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ERIC Number: EJ1041012
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Sep
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0004-3125
Growing up with Graffiti: Reflections on Transitioning from a Part-Time Felon to a Full-Time Artist, and Then Back Again
Lacktman, Gabriel
Art Education, v66 n5 p13-19 Sep 2013
Can art be a sport? Gabriel Lacktman describes the thrill of graffiti. He notes the average artist seeks refuge in the blanket of self-expression, successfully avoiding all disconcerting competition. However, in the 1990s, Lacktman's interest in graffiti became a lifestyle, the theme was all about "the art of getting over" or "the art of getting up." Art was a game and it was called graffiti. Graffiti by nature is self-indulgent and narcissistic; the root is putting your name in the face of others, by any means necessary. You must be relevant and there is an overwhelming competition to get noticed in a city that is busy and preoccupied. Graffiti might be 50% art and 50% sport; most get into it to play the game, and a few stay around long enough to create something with more meaning. Lacktman states that the challenge is never over, and asks: "Are you only as good as your last game? or are you as good as your BEST game?" It doesn't matter because you love the sport of it, frustration and all.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California; Massachusetts