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"She led me into the shadows that waited beyond the bright tube platform. The concrete walls were overlaid with graffiti, years of them twisting into a single metascrawl of rage and frustration.” (William Gibson, “Johnny Mnemonic”)

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"What I'm arguing is that this is not only a matter of the sheer fact that the stuff is illegal: it's not just a matter of racking paint and running from the cops. It's inside the form and content of the art itself. ...In this case it drives forward a saturated sign system of revolution that attacks the state and the schools by attacking the word, while also reclaiming the word or claiming a place in authority: claiming the power to remake the word and hence the world." (Crispin Sartwell, "Graffiti and Language," 2004 http://www.crispinsartwell.com/grafflang.htm)

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"The words of the prophets were written on the subway walls and the tenement halls..."
(Simon & Garfunkel,"Sounds of Silence")

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"I suggest that every curfew violated, car stolen, drug taken, and baby conceived is a statement of personal independence and thus a reinforcer for delinquent involvement" (Moffitt 2001: 120).

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"Possibly, the Giant [street art] campaign is for you an abstract phenomenon which seems to spontaneously perpetuate itself. On the contrary, it represents years of hard work, financial investment, and careful planning." (letter from Giant to Midget, undated, see entire letter...)

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