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Monday, January 16, 2006

"Cozy" up to Street Art


Oh Extreme Craft. I'm sorry that I've been neglecting you. While I've been slaving on other things, extremity is percolating all around. Knitters with attitude are continuing to rise up against their oppressors. In honor of this Martin Luther King Day, I'm writing from Atlanta about the knit-graffiti underground, specifically, KNITTA! This Houston Street Art collective "tags" unsuspecting trees, poles, doorknobs, and even bike racks with knitted cozies. Check out this fantastic Houston Press article on them.You can also stop by their MySpace page and befriend them. Plenty of folks have taken up fuzzy-wuzzy spray cans against the man. Knitta wants to make sure that these rival crews organize themselves into distinct units to bomb their neighborhood:

... We'd like for you to tag under your own unique crew name and individual tags. We'd rather reserve the name "Knitta" and the phrase "Knitta, Please" for ourselves. That's our crew and our motto. Just like graffiti crews everywhere, they all paint, but they all have different names. I think it would be amazing to see different "crews" popping up all over the world, installing little knitted hugs across their cities. Now, when you get "discovered" and start getting press, it'd be great if you threw a wink and a nod in our direction for the inspiration. I think that's fair. We'll nod right back, in the form of posting tag photos and letters you send to us on our website (as soon as we actually go live!). We can even have a list of crew names and locations, complete with photos, on a page - just like graffiti sites.
I believe that a hierarchy of knit-graffiti will emerge. I have definitely seen quickly made "throw-up" cozies out there, but there will certainly be some old masters out there, putting up the equivalent of a "bombed" train. If any of you encounter a great piece of knitted graffiti in your town, drop me an email, and I'll be happy to put it up on the Extreme Craft.

LINK thanks, Kacy!

2 Comments:

At 1/16/2006 09:19:00 PM, Blogger avocado kid said...

wow, that's super cool

 
At 1/21/2006 10:11:00 PM, Blogger anti-factory said...

a similar team (?) of folks have been doing crochet graffiti in San Francisco--usually on abandoned bicycles that are permanently chained to things, parking meters, and other such--on Mission and Valencia streets. they have involved lots of fringe, bizarre colors, and interesting loops, stripes, and patterns. i wish i had taken some photos to send to you, and i think most have been removed now, but they were up for quite a while :(

 

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