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Transcript of Graffiti Art
The start of it all....
What is graffiti?
Where have you seen graffiti?
How is graffiti made?
Is graffiti vandalism or art?
Why is graffiti against the law?
Graffiti: a writing or drawing
made on a public surface
(a wall, train, building, etc.).
Graffiti began in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the 1960's by two street artists called CORNBREAD and COOL EARL.
Also known as "tagging" or "bombing"
They wrote their names all over
the city gaining massive amounts
of attention from the community
and local press.
Soon after, the movement surfaced in New York City where it became popular to bomb the sides of subway cars for citywide notoriety.
a growing movement ...
In 1971 the New York Times
published an article about
a young graffiti artist by the
name of TAKI 183.
The Washington Heights section of Manhattan was giving birth to new writers who were inspired by CORNBREAD and COOL EARL.
TAKI 183 was a young man
who had tagged all over the city
capturing everyone's attention.
TAKI was his nickname, his real name was Demetrius and 183 was the number of the street where he lived.
Shortly after the New York Times article ran, graffiti writers were in a HUGE abundance.
Soon there were so many
people writing that writers
needed a new way to gain fame.
Writers began to enhance their tags with flourishes, stars, and other designs.
Graffiti writers began to make
their tags more unique.
For example, crowns were used
by writers who proclaimed themselves
The next development was scale
Writers started to tag on a much larger scale. They began to increase the thickness of the letters and would also outline them with an additional color.
In the summer of 1972, a writer by the name of SUPER KOOL 223 forever changed the style of graffiti.
He placed his name on the side of a train in extra thick letters. This led to the development of the "Masterpiece".
The very competitive atmosphere soon led to the development of actual styles that broke away from the tag-styled pieces.
Arrows, Curls, Twists
In the graffiti mural concept began to emerge.
Instead of pieces that just
showed letters and numbers,
writers began painting such
things as cartoon characters
During the late 1970's and early 1980's graffiti began to decline due to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's strict punishment for writers that got caught.
Train yards became more closely guarded, fences were put up and graffiti removal became more consistent which made the life span of writer's works shorter.
The graffiti art movement
and culture has spread all
over the country as well as
the world and is still ever
evolving and constantly changing.