By Catherine Wagley
By Channing Sargent
By L.A. Weekly critics
By Amanda Lewis
By Catherine Wagley
By Carol Cheh
By Keegan Hamilton
By Bill Raden
Still on probation, Williams has no plans to return to L.A. anytime soon. While he still has a profound love for the City of Angels and the community that has rallied around him, he doesn't miss the authorities, who vow to "bankrupt him and put him out of business," according to what one police detective told him. They're sticking to their agenda, as Williams says the city attorney has prepared a civil lawsuit against him seeking hundreds of thousands of dollars should he ever paint publicly in L.A. again. It would retroactively peg him for every mural he's ever done (or at least the ones they know about), regardless of whether it's a commission with the property owners' consent. "I'm not a saint. I'm not saying 'Poor me,' or anything. But the obsession is outrageous," he says.
Saber, an L.A. graffiti king and colleague of Revok's who recently held a sold-out art show in New York, couldn't agree more. "There is so much misdirected energy and taxpayer dollars being wasted going after this one person," he says, a sad, palpable anger rising in his voice. "We've lost one of our strongest artists — Los Angeles is going to miss out on some of the best art in the world, as far as I'm concerned. These sheriffs shut down Melrose Avenue during a business day to raid a store Revok pictured on his blog. In this economy?"
"Perseverance" — which includes contributions from Rime, a world-renowned talent also formerly from L.A., and Roid, an up-and-coming star from London — may serve as a homecoming of sorts, even though Williams won't be there, and all the work is being shipped from Detroit. And while his new Midwestern digs offer opportunity and peace of mind, his inspiration is local. "L.A. has always been my home. As a kid I'd drive around the freeways to see who was up, trying to soak it all up and memorize the city, learn as much as I could. I grew up in Riverside and all I wanted to do was live in L.A. Now it's ironic — I can't be there. Hopefully some day that will change."
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PERSEVERANCE: REVOK, RIME AND ROID | Known Gallery, 441 N. Fairfax Ave., Mid-City | Opening reception Aug 20, 8-11 p.m. | Through Sept. 12 | knowngallery.com
If he wasn't being harassed he wouldn't be a cult hero or found his new Detroit canvas. He needs to thank the LAPD for the promo.
Good story about how we can come from the bottom doing what we love,for whatever reason we do it for. And still make it,even though the police,( the man), are trying to beat us back down to nothing. Just because we believe in what we do. It does have purpose to us. They can't see past closes minded teaching. Sum mite say it is a crime,only because they are taught to think like that. Don't get me wrong,some ones do it for the wrong reasons,but we are all here to learn. I'm not the most educated person,buy I hope I made enough sense to get my point across.
Thank you for a behind the scenes look into the life of this very influential artist. The pigs are just minions of the cultural vampires which cant stand to see any expression coming from a human that has not been approved by them. That they would try and use revok as an example is PERFECT because he has and does embody the passion which gets this game up everyday and keeps it moving. We often forget the pain that one must endure on this path of self realization but your piece has helped to bring be back down to earth for a moment. Thanks again.
it is so sad that the LAPD are wasting money, time, resources, etc. to "punish" someone who is doing more for the community than they. Instead of dealing with crimes that are endangering peoples lives, they choose to try and make a (moot) point of catching REVOK1 and other prolific artists. The MSK/AWR crew of LA are some of the most talented artists the world has ever seen, and now the city that birthed a revolution will not let them even live there.Big up to Known Gallery
I got an iPad 2 32-GB for $21.68 and my girlfriend loves her Panasonic Lumix GF 1 Camera that we got for $ 38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS. I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $ 657 which only cost me $ 62.81 . Here is the site we use to get it al from, http://to.ly/aXGE
Props to REVOK RIME AND ROID. PERSEVERANCE Brothas. The pain is worth the pleasure is worth the mark you leave on the walls and hearts of all. Sat night will be magnificent.