The Graffiti Godfathers of Miami

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VICE meets members of the Miami Style Gods (MSG), a graffiti crew based in Miami, and follows them on a night of “bombing” — leaving their tags on highway signs, walls, garage doors, bridges, and more. Crews like MSG are prolific, and go out of their way to tag as many locations, as many times as possible, no matter what the cost. But with the rise of social media and the gentrification of now art districts like Wynwood, where graffiti is essentially permitted, we are now seeing corporate appropriation of this underground subculture that corporate America once looked down upon that is now changing the graffiti world for good or bad. WATCH NEXT: Inside Miami's Luxury Car Hustle: Fake it 'Til You Make It --



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0011clem raptor
Graffiti is a scourge of society . It is NOT art.
Aaron B
Makes me kinda sad how beautiful some of this graffiti can be, look at Wynwood Walls in Miami and youll see what I mean. Noone really gets the light for their art and so they can never truly exploit their talents.
Aaron K
Everyone bitching about the money spend on graffiti 😂😂 really!?!? \n\nOur government spends nearly 1 trillion a year on murdering civilians halfway around the world, and your worried about some graffiti ? Bahaha. Cognitive disconnect at its finest. \n\nAlso, Graffiti writers are veterans, teachers, business owners, artists, graphic designers, firefighters etc.... you would be quite surprised the individuals who do this in their spare time. \n\nIt’s the best hobby on earth. No Adrenalin rush compares, except maybe going to war.\n\nAs a ARMY veteran and a 20 year graffiti writer I can speak from experience.
Adam Diaz
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After Fall
loved graffiti but I JUST HATE THE PERSON THAT ONLY CAPABLE MAKING PENIS BUT IS ALSO LIKE DOODLE MADE BY 3YO, ATLEAST MAKE A REALISSTIC PENIS WITH MUSCLE TENDON AND HAIRS.
Ali A
2:04 i never knew people still play xbox 360 anymore.
BIG PASTA
12:10 the way the skull mouth on his bandana closes is hilarious.
BIG TruckerB
Finally a politic free great vice video! I miss these. No more SJW BS just good ol fashion VICE
Belac
So why is Crome showing his face in this? Won't the cops just lock him up again?
Benaiah Uchiha-Senju
When i lives at miami, before i lost my home to hurricane wilma, someone tagged my home overnight. It was the wall outside of my kitchen. When my neighbor had told me in the morning, i went to check it out. I was angered as soon as i was told, but once i saw it, the anger left because i saw a masterpiece. It was a beach view with a sunset and all the rays said \
Benjamin Mairs
I'm sorry to here about your stage of cancer Eson. Keep fighting!
Brian William
Guy flexing like he’s got money and then card gets declined trying to buy a damn soda! 😂
BrokenLemon
Every now and then I will tag freight train car, it doesn't really hurt anyone and people around the U.S. Get to see my stuff
Bryon Letterman
Finally, Vice is getting back to covering sketchy and illegal shit
CR7NEYMAR
They are basically professional assholes
Chicharrones
Wow, and I just had to do an essay in school about ways to stop vandalismin
Clifford Kelleher
Ads take you out of the rabbit hole of comments; good example of people who don’t know how to keep things nice for themselves. Why don’t you become an art teacher instead of tagging
Cyclash Bot
thanks for not making it a political statement vice
Danny Wood
It's costing legit businesses in the area money and making everything look awful. This will turn away tourists too so everyone is losing
Doug Delegorburu
I was in aresal can masters, ACM, and Night Time Artists, NTA, in miami, never caught, lol no one knows me
Eggy Benedict
Imagine looking for your exit but you can’t find it because someone covered the sign in graffiti 😂😤
Endless Ambition
I think \
FISHTHEFOX1
Comments on social media are the new graffiti, yo.
Face Meat
1000% more of this. 1000% less vapid social media faux celebrity garbage.
Faye
Dude I’ve seen their graffiti all over Miami! 😂
Felipe Acosta
Why?Why should graffiti be about drugs, guns, violence, etc.? Why can't it just be about showing your style to people, to the city, as it appears in STYLE WARS? It's cool that they keep it real but it shouldn't be the way they show it
Ferny Rivers
Lord please lead us all to everlasting life in Jesus Christ holy name amen
Fortnite Clips now I get subs
They should arrest all of them vice does not care about all of this b s
Fred D'Allaird
This is what Vice used to be. Documenting things and people others don’t or won’t. Agree or not. More of this.
