Thursday, 27 August 2009

The Croft Alley Project, Sat Sept 12th

Don’t Ban the Can (DBTC) is a non-profit arts and culture movement with an underground urban philosophy, formed as a result of harsh, unjust anti graffiti laws within Victoria, Australia. Jeremy Gaschk together with the We Make Stuff Good collective felt the need for a voice from the streets. Created and run by artists for artists, the movement began with a stand against the new anti graffiti laws introduced into Victoria in June 2008. With a successful initial event in September 2008, the project received support from tens of thousand’s of people from around the globe. DBTC has felt the need to expand into a world wide pro graffiti and street art movement. This has involved tackling issues that inhibit the art form’s culture, ethos and creativity to successfully prosper, evolve and expand.

The Croft Alley Project will bring together an all-star line up of artists from around Australia to create a world-class, large-scale, urban masterpiece. Using graffiti, street, stencil, sticker and paste up artists the project will transform the Croft laneway from a dirty back alley into a creative, colourful and socially innovative thoroughfare visited by tens of thousands of tourists each year.

The DBTC team are very excited to announce this project, believing it will be a very beneficial event to positively enrich Melbourne’s most neglected, persecuted and advantageous art form. This project is one of many initiatives the DBTC team are currently undertaking, including a pioneering month long urban arts and culture festival in January 2010.

There is a great list of DJ’s lined up and there will be some dope headlining acts dropping next week, just wanna keep some suspense for ya’ll…

Here’s a link straight to the event on Facebook

Wednesday, 26 August 2009


Chor Boogie, last seen in the pages of LSD Issue 1 has taken his sublime talents to Washington DC this summer and has spent the last few weeks working on the largest mural the city has ever seen with fellow artists Pose 2, Decoy Monk, Joshua Mays, Quest Skinner. Even the mayor is jumping on the colour therapy freight train

Monday, 17 August 2009

The Decked Project

Includes LSD Writer 'Bon Bon' (BB)

Friday, 14 August 2009

LockStock Festival on the 20th August Camden Lock

LockStock Festival on the 20th August Camden Lock

Dear Artist,

We are pleased to offer you an invitation to display your work at an outdoor art exhibition at the next LockStock Festival on the 20th August held at Camden Lock Market from 2pm-11pm. The event consists of an outdoor art exhibition (comprising of at least 30 different artists of various styles and mediums), 9 stages showcasing over 100 different acts/bands from different music genres. A comedy stage featuring sets from over 8 comedians, street performers and a fire show plus many other outdoor surprises. LockStock Festival is now in its second year and this time round we striving to improve and expand the artistic side of the event.

We are expecting a crowd of about 800-1000+ visitors on this night, with a 5% commission on all work sold which will be donated to a local charity. LockStock festival is aiming to create a fantastic and exciting platform for new, innovative and established artists, painters, sculptors and photographers to exhibit their work.

Photos and information regarding the previous LockStock events are available upon request.

If you are interested and would like some information on how to display some of your art please email: or call: 07903 873 900.

Kind Regards the LockStock Team

Anthony Buck

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Aissa Logerot - Inventor of Halo (Graffiti Lights)


halo is a handy light specially dedicated to light-writting. Graffiti artists can conserve their own gesture they have with an aerosol spray. It is possible to change the color and the brightness of the led to change the graffiti’s styles. If the light doesn’t have enough battery, the user must shake it to have energy again.

Aïssa Logerot

Aissa Logerot's Halo - Graffiti Light Writing

Matrix VI – Wayfarers of Reality

Matrix VI – Wayfarers of Reality – The Quest for Experience,
May 2007, Leading Edge International Research Group, Yelm, WA 98597. Edited by Val Valerian, 8½ x 11 Velo Bound, 534 pages.
(Not a continuation of the M5 material, but a brand new project.)

We are all wayfarers, travelers in reality, each with our own unique individual journey, filled with hopes and dreams, discoveries, disasters, experiential loops, synchronicities, 20-20 hindsight and realizations which make up our experiential journey and our individual progression and the expansion of our awareness. What have you learned, upon reflection? What patterns in your life do you discern? What were the progression of events? What were the synchronicities? What were the experiential loops and the major decisions in life? What was the wisdom learned?

Since the Matrix V Trilogy addressed the individual and incarnational experience, the logical next step, in my mind, was to document the incarnational experiences of individuals, allowing readers to gain vicariously from anonymous accounts by other individuals and their retrospective review of their lives, according to intuitively developed guidelines. Wayfarers of Reality was the result. The perfect companion for those who have the Matrix V Trilogy! The book has stories from people like you, from all over the planet, detailing their unique evolutionary journey and their retrospective review. From the readers point of view, there is something that can be said for vicarious experience - what people go through and discover about themselves can be inspiring, and spur us on to greater experiences within our own unique path. The guidelines used in this project are also included, allowing the reader to also generate their own 'life review', which is itself a very cathartic process. The book leads off with an interview with Val done in Seattle and winds up with an an analysis of parameters of wild card events generated from the center of our Galaxy which will no doubt be part of EndGame.

LSD NOTE: This series of booklets (some are 1,000 pages) began in 1988 and i was lucky enough to find out about them and purchase my own under the counter copy in Australia 1995 cost me £100 each...Now i have 5...Makes the film look tame... Visit the Site TruFax

Monday, 3 August 2009

Artival Event 2009

Headline launch event for homeless enterprise...Saturday, 22 August 2009

Having just released her critically acclaimed debut ‘Speech Therapy’, spoken word hip-hop artist and Mercury Prize nominee, Speech Debelle, will be joined by folk new comer Betty Steeles who will release her debut later this year. Also appearing live is Jazz Soulstress - Floetic Lara and electro new wave sensations Rubicks. The bill also includes visual artist Matt Small (2008's Best Urban Artist) in launching a brand new arts-based enterprise concept run by homelessness charity, SHP. The launch, a one-day arts festival, will take place on the 22nd August at the Queen of Hoxton in Shoreditch. The venue’s four floors will be transformed into stages for live music, poetry, drama and comedy, whilst on the rooftop terrace Matt Small will lead all festival-goers in a live art session with mosaic-making and street art painting.

