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Thomas Crone explores graffiti in St. Louis, a topic deeply-rooted in the worlds of art, politics and the law.
Thomas Crone explores graffiti in St. Louis, a topic deeply-rooted in the worlds of art, politics and the law.
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Thomas Crone is journalistic sand in St Louis’ swimsuit. He gets behind the surface, finds the cracks, burrows in and lurks for a while—sometimes a little too long. Lucky for us, he eventually emerges and tells the story of what he finds.

Thomas has reported on St. Louis culture and civics for two decades, writing for a large crosssection of local publications and websites. This summer, in covering the world of graffiti in St. Louis, he’s found a topic that neatly intersects a number of topics, deeply-rooted in the worlds of art, politics and the law.

Working on a 10-part series for nextstl.com, Thomas will document the local street art scene from the flood walls of Paint Louis to the back-alley touch-ups of Operation Brightside. Speaking to city officials, neighborhood activists and those involved in the activity themselves, the series will highlight multiples angles of the graffiti culture and its impact on the city around it. Though not completely limited to the urban environment, it’s safe to say that the piece will be focused on the central core of the St. Louis region, with the City serving as the primary home for the conversation. All pieces will be accompanied by original photography and occasional video.

nextSTL.com graffiti T by Chris Sabatino - Art Monster
nextSTL.com graffiti T by Chris Sabatino - Art Monster

In collaboration with Art Monster's Chris Sabatino, supporters at the $50 level and greater will receive this unique nextSTL.com logo T-shirt printed by STL-Style. This is your opportunity to support Thomas and quality journalism in St. Louis. All contributions go directly to Thomas in full. The goal is to raise $2,000 to support his work on this ambitious series. Reaching this funding goal will be a statement that the many hours to be dedicated to this series, the interviews, the photography, videos, and skilled storytelling, is valued in and by our community. It’s a new model in St. Louis that aims to support quality in-depth journalism at its best. Additional support for the project is being provided by The Royale and nextSTL.com. The series will be published exclusively at nextSTL.com each Wednesday for 10 weeks starting July 31.

What: Experiential Journalism: Thomas Crone & St. Louis Graffiti

When: For 10 Wednesdays, beginning on Wednesday, July 31

Where: Exclusively on nextstl.com

Thomas Crone is available for media discussions and inquiries related to this project: thomascrone314@gmail.com or 314.776.6929

Paint Louis riverfront flood wall
Paint Louis riverfront flood wall

Project video by Kevin Belford

Week 1: Paint Louis

Week 2: Is it Art?

Week 3: Official vs. Unofficial

Week 4: Political Graf and Agitprop

Week 5: The Part-Timers vs. Crews

Week 6: In the Field: Tagging

Week 7: In the Field: Operation Brightside

Week 8: Connection to Urban Exploration

Week 9: National Perspectives

Week 10: A Modest Proposal

Previous work by Thomas:

The Empire (Cafe) strikes back and other dreams of developer Jason Deem

Autumn Wanderings, Part 4: Cairo, Illinois

Video: Bob Cassilly v. Pablo Weiss, Hoosierweight Boxing Bout, City Museum, March 22, 2003

Lights Out: the notion of a Gaslight Square revival seems to be running short on both time and money

Risks and challenges

Thomas is an experienced freelance journalist committed to producing stories that matter. This 10-part series is very ambitious and the potential for changes exists. The series could be condensed, or expand. The amount of graphic documentation via photos and video may vary depending on available subject matter. The project is well-formed, outlined and ready to go. The first installment of the series will appear July 31.

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    A two-hour graffiti tour of St. Louis and dinner with Thomas Crone and Alex Ihnen at The Royale. Yep, just belly up and hunker down for dinner and the stories that didn't quite make it into print. (+ nextSTL.com T-shirt)

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