In Graffiti: What the Hell is Old School Anyway?

Juxtapoz // Monday, 24 Oct 2011

Rime just posted a small essay questioning the well-known term “old school”. With his own words he to attempts to make meaning of what is considered old school and asks the same question to a handful of writers coming from various generations. It appears that perspectives are affected by age, experience and location, but everyone definitely has an opinion. Rime reched out to writers Blade, Haze, Martha Cooper, Bio, Risk, Wane, Ket, Revok, Askew, Taboo, Jurne, Sueme, and Score.


What is “Old School” and what is the standard (if any) when using this term in graffiti?

One morning back in April, I was finishing up the Blade tribute on the side of the MoCA museum in Los Angeles. Martha Cooper came by the wall just around the same time that Blade showed up. She told me how great it was that the museum had someone from the “new school” paint a tribute for someone from the “old school”. Something about that comment really caught me off guard. Maybe because I was deliriously tired from painting all night? I saw the label of new school as way of classifying me as a new writer or (not intended by Cooper) a new jack. I told Martha that this was my 20th year painting graffiti and asked how long do I have to write, until I’m no longer considered new? Firemen, teachers or other city employees are eligible for retirement benefits after 20 years of job experience, and I’m sure that those who have worked within their profession for so long would not be considered similar to those with just a few years experience?


Read the rest of what Rime has to say and others at his Website.


Rime with Blade



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