Hi! So this past week I have been doing some more research on the history and I got to interview another artist which I’ll tell you guys about next week (he is part of a crew called Scarce Elementz). One part of the history that I’ll tell you guys about is from “A Historical Overview of Mural” by the Community Rejuvenation Project. The modern graffiti movement was largely identified with the emerging hip-hop culture in New York because some of the pioneers of the movement, such as Phase 2, were also b-boys or hip-hop dancers. Another reason is that these artists such as Phase 2 would make the flyers for DJs associated with the hip-hop culture. Therefore, graffiti became one of the 4 core elements of hip-hop culture as it expanded to a global movement. Because graffiti is mostly illegal and in the 70’s was not largely socially accepted, it was counterculture by definition. Police would beat people who had spray paint, regardless of whether or not they were doing something illegal. The people who were arrested and found themselves in court would often face large fines or even prison sentences. The subway graffiti died down because of these legal efforts, forcing graffiti artists to turn to other pursuits such as murals. Some of these artists include the now famous Keith Haring, who initially created iconic chalk murals in the subway stations but later rose to fame and his art was displayed in galleries around the world.
Thanks for reading this week’s blog 🙂 Next week I’ll talk about some muralist’s I’ve interviewed and what I’m doing for my internship (there is also an event coming up that Murals of Phoenix is hosting so come on out! ).