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.
Army of One and Geoffrey Dicker
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!
New York! Save the date. On March 3-6, 2011 in Manhattan, the Fountain Art Fair will take place. One of my favorite artists, Army of One, will be showing his art in the fair. I can’t wait. The details for the three day event are below:
FOUNTAIN NEW YORK ART FAIR EVENTS
NINJASONIK, GORDON VOIDWELL, TECLA, and more to perform March 3 – 6, 2011
Pier 66 Maritime @ 26th Street & 12th Avenue in Hudson River Park, aka The Frying Pan
Thursday, March 3, 11am-7pm VIP & Press Preview
Friday, March 4, 7pm-12am Opening Night Public Reception with performances by GORDON VOIDWELL and TECLA
Saturday, March 5, 7pm-12am Performances by NINJASONIK and special guests
General Hours: March 4-March 6, 11pm-7pm
Tickets are $10 at the door.
In Spite of snow-pocalypse 2011, Army of One took to the streets (and in a pin-stripe suit, no less!) to spread his message of love, peace and tolerance and he let me tag along! Such an inspiration!!! A million thanks to Army of One for an experience I’ll never forget! Though the video you are about to see is only 10 seconds long, the messages are clear: The only army worth joining is the Army of One. Give Peace A Chance!
“Guns,violence towards our fellow man and war is not the revolution The Army of One preaches.� Our factory is prepared for an assault on the senses every night. �We search the streets for anything we can use for our art, our message, our destiny and our savior. The Army Of One is prepared to face authority and condemnation from the new world order in order to save a child from the streets and ravages of poverty, disease and war.� The Army of One’s images are a metaphor for pain and ignorance to a child’s plight, the innocence lost, on political corruption, religious vagrants and corporate greed.� The Army of One may never end war, poverty nor disease�through our grass roots meanderings and art, but we will bring it to the forefront of American Disgrace.� This is the cause The Army of One�has dedicated�my rebirth to. We who run with the night. We who are given the vision. We are responsible not to lay down with complacency and mediocrity!� We are the new visionaries.
Thank you Diane Arbus for capturing a timely and frightening image, to inspire artists like us to fight for children and try and topple the war machine through our art and creative process. Our path is clear.� Join us!”