Shake-Powered LED Spray Paint Can Sleeve

led spray can light

The nature of graffiti tends to result in nocturnal excursions, but painting completely in the dark can be a be problem and sometimes you just need a little bit of light. LASH is a light attachment for spray cans designed by Subinay Malhotra of New Delhi, India to provide low-level illumination on demand to artists on the street. The device slots onto the can and charges via a motion familiar to anyone who has sprayed paint, illicitly or otherwise: the shaking action one has to repeat to keep on painting. The LEDs are intentionally dim and easy to turn both on and off at the push of a button, all so artists can see what they are doing on an as-needed basis but blend back into the shadows with a simple click.

led graffiti can sketches

led can sleeve model

led spray can design

led spray paint functions

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Banksy hits New York City, but the City Hits Back



    Banksy taunts the law with the first piece in his residency, completed on October 1st at Allen and Canal Street in Manhattan. Photo courtesy carnagenyc on Flickr.

Acclaimed street artist Banksy has crossed the pond from his native UK, and is now leaving his marks all around New York City. Since October 1st, he’s created upwards of 10 pieces as part of his monthlong “residency” (to borrow a term from the professional art world), titled “Better Out Than In.” Banksy’s playful work often offers social or political commentary, and he hasn’t limited himself to sidewalks and walls in New York — he’s already created two mobile pieces ontrucks. Many of the New York pieces include mock audio guides that poke fun at the recorded messages offered to museum-goers, which are also available online.

Banksy’s work by its very nature is ephemeral — property owners often paint over it, or opportunistic looters extract it from the streets and sell it for vast sums, sometimes even chiseling it out of exterior walls. The short shelf-life of Banksy’s work has never been more visible than here in New York. A little less than halfway through his tour of the Big Apple, local graffiti artists and property owners have already altered his first few pieces dramatically with their own marks. See the biggest transformations below. — Photography by William Mansell and Sam Sheffer.


    Manhattan (After)

    The work was completely destroyed soon after when the building owner painted over the work. Others have tagged over it since.



    Perhaps the most iconic of the set was completed on October 2nd at 25th Street between 10th and 11th avenues.


    Westside (After)

    The monotone piece later acquired an explosion of color from local graffiti artists.



    Completed October 3rd at 24th Street and 6th Avenue, Midtown Manhattan. Image courtesy carnagenyc on Flickr.


    Midtown (After)

    There were some tags already on the wall before Banksy marked it, but more have been added since.



    Painted October 4th at Stanwix and Melrose in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Banksy added “The Musical” to three different graffiti tags around the city as part of a series on this day.


    Bushwick (After)

    The piece has now been painted over, but the faded outline of his work is still visible, just barely.


    All City

    Banksy’s first mobile piece of the residency created an idyllic paradise inside of an old box van. It has since disappeared.



    Completed on October 7th at King Street and Van Brunt Street in Red Hook, Brooklyn. The battered and bruised heart-shaped ballon is patched up enough to stay afloat.


    Brooklyn (After)

    It was later tagged over by local graffiti artists, before someone put a plastic barrier up to prevent further scrawls.



    On October 8th, Banksy painted a satirical quote, deliberately misattributed to Plato, on this door in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, between Provost Street and McGuinness Boulevard.


    Greenpoint (After)

    Soon after, the door was completely removed (presumably for sale) and replaced. Someone then offered their own satirical retort to Banksy’s original work.


    Lower East Side

    This simply titled work was completed October 9th. It is located as its name suggests in Manhattan’s Lower East Side on Ludlow Street, between Stanton and Rivington Streets, is one of Banksy’s most elaborate yet, spreading from the wall onto a car nearby. The accompanying audio comes from “Collateral Murder,” the military footage showing soldiers gunning down civilians in Iraq from a helicopter, first posted online in 2010 by Wikileaks. Looters have since taken the rear left door and the front left mirror. The front door is also unable to close, as The Verge‘s Sam Sheffer notes.


