Riot in Washington Park

Keith Fort has done a lot of shows in Chicago, and he’s got about a million stories to tell.  This one is the best.


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“They were up on the stage in the middle of the show and they were angry.”

Graffiti and Graphic Design

Peter Chavez was a Pilsen graffiti kid. He wrote on walls, buildings, and train cars. One of those pieces of “vandalism” won him a scholarship to the Art Institute of Chicago. Now his writing/painting/design is more likely to be in an ad or a t-shirt than a viaduct.

This interview was recorded in a cafe and you will hear that in the background.

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“(Graffiti) was something where I could have a name and be recognized”