Its daring and unique presentation captured the attention of the competition so as the audience expanded, so did graffiti.It has progressed from a competitive activity for street credibility to an expressive form of street art.
As the game became more competitive, so did the pieces. This form of graffiti allows graffitists to flaunt their artistic abilities through a more stylistic expression that will bring the writer respect.
The pieces became more innovative and more intricate, focusing on both factors of quantity and quality while still achieving the ultimate goal of being “king. The art work consist of simple tags, throw ups and pieces. Aside from being gaining respect from the public and other artist, they still strive to compete with rival writers.
”(Chung 27) Banksy’s street art does not focus on competing with rival artists, but focuses on engaging with a broader audience in a deeper level.
He provokes his audience by deeply expressing out various social practices that helps viewers to reflect and confront certain aspects together as a community.
Throw-ups or “throwies” lie in between a tag and a piece as its complexity is designed to quickly execute a graffitist anonym.
Graffitists have their own signature tags and pieces for others to identify their intricate style.The mastery of graffiti has become a part of subculture with its raw and defiant nature presented within the streets and the media that its legitimacy as a form of art is starting to finally be recognized by the public. Street art is considered as any art that is publicized in the “streets” oppose to territorial graffiti meant to display a message.The following states, “It represents the desire of humans to leave traces of their existence in the public sphere. It was the works of early artists such as Jenny Holzer and Richard Hambleton in the mid-1970s, and later Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring in the 1980s, who have conspired with the street art movement.(27) The underlying message of Banksy’s art can lead towards an active involvement of street art within the community. It possesses the aesthetic voices of the ordinary and enables resistance for the marginalized.“Street art is omnipresent in urban streets and is a rish source of inspiration for artistic creativity. Banksy’s street art, in particular, can guide students to think about various social and political issues and to reflect upon the immediate, if not unjust, world in which they live, to transform that world, and to possibly initiate change.(253) The attributing collective pieces of artist Invader in the Space Invaders video game have also given that attention of street art towards the public eye.The movement of street art and graffiti has not only gained acknowledgment through film, but also through a formalized setting such as museum exhibits.“Of all elements of the NYC hip hop subculture, graffiti received the most media attention…Subway graffiti was then propagated by the music industry through rap music, break dancing and graffiti-styled album covers.Heightening up the game, graffitists would recruit amateurs, or “toys”, to help spread the word throughout district communities to be known outside their region.It was one thing to be acknowledged in your own community, but to be recognized throughout various domains brought the graffiti game to a whole other level.