    East New York

    Banksy certainly likes furry animals. The artist’s work comes off of the wall here, as a pile of debris near the base of the post suggests the beaver managed to chomp through the metal, felling the sign. It’s located in East New York, Brooklyn, at Bradford Street and Pitkin Ave. Photo courtesy of carnagenyc on Flickr.


    Meatpacking District

    Titled “Sirens of the Lambs,” the second mobile work drove the streets of Manhattan’s Meatpacking District on October 11th. It has since disappeared.


    Central Park

    The next day Banksy let New Yorkers know that they had missed the opportunity to buy an original stenciled work for just $60. The stall set up in Central Park sold eight pieces in total.



    Completed October 12th, this “Concrete Confessional” features a stencil of a priest peering through an actual concrete window cutout, located at East 7th Street and Cooper Square in Manhattan’s East Village.



    On October 14th this Banksy appeared in Woodside, Queens. The quote, “What we do in life echoes in eternity” comes from the 2000 Ridley Scott filmGladiatorImage courtesy Flickr user carnagenyc.



    This tiny but immensely evocative memorial to the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center is arguably Banksy’s most emotionally riveting work yet. The Verge‘s Sam Sheffer photographed this on October 15th, the day it was created. He’s since heard the candles were knocked over and the flower taken.


    All City McDonald's

    Banky’s first trip to the South Bronx on October 15th was an interactive sculpture of an elitist Ronald McDonald getting his shoes shined by a real performer. Bansky’s website explained the sculpture would also be mobile, appearing at McDonald’s restaurants around the entire city, and sure enough, shortly after this photo was taken it was removed by the shoe shiner and another man and placed into a black cargo van and to another McDonald’s, but not before a local politician thanked the performers for visiting.


    Bed Stuy

    Banksy took his usual mix of high-and-low art to Brooklyn on October 17th, with this painting that turns a pre-existing archway into a bridge for his two finely-dressed silhouettes. Despite the title, it’s located in Williamsburg, not Bedford-Stuyvesant.


    West 24th Street

    Banksy created an outdoor art gallery on October 18th, replete with champagne, a bench, and a security guard. It’s located in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood, near many of the city’s finest (and most expensive) art galleries. Both paintings are collaborations with Brazilian street artist Os Gemeos. Here, one of Banky’s typical riot police figures stands among Gemeos’ characters.


    West 24th Street

    The second of two works unveiled on October 18th under the Highline. It appears the space was rented out for the occasion. The second painting is the opposite of the first, and it is also a collaboration with Brazilian artist Os Gemeos.

Found on: The Verge

People Interacting with Graffiti

Please Draw Me a Wall is a playful photo series by photographer Julien Coquentin. In each scene, the French photographer documents his subjects as they creatively interact with a variety of colorful graffiti. His compositions incorporate a single person perfectly arranged next to an illustration, which creates the illusion of a three-dimensional world.

In reality, the scenes are just flat, fictional places where a guy fishes for cartoon fish, a young girl attempts to capture the illustrated birds flying overhead, and a child carries an umbrella to avoid the light blue paint dripping down the side of a brick wall. However, viewers are invited to create narratives based on Coquentin’s creative visual stories that blend real life with imagination. In addition to this work, Coquentin has been known to concoct many other bizarre worlds, including this series in which he brings to life the secret story of a discarded TV.


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Street Art, Then and Now

before after graffiti photos


We tend to notice as buildings come and go, skylines change and grow with planning and oversight, but what about the spray-painted wall art the adorns the sides of these structures, sometimes persistent but often fragile and ephemeral?

graffiti then and now

graffiti past and present

OldWalls, a project by Alberto Boido, documents past and present layers of street graffiti, meticulously tracking the artists responsible for the works as well, whenever possible. Most of the pairs are taken from the same vantage point, first in the 1990s, then again in the 2010s.

before after blu graffiti

before after wall murals

Sometimes, the creators in question are famous (or infamous) local creators either adding their mark or being painted over. The above murals in Milan were made more recently by the well-known Italian artist Blu, but the walls,  as you can see, were originally covered in the 1990s. Other artists featured here include Robx, Prof Bad Trip, Maox, Inox, Kino, Bach, Zoc, Kalimero, Kayone, Yazo, Loze, Kid, Zen, Airone, Krema, Steezo, Teatro, Mec and Oze.

