documentary film maker Bob Bryan has once again with his second release
captured the inner heart and soul of the underground aerosol art movement
within the Los Angeles area. Although the term "graffiti" has been
labeled upon us and commonly accepted; graffiti is a title that the mayor
of NYC in the early 1970's came up with, in order to make the general public
look down us while the city used this excuse to extort millions of tax
dollars the very first year. It was a marketing ploy to remove graffiti
from the trains in NYC and get himself an easy reelection. Well,
he got reelected anyhow, but he did not put a dent in the raw art movement!
But what we saw was a new way to make money for the city and his kick back
buddies in the chemical industry. Major corporations are making more
money off of our art than the artist themselves.
and the money making machine has spread to every major city, using NYC
as a blueprint of tax dollar extortion. In 1984 NYC was already and
way back then, up to 22 million dollars in tax money directly spent to
the removal of graffiti. There are no dollars spent for youth programs
directed to this so called "problem", much less legal public spaces.
Reason enough to look!
- December 16, 1998
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