Witness Graffiti!

The underground world of graffiti is surfacing this weekend in two locations on Long Island.

On Saturday (August 14), an exhibition opens at the Eric Firestone Gallery in East Hampton. The show, Down By Law, features pioneers of NYC graffiti artists. Sunday (August 15) brings graffiti action to life during Klasik Archives—a Long Island Underground music and art festival. Held at The Nutty Irishman of Bay Shore, Klasik Archives includes 12 hours of live rap music, DJ’s, break dancers, and around 30 aerosol artists doing their thing.

The East Hampton exhibition is displaying artwork by Coco, Dondi White, Zephyr, Dr. Revolt and others. There are photographs and Zephyr’s animation sequence frames for the iconic film, Wild Style. The show includes drawings from Yo! MTV Raps and logo designs for the Beastie Boys, Run-DMC and the Cold Chillin’ record label.

Many of the artists are expected to be at Saturday’s opening to kick off the show with plenty of downtown attitude. Artists include Russell Simmons, Coco, Blade, Carlos “Mare139” Rodriguez, Eric Haze, Keo, Chris Pape and others.

Eric Firestone was determined to bring together graffiti’s pioneer greats for Down by Law. The Eric Firestone Gallery is located at 4 Newtown Lane, East Hampton. For information, visit www.ericfirestonegallery.com or call 631-604-2386. The show is on view through September 26.

Klasik Archives is determined to bring the Long Island underground scene and talent for all to see. The music and art festival happens from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Aerosol artists include Tag, Comet, Chain 3, Ivory, Flint, Zeus, Lae, Such, Reme and others. The festival is being produced by Dirty Politics and Rhythmvision. The Nutty Irishman of Bay Shore is located at 60 East Main Street, Bay Shore. For information, visit www.thenuttyirishman.com or call 631-969-9700.

pat rogers

Pat Rogers is a freelance writer specializing in arts and culture on Long Island. When not going to art openings or interviewing actors or musicians, she’s looking for the next interesting story.