By Margo Thompson
Because the early Nineteen Seventies graffiti writers have coated subway vehicles with enormous and complex tags. This resolutely rebellious kind of expression is the following analysed via Margo Thompson, who locations graffiti artists in relation with modern gallery paintings. simply as graffiti writers lent a voice to an ethnic minority, the writer, because of her unique process, serves as ambassador for this usually misunderstood paintings shape.
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These efforts seem designed to undermine the diverse ways. ” (detail), 1980. Aerosol paint on New York subway car. Destroyed. SEEN, Untitled, 1981. Aerosol paint on New York subway car. Destroyed. qxp 5/14/2009 3:35 PM Page 42 American Graffiti circulated through the news media and justified official efforts to nearly illegible wild-style calculated to impress other writers. scrub graffiti from the MTA. 36 A short while after I started painting on the trains, I Individual writers recapitulated this evolution in their careers: realized I was doing it for myself and for the masses of the writing community expected them to understand the styles people who rode the trains.
Aerosol paint on subway car. New York. qxp 5/14/2009 3:33 PM Page 32 American Graffiti Writing Culture: Social Networks and the Transmission of Skills With some effort, it was possible for a novice writer to make Writing was a social activity: even when he worked alone, a the tags made this a hit-or-miss enterprise. LEE, famous for his writer tagged for an audience of other writers. Before taking up 1980 handball court masterpieces (p. 34), was a figure of a marker or aerosol can, he studied trains exhaustively.
Most graffiti writers’ active careers, an urban geography that Graffiti 1980, as Esses’ studio was called, was crucial to writers was divided along school zones and subway lines, and simple making a transition from the subway to painting on canvas: it lack of means of communication, since in the days before was a networking opportunity at a time when communication mobile phones access to telephones was limited to homes, among writers was difficult; it facilitated collaboration and where there was competition for the line, and public booths.