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The Graffiti Artist (2004)

Adrift in a lush, nocturnal urban landscape, Nick is a post-modern urban hero asserting his anarchistic agenda on the endless maze of virgin exterior walls that comprise downtown Seattle ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ruben Bansie ...
Nick (as Ruben Bansie-Snellman)
Pledgure Duoshun ...
Hardware Stock Clerk
Zachary S. Smalls ...
Police Officer #1
Robert D. Heath Jr. ...
Police Officer #2
Rich Clemets ...
Booking Officer
Rich Carlton ...
Skate Shop Clerk
Pepper Fajans ...
Jesse
Daniel Parker ...
Boy at Burnside Skate Park
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Boy at Burnside Skate Park
Dan Stegner ...
Boy at Burnside Skate Park
Justin Lawrence ...
Undercover Cop #1
John Paulson ...
Undercover Cop #2
Megan Johnston ...
Smoothie Shop Girl
Don Connell ...
Hardware Store Clerk
Angie Golds ...
End Police Officer #2
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Adrift in a lush, nocturnal urban landscape, Nick is a post-modern urban hero asserting his anarchistic agenda on the endless maze of virgin exterior walls that comprise downtown Seattle and Portland. For writer/director Bolton's lonely "tagger" protagonist, the vast wall surfaces of deserted alleys and trainyards are at once a daunting symbol of capitalist oppression and a texturally rich, seamless tableau ripe for exploitation to amplify his artistic dialectic of anger and rebellion. His own virtually anonymous existence seemingly only secondary to the painted surfaces and "rupture the system" manifesto which more poignantly evidence his presence, Nick's prodigious solo graffiti output is interrupted by friendship with another young tagger. Their communication begins as less verbal than a kind of shared graphic tour de force; their enormous collaborative graffiti murals appear to emerge as the unmistakable offspring of their kindred spirit. But eventually their assumptions about one... Written by Bill Dose

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Nick was apparently busted twice in Portland, the second time being remanded to juvenile detention. But we see him leaving detention in Seattle, not Portland. See more »

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not an action flick
25 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

i just came from a big Hollywood movie, the pink panther, and this little indy flick, the graffiti artist, just blows away Steve martin and his stupid ego movie. this is not an action flick, you have to get into the head of the main actor (ruben bansie-snellman) (shorten your name buddy), it really paints a picture of this young dude whose life is centered around spraying and tagging. he finally meets another young man into the same scene and falls in love with him. so the two get around to having sex, and then the kid with all the money just dumps the street boy. this is a very moving film, and it breaks your heart to see this kid out on the street again, getting busted again etc. congrats to the director, James Bolton, who also did Eban & Charley, a movie that focused on intergenerational love but not the mainstream hysterical manner which is "middle America's" take on it. For those people who didn't like this movie, go back to your couch and turn on the TV. I'm sure there is a Fox channel that has exactly what you are looking for.


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