The long and troubled history of
graf in LA is the subject of a new documentary Graffiti Verite'. Going
back to the pre-aerosol gang glyphs of the 40's, flashing through the old
school and crews like West Coast Artists and on to the present day, the
film offers a broad overview of the scene as well as much talk on the nature
of graffiti, it's role in hip hop and the artists simple pleasure in the
straight line. But most importantly, a good two thirds of the film's 45
minutes running time is taken up with the work it represents.
As Spine one of the featured
artist puts it, "It isn't vandalism...it's a beautiful crime."
For more information, or to
order a video contact its director, Bob Bryan at: Bryan World Productions,
P.O. Box 74033, Los Angeles CA 90004