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    Nygraffiti Nygraffiti Presentation Transcript

    • Graffiti in New York Paoyi Huang December 3, 2002
    • Graffiti Glossary
      • Bite - to copy other writers’ styles.
      • Buff – any means used by Transit Authority to remove graffiti from trains.
      • Burner – a well-done piece.
      • Down – in part of a group or action.
      • Fade – to blend colors.
    • Graffiti Glossary (continued)
      • Getting Up
        • also known as “Getting Around,” “Getting Over,” and “Getting the Name Out.”
        • successfully hitting a train, or writing writing their names prolifically.
        • one of the most significant factors differentiating New York’s subway writers from the creators of traditional forms of wall writings.
      • Going Over
        • One writer covering another writer’s work with his/her own.
        • Once a piece has been “gone over,” it is considered as destroyed.
    • Graffiti Glossary (continued)
      • Rack Up – to steal, the process of acquiring all kinds of materials used in writing.
      • Tag (Up) – writing signature with marker or spray paint.
      • Throw Up – a name painted quickly with one layer of spray paint and an outline.
      • Top-to-Bottom - extend from the top of a subway car to the bottom, but not necessarily the full length of the car.
      • Toy – in experienced or incompetent writer.
    • A Brief History of Writing I
      • Space
        • Illegal space. writing had first begun on local buses and local neighborhood walls.
        • In the 70s, the ultimate goal is the subway trains.
      • Fame
        • Taki 183 (late 1960s)
      • Two separate communities in mind
        • The community of writers themselves.
        • The general city audience.
    • A Brief History of Writing II
      • “ Graffiti Art” vs. Galleried Art World
        • Two very different systems –
        • subway trains vs. art-on-canvas
        • Writers vs. Traditional trained artists (e.g. Keith Haring, Jean Michel Basquiat, etc.)
          • Common – illegal public locations, linear drawing or words in their works.
          • Difference – timing, tradition, etc.
        • Communication between two different systems
        • Result and its implication
    • A Brief History of Writing III
      • Graffiti and Hip-Hop
        • Writing has more than a decade of history before rap get into the popular music scene.
        • Writing was rapidly broadcast, and it became a global youth art movement partly through the connections to hip-hop.
      • Retaking the Trains
        • War on graffiti, Surveillance, Clean Car Program 1984.
        • The dynamics between writers and the Transit Police changed after the late 1970s.
    • A Brief History of Writing IV
      • Return to the Walls (1980s)
        • Two career paths –
        • bomber vs . piecer (productivity vs. skill)
        • Space
          • bombers take the streets.
          • the style masters go to “hiding places.”
        • Results
          • localized
          • loosing network/community
          • alter traditional norms
    • A Brief History of Writing V
      • Two Alternative Forms
        • Stickers
        • Other modes of transportation as writing means (e.g. railroad)
      • Using Technology – the Circulation
        • Writers’ zines (e.g. International Graffiti Times )
        • Video
      • Globalization
        • NYC as the “Homeland of Graffiti”
      • ~The End~