G Helldorfer
If this is art, then so is breaking windows, throwing trash everywhere, and burning down buildings. Retards.
General Sherman
Listen dudes.. graffiti is counter-culture pure and simple. You can't get the \
Guillermo Sanchez
all them years doing graffiti, you expect for them to get sick af!!1 but man they TOY AF!! lol
Gullfisken89
This is the good old Vice I subscribed for, I had almost forgot about your videos until I instantly had to click this one
Hippo
I wouldn't get a offended if somebody covered my house with graffiti
Hntr Shoots
I grew up seeking out new Crook and Crome, even Dose bombs! This was long overdue. Thank you Vice! These guys were absolutely EVERYWHERE! Heavens for days.
Hooded FPV
not even graffiti. bunch of lame middle-aged guys who are proud that they can write their own name
Jackson SHANG
4:00 \
James Hughes
Should have used a rifle sight instead of a camera lens
James Mcleod
whats the point??
James Morris
My man has stage 4 and still out bombing...eson is my hero!
Jay U
Damn...CROOK and CROME were legends growing up. I remember when they did an entire underpass once dressed up like hired painters. Fooled the cops who came by and questioned them and everything. Crazy.
Jimin Hasjamstyvm
I have a friend he does this only difference he doesn’t do it where people live or where buildings are privately owned and he doesn’t write his name he actually paints something. He does it because he wants people to be able to see his art and take a minute to just look at all the detail he doesn’t do it for a profit or to make a statement he does it because he genuinely likes art and showing others. This video painted such a bad picture on people that do this type of thing...... I showed my friend this video and he was so disgusted by the way these guys were speaking....
Jose Casas
I Remember CHAKA!🔋\nFrom L.A. !!!!
Junior Gonzalez
LOS ANGELES & NEW YORK are the two king cities of graffiti enough said 💯😎
Kaizen Mckenzie
There are some great Graffiti these guys are not close just damaging highway signs and other people's property.\n\n The cost of power washing a small building like a storage unit with graffiti cost close to $3000 that's the average off google. \n\nThere causing the people a lot of money to clean that up when that money could be used to help schools, hospitals or homelessness.\n\nDone some research these guys are in there mid 40's and over.\n\nDid some more research they've caused more then $25.000 of damage to people's property or businesses when they first were caught.\n\nBanky's a real artist these bums are criminals at least make your art stand for something.
Lauren Ganze
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Leona Sweeet
This is what pulled me into watching VICE in the first place, glad to see more back to the basics videos. 2019 is coming up fast, take this chance to get everyone back on track and mark my words you will see more viewers tuning in! Stay real.
Lina Nikartienė
Ohh yeah vice so edgy drugs, graffiti, violence heck yeah soooo edgyy
LiquidThunder
This is hard to watch. These guys are complete fools
Lost TV
IS VICE BACK???
Louis Cypher
That's not graffiti. They're just middle-aged taggers.
Luis Ortiz
These the type of people that would draw on your paper in class
Nams 04
These are the type of people that write on your paper in school
Proper Sami
Homie at the beginning is trying a little too hard.
Raylene De Alba
How are they posting this on YT but these people are not getting arrested 🤷🏻\u200d♀️
Rob Trubiano
Just when I thought Vice went completely Libturd some real shit hit finally
Rudawy
My friend and I climbed a 55ft wall without a rope and made a short story about it. \nIt's super high quality and would love some support from youtubers!\nI love filmmaking and love you all.
Sebastian Meyer
Do more of this for different cities like San Francisco or Chicago
Sharrieff Vincent
People forget WynHOOD is just a rebuilt part of Overtown.
SoLo
this is so sick
Sokave32 Lol
Fkn dope vid man
Steve Lion
I hate people who know they are a problem to society and get hostile when confronted about it
Stud Muffin
Florida is just one big GTA V server
That one buster
They swear they hard..... nah y’all just have a kink for panting walls🤷🏽\u200d♂️
TheReal Dre
I thought the MSG Crew started in Chinese food...
