niceo-criminal-minded-auto-street-art-graffiti-culture-4

NICEO’s Criminal-Minded Guerilla Movie Ads Cover Manhattan

Have you perchance spotted those ads around New York for the upcoming crime films How Cru and Criminal Minded? They. Are. Prolific. The flicks focus on a graffiti writer named NICEO from Manhattan who’s been bombing since 1977 and is now making a major comeback. He spends his time painting crispy freights with his boy Auto and some other family like Wayne and Stem.

Are these real films? Or a guerrilla campaign of self-promotion? Might this be a beautiful case of pure rebellion for personal gain?

As the story goes, about a year ago Niceo got a key from a fan who worked at an advertising company and soon posted his first ad of a finger print. He never looked back and went on to build an entire ring of keys. Since that time him and Auto have been plastering black-and-white, mob-themed posters on phone booths and bus shelters relentlessly.

Random passersby often ask him where they can get a poster. Many are simply shocked to see somebody posting an ad for the first time. Cops seem to enjoy his work as well, and have even offered a helping hand–as any community-minded officer would. Some of the posters run for a day and others for a year, depending on the location. Apparently, the richer the neighborhood, the shorter time the ads stay up. All depends on the location. Wealthier neighborhoods have quicker turnover.

This true story is to be continued—but may never actually see a theater.

Related Posts

Features
Features

ATL Artist Dax Takes Us on a Tour of “Space Mountain,” Shows Off Some Nostalgic Shit

Features
Features

Meet NICEO, One of NYC’s Most Prolific Subterranean Graffiti Writers

Graffiti
Graffiti

Rare Banksy Footage Bubbles Up

Art
Art

BC Graffiti: Richmond’s Hidden Walls, Train Yards, and Freights

Art
Art

All the Graffiti On 190 Bowery Getting Buffed, Except for NEKST (RIP)

Ad

Latest News

Music

PREMIERE: Booda French “Masterpiece”

King Kashmere whippin' the pot
Features

It’s The Most Gluttonous Time Of The Year!

Happy Thanksgiving
Arin Ray Music

PREMIERE: Arin Ray “Stressin”

The Cincinnati singer keeps it real about relationships
Video

Smoke A Blunt With Trippie Redd

Let's go to Mars!
Music Video

PREMIERE: Magno Garcia ft. King Author & Code 9 “Raise the Conscious” Video

Produced by Giallo Point
Knowledge

Knowledge Darts Vol. 28: Every Action Has An Equal And Opposite Reaction

Let's talk about something that really matters
Music Video

PREMIERE: Skipp Whitman “Slow Down”

"Momma told me slow down, I'm about to lose my control"
Art

Lil Peep Vigils Occurring All Around the World

Pink candles for the Goth Angel Sinner
Music Video

PREMIERE: Baby Bash & Frankie J “Candy Coated Dreamer” Video

"She did it all for the dream"
N.E.R.D News

‘No_One Ever Really Dies’ Will Be Here for Christmas

The 7-year wait will soon be over
Music

PREMIERE: KXNG Crooked “The MAGA Continues” + Horseshoe Gang “Shoes Fall Off”

COB is up in here!
Video

Open Space: Lud Foe

From the real side of Chitown
Music

PREMIERE: Agallah ft. Edo G. “Synthetic Thugs”

This duo aren't pulling their punches
ghostface-killah Features

The 36 Best Ghostface Killah Songs, Ranked

"This is real lizzife, ain’t nothin sweet God"
inspectah deck Features

The 36 Best Inspectah Deck Songs, Ranked

“I’m a modern day Langston Hughes, my slang rules”
Music

Nicki Minaj and 21 Savage Join Farruko on “Krippy Kush” Remix

Latin trap arrives on the mainland