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Hey gang! Here comes another riveting post in our FAT Lab How To series. As our regular FAT readers already know, we are creating a how-to that documents every step in the formation of our Lab, in hope that it might be of service to someone out there trying to start their own non-profit organization. This time we’re opening up the process of finding pro bono legal assistance with filing our articles of incorporation through the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts in New York. To get the ball rolling, the FAT Lab called the Art Law Line and recorded two phone conversations with VLA staff. It was almost exactly like talking to Star Jones. As a result of these steamy conversations, the FAT Lab has signed up for the VLA Nonprofit Incorporation and Tax-exempt Status workshop on November 12th. The workshop costs $75 duckets and is the first step toward the VLA finding and assigning the Lab pro bono legal support. For more info on the VLA workshop click here. Stay tuned for additional sketchy recorded phone calls, hidden camera videos and more from FAT Lab… because this time, we’re getting off like OJ.

The first time I called the VLA Art Law Line I got the answering machine and I left a message:

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The next call was from Adam Alex, a law school student who works at the VLA, who returned my initial call within an hour or two:

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The Art Law Line : 212·319·ARTS (2787), ext.1
Monday to Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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Posted on November 7, 2007

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“What up kid, I know shit is rough doin’ your bid.” – Nasty Nas

I always thought that if I went to prison, I’d try to get some reading done.

I haven’t gotten caught yet, so its hard to test my theory. But luckily (luckily?) FAT has its own Convicted Fellow, Mike Baca. Mike just started his three month bid at Rikers (the whole story + how to help can be found —> here <—), so I put together a package of books that I hope can help him through his incarceration. Mike’s “Summer of Bummer” (no homo) reading list goes as follows:

Watchmen – Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. One of the illest comics of all time, Moore kills it with the storyline. Great scenes of New York getting utterly destroyed in the near-apocalypse.

Batman: Year One – Frank Miller. Also on the comics tip, Miller is the author of the recently-re-popularized Sin City series, but I think he shines best here illuminating the nascent years in the story of my favorite superhero. Beautiful murky colors throughout.

Comics are good to escape, but I wanted to provide something scholarly as well, a real investigation to wrap the mind around in a different way. I considered books about corruption in government and racist cops, but I figured Mike will probably get enough of that first hand. Eventually I went with

The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York – Robert Caro. Weighing in at a whopping 1,336 pages, this Pulitzer Prize winner could last Mike all 3 months, after which point he can lend it to me. But hey, what better subject for a graffiti writer is there than the man who truly left his mark all-the-fuck-over New York?

More history:

Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip Hop Generation – Jeff Chang. A great read, really covers all the social movements, and goes into depth with specific albums and artists, but not too clinical. Sent him my own copy.

and naturally

Penthouse. This issue is from 2002, after they made the jump to hardcore (and peeing) back in ’98.

OK Mike, hope you enjoy these page-turners. I’ll expect a full report once you’re back on the streets.

Want to send stuff to Mike? Do it thusly:

Michael Baca (B&C: 1410720441)
1600 Hazen St.
East Elmhurst, NY, 11370

(here is a big list of shit you can’t send to inmates.)

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Posted on November 5, 2007

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“The duration of the Corporation shall be perpetual”

On October 25th, in New York City, Evan, Jonah Peretti and I signed the FAT Lab articles of incorporation. You basically need one of these documents and three board members to begin your own revolutionary non-profit jump-off. As part of our Lab How-To (How to start you own phat, non-profit Lab), we’ve included a pdf, zip scan and an OpenOffice doc of our incorporation certificate. Just click on the OpenOffice document, fill in your name and info in the sections annotated in red, write a check for $75 duckets and mail that john to the address listed here and you too can join corporate America. It might also help to have a music video:

To watch this video at the resolution of the proletariat click here. BTW, we haven’t actually verified that this is a legal certificate. Stay tuned for more on our post on How to contact the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. For more info on starting your own non-profit business you can look here.

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Posted on November 5, 2007

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The 2esae Benefit wrap up is now up on the G.R.L. site, more information on that here. We’re trying to find a criminal lawyer that will work on his case for $3k or less. If you have any leads please forward them onto me (evan[at]fffff.at).

Here is a video someone made of from our recent trip to Mexico City. Much more footage of G.R.L. in Mexico coming shortly.

Some video of people in Geneva doing a Throwie event I found on youtube while doing a vanity search for “Graffiti Research Lab”:

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Posted on November 5, 2007

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