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Chaka's graffiti art catches fans' eyes at gallery, ignites readers' tempers here

May 4, 2009 |  1:51 pm

Chaka2 Given some of the outraged comments Culture Monster has received about our coverage of the transformation of Daniel Ramos, alias Chaka, from a notoriously busy teenage graffiti-tagger  to a 36-year-old gone legit with his first art show, we are relieved that paint balls can't be shot over the Internet and out through a computer monitor at the other end.

As it turns out, Chaka has his fans, and we're told by Lucy Beer, a spokeswoman for Mid-City Arts, that more than 700 attended his April 25 opening at the gallery, which is dedicated to graffiti art and street art.

"Fans swarmed around him as he posed for photo ops and the air was filled with a quiet reverence and awe," Beer writes. Chaka3

Triumph or travesty? Delinquency or delight? Urban legend or urban blight? The show's up through May 24 at the gallery, 5113 Pico Blvd., or you can click here for a look.

-- Mike Boehm

Photos: Images from Chaka's show, "Resurrection." Credit: Mid-City Arts.