Friday, May 14, 2010



Graffiti is the name for images or lettering scratched, scrawled, painted or marked in any manner on property. These public markings may be just simple written words right up to elaborate wall paintings. Graffiti has existed since ancient times with examples dating back to Ancient Greece and the Roman Empire. In most countries, defacing property with graffiti without the property owner's consent is considered vandalism which is punishable by law. Graffiti has for a long time been seen on railroad box cars and on subway trains. There are many different types and styles of graffiti and it is a rapidly developing art form whose value is highly contested. Graffiti artists constantly have the looming threat of facing consequences for displaying their graffiti. Many choose to protect their identities and reputation by remaining anonymous.

Street art is any art seen in public places, that is “in the streets”. The term usually refers to unsanctioned art, as opposed to government sponsored initiatives. Street art can include some sorts of traditional graffiti (but not territorial graffiti), stencils, sticker art, posters and video projections.

The title serves only to confuse the issue; it gives no hint as to what the movie is all about. There should be a rule about stupid movie titles. But I digress.

This is a documentary about street artists, their art and their creators as seen through the eyes of Thierry Guetta, a French immigrant living in Los Angeles.

for some language (which is hardly justified in my opinion).

I recently read that some people are suggesting this is all a hoax, that it is “too good to be true”. Maybe so.

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