Beautiful City http://kmuw.org en Beautiful City: The 'Street Art' Movement http://kmuw.org/post/beautiful-city-street-art-movement <p></p><p>More than 40 years have passed since the beginning of the modern graffiti movement, and it shows no sign of slowing down. Heightened security in train yards, and technological innovations such as graffiti-proof paints and metals, have moved the scene from subways to the streets. The first writers have either disappeared, or moved their craft from the streets to the art gallery. And an entire generation has grown up in a world that has always had graffiti showing up somewhere in their cities.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:30:00 +0000 Zack Gingrich-Gaylord 32985 at http://kmuw.org Beautiful City: The 'Street Art' Movement Beautiful City: Living In The Margins http://kmuw.org/post/beautiful-city-living-margins <p></p><p></p><p>Graffiti culture maintains very few alliances with the non-graffiti world. It is, after all, a culture that celebrates the art of being both alienated and alienating.</p><p>Still, even graffiti writers need a theme song, and there is no dearth of choices for the perfect graffiti song in hip hop.</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 17:30:00 +0000 Zack Gingrich-Gaylord 32262 at http://kmuw.org Beautiful City: Living In The Margins Graffiti Removal From Another Angle http://kmuw.org/post/graffiti-removal-another-angle <p></p><p>China has a graffiti problem.</p><p>Or, more specifically, The Great Wall has a graffiti problem.</p><p>It’s not really surprising that people have visited the Great Wall for centuries and left their names etched into the bricks—it’s what people do. The Chinese approach to managing this graffiti may be more clever than functional, but it does suggest that we don’t always need buckets of grey paint.</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 17:30:00 +0000 Zack Gingrich-Gaylord 31599 at http://kmuw.org Graffiti Removal From Another Angle Beautiful City: The Hobo Code http://kmuw.org/post/beautiful-city-hobo-code <p></p><p>America has had a fascination with hobos and hobo culture for nearly as long as these folks have been hitching rides on trains.</p><p>The myth of the hobo, like so many other myths, is far more romantic than the reality, but the idealization of the hobo as an essential American character is nonetheless solidly entrenched in much of our music, film and art.</p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 18:30:00 +0000 Zack Gingrich-Gaylord 30959 at http://kmuw.org Beautiful City: The Hobo Code The Name Is The Faith Of Graffiti http://kmuw.org/post/name-faith-graffiti <p></p><p>The names of graffiti writers are mutant words. Half-verb, half-noun, they distill both language and identity into concentrated archetypes: the trickster, the hero, the villain, the romantic. Mon, 17 Feb 2014 18:30:00 +0000 Zack Gingrich-Gaylord 30362 at http://kmuw.org The Name Is The Faith Of Graffiti Writing Your Name Where It Doesn't Belong http://kmuw.org/post/writing-your-name-where-it-doesnt-belong <p></p><p>At its most basic, "tagging" is the act of writing your name on a wall, on a newspaper stand, on a lamp post, or, let’s be honest, anything else that doesn’t belong to you.</p><p>The <em>medium</em> doesn’t particularly matter: marker or spray paint will do. In a pinch, and on the right surface, maybe even a ballpoint pen. The point is to put your mark where it wasn’t before, and to put it in a place where other people will see it.</p><p>And, like everything else in graffiti, the most important point is to do it with style.</p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 18:30:00 +0000 Zack Gingrich-Gaylord 29730 at http://kmuw.org Writing Your Name Where It Doesn't Belong The History Of People Writing On Walls http://kmuw.org/post/history-people-writing-walls <p></p><p>Wichita is relatively new to the graffiti game.</p><p>While entire subway lines were being covered from end to end in New York City in the late '70s, the most prevalent graffiti in Wichita was a few band names painted large on the walls of the Canal Route.</p><p>Even now, you need a sharp eye to catch most of Wichita's current graffiti-- which, depending on your perspective, may either be disappointing or a reason to celebrate.</p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 17:19:18 +0000 Zack Gingrich-Gaylord 29126 at http://kmuw.org The History Of People Writing On Walls