The aerosol paint can is sciencescontribution to the ancient art ofpublic defacement, and the vacant-minded or vicious are taking to it inever-increasing numbers -- gleefully OR…spraying their names, initials, classnumerals and favorite biologicalfunctions over national monumentsand natural wonders. The taxpayersbill for cleaning up after them isgetting higher all the time.From The SpoilersJul. 3, 1964
“The people who run our cities don’tunderstand graffiti because they thinknothing has the right to exist unless itmakes a profit...The people who truly deface ourneighborhoods are the companies thatscrawl giant slogans across buildings andbuses trying to make us feel inadequateunless we buy their stuff…Any advertisement in public space thatgives you no choice whether you see it ornot is yours, it belongs to you, it’s yours totake, rearrange and re-use. Asking forpermission is like asking to keep a rocksomeone just threw at your head..”― Banksy
AND IT HAS AN INCREDIBLYRICH AND DIVERSE HISTORY.
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IN THE BRIEF ANNALS OF STREET- ART HISTORY, GRAFFITI RANKS AS SOMETHING LIKE CAVE PAINTING-- A FIRST GESTURE, RECOGNIZED FOR ITS PRIMAL INTUITION THAT PUBLIC SPACE IS UP FORGRABS-- AND HAS, IN THE PAST FOUR OR SO YEARS, BEEN OVERTAKEN BY A HOST OF NEW PRACTICES:WHEAT-PASTED POSTERS, ADHESIVE STICKERS WITH ODDBALL IMAGES ON THEM, ELABORATELYSTENCILED IMAGES AND EVEN THREE-DIMENSIONAL OBJECTS. AND LIKE MANY THINGS THAT START BELOW THE ESTABLISHMENTS RADAR, IT HAS CAUGHT THE EYE OF THE MAINSTREAM AND IS EDGING INTO THE GALLERIES. FROM TAKIN IT TO THE STREET S BY RICHARD LACAYO OCT. 24, 2005
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