Tim Gadient
this is a damn good little doc. slick footage, great soundbites. i hope eson holds on
Tony Plush
I like how they go to Wynwood and show work by actual artists, instead of the meaningless vandalism that all the degenerates do.
Trump&Hillary2020
I'm commenting on this video because Vice is nothing but sensitive pussys who decided to disable the comments from a video about knife violence in the uk and they can't handle people questioning the strict gun regulations in the UK and why it's ineffective. good job vice, good luck trying to prove to people your a Bi-partisan news organization.
VICE
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Wall-E 4 L1F3
Shoutout to all the taggers and tagging crews that are still active 😎😎😎Get up and bomb your city
WikiTool
3:30 anyone else uncontrollably convulsed into an almost stoke like dance when the music came on?
Wings Unfurl
I love seeing graffiti on train cars.. good show as it passes by, and the name gets traveled all over the country... but on a street sign, you gonna make me miss my turn.
Wytse Dijkstra
Lol this man is prepared to shoot someone over some spraypaint on a wall
YANG ZHI S PRO
Graffiti actually looks cool if it's done properly. I would be happy if they did it in my backyard. It's like a free design
Yan Thériault
Finally some good old trash Vice. Less snowflaky stuff... More of that!!! The music... the editing... felt like Vice 2013!!
Ziontrainism
Great video..more like this, Vice.
adam glover
wow....they way the dude defined it 20 seconds in was so honest it made me want to watch the rest of the doc...I've always had the same thoughts on graffiti...Though it does take some skill to do, I don't consider it art. It's cool to see one of the \
cerda843
WE NEED A SERIES LIKE THIS FOR EVERY MAJOR CITY WITH GRAFFITI/TAGGING CULTURE
citi24
Lol America is fuked
crackheadcarljr
I like graffiti *art* , people writing their names on shit just to vandalize is a waste of a blank canvas...
eden
bruhhhh one of the guys in this video pierced my nose last week oh bruhhhhhh what is this bruhhhhhhhhhh
eptskay unway
yeah.. Vice is back. keep it moving!
gordontarpley
Chrome! I used to see his pieces painted absolutely HUGE in super high-traffic areas of Miami, right off of I-95 in the mid 90s. Crazy that he's still around.
hoodcollector aka BIG HOOD
2 the man with stage 4 cancer stay strong dont forget to breathe and when everything starts to close in think positive thoughts even if just thinking the words positive thoughts in your head over and over ..it can be beat take it from a stage 4 cancer survivor
isaac casanova
i remeber when i use TAG back in the year 2000 all the way to 2009 than i stopped and never did it again !! CHROME and CROOK make me want to be a Tagger again but im getting older not younger !
ittotaq
Graffiti godfathers of Miami but shows b-roll footage of NYC... what.
jaer Lazaro
Havent enjoyed vice sin Laz Rojas special .. They back !
jonatopik
I'm all for trains, tunnels, underpasses, etc...Style Wars, all that... but small businesses, homes and highway signs that ppl rely on is something I can't respect.
joseph rasmussen
These are the most ignorant, close-minded people ever jeez
lepiee
So let me get this straight, they would rather vandalize someone's property instead of charging someone money to paint there wall? Damn, broke People love staying broke for the sake of street cred...
lilsaint boy
I can't draw worth crap or paint but when I see graffiti I love it it's awesome especially on trains that are my favorite to see my city on cuz you know it's not affecting anyone people are seeing Art and it's not really that bad
maplejake
Cool shit vice, can't believe i'm saying that in 2018
meme
a decent 2018 vice video?!?!
misha 2.0
Why doesnt he vandalize his tattoo parlor windows and doors with his spray paint?
not applicable
such nice guys making my city that I was born and raised look like trash\nI hope the cops put as many holes in them as possible
odpbodpb
Hey how about I get a can of paint and spray it all over your house,,,???,,how would you feel about that,,???
sis jej
2:25 whats the music ? love itttt
xIVANDOOMx
There’s a lot of graf bombers everywhere. This isn’t the last.
zum
someone should find out these degenerates homes and spraypaint shit all over it