Since his arrest last week, famed Los Angeles graff artist REVOK has been receiving a lot of support from peers and L.A. art enthusiasts, who’ve begun to raise money to help with his legal fees.
REVOK (real name: Jason Williams) was arrested at LAX last Thursday (April 21) for an outstanding warrant that had been issued for his failure to “pay restitution to victims of previous vandalism crimes.”
It’s since been revealed that he owes $3,764.97 in unpaid restitution, which triggered the arrest warrant, and bail amount of $320,000.
REVOK is currently sitting in jail, after being sentenced to 180 days.
The arrest and jail time has sparked a movement on Twitter, with the hashtag #FreeREVOK.
His friends at The Seventh Letter Clothing have took the movement a step further with the release of a limited edition “Free REVOK” tee, which features lettering designed by graffiti peer, SEVER. The tee is selling for $28, and all proceeds will benefit REVOK’s legal fund. Head to TheSeventhLetter.com to cop a tee and support.
Additionally, 1xRUN has teamed up with L.A.-based Known Gallery, and ASKEW for the release of a print of a piece done by ASKEW on a wall in Auckland, New Zealand. The freeREVOK print is limited to just 150 pieces, and is selling for $60 with proceeds also supporting the incarcerated artist’s legal fun. Head over to 1xRUN.com to get one.
“A few weeks ago I completed this painting for my good friend Revok. At the time, it was purely a symbol of appreciation for the support and friendship he has shown me over the time I’ve… known him. At the time I put this image up on the Internet, I said that it’s one thing to meet an artist that you admire so much and they give you the time of day but for them to become such a loyal friend, so staunchly in your corner — that’s something I’m grateful for beyond words,” explained ASKEW.
“This is why today I’m appealing to Revok’s fans, friends and supporters to do what they can to help him out,” he continued. “The good people at 1XRun have offered to run an edition of this wall I painted as a quality Giclee print to help raise money for any costs related to supporting Revok in this crazy situation.”
In a post on REVOK’s official website (REVOK1.com), fans and friends are asked to continue to the movement.
“Want to thank all of the people who have supported our brother REVOK in these hard times,” the blog post reads. “Please continue to support by blogging, Twittering, etc. Don’t let our rights be stolen away from us! TREND #FREEREVOK.”
For more info, visit REVOK1.com.