“Graffiti started as a form of protest; graffiti artists wanted to demonstrate,” says Sperling. “That was the original inspiration of the act. We started with small messages like ‘Get the cops off our back,'” and then spread out across the city; “The artists that started the movement did a lot of damage.”
Why can’t graffiti be seen on the internet?
“The Internet is like a black hole that pulls everything you put online to the surface,” observes Riggs. “Graffiti writers had to be constantly working to keep their messages hidden from the eyes of their audience, and they had to be very careful not to put their names out there.”
Where did graffiti come from?
“The earliest graffiti was discovered in Brooklyn when young students began to write in the margins of books under the direction of artists,” says Sperling. “Then, in the 1960’s, a New York artist named Paul Guetta discovered and popularized the idea for street art.”
Has it gone underground?
“I don’t know,” says Sperling. “You can’t be on the Internet and be totally anonymous. In order for graffiti to survive, it has taken a long time to come to terms with its anonymity.”
How can people be involved?
“The best way for people to be involved is to read our report and to read graffiti writers of today. You can support the movement and support our efforts by signing our petition or joining today’s movement in our online community.”
What does graffiti mean?
“Graffiti is a symbolic statement about our relationship to urban environments and to the urban experience,” explains Sperling. “Graffiti is another way of saying that people in our city have an identity and they have a place to express that identity. They want to be heard and will fight to be heard,” she says. “Graffiti is also part of our community—a community of people who believe in reclaiming their neighborhood.”
What does the future hold for graffiti?
“To me, graffiti shows a tremendous amount of ingenuity and creativity in the way this art form develops and evolves,” says Sperling. “Artists can always find a niche and become more successful. In the next 20 years, we will see artists and groups that are developing new artistic forms that use a wide variety of techniques to communicate their message.”
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