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Drawing on 4 years of fieldwork inside the Denver, Colorado, graffiti underground and on research
in other American and European cities, Ferrell explores the various ways in which graffiti writers
attempt to resist the controls of the legal and political authorities. Ferrell, after careful examination
of hip hop graffiti, concludes that when youthful writers resist authority, their graffiti becomes
confrontational in nature and they counterattack, which transforms pressure from official authorities
to that of illegal pleasure through their writings.