Graffiti and Culture

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- Graffiti is often seen as being connected to hip-hop culture

- Graffiti artist Fab 5 Freddy influenced Blondie's "Rapture" music video, which featured graffiti art. The video offered a portrayal of aspects of graffiti that are related to hip hop culture.

- PBS documentary "Style Wars" (1983) featured famous graffiti artists and reinforced graffiti's role in New York's hip hop culture by including well-known early break-dance groups into the film.

- Movies like Beat Street (1984) depicted graffiti and spread the culture.

- Emergence of stencil graffiti genre first created by Blek le Rat in Paris in 1981.

- Graffiti's Relation to Pop Culture

- In 2001, IBM launched an advertisement campaign in Chicago and San Francisco in which people spray-painted peace symbols, hearts, and penguins on sidewalks to represent peace, love, and Linux.

- Sony launched a similar ad campaign to IBM in 2005 to market the new PSP gaming system. The company paid building owners for rights to paint zoned-out teenagers playing PSP's on the sides of their buildings.

- Recently, there has been an increase of video games depicting graffiti, such as the Jet Set Radio series which tell stories about teens fighting a totalitarian police force that is limiting the artists' freedom of expression.

- Many video games allow playesr to produce graffiti e.g. The Urbz: Sims in the City

- Marc Ecko, the clothing designer, is an advocate of graffiti as an artform.

- In the United States, graffiti artists have made careers designing logos and illustrations for companies like Nike, Adidas, Lamborghini, Coca Cola, and more.

- The television series Kung Faux is a combination of all the influences on graffiti. It is a mash-up of classic kung fu movie clips with graffiti illustrations and hip-hop music and video game special effects. The series features voice-overs from famous graffiti artists and hip-hop pioneers.