Language and Rules of Street Artists

Much of the language and rules of graffiti artists are similar with exception that street artists wish to communicate with the public.  Anonymity, not working over somebody’s  work, and much of the same language used is similar because many graffiti artists have transitioned into the world of street art.  In today’s society it is pretty acceptable but is sometimes still disputed if artists work for major campaigns.  From what I can gather, not many artists are against making money.  The hot debate is usually about whether or not the campaign/corporation for which one is working has similar values and ethics as the artist.  If an artist opposes what has been stated as their so-called manifesto, the artist loses “street credibility.”   Many artists admit that they have done work that they would not have loved to do in order to have the financing to create what they really did want to do.

The ways that street artists communicate now are different than the way that graffiti artists of the 1970’s communicated due to technological advances.  “Connected through the rapid waves of text messaging, blogs, and websites these urban artists are now able to connect internationally with their peers creating a shifting social network. Their organized approach to a self-guided movement, so prominent in user-generated wiki-culture, is mirrored in each artist’s unique attempt to edit the urban landscape. Commenting on today, their optic, codified language is finally united to speak ….” (Woodward).

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