Effects Of Rags To Riches

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Rags to Riches: How the Rise of Graffiti Has Mimicked its Artists On Saturday Night Live in 1997, then-mayor of New York City Rudy Giuliani declared “we’ve gotten [graffiti] off our subways, but there are still idiots out there trying to turn our streets into an eyesore! (McKay)” Now, almost twenty years later, an original piece of iconic street artist Banksy’s work sells for as much as $1.7 million (Randal). Each of Banksy’s most valued pieces was undervalued by hundreds of thousands of dollars. The unconventional value in each piece has been embraced by people all over the world, leaving traditional art in the dust. Historically, graffiti was made famous by Taki 183 in the infamous neighborhood of Washington Heights. After he attained notoriety, …show more content…
An advocate for those wanting to escape gang life, Father Greg Boyle, explains in his book Tattoos on the Heart and in the documentary G-Dog that the gang, for many young members, is the only family they’ve ever known. Many come from broken families, missing one or both parents, with enormous amounts of responsibilities placed on their shoulders at incredibly young ages. These factors combined with extreme poverty and lack of funding for schools in these areas compile into a hotbed of crisis for these young people who are faced with an absence of purpose and options very early on in their lives. Graffiti, like rap, has become an instrument of social change, exposing to many the horrifying stories of people living in these extreme conditions in our own country. These bodies have found themselves planted in a sinkhole as far from “the American dream” as one can get, and most of the factors that caused this are entirely out of their control. Worse yet, they are often faced with a complete lack of compassion from law enforcement, school systems, and their

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