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The Con Artist: Poetic Justice, CASH4-ed Out, and, Judd-le Gym?
by Max Nesterak

Poetic Justice

emoji illustration by the author

The pen may be mightier than the sword, but it ain't a shield. A drunken debate between a poet and a prose writer turned tragic last week when the poet knifed the prosateur to death. The 53-year-old former teacher and poet has already confessed to stabbing his friend in his apartment in Sverdlovsk after the friend said only prose was real literature. The man faces up to 15 years in prison.

This isn’t the first time philosophical debates in Russia have ended in duels. As the BBC noted, last September an argument about Immanuel Kant ended with one man being shot with an air pistol.


CASH4 Bail? 

photo by Mo Gelber

Prolific NYC Graffiti artist Russell Murphy, aka CASH4, became (involuntarily) a viral star last summer when street photographer Mo Gelber snapped a picture of him in handcuffs, kissing his accomplice/girlfriend after being arrested for vandalism. Murphy was caught and arrested again Wednesday morning in the East Village for "making graffiti," criminal trespassing, and resisting arrest (he was reportedly flailing his arms to avoid being handcuffed).



Horrible kids, horrible parents, happy family 

A New York gallery owner tweeted this photo of two children playing on a multi-million dollar sculpture in Tate Modern on Wednesday, inciting rage from both art lovers and the children’s parents. Stephanie Theodore said that after she saw the 9-year-old girl climb on American artist Donald Judd’s installation, appraised at $10 million, she confronted the girl's chaperones, her aunt and uncle. They told her to mind her own business. She tweeted, “I told the woman … the kids were using a $10mm art work as a toy, she told me I knew nothing abt kids. Obv she doesn't either.” The photo went viral and it seems the majority sided with Theodore. But not all agreed. One commenter, mike kroll, tweeted “Nobody should call kids that little terrible. You’re obviously an ugly stuck up art bitch that nobody wants to have kids with”

In an interview with the London Evening Standard, the girls' parents, who turned out to be Kait Bolongaro and Stuart Trevor, founders of the All Saints fashion label, shrugged it off saying her daughter was just playing and has always been a bit “anti-establishment.” “They were on it for a matter of seconds, they weren’t climbing all over it. Our children are not horrible, they are the most cute and intelligent girls at the top of their class in school and they are obsessed with art. They have the upmost respect,” Bolongaro said.

Yes, the upmost respect. 


Do You Know the Muppet Man? 


This amazingly awful police sketch actually worked. Seriously, they got the guy. The picture went viral two weeks ago because, well, look at it. And then we all made fun of the Texas’s Lamar County Sheriff’s office and their incompetent sketch artist and talked about how it looked more like a muppet than a man. Then, the sketch led to the arrest of Glenn Edwin Rundles, who’s being charged with aggravated robbery, indecent exposure, and a host of other crimes. So I guess we all stand corrected.


Posted by Max Nesterak on 1/31/14 | tags: street art graffiti NYC russell murphy cash4 All Saints stephanie theodore sketch artist Tate Modern

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