Vandalog began in October 2008 as the place for people to keep up to date on what’s going on with street art. Today, we focus on coverage of street art, graffiti, and viral art that you won’t get anywhere else. Stories on Vandalog are analytical, opinionated, investigative, exclusive, under-reported, and sometimes a bit overly-intellectual. 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 Rushmore is a 20-something living in Philadelphia and working at the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program. He became a fan of street art alongside his father when they began collecting art and searching out street art together in early 2008. RJ has written two books, curated some exhibitions and is currently curator for LMNL 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 include Jenny Holzer, Brad Downey, Troy Lovegates, John Fekner and Swoon. Learn more about RJ’s work at his personal website.
Caroline Caldwell – Contributing Writer
Caroline Caldwell is a 21-year-old artist, writer, student and all-around troublemaker living in Bronxville, New York. Growing up on the outskirts of Philadelphia, Caroline acquired a taste for graffiti as a teen, when she found friends among artists in the local graffiti community. With that, the scrawlings on the walls began to hold a more symbolic significance. Her interest quickly branched out to include stickers and street art, and her eyes were opened to a new way of interacting with one’s environment and creative interventions in shared public spaces. While she does not do much street art herself, she has been fortunate enough to participate in many other ways in New York City’s thriving street art community. A few of her favorite artists include Jenny Holzer, Broken Fingaz Crew, Swampy, Faile, and John Fekner. She is currently enjoying her junior year at Sarah Lawrence College, where she is studying international relations and environmental studies.
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.
Aline Mairet – Contributing Writer
Aline is an art lover and a street art photographer. After a few years working in fashion design in France and Italy, she made Montreal, Canada, her home for a decade before returning to France. Living in different countries has led her to appreciate diverse urban spaces more profoundly. It was in Montreal that she first discovered her passion for street art where she explored abandoned buildings, back alleys and the nooks and crannies of urban landscapes. In time, she got to know most of the artists working in the streets and slowly became their friends, their confidants, at times their muse, and always one of their biggest supporters. Some of her favorite street artists are Labrona, Produkt, Gawd, Other (Troy Lovegates), Vilx, Lilyluciole, Bonom and Borondo just to name a few.
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).
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.
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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. 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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