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