Forum Video of the Day: Throwback BBC Doc on NYC Graffiti
Posted in the Third Rail forum under the thread “Short Documentary on NYC Graffiti 1976” started by 12oz member OMEN2, this BBC mini-doc “Watching my name go by 1976. Graffiti NYC!” resurfaced earlier this year on YouTube. Directed by Julia Cave, and filmed mainly in Manhattan, it features all kinds of 1970’s writers including RAZOR, HEP7 and THEFT, and unbelievable classic footage of a 1970’s tagged up central park, rusty train yards, handball courts and mullets galore.
One of the most interesting features is the cross section of concepts and arguments about graffiti culture that are still being debated almost 40 years later, with some refreshing points of view as well, “the American public as a whole is starting to appreciate that talent, all this brand new talent that we are seeing for the first time, a new art form that is amazing.” Signatures, defacement, alienation, identification with a name and number, deliberate vandalism, overwriting and there was even a graffiti squad back in the 1970’s. This 25 minute mini documentary has it all.