20 March 2009

Vandal Squad x Debate

Here's a photo of the panel discussion between The Vandal Squad and The graffiti writers that went down at Powerhouse.

The recent release of Vandal Squad: Inside the New York City Transit Police Department, 1984-2004 by Power House Books has caused consternation throughout the global graffiti community with charges that author Joseph Rivera is profiting off the very criminals he spent his career incarcerating.

In response, the PowerHouse Arena hosted a debate between former members of the Vandal Squad and three prominent NYC graffiti writers with the intent of providing an open forum for public discussion to discuss the issues regarding the methods that the Vandal Squad employs and their impact on the lives of the writers themselves. Panelists include Vandal Squad author Joseph Rivera, former Commanding Officer Lieutenant Steven Mona, original Vandal Squad Lieutenant Ken Chiulli, graffiti legend COPE2, graffiti activist Ket, and street artist ELLIS G.

Wonder how that went, read more here: 12ozprophet.com/martha_cooper/art_vs._transit
and here: loisinwonderland.blogspot.com

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