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'Revok' used website and Twitter posts to promote graffiti, authorities say

November 23, 2009 |  4:40 pm


The reputed tagger who was arrested by L.A. County Sheriff's deputies after making a guest appearance over the weekend at a grafitti art store promoted his name -- and the work of other vandals -- through blogs and Twitter posts, authorities said.

Jason Williams, 32, faces the possibility of multiple felony charges after his arrest on suspicion of illegally possessing vandalism tools and a counterfeit Los Angeles Police Department badge, and receiving stolen property.

Sheriff's deputies say Williams, who uses the tagging name REVOK, was paid $1,000 to appear as the guest of honor Sunday at the 33rd Graffiti Art Store, which was exhibiting a spraypaint brand used by taggers.

That wasn't Williams' only entrepreneurial stroke, according to deputies. His revok1 website sold T-shirts for $30 with such messages as "Build and destroy" and "Crime in the City," his bestseller.

The most expensive item was a "Zoo York" skateboard design and an untitled print retailing for $100.

-- Andrew Blankstein

Photo: Jason Williams' REVOK1 Twitter page