Last month, one of RVA’s biggest mysteries was revealed: the identity of Graffiti Richmond. For the first time, Keeley Laures did an interview with Style Weekly (Tag and Shoot, Vernal Coleman) and talked about her popular tumblr site: Graffiti Richmond.
Keeley’s article set off a firestorm of comments on StyleWeekly.com and provided a lot of talk for RVA’s art community. The online comments were mostly negative – knocking Style Weekly for “highlighting vandalism” (and things of that nature) but if you read closely or spoke with people close to RVA’s art scene you would notice that most of the public “unease” came from a different place.
There were comments posted about her age, gender, knowledge of graffiti, how she looked, and even her glasses – there seemed to be several cases of jealousy and judgment (most of which were posted anonymous).
I sat down with Keeley a week after the Style article to see how she was handling it all. It is no secret that Keeley is a friend of mine. I was excited and pleased that Style Weekly recognized her site. I think articles like the one on Graffiti Richmond – isn’t Style Weekly’s way to “stay edgy” but instead a way to highlight their connection to what’s going on in the city. In the interview, Keeley talks about the various reaction, the reason she went public, and her upcoming Graffiti Richmond zine.