May 21, 2009

THE GRAFF LIFE: a Documentary on Urban Hieroglyphics

POLICE FOUND CUSTOMIZED FIRE EXTINGUISHERS FILLED WITH PAINT AT THE SCENE. Law enforcement raided homes with luxury cars in the driveways, walking out suspects sporting diamond-studded crew insignias around their necks. Authorities project cleanup to run roughly $4 million. All this, the fallout over the half-mile long, three-storey high painting along a portion of the Los Angeles River that has snagged the infamous honor of being the largest illegal tag in L.A. and possibly the world, 400 gallons of paint that spell MTA, an acronym for Metro Transit Assassins, the crew that is the focus of The Graff Life, a documentary by director Randy De Vol. Chronicling a period from 2002 to the present day, De Vol puts viewers front and center for the illicit meetings, nighttime missions and everyday ups and downs that make the life of one of the most well-known graffiti crews in the country. Boasting a soundtrack primarily featuring L.A.'s BLX Crew, graff legends such as Kofie, Rance, Ghost and Gas appear in this no-holds-barred documentary that shines a light on the individuals that take to the streets when the rest of Los Angeles goes to sleep.

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