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Who Is Bozo Texino? A Film by Bill Daniel

15 July 2011, 03.50 | Posted in Art & Design, Culture, Uncategorized | Comments Off

who-is-bozo-texinoWho Is Bozo Texino? I with that I could employ the tongue of LeVar Burton to introduce this film to you, but I was attending the Art In The Streets exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles when I discovered a ramshackle television set playing Bill Daniel’s documentary on boxcar graffiti (the very specific kind of moniker-writing from those of the hobo persuasion) and I couldn’t stop watching it. The intro states that “Who is Bozo Texino? is the picaresque chronicle of a 16-year search for the source of a ubiquitous rail graffiti – a simple sketch of a blank-staring character with an infinity-shaped hat and the scrawled moniker, ‘Bozo Texino’ – a drawing seen [by anyone who pays attention] on railcars for over 80 years.” Seriously interesting stuff (maybe I’m just a geek about this type of stuff), and the footage was filmed & archived over the course of many years. So righteous! Grab your knapsack, jump a train. Or at least order a copy of the entire video from BillDaniels.net.

Rammellzee: Letter Tracers & Barshaw Gangstarrs

23 June 2011, 22.34 | Posted in Art & Design, Culture, Uncategorized | Comments Off

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Rammellzee wrote with Basquiat, mixed with Taketo Shimada, played with Buckethead, and inspired the formation of Cyprus Hill. I was completely awed by what the Rammellzee Estate and Suzanne Geiss put together for The RAMM:ELL:ZEE Room at MOCA Los Angeles. If you haven’t already, I suggest you experience it. That dude is radical. Thanks to some sort of generous concession from Banksy’s patrons, you can visit the exhibit without an entry fee on Mondays. Entrance into The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA will be FREE every Monday from 11a:00 to 5:00, June 13 through August 8, 2011.