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GrafRank
March 8, 2012 7:59 AM   Subscribe

GrafRank: Global Graffiti Statistics is a new webapp project from Jake Dobkin of Streetsy (previously). With GrafRank, Dobkin codes street art locations from the Streetsy Flickr Pool, tagged by artist, to highlight where notable street artists are working in specific cities, their prolificacy, and the more popular areas in those cities for tagging.
posted by shakespeherian (4 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite

 
I accept that there are many graffiti artists that have real talent. I also have no problem with it where it's not an eyesore. However, I would like to make every little shithead spraying wankerscribble all over residential areas and the like clean it off with a toothbrush while dressed in an orange jumpsuit.
posted by GallonOfAlan at 8:13 AM on March 8, 2012 [1 favorite]


I like the idea but I am not sure I would want to be identified in this way if I were trying to stay under the radar. Sometimes the post-privacy world brushes up against reality with unfortunate results.
posted by asok at 8:16 AM on March 8, 2012 [1 favorite]


I like the idea but I am not sure I would want to be identified in this way if I were trying to stay under the radar.

On graffiti message boards I've seen, public ones at least, artists are interested in being notable for their art only under the name they use for tags. Most people aren't going to give up any hard identifying information about themselves, and people are called out for supplying information about others. Disclaimers about law enforcement watching abound.

Something as simple as "Oh I heard 'EGGS'* got arrested in the 90s, glad he's out now!" is likely to get deleted, or at least get the poster flamed into submission.

This doesn't apply to people who have a lot of assistants and promote themselves heavily under their real names to make lots of money from selling t-shirts. I don't think it really applies to people who only do legal commissioned works either, since they're not breaking any laws.

*I do not know the whereabouts or any other real details about 'EGGS'.
posted by helicomatic at 9:48 AM on March 8, 2012


randomvandalism
posted by the cuban at 2:33 PM on March 8, 2012


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