Decades after the movement globalized, New York is still the mecca of graffiti culture. Painting there is a badge of honor, with graffiti artists from around the globe making pilgrimages to New York for that purpose. This is the city where it all began, yet few know the back story.
We've seen the folk art form of graffiti derided by police and civic leaders as pure vandalism. In the '90s some of it was upgraded to art museums, and today the political "street art" of Banksy and Shepard Fairey recontextualize graffiti art yet again. Learn More