Recently, Vandalog revealed that the previous month on the website was dubbed 'Illegal August'. It was termed so because Vandalog's editor-in-chief RJ and the entire staff decided to attempt to post only illegal street art work throughout the month of August. In other words, Vandalog spent a month trying to live up to its name.
When discussing his motivation for Illegal August, RJ mentioned that many top street art blogs are essentially publishing the same legal wall mural content. Its the same ol'/same ol' with most of the top street art blogs are covering the same artists painting the same walls, and essentially all of these walls are legal commissioned walls.
At the end of the Illegal August experiment, RJ points out that it is much harder to actually go out and gather material for content, than it is to post whatever gets sent to one's email box. RJ also notes that during Illegal August Vandalog's overall traffic dropped by 10%. And, in terms of sheer popularity, the most popular post on Vandalog in August got only 1/3 of the traffic from the most popular post from the month before.
RJ then refers to select other street art blogs in analyzing their posts for the last week. RJ mentions several street art blogs and and the amount of illegal posts/total posts for that week. RJ includes Wooster Collective (0/1), StreetArtNews (1/38 with 9 maybe's), BrooklynStreetArt (2/7 with 3 more posts featuring both legal and illegal activity), and Juxtapoz (1/14).
RJ concludes that "maybe street art just doesn't mean the same thing that it once did".
Maybe. But the folks at MELROSEandFAIRFAX disagree wholeheartedly. Murals might be the prettiest and most accessible element of street art, but we believe murals are just one part of the big picture, and murals alone do not represent the soul of street art. Murals are like the icing on the cake of the street art world, but who wouldn't get sick after eating only icing? Exactly. M&F's opinion is that street art hasn't changed so much as street art blogs have failed to tell the story of the streets.
Its funny that RJ did not include MELROSEandFAIRFAX in his article. We know that RJ reads M&F, and even sometimes leaves comments or links to articles. RJ knows how things are done around here, and he is aware that the bulk of M&F's content is consistently illegal. M&F is not the only one left off. RJ even failed to mention Endless Canvas once during his 'Illegal August' article, even though RJ invited Endless Canvas to submit content on Vandalog during Illegal August. If readers rely on blogs for information, than it would seem questionable why Vandalog would write an article about if street art blogs are featuring illegal work--and then completely fail to mention the street art blogs that actually are consistently posting illegal work?
Ahem. Let M&F clear our throat and throw some numbers into the same article. Let it first be said that Endless Canvas is one of the best sites for illegal work and arguably the best street art blog in terms of quality of photography. If Endless Canvas had been included in the stats, last week they posted 7 features with 6 being clearly illegal and 1 being maybe illegal. So EC is posting illegal work. Clearly, there are street art blogs capturing illegal work, even if many are focusing solely on murals.
As for M&F, over the past week this blog has made 72 posts. Only 8 posts were clearly legal work, and another 13 of those were maybe's. The numbers don't lie and the hefty bulk of M&F's content is illegal work from the streets of Los Angeles. And if the internet is like the streets, than no one gets up more than M&F!
RJ does bring up some big points. Murals are more popular online and get more views than street posts. And it is harder gathering original content from the streets. Featuring illegal content from the streets requires more work with less payout. Yet this is what M&F defines itself doing. We work harder for less. Which makes it even more impressive when M&F brings some more stats into the mix. Based on the the independent Alexa Web rankings, M&F is STILL the #1 street art blog in the USA, and #3 in the world!
M&F has always maintained that this is the streetest out of any street art blogs anywhere. From the beginning, our goal has been to capture the all the different variables of the action including street art, graffiti, tags, caps, stickers, burners, collecting, spot jocking, going city wide, murals, combos, heavens, earning a name, the rules of the streets, public art, the installations, yes, even the yarn bombing, the blood, battles, beef and much more. We don't mean to brag, but its time to pat ourselves on the back and state it like it is. MELROSEandFAIRFAX is the only blog bringing the entire story of the streets streets online, and M&F is the #1 True Street Art Blog in the World~
Thanks to all the fans, artists, and contributors who have helped M&F achieve this success. Click the jump to see where M&F ranks compared to other top street art blogs.