Category Archives: Video

BOMB-tastic!

This is exhausting just to watch–imagine how it must have been to do.


Street Stories Trailer

I’m told this is too long for a book trailer and the song is too melancholy, but I wanted to capture the message of the Street Stories novels, so here it is anyway.

 


The London Vandal | NotGuilty TV

Those of you who follow The London Vandal on Twitter will know that TLV fam have been planning an all-out trip to Amsterdam for a short while. That made this Dutch clip extra exciting to us.

Produced by Midas, the guy behind Not Guity magazine and now Now Guilty TV, this clip features Milf, Fboy, Guidor and Midas hitting steel in the Netherlands.

The panels in this one really bang, with special props going to Guidor for his contribution!

via The London Vandal | NotGuilty TV – Dutch Nights 2013.

 


Painted Black Rehash: Student Homelessness

To anyone who has thought “Why don’t they just get a job,” I’d like to direct you to this article and CBS news video about kids who are struggling to do just that.

It is unwise to assume that homeless person you see on the sidewalk is simply scrounging off everyone else.  Many of the homeless are actively involved in furthering their education, searching for or participating in transitional programs, and yes, some even actually have jobs.  You try working a part time job for minimum wage and see how much money you have left over for rent after feeding yourself.

Despite the odds, and how it may seem to someone who doesn’t look closely enough, they are working hard to improve their lives.

As the school year begins in a down economy, Illinois educators are bracing for another rise in the number of homeless students.Last year, 35,619 Illinois students were homeless — up more than 1,800 students from the previous year and continuing a disturbing three-year trend.

via Student Homelessness On The Rise « CBS Chicago.


Painted Black Rehash: Remembering a Chicago Street Artist

This street artist is not someone I knew, or ever will know.  Because he was murdered in 2008.  I found out about his death when a blog I follow on chicagonow.com posted a note that his murderer had recently been found guilty.

But he’s someone I could have known.  He graduated from the Illinois Institute of Art, where I used to work.  I could easily have walked past his art on my way from the Blue Line to Union station on one of my visits home to see family.

So even though I didn’t know him, I wanted to mention his art and his passing here.  Because really, he’s not that much different from a lot of the kids I did know on the Chicago streets.  Not a lot different from any of us.

Graffiti artists work over model CTA trains in exhibit

Street artists get to show their stuff legally tonight at the A.Okay Loves CTA (Chicago Train Art) show. About 50 urban artists use O-scale model trains for their tagging pleasure in the show at A Okay Official from 6 to 10 pm Friday (tonight) at 3270 N. Clark St.

One of the featured artists is Solve, who caused a stir this week on the Blue Line when he did an installation piece on seat near the Hobo Corner.

He stenciled the words “We are experiencing legal difficulties” on a TV, plugged it into the secret outlet, and sent it on its merry way into the morning CTA rush hour.

via CTA Tattler: Graffiti artists work over model CTA trains in exhibit.