NYPD sitting on a cache of COST pieces after the legendary graffiti artist gets arrested

By - Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Known during the 1990s as one of the most prolific graffiti artists in New York, COST went silent for over a decade after his previous arrest, yet resumed going all-city the last few years with his iconic black and white wheat-pastes. With the copious amounts of pieces once again baring his name, the police had been on the lookout for the 45 year old artist.

With what can only be described as a hard-on to catch the 90’s icon, NYPD Sixth Precinct Officer Colin Sullivan did his homework, reading interviews, searching Instagram, collecting surveillance footage and photos of the artist and his illegal works. Boring his subordinates to death with photos of COST, Sullivan urged them to be on the lookout for anyone matching the description.

So when two officers spotted someone matching COST’s description at 4am walking with an extendable pole with a brush affixed to it, wearing clothes dripping of wet paste, the late-night patrol approached COST as he returned to his Porsche Cayenne. It was the same vehicle spotted in the surveillance footage obtained by the police of earlier “acts of vandalism” outside a bar off Gansevoort Street. Initially, COST claimed he was just an artist who happened to be walking by, but after Sullivan confronted him, he replied, “You know my graffiti”.

After securing a warrant, officers searched the SUV to find a cache of stickers, posters, brushes and wheat pasting materials. COST was charged with criminal mischief, making graffiti and possession of a graffiti instrument in nine separate incidents over the last year.

With his pieces fetching upwards of $30,000, COST’s work in highly valuable and sought after in the art world. His latest arrest can only drive up the already high demand for his work while solidifying his already iconic status within graffiti circles world wide.

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