What Drives a Graffiti Artist to Tag Every Surface in New York City?

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"I like good vandalism but you gotta know where to put it -- that's key," the anonymous tagger known as Guess explains (in colorful language) in the short documentary below. Tagging is controversial, not to mention illegal, most of the time -- many viewers might wonder what's so compelling about endless typographic variations on the word "guess." If you're a fan of the gritty texture layers of street art bring to a city, however, you'll appreciate this portrait of a New York fixture. The short video is part of a series of documentaries called New Yorkers, produced by Moonshot Productions. The producers of the series, Erik Hartman, David Rowe, and Douglas Spitzer, discuss the project in an interview with the Atlantic Video channel here, where you can watch their portrait of Shaolin warrior monk Shi Yan-Ming

For more videos from Moonshot Productions, visit http://nyorkers.com/.

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Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg's work in media spans documentary television, advertising, and print. As a producer in the Viewer Created Content division of Al Gore's Current TV, she acquired and produced short documentaries by independent filmmakers around the world. Post-Current, she worked as a producer and strategist at Urgent Content, developing consumer-created and branded nonfiction campaigns for clients including Cisco, Ford, and GOOD Magazine. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University, where she was co-creator and editor in chief of H BOMB Magazine.

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