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Scrawl Too: More Dirt Paperback – June 1, 2001
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Over the last 10 years the line between culture and counterculture has turned into a zone, and that zone is graf, shorthand for a subculture that produces graffiti, art, fashion, and design. Scrawl Too: More Dirt is a rich collection, maybe even a sourcebook, of all of these manifestations, marked by strong lines, active forms, architectural presentations, and small but numerous interventions that have coalesced into an entire young urban aesthetic. While the more familiar graf may have been absorbed into commerce to the point that it is unmoving (such as the Obey stencils from New York), the work from Japan and Australia is stunning, and there is more of it here than in the book's predecessor. The images are lush and compelling in themselves, but they are equally significant in their selection. --Juliette Cezzar
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I got the sense that each of the featured artists has a self-awareness of the state of graffiti art in the market culture. Barry McGee has developed an iconography that captures pathos, suffering, indifference, and humor. Obey Giant emphasizes and parodies the ubiquitousness of corporate logos and has developed a brand more based on 'street cred' than market trends. (Or gives the appearance of doing so anyway). The book also focuses on smaller scale bombs and tags and in doing so a pattern emerges. Most of the pieces seem to be a reaction to the near-loss of urban spaces, both public and private to (mostly)gentrification and a dying connection between the people that inhabit them.