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Bombin’ Atomically: COPE2 & KET vs. NYPD

"King" COPE2

"King" COPE2

Without question, COPE2…ahem, “King” COPE2 ran what I saw of the graffiti world coming up in the BX (Tracy 168 was sick too). I lived by the 2 & 5 train and also found myself plenty of times on the 4 line and spotting new COPE throw ups and burners was a great way to lose time while riding the iron horse. COPE’s infamy—you can even spot his throw ups in Grand Theft Auto IV—surely had him on the NYPD vandal squad’s hit list, so it’s more than a little bit interesting that COPE and Po Po are going to be sitting on the same panel at the powerHouse Arena in DUMBO this Thursday.

cope_2What’s the panel about? To discuss Vandal Squad: Inside the New York City Transit Police Department, 1984-2004. The book’s title speaks for itself but the kicker is that it’s written by Joe Rivera—dubbed “Joe Blow” by COPE—a former transit cop.

Needless to say, many in the writer set—notably KET, founder of the sorely missed STRESS Magazine—are not too keen on someone who made a living locking up graf writers profiting from their art. KET is on the panel too, and in his blog is clear on his the intent of calling out Jake on their duplicity. I may have to make the trek out to Brooklyn to peep this sure to be intense discussion. [spotted at Gothamist]

UPDATE:

So They Meet Again: Vandals and Former Vandal Squad [via Gothamist]

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March 18, 2009 - Posted by | Freshness, Hip-Hop, News, The Boogie | , , , , , ,

27 Comments »

  1. I’ve known Cope 2 and Ket for almost a decade now (dayum!), and obviously I’ve known their work for much longer. Both are incredible artists and people.

    I think it’s great that they’re doing this panel and exposing Joe Rivera for the hypocrite that he is — dude spent all this time locking away graff artists, and he’s now put out a book profiting off of the same guys he basically persecuted throughout his career. And, by the way, if you read the book, you get the sense that he was fascinated by graff and was too much of a scared little punk to actually be a writer so he instead chose to antagonize them — which shows how much of a clown this cat is!

    I read Vandal Squad and it’s a crappy book on all fronts — it’s terribly written, there isn’t all that much information in there, an he brags about certain arrests made without really getting into the details about how he caught these guys. Why? Because discussing that would expose just how severe and outrageous the anti-graffiti laws are in New York State. Here, thanks to fascist Giuliani, graffiti is considered a felony and, as these vandal squad cops search for writers, they infringe on their personal liberties, seizing all their property, invading their privacy, and using tactics that constitute textbook entrapment. It’s absurd, especially when these guys are just making art!

    Honestly, I rarely trek to BK but I’m considering going just so I can rip this dude a new one! lol

    Comment by SickaThanAverage | March 19, 2009

  2. Cell Block! Yeah, as soon as I saw this I tagged—in my mind—WTF?! The stories of the foulness the vandal squad would pull are on some true gestapo type madness. Then to have the nerve to write about it? There are worse letters to go after: ENRON, SEC, AIG…

    Comment by aqua | March 19, 2009

  3. I gotta see dis.

    Comment by Boudicon | March 19, 2009

  4. This is my kind of news.

    Comment by Semp Rok | March 19, 2009

  5. cope2 is the best tagger ever!

    Comment by mike | April 20, 2009

  6. cope2 is the best !

    Comment by mike | April 20, 2009

  7. cope 2 is the king of kings

    trick repesent graff of morocco
    wwww.trick-14.skyrock.com

    Comment by trick 54 | April 27, 2009

  8. COPE IS A TRUE LIVING LEGEND. BEEN BOMBING TOGETHER A FEW TIMES. HES STILL DOING HIS THING

    Comment by KING PACK KD | May 13, 2009

  9. cope2 is the best tagger alive king of kings

    Comment by maker | July 8, 2009

  10. COPE2 IZ THE BEST

    Comment by Maker | July 8, 2009

  11. COPE2 e DAZE Li MeGgHiU!!!

    Comment by marco | July 18, 2009

  12. Aq PnGen GbUng Sm bmbEr2 YG Ad D snA…..?

    Comment by OPSO | September 24, 2009

  13. COPE IS THE TRUE KING OF SNITCHES. ASK TAT CREW, OVIE AND THE REST WHO ARE NOW INCACERATED. “WE” REAL WRITERS KNOW WHO HE IS. DON’T BE FOOLED.

    Comment by SHAME-SHAME | November 11, 2009

  14. TRUE SNITCH..TRUE LEGEND OF VANDAL SQUAD..

    Comment by yeh | November 11, 2009

  15. fuckin ay opso if cope aint no snitch but he still graffs illegally yet he shows his face on all pics everyone knows who he is but yet hes not locked up if it was any other graffer we would be inside the big house right now only snitches have the privelages of being able to show their face infront of their graffiti and not get arrested i say hes a snitch

    Comment by Contraversial king | November 28, 2009

  16. fuck u toy

    Comment by smiley | December 4, 2009

  17. yoo wat upp i tag up 2 i am cry2 now i tag up co i want to meet you cope you mad nice

    Comment by alex aka cry2 | January 22, 2010

  18. shit you a king cope man… your shit is art. im optic from arizona 928 man your a god aztecs shit aint nothing compared to yours

    Comment by saneor optic | February 4, 2010

  19. YO THIS IS A BRONX WRITTER, THEY CALL ME MONSTER,I GOT UPS AND I KNOW WHAT ITS FEEL LIKE SMACKIN GATES,VANS,BUILDINS AND ALL THAT OTHER SHIT, IT GIVES YOU A RUSH,JUST KNOWING THESE PIGS ARE HUNTING FOR US SO GOOD WORK COPE2 WILL MEET. FUCK COPS MONSTER

    Comment by JAMESCARTER | February 19, 2010

  20. Cope is a good dude. There will always be a struggle in one way or another. Its proven itself through all time. Many artists have been persecuted by the finger pointer, judge-mental character’s like this Joe Blow, I agree with the first comment I know hes intruiged by the art but doesnt have that burning inner passion to persue what you trully love. Its easier to point at the bad guy and keep it moving. In this case he pointed and kicked Cope in the back wrote a story about it and sold it……thats not honorable. Im glad im not that guy hes definetaly not sleeping at night. Who’s to be honored is Cope for going thru the culdren and dusting himself off and proving that art will never be stopped by any means of intimidation, currupt cops, this fucked up system or any Vandal Squads bully system. They proved nothing. Cope proved himself.

    Comment by CHINODESIGNS AKA TROME | February 25, 2010

  21. yoo weat upp coe 2 u nice in tagss i tag cry2 bwf tgg xns

    i want to meeet you man you nice

    Comment by alex cry2 | March 17, 2010

  22. Fuck you im the true graffiti artist, fuck cope 2

    Comment by IBOK | April 14, 2010

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  24. i really think cope2 is a icon of huphop not much of graffiti art but defenestrate of hiphop

    Comment by mike | May 13, 2010

  25. cope 2 suck dicks

    Comment by star tsk | June 2, 2010

  26. cope de pte piedra grone mas na olas tio mio en ke estas vn salvdo desde peru

    Comment by cope | July 16, 2010

  27. cope2 is a snitch

    Comment by Greg | December 13, 2011


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