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Bust out your spray can and bag that graffiti.
The adage, ‘a thing for every place and a place for everything’ took on a creative new meaning when a pair of industrious local visionaries devised a legal new canvas for graffiti artists – backpacks and messenger bags.
Brooklyn residents Eddie Shabot and David Ben David took their mobile art movement to Coney Island, drawing urban artists to the ply their talents in a lot along Stillwell Avenue, between Nathan’s and Astroland, as part of special programming on the closing day of the famed outdoor amusement park.
Visitors enjoyed an exhibition of local creativity as ‘taggerz’ went head-to-head with their paint cans during a skills contest and auction, with proceeds benefiting artists and charities. Elsewhere along the stretch, deejays and emcees shared the spotlight for lyrical superiority, while break dancers and skateboarders wowed the crowd with their own brand of street magic.
The salute showcased Tatoot, a revolutionary new brand, which manufactures the bags to provide “a new form of expression for street artists.”
“Tatoot gives graffiti artists a legal means to show their works to the masses in hopes of eliminating the need for vandalism,” said a spokesperson, adding that the company had a respect for the talent of graffiti artists and an understanding of their need to self expression.
©2008 Community Newspaper Group
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