Graffiti in the pre-internet era
March 10, 2013 5:41 PM Subscribe
I am currently working on a young adult novel set in a small Massachusetts town at the tail end of the '80s in which one of the protagonists is a graffiti tagger. Unfortunately, I am less familiar with some of the most basic aspects of graffiti writing and the preparations for it, particularly in that era. Below the fold are some questions.
posted by pxe2000 to media & arts (17 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
- How would taggers buy spray paint and avoid detection? Would they go a few towns over to buy their paint? Would they buy a few cans of paint and some other sundries, the way teenagers would buy condoms or feminine hygiene products?
- Would fresh graffiti tags appear in a police report, or would graffiti only get published in a police report if the tagger was caught?
- Would the local press cover graffiti writers, or would they just not pay attention?
- What other information should I know about graffiti at this point in time?