Street snapshot of a tag by one of Beijing’s most prolific graffiti artists, ZATO, on a sign near the White Stupa Temple, a Buddhist landmark near the city center usually referred to by its Chinese name, Baitasi. The neighborhood around Baitasi is mostly narrow, residential alleys — hutong — which have recently become a new site site for the annual urban planning showcase Beijing Design Week. ZATO has tags all over town, with a particular tendency towards areas of intense cultural activity and flux. Read more about ZATO here.
About The Author
Josh Feola is a Beijing-based writer and musician, and an editor at Radii. His coverage of Chinese music and art has appeared in The Wire, LEAP, Tiny Mix Tapes, Sixth Tone, and more. He’s been active in the Beijing music scene since 2010 via his booking platform pangbianr.com, and currently plays drums in Beijing bands SUBS and Vagus Nerve.