Not since the early ’80s has graffiti made such a cultural impact. Artists such as graf originator Blek le Rat—and, following in his footsteps, Banksy—worked without much attention until last fall, when London’s Sotheby’s sold a canvas piece by Banksy for more than $100,000. The result of such news? Adidas has put out a collection dedicated to the finest street artists in the world, and there’s a now-on-DVD graffiti documentary called Style Wars, depicting the origins of wall vart (vandalism + art) in 1983. Add to that NYC graf legend Claw Money’s new book about her life as a street
artist, Bombshell: The Life and Crimes of Claw Money. Building on the trend, shoe designer Christian Louboutin created a whole line of shoes and bags dedicated to the vandal arts.