UNDERGROUND DIARIES

Before there was Dogtown Ink there was Yahoo News Underground. At least where DI's Chief Instigator is concerned. Following are posts featuring Underground output...with a touch of contextual commentary.

Original Bands: Go Big for Tribute Bands of Tomorrow

Original Bands: Go Big for Tribute Bands of Tomorrow

Dear Original Bands of Today- Get your buck cherry, sequin-skinned freak on. Wear sex clown make-up and ass-less chaps (unless you’re, like, Motorhead, then DO NOT wear ass-less chaps). Play rococo leads on multi-neck guitars… Give tribute bands of tomorrow something to work with today.

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Six-Hour Wall (time-lapse graffiti writing)

Six-Hour Wall (time-lapse graffiti writing)

I was at the Venice Pits all day with graff writers Dytch66, Gil and Gozer but this time-lapse piece is all Didrik Johnck — the shooting, the editing. Okay, I messed up the titles and blathered on the soundtrack, but other than that it’s all D-track.

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CBS Crew\'s Melrose Graffiti Gallery

CBS Crew’s Melrose Graffiti Gallery

A look at some of CBS Crew’s rad Melrose Ave work while Dytch talks a little about respect — or the lack thereof — by certain members of the media and wannabe graff writers.

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Graffiti Wall: Ich Bin Ein Venician

Graffiti Wall: Ich Bin Ein Venician

The Venice Pits, now known as the Venice Art Walls, are a point of contention in my neighborhood. They seemed like an apt metaphor for the tension between graff writers and taggers, and a general public that doesn’t much care that there can be a difference between the two.

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The Fastest Walls in the West

The Fastest Walls in the West

Wake up and smell the Krylon! Actually, I don’t recommend it, though I often do it. Not because I’m into huffing paint, mind you, but because I often roll directly out of the wrapper and up the local bike path past the public graffiti walls at the Venice Beach “Pits.”

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Graffiti Induces Colorblindness

Graffiti Induces Colorblindness

I should probably publish this discovery in Nature or some other peer reviewed journal. But what a hassle, so here goes: Graffiti is visible only in black or white. Yes, people often appear to see red when their homes and workplaces are bombed, but that’s only further proof that despite what you think you see, there is no gray area where graffiti’s concerned, let alone color.

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Krumping with Clowns

Krumping with Clowns: Everybody got down

Didrik and I had a blast shooting this feature. Hanging around with Tommy the Clown and his crew of “Hip Hop Clowns” as they delighted kids delighted us. Unfortunately, the hate spew that made up roughly a third of the hundreds of comments this feature elicited — despite being so moronic as to be almost pitiable — was a substantial bummer.

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Clown School

Clown School (dress code not enforced)

Tommy the Clown and his young dancers woke at 4 a.m. to get made up, then performed at three separate venues, punctuated by random, mid-traffic promotions for an upcoming show while still managing to crack each other up (and everyone else within earshot) throughout the day.

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What is Krump?

What is Krump?

Roc’co the clown — a sick dancer, a great krump/clown dancing ambassador, a complete cut-up and one of Tommy’s go-to clowns — breaks down krump for us.

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Krump Moves Fast

Krump Moves Fast

Standing amid a sea of ecstatic juniors as they danced, cartwheeled and cavorted their heads off in the gym of San Diego’s Jackie Robinson YMCA may have been the closest I’ve ever come to heaven…or krump.

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