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Posted on 04/29/11 1 Comment

‘Revok’ graffiti writer sentenced to 180 days in jail

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The graffiti writer known as Revok, whose work is displayed in the “Art in the Streets” exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art, was sentenced Monday to 180 days in jail after a judge found that he had violated the terms of his probation in a previous vandalism conviction, court officials said.

Jason Williams, 34, also known as Revok, appeared in a Van Nuys courtroom Monday where he was found to have violated his probation on a misdemeanor vandalism charge by failing to pay adequate restitution to his victims, according to prosecutors.

Williams was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport last Thursday as he prepared to board a plane for Ireland.

His arrest came amid controversy surrounding the museum’s “Art in the Streets” graffiti and street art exhibition, which the Los Angeles Police Department and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department have criticized as promoting vandalism and tagging.

Sheriff’s investigators said they are conducting a wide investigation into Revok.

“As a result of evidence discovered during his April 21 arrest, other incidents of vandalism were found in the county of Los Angeles,” said Capt. Mike Parker.

Investigators said the L.A. County district attorney’s office could file felony charges against Williams, who was arrested by a sheriff’s transit team that specializes in catching vandals.

The team recently arrested Cristian Gheorghiu, also known as Smear, another tagger-turned-artist. Gheorghiu received 45 days’ community service for violating his probation. He was arrested two days after The Times published a story on his life as an artist with tagging roots.

Revok is among the best known and boldest taggers in Los Angeles. Williams, a one-time member of the graffiti crew “Mad Society Kings” or MSK, was arrested in 2009 in Melbourne, Australia, after a series of highly publicized large pieces.

A resident of the Fairfax district, Williams was placed on probation for felony vandalism in Indio in 2009 during the Coachella music festival.

He also was arrested in November 2009 by deputies near the 33rd Graffiti Art Store, where images of his graffiti were featured. During a later search of Williams’ home, deputies found several hundred paint cans, a police badge and a fire extinguisher — a tool commonly used for applying large tags.

They also found a stolen detour sign and digital photos of his graffiti work on his phone.

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Notorious Los Angeles graffiti artist, Revok, was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport on Thursday (April 21) on an outstanding warrant.

According to the L.A. Times, the graff artist (real name: Jason Williams) was preparing to board a plane to Ireland when police took him into custody on Thursday morning.

The warrant had been issued for “failing to pay restitution to victims of previous vandalism crimes,” said the paper.

Revok is currently being held in the Los Angeles County Jail in lieu of $320,000 bail.

Authorities claim he is a member of the notorious graff crew, MSK (Mad Society Kings).

In 2009, Revok was placed on parole for a felony vandalism charge in Indio. That same year, he was arrested at least two other times. Once in Australia where he had been on a vandalism spree over the course of a few days, but was caught by authorities at the airport as he was trying to leave. Cops said they knew he was leaving the country, because of tweets he wrote on his Twitter account.

Revok was arrested again in late November 2009 for “illegally possessing vandalism tools,” specifically spray can tips. Due to his probation, Revok was prohibited from possessing any type of graffiti contraband. He was arrested at a graffiti event, where he was the guest of honor.

Police later searched his home, and found several hundred cans of spray paint, and a fake police badge, said Cpt. Mike Parker of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

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One Comment

  1. boer says:
    Monday, May 16, 2011 at 4:07pm

    FUCK THE POLICE THEY CAN ALL SUCK EACH OTHERS DICKS AND EAT EACH OTHERS ASSES THIS DUDE HAS MORE BALLS THAN THE WHOLE LAPD haha fuck pigs!

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