Photo by G. Art by Army of One.
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it must be told. Artist Army of One was arrested in New York on April 14, 2011 and was charged with weapon possession and graffiti. Though he is out on bail, he still faces court dates and all the other rigmarole that comes with being arrested. You can see an interview Jef Campion (aka Army of One) did regarding the situation here. I am literally sick to my stomach with this news. I’ve spent some time with Jef and I have a bunch of things to say.
First off, he is one of the nicest people you’ll EVER meet. He has got such a big heart and though he puts up street art, which can be a legal gray area, he does it not to promote his own brand – he does it to draw attention to the plight of children around the world who are faced with disease and illness. For over 26 years, Jef graciously donates a lot of his free time volunteering for the Ronald McDonald House, which benefits children who are stricken with life threatening illnesses. If that doesn’t paint a more accurate portrait of the real person Campion is, try this on for size – he’s also a firefighter!
Campion spent an extensive amount of time at Ground Zero after the tragedies of 9/11 and if anything, he is a hero, not a criminal. He carries around a gravity knife in the event of an emergency, because he’s a firefighter! Jef couldn’t and wouldn’t hurt a fly so I speak on behalf of the street art community and we DEMAND that all charges against Jef Campion be dropped. The only crime that has been committed is that Jef has had to go through this terrible experience.
Does this look like the face of a criminal? The answer is NO, because it is not the face of a criminal. Campion has vowed that in the face of this arrest, he will carry on in the name of children in need everywhere. From one Geoff to another Jef, I commend you!
Please spread the word to get these ridculous charges against Jef Campion dropped. Join the Army of One!
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