By Frances Roberts and Richard Levine
I bet you didn’t know that there was a “cult following” for pencils. Not just any pencils. Art directors don’t wax poetic about No. 2 Ticonderogas. Proof readers don’t wear their Staples generic pencils done to the nub. Apparently Blackwing brand pencils have quite a following. “Half the pressure, twice the speed”, is the company’s motto and to those that love them they wear them right down to a stub. Witness the fact that on eBay, an unused vintage, single pencil can go for $40.00. For that much money we’d wear down the pencil to the stub too.
These cans aren’t locked up in aerosol can jail because they committed a crime. In an effort to thwart graffiti, minors can’t buy aerosol cans of paint (and some markers also) so stores lock them up to keep control over their inventory.
Needless to say, if you want to get them you can always get them.
Although, sometimes their use is legit like at 5 Pointz, a mecca for graffiti artists. The 200,000 square foot former factory sees aerosol artists from around the world. The artwork transforms the outside into an ever changing graffiti art museum.
To end, here’s a man that really gets into his paint. Hermann Nitsch, founder of the Viennese Actionism movement, directs his assistants to smear, rub, throw and otherwise get the paint onto the canvas. Nitsch, who is almost 74, used to do this himself but now he directs his small army of assistants. This is from Nitsch’s first live painting action in the United States in February 2011.
Richard Levine and Frances Roberts, of Levine Roberts Photography, are a husband and wife team of photographers covering politics, environmental issues, the economy, business, and social and cultural issues in the Big Apple. See more photos from their collection on Newscom.
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