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Some thirty+ years after Norman Mailer and others first floated this idea, it's somewhat heartwarming that graffiti writers--especially ones who get up 10,000x a month--are still abiding by this logic:

"I don't see other graffiti writers as my competition anymore," B.N.E. said. "Now I'm going up against the Tommy Hilfigers, Starbucks, Pepsi. You have these billion-dollar companies, and I've got to look at their logos every day. Why can't I put mine up?"

From a piece in this week's Times touting B.N.E. as the proud heir to REVS and COST.

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While researching a piece I'm working on, I came across this YouTube clip explaining Canadian gang graffiti featuring the most earnest cop ever:



"In order to find out exactly what that means, you would have to ask the person that put it up there what that meant."

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Hua Hsu teaches in the English Department at Vassar College and writes about music, sports, and culture. His work has appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times, Bookforum, Slate, The Village Voice, The Boston Globe Ideas section and The Wire (for whom he writes a bi-monthly column). He is on the editorial board for the New Literary History of America.
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