Corporate Graffiti
April 10th, 2007

To promote a new line of sneakers, Adidas invited seven graffiti artists to paint a replica of a subway car – a publicity stunt that has prompted outrage from some local politicians.

Graffiti has nothing to do with sneakers, so basically its just another despicable corporation trying to look edgy by promoting a crime in search of profits, said Councilman Peter Vallone Jr.

Gawker has a short video interview with one of the artists, named Kiante, who says the event is being done with the utmost respect.” Mayor Bloomberg, I love you man, says Kiante. I even voted for you – and Im not even a Republican.

Some local graffiti artists aren’t amused either. “It sounds lame on so many different levels,” writes Gaff News, a blog covering “The World Wide War On Graffiti Writers.”

By on April 10, 2007, 3:42 pm
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11 Responses to “Corporate Graffiti”

  1. carl weston Says:
    April 10th, 2007 at 3:57 pm

    I believe that graffiti writers should be able to earn a living with their art. These art school trust fund kids can afforded to take that position…

  2. Jason Gooljar Says:
    April 11th, 2007 at 1:04 pm

    There is nothing wrong with the “art” of graffiti. While I disdain this corporitization of the art of graffiti by Adidas; there’s a difference that we must acknowledge.

    The difference is between art and vandalism. I am opposed to unauthorized graffiti whether private or public.

    Authorized graffiti such as murals and other work done for businesses and organizations; if unoffensive to any group of people should be fine.

  3. hope Says:
    November 22nd, 2007 at 8:53 am

    what is a sneaker?

  4. devin eakle Says:
    February 14th, 2008 at 9:08 pm

    are you going to sell or make any more like this?

  5. Vandal Says:
    March 2nd, 2008 at 12:09 am

    As a new graffiti artist i haven’t tagged any public property, even if it is a distant dream, but I am alos the owner of a hopfeully very successful clothing line that i tend to do graffiti wirting on, so if Adidas can do it and they are a large corporation then why can’t anybody else, and what’s wrong with adding street flavor to corporate things. Maybe even business suits!

  6. sam Says:
    May 16th, 2008 at 1:15 pm

    how is it causing outrage? if they don”t like it don”t buy it! i would like to have those sneakers! sometimes i think these politicans have nothing better to do.

  7. You're all idiots Says:
    July 10th, 2008 at 5:21 am

    Adidas is supporting hip hop, they aren’t trying to look edgy. They aren’t advertising the shit out of them, they only advertise their athletic appearal really.

    If it’s fresh, it’s fresh. And some of their shoes are fresh. Bboys have been rocking shelltoes since they existed, hip hop and adidas is no new thing.

    And yeah, I’m a graffiti vandal. It’s not art, vandalism just doesn’t have to be ugly. I do go paint things illegally, why? I really don’t have to justify my actions to you. Figure it out on your own, you probably won’t. I don’t really want you to either. I don’t want graffiti to be accepted and seen as a good thing, it’s my life and I dont want others involved in it.

    IF ANYONE SAYS THEY ARE A GRAFFITI ARTISTS AND THEY ONLY DO THINGS LEGALLY, THEY ARE ON THE SAME LEVEL TO GRAFFITI AS 50 CENT IS TO MUSIC!

  8. JAYLIN P. Says:
    February 27th, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    I THINK YOU SHOULD LET HIM DO HIS PROFESSION!!! ITZ A HOBBY AND ITZ N0T REALLY HARMFUL!!! THE KEY WORD IS (faith)!!! I WOULD HAVE LOVE TO SEE MORE CREATION, (ART)!!! I WOULD PAY M,ILLIONZ TO SEE EVEN MORE =)!!! ON ADIDAZ Nd MANY M0RE!!
    P&LF

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