Graffiti : How The Rise Of Graffiti Has Digitally Its Artists

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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,
“Kids all over New York, realizing the fame and notoriety that could be gained from "tagging" their names on subway cars (that traveled all over the city, naturally) began to emulate Taki 183. The goal was to "get up" (using the slang of the day), to have one 's name in as many places as possible, and as kids competed against each other to get famous, the amount of graffiti on trains exploded.”

The basic illegality of the action of “tagging” gave the art form a stigma from the very beginning. In addition, graffiti, along with DJ-ing, emceeing, and B-boying, have been the four basic elements of hip-hop. It’s common knowledge to anyone that has ever listened to hip hop and rap artists Jay-Z, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Diddy, and any…

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