January 21, 2010

Posted by marc at 6:45 AM in Vintage |

February 27, 2009

For the past few weeks, Jef Aérosol has been putting up on Youtube a ton of amazing vintage footage. We loved this video below, shot over 20 years ago, which shows Jef and Blek Le Rat.

Posted by marc at 7:18 AM in Vintage |

July 30, 2008


From Above:

"From time to time I like to take a break from being so serious and just mix things up and get loose! This abstract, and very fun style is a good example. The intense color combinations, shapes and loose free flowing lines make your eyes move around a lot and mix the colorful forms. -Mexico City, Mexico"

Posted by marc at 7:23 AM in Vintage |

May 10, 2008

This morning the terrific team at JetSet Graffiti put up on Youtube some fantastic footage shot over ten years ago showing KAWS doing his first bus-stops in New York City and Tokyo.

Posted by marc at 10:12 AM in Vintage |

February 26, 2007


For years, WK Interact's massive and strikingly beautiful black and white murals on an abandoned gas station on Lafayette street were a fixture of lower Manhattan. Not just for people who were following the street art scene, but to everyone who saw them. In many ways WK's work on Lafayette Street defined the neighborhood. But then, about 18 months ago, all of the work was destroyed when bulldozers took down the gas station to make way for a hamburger joint.

But this week, we're able to return to Lafayette Street as WK discovered that one of the people filming him that morning has posted some of the footage on Youtube. You can watch it below...

Posted by marc at 1:25 PM in Vintage |

January 3, 2007


From Gammablog comes this link to a photo taken in the 1984 on a parking lot wall on Houston Street in Soho.

Posted by marc at 11:08 PM in Vintage |


From the always excellent art.blogging.la comes this link to an amazing Flickr collection of vintage photos taken of gang graffiti in East Los Angeles during the early 1970's.

Kid Duece writes...

"When these photographs of Chicano "placas" (wall writing) were made in the early 1970s gangs and their graffiti were a mysterious presence that few understood -- if they were aware of them at all. In the thirty plus years since the popular media and entertainment industry have repeatedly spotlighted the subject to the point that the gangsta culture has become a pervasive part of our society."

Posted by marc at 7:24 AM in Graffiti , Vintage |

December 27, 2006


Before digital cameras were invented, it was somewhat rare for people to shoot images of street art.

This year, one of our goals is to track down and compile as many unknown vintage photographs of street art from the late 70's and early 80's as possible.

(If you have any to share, email us at woostercollective@gmail.com)

The photo above, taken by Allan Molho, is of a piece done by one of our current obsessions - Richard Hambleton.

There were rumors that Hambleton stopped by 11 Spring one day just before the opening while the artists where painting. Malcolm mentioned that it might have been Hambleton who put up a series of mirrors inside the building. Sara also thought that she might have asked Hambleton to leave because she didn't know who he was.

Over the last couple of months, reading more about the East Village scene in the 80's, I've become obsessed with the work of Richard Hambleton. A dream of ours is to one day curate a show of Hambleton's work.

UPDATE: A tip from Miss Dabree: "There was an awesome book from when i was a kid that used to have some of his stuff in it. Alot of cool street and outsider stuff.. New, Used and Improved: Art for the. 80's, Peter Frank and Michael McKenzie, Abbeville Press, Inc., New York with a Ronnie Cutrone painting of Bugs Bunny on the front.. I used to get it out of the library and steal pages out of it until I just decided to take the whole thing. Sorry N. Plfd public library"

Posted by marc at 8:29 AM in Vintage |


A Story From Gregor Watson:

"I discovered this whilst looking after a farm near Blair Atholl, Perthshire, Scotland. How I came to be looking after the farm is a whole other story but whilst cleaning out a grain store I came across this portrait painted directly onto the wooden paneling on the wall.

I asked about it and the store was occupied by tinkers (and I use that description accurately as that is what they were called in this part of Scotland, this is not a derogatory term) during the 50,s and 60,s during sheep shearing and lambing. It was always a temporary accommodation. No one I spoke to realized it was there, including the current occupier of the farm who has lived there for 26 years.

Posted by marc at 6:53 AM in Vintage |