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Nygraffiti

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

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