Vandalog began in October 2008 as the place for people to keep up to date on what’s going on with street art. If something matters in the world of street art, you can read about it on Vandalog. This is the blog, but we are also on Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr, Instagram, Google+, and Facebook. And there’s an online shop.
RJ Rushmore – Editor-in-Chief
RJ is a 20-something student living in Philadelphia and attending Haverford College. He hasn’t been involved with street art very long, only since early 2008, but it’s quickly become how he spends most of his free time. RJ has written a book, curated some shows, made some videos for Babelgum and is currently working part time as a student co-manager at Haverford College’s Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery. When he didn’t get to be editor-in-chief of his high school newspaper, he decided to start Vandalog and show those idiots that they made a big mistake. Some of RJ’s favorite street artists are Jenny Holzer, Shepard Fairey, John Fekner, Judith Supine and Swoon.
Caroline Caldwell – Contributing Writer
Caroline Caldwell is a 20 year old artist, writer, student and all-around troublemaker. She grew up on the outskirts of Philadelphia, where she acquired a taste for graffiti. Recently she moved to New York where she is a sophomore at Sarah Lawrence College. A few of her favorite artists are Miss Van, Swampy, Faile, John Fekner, Barbara Kruger and Broken Fingaz crew.
Laura Calle – Contributing Writer
Laura Calle is a writer, cultural analyst and staff member of Living Walls: The City Speaks since 2011. Obtaining her bachelors degree in Cultural Anthropology with an emphasis on identity politics, she has an affinity towards cultural relativism and bringing out the context in which art exists. Her interest in graffiti and other expressions of street art begun in her native Bogota, Colombia, where she experienced a different discourse of public space and property. Currently she has returned to her homeland and is working on various multidisciplinary research projects about urban culture in downtown Bogota. Laura assigned a mission for herself in Vandalog: to bring Latin American artists to the forefront of street art and expand variations of culture and productions of art in the streets. Some of her favorite artists include Bastardilla, Hyuro, Gaia, LNY, and Aryz.
Gaia – Contributing Writer
Gaia is a Brooklyn and Baltimore based street artist with a background in Printmaking and Sculpture. Marrying the animal and the human form, Gaia conjures mysterious figures that carry a heavy sense of mythology and recall a past when man and nature were once united. These romantic creatures stand in relief to the urban environment as they lurk and beckon in the city’s forgotten and neglected spaces. The conveyance of their story relies on the chance coincidence with a passerby, and even in that intimate moment, their narrative is precarious and delicate.
Luke McManus – Contributing Writer
Luke McManus is an IT project manager by day, and by night (and any other spare time he gets) a street art and graffiti fan, collector and photographer. Luke has been interested in street art since the explosion in Melbourne in the mid 2000s, in particular stencils and paste ups. Since then Luke has always been a keen follower Melbourne’s street art and graffiti scene and of street art worldwide. Luke’s purpose for documenting and blogging about street art and graffiti is to share with the world the amazing talent in the street art and graffiti scene in Melbourne (and sometimes from other parts of Australia).
Tom “Shower” Pearson – Contributing Writer
Tom, or Shower as he is known to many of his friends, likes things that make you turn your head, be it architecture, urban interventions, street art or graffiti. Tom’s passion for the city lies within the scope of (open source) urban design and believes that we should be encouraged to have our say in how spaces are designed, used and developed. He is inspired by any creative individuals who desire to change, adapt and re-think their surroundings, with notable nods of appreciation to artists: Sweet Toof, Blu, Dondi White, Invader and Mark Jenkins, and writers and photographers: Scott Burnham, Martha Cooper, Henry Chalfant, Tristan Manco & Roger Gastman.
Rhiannon Platt – Contributing Writer
From the first day that Rhiannon saw a Gaia piece while sitting in her dorm in Virginia, uncommissioned public art has consumed her time. Growing up in West Virginia, she looked to blogs such as Wooster Collective until she could eject herself to New York City. Since moving there in 2009, she has strived to represent the underrepresented through projects such as Fyeahwomenartists. In addition to her internet life, she curates shows, ups the punx, and slips her bike chain like it’s her job. Some of her favorite artists include: Gaia (duh), Chris Stain, Felix Gonzalez- Torres, EKG, LNY, Reverend and Nugz, John Everett Millais, Doodles, Homo Riot, and You Go Girl!.
Lois Stavsky – Contributing Writer
Lois Stavsky is an educator, curator and writer with a particular passion for global street art. She has recently contributed to: Stickers: Stuck-Up Piece of Crap: From Punk Rock to Contemporary Art, Rizzoli, 2010; C215: Community Service, Criteres, 2011 and Graffiti: 365, Abrams Books 2011.
Friends of Vandalog – everybody who has contributed to Vandalog at some point as a contributor or guest poster:
At Vandalog, we encourage readers to comment on posts. Discussion and feedback can be great. That said, RJ does moderate the comments. The vast majority of comments do get approved quickly, but some are not. There aren’t any hard and fast rules about how comments are moderated on Vandalog, but here are some general guidelines about what will probably not get posted: excessive or unnecessary cursing, obscene personal insults, unnecessarily sexually explicit remarks, threats of violence, anything potentially libelous anything that could put Vandalog in a problematic legal situation, revealing or hints of revealing artists identities and personal insults which are irrelevant to the topic of the post. Do not unnecessarily throw in a link to your website at the end of your comment like an email signature, that’s spammy (you can already have your name link to your website). If you post a comment and it doesn’t appear after 24 hours but you think it should, please email RJ (rj –at- vandalog dot com). Also, if you complain online (such as on Twitter, another blog or a forum) that your comment has not been published before waiting 24 hours and emailing me, that will be a violation of the guidelines and might result in none of your future comments being published. Comments will only be edited before being published if RJ gets the commenter’s approval for the change/changes.
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