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Sunday, 28 October 2007
Santa wants you


Some stencil art which was spotted at a hole in the wall in Oxford. Apparently the words “This Xmas” are obscured by the pink poster above the Santa. Indymedia has some other Oxford graffiti photos (This has links to a further 8 pages).

Graffiti removal is a headache for the Oxford City Council.

The Oxford Student writes informatively on graffiti at Oxford University:

All across the city, in every corner of the university, students are busy scribbling. Against the ravages of infrequent but devastating paint jobs, the threat of fi nes for defacing books and the onset of the Hilary term (when overcast is a good day and rain a constant threat) they put down their thoughts in pen, pencil and chalk on the toilet walls, library books and pavements of the city.

Deriving from the Greek ‘graphein’ (to write), and passing via the Latin ‘graffi to’, our own anglicised ‘graffi ti’ is instantly associated with the urban art that symbolised the hip-hop fl avoured New York of the 1970s.

The accepted wisdom says that an anonymous local delivery messenger in Brooklyn began to scribble ‘Taki 183’ whilst delivering documents around the city, and soon a number of copycat ‘tags’ (an acronym for Tuff Artists’ Group) began to appear, a much needed means of self-expression for alienated, under-privileged youth. The fact that Oxford has a graffi ti culture is perhaps a little odd.

Read the article in full.

Posted by bigblue on 28/10/2007 at 10:09 AM
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