Appropriation: Graffiti (UK)

de Paor-Evans, Adam orcid iconORCID: 0000-0003-4797-7495 (2021) Appropriation: Graffiti (UK). In: Encyclopedia of Vernacular Architecture of the World - 2nd Edition. Bloomsbury Publishing. ISBN 978-1472592736

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Graffiti as a spatial and material practice linked to Hip Hop culture emerged in the early 1970s in the urban landscape of New York and Philadelphia. It developed as a response to the spatio-political context within which minority and marginal groups were dwelling, and has since been practiced globally by a multiplicity of people following the New York City graffiti pandemic of the mid-1970s to the late 1980s. Graffiti has evolved into various urban art forms and since the turn of the twenty-first century is commonly located under the broader discipline of “street art ”. This entry explains and uncovers vernacular graffiti as a lesser-known phenomenon in non-urban Britain by UK-based graffiti writers.

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