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Graffiti artists ditch spray paint for lasers and magnetized light bulbs

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James Powderly shows his support for Peter Berdovsky, one of the artists arrested for his part in the Turner advertising hoax in Boston in January. (Courtesy of Graffiti Research Lab)


The laser tag system allows artists to write on buildings from distances of 100 yards or more. (Courtesy of Graffiti Research Lab)


"LED throwies" decorate a bridge in Rotterdam. (Courtesy of Graffiti Research Lab)


Theo Watson (left), who developed the software for the laser tag system, and James Powderly write with laser pointers and light. (Courtesy of Graffiti Research Lab)


James Powderly (left) conducts a training session with fellows at the Graffiti Research Lab. (David Fusaro/CNS)


The images from Jamie O'Shea's flashbulb-and-stencil device stay with viewers as if they had just stared at the sun. (David Fusaro/CNS)

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A group of tech-savvy graffiti artists have developed lasers and magnetized light bulbs for splashing their art around town.