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Andre returns to College Hill

If you found yourself on Benefit Street this past Monday, you could have been forgiven for wondering if Providence's own rascal king had made a stunning return to politics: there, behind the First Baptist Church, was a large "Re-Elect Cianci" billboard.
Propaganda Dept.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  February 17, 2012

A look behind the latest Asylum mural

With a postcard replica and classic Maine lighthouse-as-spraycan motif, graffiti art has never been less offensive than now.
Writing on the wall
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  November 05, 2011
decordova wall

The deCordova thinks about ''murals''

In "Wall Works" at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, curatorial fellow Lexi Lee Sullivan attempts to corral a trend in art today that spans graffiti and interior decoration.
Off the Wall
By GREG COOK  |  July 22, 2011

Portland's neighborhood prosecutor cleans up the city

When Portland Police Chief James Craig announced at a June 28 press conference that he was leaving the city to become Cincinnati's chief, he took a moment to list what he considered to be the highlights of his two-year tenure.
Sweating the small stuff
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 15, 2011

More local graffiti to check out

If you enjoyed the story a couple weeks back about Portland's graffiti history,  and if you enjoy Aubin R. Thomas's Freezetagging blog, then check out...
By Jeff Inglis  |  April 12, 2011

Photos: American History of Graffiti

The Phoenix presents a small collection of works to be showcased in Caleb Neelon and Roger Gastman's American History of Graffiti .
Photos from Neelon and Gastman's American History of Graffiti


One person's graffiti is another's whitewash ...

A message from the Office of Artistic Relativism.
By DAVID KISH  |  April 01, 2011

A look at Portland's graffiti history

Back in the early '90s, Eli Cayer had just finished art school in Boston and headed to Maine, where he continued creating street art.
City walls
By JEFF INGLIS  |  April 01, 2011

Etips and the history of Rhode Island graffiti

I meet Etips — at 30, an elder statesman in Rhode Island's graffiti scene — in front of Mill's Tavern on North Main Street in Providence.
Back to the tunnel
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  April 01, 2011

Cambridge author Caleb Neelon traces graffiti's hidden history

'TAKI 183' SPAWNS PEN PALS, announced the headline in the July 21, 1971, New York Times .
It was written
By GREG COOK  |  April 01, 2011

Call for public art

Seeking designs for a 36-foot-long, 8-foot-tall mural to replace a degenerate, "one-sided" mural at the Maine Department of Labor office in Augusta. Please e-mail jpgs to .  
By EDITORIAL  |  April 01, 2011

With Tagging Arrests Back in the Headlines, Dope Graf Show This Weekend In Cambridge

With Tagging Arrests Back in the Headlines, Dope Graf Show This Weekend In Cambridge

As some of you may have recently seen in the Boston Herald - under the headlines "Grime Wave" and the in-depth follow-up "Judges crack down...
By Chris Faraone  |  October 21, 2010

With plans for a downtown mural, Shepard Fairey returns to Providence

It is a rather unremarkable collection of bricks at the moment: an exterior wall at the back of Trinity Repertory Company’s Pell Chafee Performance Center in downtown Providence.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 18, 2010

US Marine graffiti crew tags Hyde Park

This past week, the United States Marine Corps invaded Boston. Or, more accurately, they were invited into the community by Mayor Tom Menino to “showcase military equipment displays, perform community outreach projects, and honor local Marines during Mar
Props-aganda Dept.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 14, 2010

Get cute

Who says art isn't risky?
Street artist Stay Cute is on a one-man urban-beautification project. But the Boston Police Department hasn't gotten the memo.
By P. NICK CURRAN  |  January 22, 2010

Graffiti gone good

One after another, young patients approach Caleb Neelon as he paints in the lobby of Children's Hospital Boston.
Healing Art Dept.
By GREG COOK  |  October 02, 2009

Boston Locking Up More People For Graffiti

Boston Locking Up More People For Graffiti

 Since the Boston Police Department arrested renowned street artist Shepard Fairey at his ICA opening this past February, the public has been more aware than...
By Chris Faraone  |  September 28, 2009
Graffiti of the Day Award: To whomever tagged the old WBCN studios last night

Graffiti of the Day Award: To whomever tagged the old WBCN studios last night

Photo credit: Michelle AbbascianoPhoto above was taken this afternoon over at 1265 Boylston St, site of the old WBCN studios.  In other way-back-machine news, here's...
By Carly Carioli  |  July 16, 2009

Super Sonik

When Cambridge native Caleb Neelon talks about how he got hooked on graffiti, he often recounts a trip he took to Germany with his mom in 1990.  
Graffitist Caleb Neelon is a street survivor
By GREG COOK  |  February 18, 2009

Slideshow: Street artist Caleb Neelon sprays the world

Artwork from street artist Caleb Neelon.
Artwork on many platforms
By CALEB NEELON  |  February 13, 2009

What in the world?

Bravo to GlobalPost, the Boston start-up planning to offer international news coverage.
Letters to the Boston editor, January 9, 2009
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  January 07, 2009


Year in pictures

Imagery 2008
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 24, 2008

Graffiti wars

Even though he’s headed to prison, SPEK will still be visible in Massachusetts.
Cops and taggers play a high-stakes game of cat and mouse
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 03, 2008

Beautiful Losers (2008)

A documentary, directed with Joshua Leonard, about an energized group portrait whose accessibility is abetted by the artists’ collectively keen sense of humor.
An energized portrait of Alleged Gallery artists
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  September 24, 2008

Shriiimp on the Barbie

Shrimp, the edible crustaceans commonly dipped in tart, tangy cocktail sauce, don’t usually carry overtly sexual connotations.
Allston-based graffiti artists are giving new meaning to objets d’art
By CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  October 03, 2007