Graffiti Artists Buff The Man’s Billboards

Buffing is when graffiti artist’s work gets scrubbed over by The Man. Stieg point us to what happens when a street artist buffs The Man back, in this case, a billboard in the Red Hook borough of Brooklyn. The only tools required were a roller, paint and an a roller extension.

Note the buffed graffiti below the altered billboard.

The work is done by a member of Visual Resistance, a Brooklyn-based group of artists who don’t like things and make art about ‘em, frequently street-based.

More of their work at Visual Resistance’s Flickrstream.

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  1. mattbr says:

    otherwise known as “the conscious art of advertisement removal”.

  2. mark duffy says:

    Quick, pull down that buffed billboard, get it to Sotheby’s, and let the bidding begin!

  3. Anabelle says:

    I love the creative energy of much graffitti, but I hate the utter presumption and selfishness of street artists who think they own every blank surface in sight.

  4. Painting over an outdoor. Wow. That really showed them who’s boss huh! Hey, maybe next Super Bowl you guys can come over and paint my TV screen and block out the ads that suck.

    If ads suck so bad, how’d you know where to buy your Krylon?

  5. Bucky Turco says:

    You’re right Anabelle, how could they be so presumptious, those rascals, especially knowing full well its the corporations that actually own every blank surface.

    And logo, you novice, that’s house paint not Krylon.

  6. x23 says:

    “You’re right Anabelle, how could they be so presumptious, those rascals, especially knowing full well its the corporations that actually own every blank surface.”

    well. they don’t either but *someone* does. and more often than not a corporation will *ask* or *pay* to use the space. how often do graffiti artists do that? ever?

  7. airship says:

    And, as we all know, ‘ownership’ is the only thing that matters when one is discussing what’s right or wrong. As in, just to pick a random example, slavery…

  8. AcidReign says:

    …..If the artist gets caught, he pays a fine and possibly goes to jail. The corporate advertiser just hires the billboard company to put up a new one, pumping more money into the economy. Guess who profits on this conflict?