Essay about Graffiti Artists: Silent Writers

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Within the impoverished urban streets arose a youth culture captivated by infamy and self-pride. A youth culture virtually undistinguishable from members of modern society with a passion, setting them apart from the community. The members of this underground subculture could be your next-door neighbor, your son or daughter, or the contractor repairing your roof, yet you would have no idea that they strive to “bomb” objects and surfaces found in everyday life. It is the subtle differences that distinguish a graffiti artist from the average member of society, such as their, mindset, desires, speech and active lifestyle. The most predominant attribute of a graffiti artist is their mindset, for a graffitist is constantly surveying the …show more content…
“People find graffiti offensive, but I find concrete gray buildings offensive, like we’re living in a world where the people with the least amount of imagination make the rules. It’s not like I am trying to be some kind of art revolutionary at all. I just like to see my art up in my neighborhood. I get a rush out of painting outdoors at night and in public.“ – Dstrbo There is a common misconception amongst individuals in society pertaining to the origin of graffiti. Many people assume that the first tag was developed along with the hip-hop movement in Bronx, New York, though it actually derived in the city of brotherly love, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Although, the concept of graffiti was first established by street gangs and political activists, both who used graffiti as a form of expression portraying their views and their property (Reichert). It wasn’t until the late 1960’s that the initial wave of this underground art movement emerged in Philadelphia. The graffitists credited with the first conscious tags were “Cornbread” and “Cool Earl”. These writers covered the city with their names, gaining popularity among the community and local press. It’s uncertain whether this concept traveled to New York City intentionally or if it simply was a spontaneous occurrence, but shortly after “Cornbread” within the Washington Heights section of Manhattan graffiti enthusiasts emerged on the scene (Reichert).
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