The History of Graffiti Interview… presented by PBS

source: PBS video

PBS news gets the scoop on all of us with this this interview piece starring Caleb Neelon and Roger Gastman, as they give us a little perspective on the history of graff, from geography, to demography and a little psychology behind graffiti through the ages. Graffiti is the Rock n’ Roll of Visual Art (Neelon).

source: PBS

Kilroy is the best example of how the art form moves with history, in this case, a Boston-based throw-up that was carried around the world, post World War II. A lot of books at taken a bite out of this [graffiti history], we basically tried to swing as hard as we could. (Gastman)

Source: PBS

Yo, this is graff documentation at its best, covered by public broadcasting, and casting as wide a net as possible. Although writers, commentators and city cleaning crews will harp for days about what the genre means for writers, but this doc shows that spirit that we were all once captivated by.Whether it’s making it to a gallery, or just putting your name in as many places as possible. …paint more trains, paint more walls, paint more freeway signs, everyone has a reason. (Gastman)

These guys are spitting some truth. If you’re committed to the form, then go all out. Anyway, check the video here, and also pick up The History of American Graffiti next time you’re hunting for deals at a defunct Borders.


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