on 04-Jun-09 at 10:20 am | Permalink
viva vandalism art
Posted on 29-Jul-09 at 9:36 am | Permalink
American Taxpayer wrote:
WHERE is the line drawn between gang banger dirtbag vandalism and “art”? I know that I can look at it and see the “art” behind it. I can to a certian limit, understand it. MANY others cant. What about the gang bangers that were putting up their “art” and shot and killed an old lady in 2007 when she put her car headlights on them and told them to stop?
HOW does the PUBLIC make the difference? Thats what really matters here. As Im sure alot of you know that you have to pick your spots wisely as to where you want to make your ART. You do it on the side of my property, UNINVITED, and Im going to be PISSED and then it becomes VANDALISM. A CRIME.
You guys need to understand this.
ALSO, I like the ART part of it. Do characters, murals, whatever…nobody wants to see your name plastered there. That shit is OLD.
Posted on 22-Aug-09 at 11:27 am | Permalink
sounds like the tool above me, is very reminiscent of a certain graffiti buffer who appears on infamy?
Posted on 05-Nov-09 at 7:18 pm | Permalink
johan kleber wrote:
you are all fools! I moved to germany
4 years ago because I saw all this shit coming. Over here people are people with with person like qualities. all of you los angeles people are sick materialistic
degenerate piles of flesh. fuck the US anyway-
Posted on 25-Nov-09 at 3:23 pm | Permalink
FUCK YOU AMERICANTAXPAYER…THIS SHIT IS ART LOOK AT THE PICTURE AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE U STUPID FUCKEN PRICK THAT IS ART AND NOTHING U DO IS GONNA STOP GRAFF.. VIVA GRAFF ART
Posted on 27-Sep-10 at 1:28 pm | Permalink
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