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2008 GraffHead Year in Review Part 1

11:53 AM PST on December 29, 2008

Many of the world's greatest graffiti artists call Los Angeles their home. Maybe it's the great weather or the diverse population… Whatever the reason, LA's artists put out creative work year after year. Here is a rundown of some of the work of LA's best! (Disclaimer: I apologize to anyone that I left out. This list is of course incomplete.)

January 19, 2008 - Will Rise (more pics on LA Taco)
Art show by AWR crew members Pusher, Zeser, Krush, Rime, Saber, Revok, Retna, Reyes, Skrew, Sever and Ewok at the Robert Berman gallery in Santa Monica

January 26, 2008 - Eat Your Art Out (more pics on LA Taco)

Auction to support the Angel City Derby Girls roller derby team at Meltdown Comics.

March 6, 2008 - Rime at Ghetto Gloss (more pics on LA Taco)
Artwork by Rime

April 10, 2008 - LA VS WAR (more pics on LA Taco and including live painting)
Four day festival in downtown LA showcasing anti-war art created by Los Angeles based artists.

April 20, 2008 - Piece of Mind Los Angeles Premier (see pictures from the premier)

The Los Angeles premier of the feature length documentary that chronicles 2 years in the life of 4 Los Angeles based graffiti writers: Augor, Char, Yoink and Paste. Piece of Mind is a beautifully shot and produced work by Evan Romoff and Keegan Gibbs.

Buket TKO
The insane footage of Buket painting on the 101 freeway overpass in broad daylight from the upcoming War 4 movie was picked up by all the Los Angeles news stations. This unfortunately lead to his arrest. After spending about 7 months behind bars, Buket has been sentenced and released.

Also, in an interesting twist, Evidence from the Dilated Peoples gets mistaken for Buket.

May 31, 2008 - Upper Playground opens its doors in Los Angeles (see more pictures from the opening day on LAtaco and GraffHead)

In addition to the clothing store, there are 3 other stores right next to each other. One of which is the FIFTY24LA gallery which showcased art from Usugrow, Sam Flores, Jeremy Fish, David Choe, Herbert Baglione, San, Retna, Saber, Alex Pardee, Ron English, Doze Green, Slick, Armsrock and David Ellis.

June - Mr. Brainwash (MBW) makes it on the cover of LA Weekly. He also has his first hugely successful show entitled Life is Beautiful. So many people showed up to the opening that many were turned away.

June 21, 2008 - World Premier of Dirty Hands: The Art and Crimes of David Choe (see pictures from the premier)
The documentary by Harry Kim premiered at the LA Film Festival to a sold out crowd. The movie gives us a glimpse into the life of super talented and out of control artist David Choe.

June 22, 2008 - Bomb It release party held at 33Third with live painting by Mear, Frame, Chor Boogie and Chaz Bojorquez (see more pics)

June - Ruets and Asylm paint a mural on the 110 Pasadena Freeway

Stay tuned for part 2 and 3.

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