Arrested this past March for over a dozen alleged graffiti crimes, New York-based artist Alan Ket is looking at about 10 years of prison time if found guilty. Ket, who has been a part of the NYC graffiti movement since the late ’80s, and who founded both Stress and Complex magazines, has no previous criminal record, only an impressive artistic resume.

The Hip-Hop Theatre Festival, Mass Appeal magazine, and the Powerhouse Arena have planned an event to raise money for his legal defense fund with The Walls Belong to Us, a silent auction slated for the beginning of August.

The benefit will include canvases, sculptures, prints and silk screens from Martha Cooper, Futura 2000, and several other artists. A large portion of the works are being donated exclusively for this auction. An open bar, cocktails, music, and art raffles complete the event.

If you can’t make the auction, or don’t live in New York but still want to show support, jump over to and bid online.

The Walls Belong to Us: A Benefit for Alan Ket’s Legal Defense
Music by DJ Soul
Powerhouse Arena, 37 Main St, Brooklyn
August 1, 6 p.m., $30