With the release of fashion designer Marc Ecko’s Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure video game (Atari) this fall, digital graffiti will score some gigantor points. Interactive game play, player evolution from Toy to All City King, digital blackbooks, incredible fighting and weaponry. In short, the game promises to be a fun and insane experience.
Toy (short version) =a kid who buys his spray paint instead of stealing it, and talks a lot of isht. All City King=A graffiti master of styles as well as locations. You’re All City if your work is SEEN in all the boroughs. Black Books= a black book with sketches of potential graffiti pieces as well as collections of writers’ tags.
Rapper Talib Kweli provides the voice of the protagonist Trane while dozens of writers lend their fat caps and advice, encouraging and motivating dude as he tackles a corrupt government in a fictional city.
Fat Caps= spray paint caps that determine the size of the line sprayed by the artist.
To get the party started Ecko planned a huge block party in Chelsea, a few blocks from his Midtown NY headquarters. Along with some DJ’s, dozens of graffiti writers were scheduled to show up and participate in a demonstration that included painting on giant replicas of NYC subway cars. The permits were granted by the city since mid July but City Council Speaker Peter Vallone and NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg had it revoked because they thought the event would encourage children to go out and vandalize. Vallone even wrote a letter to an Atari honcho to air his dissatisfaction, weeks after hiring Lady Pink, a graffiti writer who is in the game, to paint a mural. Can you spell hypocrisy kids? All together now: V-A-L-L-O-N-E!
For many NYer’s the Councilman walks a gray line between criminal and advocate. NY Newsday’s investigation of Vallone and his partners and business practices in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s seems to have disappeared down the collective memory hole of all NYers .
Vallone interests in children and crime is on par with his concern about subway safety and the NYC Transit Authority ever present financial crises that involves the inflation of rider fares every year. We wonder: Why isn’t Vallone or the Mayor speaking up about the funds the Federal Govt. allocated to the MTA to combat or prevent acts of terrorism? instead Maybe they are waiting for a co-branding of fare beating terrorist brown kids with backpacks of paint for them to start flapping their gums. Maybe we should get a stadium involved. They sure talk an awful lot about stadiums in Queens, Brooklyn and Mahattan.
Kids writing graffiti in NYC are a nil category of interest because most of the writers who destroy NYC with markers, paint or acid, wheatpaste, rollers and so on, are adult tourists from France or Germany. Further, the notion of graffiti leading children to crime is unproven. The only broken windows, (you know the theory: one broken window in a neighborhood leads to decay) in NYC are the eyes of kids who do not have a balanced meal yet recieve sub-par education and inadequate housing.
While cities like Amsterdam, London and Berlin encourage youth culture via music and art programs, these two oldsters with cash are suppressing it, creating a sterile retail environment of resentment, listlessness, migration and hostility. We can’t even dance in a bar without getting a ticket for heebie jeebies sake! And this is the city that never sleeps? The art capital of the world?
The thousands of teenagers who demolished NYC transit in the 70′s and 80′s are voters now. Their rage back then was unorganized. One of their admirers is Marc Ecko and he is suing the city for violation of his 1st Amendment rights. Lets see the city buff that.
Buff= a system in which graffiti is removed chemically from trains before they leave the yards.