Such Styles Gives Hello Kitty a Makeover in "Chola Kitty Nueve Vidas Show" Opening Friday

"Kitty Prowl" by Such Styles
Hello Kitty is approaching 40, which might be a little early for a mid-life crisis, but if cats really do have nine lives, now is as good a time as any for reinvention.

Enter: Chola Kitty -- a feline with spunk.

This Friday, local artist Such Styles is unveiling his series of cat parodies at the Arizona Latino Arts and Cultural Center in "Chola Kitty Nueve Vidas", a show he calls "a curious look at what didn't kill the cat."

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Spotted: "History of American Graffiti" Featuring Phoenix Graffiti Writers on

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Arizona graffiti writer SUCH in a vintage photo
Graffiti writers across the country might not be thrilled to know their work ultimately ended up on popular art/flash sale site, but fans of graffiti (and the increasing blur between graffiti and contemporary art) will likely jump at the chance to snatch up a copy of "History of American Graffiti" by Roger Gastman and Caleb Neelon.

The glossy, coffee table tribute is full of history, interviews, and photos of work by more than 500 graffiti writers across the country who often disagree on the definition of what they're doing.

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- Phoenix Artists MAC, KAPER, and SUCH Featured in Upcoming "History of American Graffiti"
- "Graffiti Free Phoenix" Pilot Program Kicks Off in July, Cites Property Owners After Third Clean-up

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"Graffiti Free Phoenix" Pilot Program Kicks Off in July, Cites Property Owners After Third Clean-up

Come July, property owners in the neighborhood between 43rd to 59th avenues and McDowell and Camelback roads will be the guinea pigs of the city of Phoenix Neighborhood Services Department's new "Graffiti Free Phoenix" pilot program.

Department employees describe the program as "simple" -- Graffiti Busters and Neighborhood Preservation inspectors will work together to track and remove tags, writing, and "gang-related" writing throughout the neighborhood. The city will provide educational materials and free color-matched paint for self-removal when a property is tagged, but when the fourth graffiti incident occurs on that property, the enforcement process will begin.

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Group Charged with Tagging an Archeological Site in Tucson

Center for Desert Archaeology: Tucson
Two years after a U.S. Bureau of Land Management ranger noticed graffiti on one of Tucson's oldest archeological sites, five people have been ordered by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ann DeMarais to pay more than $43,240 in damages.

Johnathan Lopez, 23, Andrew Magallanes, 21, Robert Norton, 23 Cynthia Norton, 20 and Vilma Curiel, 22, all plead guilty to defacing an area known as Indian Kitchen, first used by the prehistoric Hohokam Indians as a large food processing area.

They were each sentenced to five years supervised probation and $7,848 in damage fines.

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Phoenix's "No.1 Graffiti Vandal" Sentenced to Two and a Half Years in Prison

You might not see William Barajas or his tag, MAWD around Phoenix streets for a while; Phoenix Judge Sherry K. Stephens sentenced Barajas to two and a half years in prison after he confessed to more than 300 acts of graffiti in Phoenix.

The 20-year-old was caught tagging a light pole last year. His charges include one class 4 felony count of aggravated criminal damage and one class 5 aggregated count of criminal damage.

City representatives and Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery touted Barajas as the Phoenix's "No. 1 Graffiti Vandal," a title many local graffiti writers are confused by because his tag isn't widely recognized in the community and virtually untraceable in any of the local graffiti photo-sharing circles.

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Cade Gallery's Weston Henry Releases Phoenix Canvas, a Book Of Graffiti

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Photo by Weston Henry, mural by Lalo Cota and Breeze
Unused photo from Phoenix Canvas
​When Weston Henry returned to Phoenix after a stint in Albuquerque, he had a renewed passion to explore the city. 

He rode his bike around town with a camera in tow, photographed the spots that made him fall in love with the pavement paradise, and quickly noticed that most of his shots were of local pieces of graffiti. 

"It's the way the colors and the graphics and the bold letters transformed into something else," Henry says. "I've always been drawn to that, and I guess that's why I started taking pictures of [graffiti]."

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DOSE on Graffiti, Respect, and Urbanism at TEDxScottsdale

If you missed TEDxScottsdale, the independent TED speaker series in Scottsdale last week, you're in luck -- organizers will be posting videos of presentations on its website.

The first release is a presentation by DOSE, a street artist known for his commissioned and illegal work throughout the Valley.

In the video above, he addresses the local graffiti scene, SB1070, chicken and waffles, and cultural sustainability (fair warning: DOSE swears).

Phoenix Artists MAC, KAPER, and SUCH Featured in Upcoming "History of American Graffiti"

Roger Gastman and Caleb Neelon grew up in the graffiti scene writing and throwing up pieces across their own cities and throughout others as they traveled.

Their history and experience plays a major role in who they are now -- writers (in the literary sense) and publishers of some of the most well-known graffiti and street art publications in the US including While You Were Sleeping and Swindle.

On April 5, the two will release The History of American Graffiti -- the result of four years of documenting and interviewing more than 500 graffiti artists who shaped and paved the way for an explosive contemporary art form.

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Gangplank Turns a Tag into The Chandler Urban Arts Project

Courtesy of Gangplank
When Gangplank, the Chandler-based co-working and event space was tagged, its collaborative occupants decided to take matters into their own hands.

"The city painted over [the tag] with regular brown paint, but that just means it'll be right back up in a few days," says Mike Benner, Gangplank Jr. Initiative Head. "There's an unwritten rule that you don't tag over a nice piece."

So they asked Johnny Biewald (aka Jevvy Jev) and Nate Houtz (aka Nasty Nate) from Tabu Tattoo to take over the back wall.

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Alley Tour: McDowell Road and 19th Street

photo by Claire Lawton
Artists: Unknown
More photos after the jump ...

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