Graf artists speak out against recent Law

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Los Angeles, CA --- In what is being viewed as an increasingly growing right-wing in America, the latest subculture under attack are graffiti artists who are currently mobilizing due to the following www. recently:

*Although no graffiti artists have been arrested and convicted yet, Los Angeles, Milwaukee and other cities have installed high tech, $3,000 cameras to photograph those in the process of tagging a wall. The New York Times reports that the camera being used is the Vivitar 35-millimeter flash model that is further equipped with motion detectors and digital voice players. Once a motion is detected, the camera flashes and a warning plays, usually a message such as "Stop! This is a restricted area. We have just taken your photograph." The message can be played back in any two languages. According to the Times, there are about 20 cameras currently used in Milwaukee and 26 in Lynwood, California

"While no one disputes that vandalism is illegal," cites acclaimed graffiti artist Cope 2 and star of the upcoming graffiti documentary  Trumac.  There is a major danger here that overlooks the fact that most times aerosol art is just that, art!" A prime example of which the National Endowment for the Arts recently funded. According to Darrell Decker, Executive Director of Concerned Citizens for Humanity (CCfH), a Hartford, CT based not-for-profit design organization which the NEA funded in 1998 to produce a 3-part graffiti mural campaign on youth violence. "No one wants to offer young people the free space needed to express themselves creatively," explains Decker. "It´s easier for them to just make a law that says ‘don´t do it´, but the reality is that it´s just going to go on. Aerosol art should not just be seen as an irritant because it´s an important art form that needs to be elevated, not supressed. Where formal grafitti murals have been commissioned and publically supported, it has helped to teach, inform and remind society about the current plight and daily struggles of underserved people living in the neighborhoods. In fact, a framed color poster of the violence murals the NEA funded now hangs in the Superior Court Building four years after the original murals completion. Its pivital and timeless message – ‘Choices/Consequences´ – continues to be seen by adolescents and young adults pa**ing through our juvenile court system. This is only one of a multitude of ways in which high quality grafitti mural art can be captured, disseminated and recycled to important target audiences".

A number of officials involved in the art form are currently holding discussions to determine how to combat the negative view of graffiti. And one such DVD documentary "Trumac" will soon be released to a**ist in that. Chronicling the first-ever international exchange in graffiti, "Trumac" captures the exchange of the top aerosol artists from Paris as they travel to create a giant mural in the Bronx as part of a neighborhood beautification process.

"It is important that we educate people," explains Cope2, "that, in the right venues, graffiti art is as precious and valid as art created by oil or sculpted by hand. Could the suppression of inner expression be one of the reasons why there is so little peace today, especially in the United States?"