Graffiti Gallery (1)

Found this: Very 1st colour slide film shot in Hulme 1993: As our notorious estate was due for total urban regeneration, local tenants were slowly moved out while muggings & burglaries increased. Life on a lawless estate was serious & bleak. I became interested in a local crew who were tagging the area & attempting their first full 'pieces'. 3-D lettering (Kelzo) or psychedelic 'wildstyle' (Tags), which were welcome additions to a grim, grey drabness of an abandoned estate. I didn't know it at the time but this would become the start of a new obsession

(Interested? You should watch this: Edited from (1993) BBC2 'The Late Show' (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tVEyrUcuaM) inc. Hulme poet Lemn Sissay, excellent archive film, plus haunting Dogs of Heaven performance piece event Safe As Houses)

Abandoned Joyrides were a common sight in Hulme. They usually got torched. I thought it might be a good subject to photograph. When I returned following day to finish my film the vehicle had been dragged, burned & flipped: All by local kids starved of amusement. Seen in this context graffiti art becomes a much more noble pursuit, through its urban commentary & belligerently positivist stance. Still strictly illegal but creative & hopeful, instead of the negative vandalism with which it is often labelled, portrayed & tarnished
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