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Iran Graffiti and Urban Art Report
June 15, 2007 11:42 PM   Subscribe

Iran Graffiti and Urban Art Report
posted by carsonb (9 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

 
See also First Generation Graffiti in Iran. (Previously)
posted by carsonb at 11:43 PM on June 15, 2007


a1one
elf (BLIND & NW)
Iranian Underground Art Media
posted by carsonb at 12:00 AM on June 16, 2007


The icepunks stuff is beautiful.
posted by amyms at 1:39 AM on June 16, 2007


icepunkz
posted by carsonb at 1:43 AM on June 16, 2007


Wow, thanks, carsonb!
posted by amyms at 1:48 AM on June 16, 2007


Great stuff -- I love the Cuba post.
posted by hifiparasol at 7:52 AM on June 16, 2007


All good.
posted by asok at 7:19 AM on June 18, 2007


As I mentioned before, I was out in this tiny, rural village in the desert in Syria and somebody had tagged "50 cent" on a wall.

The implications of that were staggering to me. First of all, despite the best efforts of an oppressive regime, American consumer culture was still seeping through the cracks, also the Syrian government wouldn't have been pleased either (that was a joke kids). Additionally, this guy who was basically a member of the underclass of America had literally risen to the status of global household name.
posted by Pollomacho at 7:27 AM on June 18, 2007


despite the best efforts of an oppressive regime, American consumer culture was still seeping through the cracks

This is what struck me the most about all this urban art. I absolutely love that youth/underground cultures around the world are taking a page from the "oldschool" American underground. Graffiti was such a powerful voice of dissent, especially in late 70's/early 80's NYC. Looking at it the other way, it's a lot easier for Americans to relate to a youth culture struggling in very much the same way they did a very short time ago—and that much harder to dismiss the other aspects of a society that seem so foreign.
posted by carsonb at 6:38 PM on June 18, 2007


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