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Inside the Graffiti Subculture [Paperback]

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Illegal graffiti is disconnected from standard modes of visual production in fine art and design. The primary purpose of illegal graffiti for the graffiti writer is not the visual product, but "getting up." Getting up involves writing or painting one's name in as many places as possible for fame. The elements of risk, freedom and ritual unique to illegal graffiti serve to increase camaraderie among graffiti writers even as an individual's fame in the graffiti subculture increases. When graffiti has moved from illegal locations to the legal arenas of fine art and advertising; risk, ritual and to some extent, camaraderie, has been lost in the translation. Illegal graffiti is often erroneously associated with criminal gangs. Legal modes of production using graffiti-style are problematic in the public eye as a result. I used primary and secondary interviews with graffiti writers in this book. My art historical approach differed from previous writers who have used mainly anthropological and popular culture methods to examine graffiti. This analysis enabled me to demonstrate that illegal graffiti is not art.

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Pages   84
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.4" Width: 6.5" Height: 0.2"
Weight:   0.3 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 28, 2007
Publisher   VDM Verlag Dr. Mueller e.K.
ISBN  3836436639  
ISBN13  9783836436632  

Availability  97 units.
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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Russell M. Jones is Emeritus Professor of History at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri.

Russell M. Jones was born in 1927.

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1Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Art > Art History
2Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Graphic Design > Graphic Arts > General
3Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Graphic Design > Pop Culture
4Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Social Sciences > Sociology > Rural
5Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Social Sciences > Sociology > Urban

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Brilliant, Much Needed   Jun 2, 2008
The author's thesis is very interesting and well-researched, and definitely thought-provoking. There is a lack of intelligent discourse on this subject in academia and in an art historical context, so Mr. Jones' work is filling a void. This work will hopefully prompt even more dialogue and debate. Well done.
Terrible Book  Jun 1, 2008
This book is poorly written and the author's method is one sided and not intelligent. I do not recommend this book at all. Total waste of money.

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