As heavy as it may be, it’s always worth bringing my laptop with me to class.

Public art and graffiti, vandalism?

courtesy of Gawker, I learned that Japanese pop artist Yoshitomo Nara was arrested for drawing a smiley face in the L Train.  As interested as I am with public art, it was the reference to Poster Boy that caught my attention.  (Everyone should know about my public crush on this fellow).  Here is Hamilton Nolan’s opinion of the entire matter and some pointers for the NYPD:
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1. Your arrests just give the artists mad props where they live, in the streets!

Staff at the gallery declined comment yesterday,

but a Japanese television crew doing a piece on Nara said

the arrest would only give the artist more street cred at home.

“He’s going to get big notoriety for this here and in Japan,” a crew member said.

2. Your arrests just give the artists mad props in the other place they live, the media!

Look at Poster Boy, for fuck’s sake.

And if Yoshitomo Nara had never been arrested,

we never would have had the chance to bring you his delightful work.

3. NYC could be making some money off this!

The offending piece of graffiti has been erased,

but given the value of Nara’s other works,

it likely would have been valuable, Oksenhendler said.

“It probably would have been worth ten grand if you or I got our hands on that brick,” he said.

Don’t be like that store owner who whitewashed the Banksy, Mayor Bloomberg.

The value of that one little Yoshitomo Nara scrawl

could have paid for a full day’s cleaning of the hipster stench of the Bedford Ave. L train station.

Do the right thing: legalize crime. [NYP]

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  • Part of me would love to have all of the Gawker staff in a room, serve them drinks, and listen to them brood and moan in a sarcastic tone.  It would be GREAT!


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