then now worse tags


graffiti over time

Boido does more than just document these works – he also critiques the policies of municipalities that try to control works of street art. In some sequences, his shots show how surfaces scrubbed clean of more creative and vibrant graffiti end up populated with quick-and-dirty tags instead.

then now demolished graffiti

then now destroyed wall

Of course, ten or twenty years having elapsed, in some cases the entire building disappears and any art on its walls along with it. After all, it is often derelict and deserted structures that no one minds people painting in the first place, and these, in turn, are often on the chopping block for eventual destruction.

then now graffiti persists

In very rare cases, the graffiti in question actually persists across multiple decades – always and inevitably faded and weathered, sometimes partially painted over, but it is still impressive when these works have such staying power. For more examples, dates, details and artists, visit the OldWalls Project website.

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Hidden Street Art on Railings by Zebrating

Mannheim, Germany-based street art duo known as Zebrating have been leaving their mark across the globe, particularly on railings in public spaces. Their elusive graffiti work offers an entertaining surprise for viewers from specific angles. Their art relies heavily on perspective as each piece of a single image is spaced out and only cohesively visible from a fixed viewpoint, proving to be a hidden treasure for those with keen eyes.

The pair of street artists present incredibly realistic renditions of human figures across their spaced public canvas. Despite being out in the open for anyone to take notice of their work, it’s quite easy to miss if you’re not paying attention to your surroundings. In a way, their art is a reminder to keep your eyes open and take in your environment. There’s a lot of world to appreciate and Zebrating adds another rewarding element to the public landscape.

Found on: My Modern Met

New Murals by DALeast

New Murals by DALeast Seem to Explode with Energy street art murals

It’s impossible to mistake any piece by Chinese muralist DALeast(previously) as belonging to any other artist. His signature style involves a delicate interplay of unraveling ribbon-like lines that form his animalistic and human forms. The tigers, birds, deer and people he depicts are already bursting with motion, but the added line work seems to create an elevated sense of energy, as if the figure itself is about to explode

New Murals by DALeast Seem to Explode with Energy street art murals

New Murals by DALeast Seem to Explode with Energy street art murals

New Murals by DALeast Seem to Explode with Energy street art murals

New Murals by DALeast Seem to Explode with Energy street art murals

New Murals by DALeast Seem to Explode with Energy street art murals

New Murals by DALeast Seem to Explode with Energy street art murals

New Murals by DALeast Seem to Explode with Energy street art murals


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Graffiti Birds on the Streets of Brazil by L7m

Brazilian street artist Luis Seven Martins successfully blends roughness and elegance in his Graffiti Birds urban paintings on the walls of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Martins, who goes by the nickname “L7m,” has been into art since childhood, and had his first introduction to spray paint at the age of 13. Since then, he has been experimenting with different techniques and materials like china ink, latex, pastel and acrylic.

Through his experimentation, he has come up with something truly unique. Unlike the sort of graffiti that we’re all used to, L7m’s paintings combine geometrical elements and stylized color puzzles with detailed realism. Luis’ work “is identified by the simplicity of colors and free geometry, related to several issues, causing contradictions and uncomfortable feelings in the observers.”

On his profile, Luis describes his style by writing, Everything generates the chaos, from the mixture of outlooks and feelings to the materials and medias utilized.” Be sure to check out more of his works in his portfolio!

Source: facebook, flickr


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Realistic 3D Street Painting

Street painting, also known as pavement art, street art and sidewalk art, is thought to have originated in Britain, and in 1890 it was estimated that more than 500 artists were making a full-time living from pavement art in London alone. The origins of 3d pavement art is attributed to Kurt Wenner who started to practice this 3d style, also known as anamorphic art, in the 1980s.

Today there are many 3d street artists, but only a handful of truly outstanding ones, and here we are featuring the work of  brilliant 3d street artists. Of course, street painting is along the same lines as street art (alternatively known as Grafitti), the main difference being that street painting is done on the ground and street art is usually applied to a vertical surface, such as a wall.




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