Over the past month or so, this blog has been going through a lot of changes that some of you may have noticed. I have moved from my beloved Seattle to the greater Los Angeles area for school meaning some new and different content for the blog. We will still have just as many photos from Seattle, but we’ll also have a whole new region to cover. We will also be switching from WordPress.com to the self-hosted WordPress.org platform in the next few weeks. To finish, here is a little sample of what I will be posting over the coming months from the Golden State.
Update: This weeks Audit post is up on Line Out and features KYT DTC.
Over the next few weeks we will be writing a number of (Northwest) profiles on some of Seattle’s most interesting graffiti landmarks, both past and present. If there is a specific spot you’d like us to write about, just tell us in the comment section or shoot us an email. Also, feel free to give us any feedback through the comment section.
Deep in the heart of the University District resides Tubs. In the old days it was a bathhouse, known for its weird vibe. As the bathhouse slowly went out of business it attempted to start over as a spa. In 2007, the owner decided to sell the property to developers to make a 60-unit apartment complex. In the meantime, the Free Sheep Foundation made their move, making a proposition to the owner and taking control of the property.
In a public statement, the Free Sheep Foundation said, “This temporary project is meant to serve as a beautiful display of color in the waning days of a building’s demise, as well as a re-interpretation of site and celebration of the city.” On April 26th of last year, the Free Sheep Foundation threw a party to celebrate the murals, featuring work by Gurldogg, Ego, Kinoko, NKO, BLINK, and Baldman. Over time, Tubs has undergone countless changes, each adding to the great Seattle landmark. The owner of the property decided that he liked what he saw and opened Tubs as a massive free wall which graffiti artists can use without legal troubles. Tubs provides a large canvas for street artists, and is a vital component of the Seattle street art and graffiti scene(s).