Oliver_Graffiti

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Unformatted text preview: ethinking arginalized landscapes and the eography of power ith Graffiti (cultural, political, rban geography) etting the scene ew York City (early 1970s) A city strapped for cash A culture of expectation Seeds of discontent “Basic city services, once the model for urban areas across the nation, have been slashed to the point of breakdown … Evidence of the cutbacks is everywhere: the streets are blanketed with garbage. Robberies, to name but one crime, are at an all-time high. The subway system is near collapse, plagued by aging equipment, vandalism, the frequent breakdowns and derailments” (The Wall Street Journal quoted in Cresswell 1996, 31) Etymology Graffiti – Graffiare/"scraffiare" (Italian): to scratch-- graphein (Greek): to write, to inscribe TAKI 183 A hierarchy of graffiti TAG The most basic form of graffiti, a writer's signature with marker or spray paint. It is the writer's logo, their stylized personal signature. If a tag is long it is sometimes abbreviated to the first two letters or the first and last letter of the tag. THROWUP “ Over time, this term has been applied to many different types of graffiti. Subway art says it is "a name painted quickly with one layer of spray paint and an outline", although some consider a throwup to be bubble letters of any sort, not necessarily filled. Throwups can be from one or two letters to a whole word or a whole roll call of names. Often times throwups incorporate an exclamation mark after the word or letter. Throwups are generally only one or two colors, no more. Throwups are either quickly done bubble letters or very simple pieces using only two colors.” SCRUB A certain type of throwup (usually two colors) that is filled very quickly with back- and-forth lines, rather than filled in solid. PIECE/Fill in A graffiti painting, short for masterpiece. It's generally agreed that a painting must have at least three colors to be considered a piece. URAL /Blockbuster large-scale type of piecing, one top to bottom on a wall; sually a large production involving one or two pieces and sually some form of characters. A few ‘Kings’...
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