While SHP plans to make Artival an annual celebration of arts and inclusivity, this inaugural Artival launches a new SHP enterprise, where young people will be involved in designing, creating and selling T-shirts to raise funds for further arts based workshops and events. The first designs will be on sale at Artival. SHP was set up more than 30 years ago to support London’s vulnerable homeless people. Today the charity works with 2,000 people a year across 13 London boroughs, providing a wide range of accommodation and support services to prevent homelessness and promote social inclusion.

Entry is free to all with a flyer and available @ Artival / For more about SHP

Graffiti Book Launch - Crack and Shine

Crack and Shine - Graffiti Book

Graffiti is perpetually and increasingly a controversial subject dividing opinion and rousing powerful debate, yet almost nothing is known about the true motivations and inspirations of the artists themselves. Crack & Shine offers exclusive insight into this thriving contemporary sub-culture, gaining access to the personal stories of some of the most secretive, enigmatic and creative individuals to lurk in London’s shadows. Featuring forty of the most exciting and prolific graffiti artists to have lived and painted in London, Crack & Shine is the only London graffiti book ever to be published. Also presenting the work of London-based photographer Will Robson-Scott, Crack & Shine includes a series of over 50 beautifully-composed photographs, created exclusively for the book; giving articulate and vivid insight into the awkward moments of waiting, the apprehension of hiding and the calm and stillness that comes with seeing the world from an altered perspective.

“The London graffiti scene was a closed and unforgiving one. Information was guarded.”


“Dedicated to all [graffiti] writers, young and old, who feel the true energy in their hearts, be inspired not only by other art but by your heart and also by the nothingness, because out of nothing always comes something”

The Dirty Tunnel Bunny

“When compared to the visual internet presence of current urban artists one realises how times have changed. It really blows my mind how many incredible pieces of art have been painted on Tubes that were not photographed and are lost forever. It’s mad to look back on so many years of our lives that no one knows about.”


Crack and Shine Book Launch Invite

Sunday, 2 August 2009

Hackers Take on Music Industry

Hackers Whack Music Industry For Punishing Pirate

Hackers have taken revenge on the music industry after Romania’s first convicted file-sharer was given a heavy fine. The industry said they had selected the individual at random, but hackers responded rather less randomly by causing the music industry website to blocked as malicious by both Google and Firefox. The Romanian music industry has claimed its first legal victory against one of the country’s file-sharers. After getting access to a Direct Connect hub in 2007 they allegedly used basic techniques to select an individual at random - who just happened to be sharing 66GB of music files.

The copyright to those files was held by members of Uniunea Productorilor de Fonograme din România (UPFR) - a music industry outfit much like the RIAA. UPFR denies they took the large amount the user was sharing into consideration when pursuing the case, but when the individual was ordered to pay the equivalent of a $4,100 fine this week, it had clearly been taken into account. At the end of 2008, the average monthly income in Romania was just $450. These symbolic prosecutions have become the hallmark of the music industry and it’s hoped this case will have a deterrent effect on the country’s hundreds of thousands of file-sharers, but that seems unlikely. The same approach hasn’t worked elsewhere and although this lone case has dragged on for 2 years already, it will be quickly forgotten.

Those annoyed at the handing down of a heavy fine took rather less time to issue their punishment. In common with similar traditions all over the world, the UPFR music industry website was targeted by hackers in a revenge attack. It’s not clear exactly what they did to it, but their actions caused the domain to become blocked as a malicious site by both Google and Firefox, which seems kinda fitting.

thanks bssv/cigraphics

Todays Happy Hackers

Napster wants The Pirate Bay

Napster’s $10 Million Bid for The Pirate Bay Rejected

Global Gaming Factory (GGF), the company planning to acquire The Pirate Bay, has received a bid of $10 million from John Fanning, the former Napster CEO and uncle of its founder, Shawn. Other interested parties have contacted GGF in recent weeks, but thus far, they have all had their multi-million dollar offers rejected. Earlier this week Wayne Rosso cast doubt over the ability of GGF CEO Hans Pandeya’s ability to raise the funding for the Pirate Bay takeover. In a response to these allegations the board of GGF has revealed that there is more interest than some had expected.

One of the parties that offered a 2 million dollar investment in the acquisition is John Fanning who operated Napster, one of the first mainstream file-sharing applications. In addition, the board revealed that Fanning offered GGF 10 million dollars for The Pirate Bay itself. John Fanning discussed his plans with Hans Pandeya in London but they did not reach an agreement. The 10 million bid on the site and its assets has been rejected and thus far there is no official deal closed on the 2 million investment offer. In addition to Fanning’s offer, GGF has also received an informal bid of 16 million dollars for The Pirate Bay by an unnamed Russian company. This offer has also been declined, GGF’s board announced.

“The basis for a legal site has been placed and contracts are expected to be concluded shortly with a leading player in the entertainment industry. The development of the company is very positive, and goes as planned,” Hans Pandeya said in a comment.

TorrentFreak contacted Napster’s John Fanning to find out what his plans are for the site, if he would be in the position to acquire it. He might be interested in working out a deal of his own if GGF’s acquisition of the BitTorrent tracker fails after all. We haven’t heard back from him yet, but we will update the article as soon as do.

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