The Ever Growing Graffiti Knowing Ego
One of the most detrimental/ amusingly nostalgic characteristic of mixing with my Graffiti Writer Peers is that common underlying attitude we all share… That we are all better than each other!
Unfortunately for any consumer trying to decide who they would like to do their artwork, commonly each artist will tell you that they are the best spray painter out there.
I have done this before, of which I can only apologise… at least I didn’t lie to them 😛
Fundamentally I have no Idea why we do this, perhaps its a subconscious reaction to the idea that the consistent attitude towards Graffiti writers is that there is a vast artist agency under every inner city bridge that you can pop out and visit, bag yourself a painter who is happy to work for you because it is “good for them”.
A validation of cultural undermining satisfied by a personal statement translated, “I am better than the others at the agency.” Instantaneously puts yourself in a “throw me a bone please” position by pressing for validation, helping this problematic wheel to keep spinning.
This for me highlights a serious progression needed to be made from both parts. Writers, you do not need validation just a portfolio and a bit of decorum.
Strangely enough from painting in over ten different countries I have never known this attitude more prominent than here in the UK. Most other countries embrace other writers like family but here is a little more hostile. Don’t worry though it is completely normal so if visiting another paint shop outside your residing post code, don’t expect a hug!
Whilst I am discussing our communal attitude, a test if you will…
..Should you wish to test out the sheer expanse of the writer’s ego when you are conversing with a graffiti writer, tell him you have a friend who is “really into street art” or about how you have a Banksy print in your house and watch the blank reaction, we have all switched off.. …zzzZZZ…I’m Guilty here, we have heard this before, over and over, and we will again!
For me I think we have along way to go with changing attitudes.
Writers, show people what goes into the work and the different projects you do. People enjoy seeing it. Make yourself approachable, bitterness is not sweet to the consumer ear. Perhaps start by telling another writer something positive about their work and see how that progresses… Maybe too big a step? Just remember you are not a charity.
General public, Realise because people do it illegally does not mean we are all in need of fishing out of a poverty pond. Respect the creativity and ask questions that are relative to what you want from a job, ask to see a portfolio and let the artist deliver their terms to you. At that point you can decide how you want to proceed without the use of your proverbial fishing rod.
To all of you, as you reflect on this information, just remember you heard it from the best 😉