The Art Of Warez on Vimeo

This brings back so many memories…

Early internet users communicated with each other via Bulletin Board Systems, or BBS. Popular in the 1980s and early 1990s, these digital hubs allowed users to dial-up on a modem and chat on public message boards or through private chats, play text-based games, and even transfer files, from computer art to cracked software.

Pirated software, known as “warez,” was accompanied by ANSI art—a form of flashy hacker graffiti that credited the software crackers responsible for providing the illicit files. Eventually, ANSI art became its own subculture, with computer artists competing to develop new fonts and imagery in all its 8-bit glory.

A new documentary, The Art of Warez, directed by artist and filmmaker Oliver Payne in collaboration with one-time ANSI artist Kevin Bouton-Scott, dives into this world of warez and ANSI art. Payne told Motherboard that he met Bouton-Scott while teaching a course on video games at ArtCenter in Pasadena, California. The former ANSI artist schooled Payne on warez and ANSI subculture.

“Whilst graffiti exists illegally on private and public property, ANSI originally existed on (and to take credit for) illegally pirated software,” Payne said. “As they are criminal activities, both require anonymity and the use of a tag name to achieve notoriety within the scene. The best artists create fresh fonts using crazy color combinations and go hard to make as many dope ANSIs as they can. It’s totally hacker graffiti and the folk art movement of the proto cyber crime scene.”

Bouton-Scott said that ANSI art still feels mysterious to him after all these years. A graffiti artist as a kid, his transition into the ANSI scene felt completely natural to him.

“We were all completely obsessed with this stuff, going to enormous lengths to make the artwork and get the art packs together, trying to get good reviews in the electronic magazines that would write about all the latest work,” Bouton Scott said.

Payne thinks it’s remarkable that something so cool could remain virtually unknown. Bouton-Scott noted that many ANSI artists, who were also into coding and making VGA graphics and demos, later became graphic designers and likely influenced the look of the early web.

“As youth subcultures go, this might be the best one,” Payne said. “It combines so many wonderful things—hacking, video games, graffiti, freedom of information, fantasy art, mecha anime, anarchist literature, comic book monsters, [phone] phreaking.”

Bouton-Scott said the digital archivist Jason Scott, who works for the Internet Archive, teamed up with RaD MaN, founder of the ANSI group ACiD, to create a database of the art packs that still existed in the early 2000s. They are now available for download on Scott’s website,

For Bouton-Scott, the ANSI scene has no contemporary parallel. But if there were one, he believes it would be comprised of teenagers, as social media for “creative adults” is dominated by entrepreneurialism, branding, and self-commodification.

“The ANSI scene was quite the opposite of this,” said Bouton-Scott. “It was a self-contained labor of love, pro-crime, anti-copyright, facilitating the very real need of free-software for young computer users.”

The Art of Warez, produced by safecrackers x somesuch, premieres online today (July 31) at SafeCrackers.

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New 79th Street Murals Beautify Vacant Lot In South Shore: ‘These Are Our Pyramids … Our Great Statues Of Rome’

Glad to see my old neighborhood is getting beautiful…

South Side artists Max Sansing and Kayla Mahaffey hope their new twin murals will remind their neighbors the North Side isn’t the only place with a claim to Chicago’s art scene.

Mahaffey said she and Sansing went with a superhero theme for their 79th Street murals to evoke feelings of protection and hope among neighbors. Her piece, “Joined as One,” features a central hero in a fighting stance, joined by a few sidekicks. Continue reading

Yo… it’s me… and my art


Yeah haven’t been sharing my personal ish in a while but I been busy grinding with the Shirt Shop and working on my marketing…. Any ideas? Feel free to shoot them my way…

but I have been on my art game something fierce…


AND I’m gonna be selling posters… once I get some decent prices…. know any black printers that’s for real? Holla at ya man…

but here’s the goodness..

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Police Destroy LEGALLY Painted Mural of Mike Brown, Because It ‘Sent the Wrong Message’

not surprised in the least….

Only two weeks ago a huge mural was created of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old who was shot and killed by police in Ferguson, Missouri, in spite of being unarmed and having committed no crime when police stopped to harass him.

The mural was created by artists in Trenton, New Jersey on the gate to a vacant storefront.
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Just living the life, ya know?

Well, just finished version .80 of the LR mobile app and I think I finally know what I’m doin? lol


You can go to the usual downloads page to get it..

Got some new shirts up at the shop so check those!


GbA Shirt Shop

and I think me and Mark gonna finally get a show done…. I think he enjoyed his paid vacation waaaay too much lol

and if you need some graphics done, or some artwork JUST for you, gimme a holla… I’m feeling artistic

Lupe Fiasco’s Last Interview: Opens Up About New & BEST Album, Kid Cudi & President Obama – YouTube

This dude…. smmfh

Lupe Fiasco is going out in a blaze of glory. Well, sort of. Having already decided to quit Twitter, the Chicago rapper gave his last radio interview on Sway In The Morning this week as he plans to “go back to the shadows” now that his new album Tetsuo & Youth (which, for the record, is his best work since The Cool) is in stores. Lupe spoke on everything from album sales and social media (including his Twitter beefs with Kid Cudi and Chief Keef) to MTV’s Hottest MCs List and Barack Obama, before kicking another insane five-minute freestyle, just to remind the folks at home what’s what.

In one of his final radio interviews ever, Lupe Fiasco stops by Sway in the Morning for an explosive conversation about his “best album,” Tetsuo and Youth, candid thoughts on Chicago, and indifferent feelings about album sales.

While in-studio he stimulated our minds by asking which we’d rather have…

“A nice life with no hip hop, or f***ed up sh*t with n****s rappin on the corner?”

Later explaining that it’s “hip hop culture, not black culture.”

Releasing his 10th album, Tetsuo and Youth, Lupe calls this his best project to date — comparing it to history’s best art and why/how it’s value grew.

Fiasco carries on the candid conversation — and holds nothing back — while mentioning Kid Cudi and Azalea Banks. “F**k him,” and “F**k her,” he boldly states.

Before into his FINAL radio freestyle, Lupe names some up-and-coming rappers that inspire him. Even naming some Sway in the Morning-friends, Kendrick Lamar, Loaded Lux, Daylyt and more

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Defining the Visual Style of Southern Hip Hop – Noisey Design (Episode 1)

Pen & Pixel churned out thousands of covers in the 90s and early 00s for dirty South artists such as Master P, Ghetto Boys & Lil Wayne, defining the visual style of southern hip hop with its over the top, diamond encrusted covers. They were the ones to invent the term “bling bling”. Noisey follows Shawn Brauch, the founder & head designer, from their rise to success, trailblazing digital desktop publication before anyone, and it’s fall from dirty south fame.

via Defining the Visual Style of Southern Hip Hop – Noisey Design (Episode 1) – YouTube.