I think the origins of graffiti are pretty interesting. I feel like of all the elements of hip hop, graffiti seems to me the most pure, raw and real. Graffiti is a different language young people created for themselves. Creating art in the streets is the ultimate playground for creativity. There’s no teachers to please, no parents or expectations to live up to. And I think creating something for no one other than yourself is art in its purest form. Here are these kids with all these issues bustling around them and all these people worrying about those issues instead of the youth. Oppression birthed this art form, and I think that’s what makes it so raw. These people were oppressed, and they created a whole new art form to give themselves a voice and an identity in response to oppression. Art is a mirror: it reflects the artist and the world he saw around him at that moment. Graffiti is dirty and rough and mirrors the anger in these kids’ struggle to shed invisibility. Kids as young as 12 or 13 years old would be around dark alley street corners at night, risk being caught by cops and spend nights in jail all to have that sense of identity, and to be able to leave their mark.
What’s interesting is that that mark is short lived. It’s transient. It’s always moving and changing. People can come in when you’re not around and tag all over your piece and defame your work. So to risk the craziest of circumstances all to create something of your own, even if it was only around for a day before it got covered up by something else, is a prime example of what art is supposed to be for. These people realized that what they have to say is important and that they make a difference when everyone else made them invisible. Graffiti shows the fight to break away from invisibility, all in its raw and dirty glory.
Why do people cling on so long to something that won’t work to the point that they’re miserable?
I get the whole “working it out” thing. But at the same time you also have got to figure it out. And when I say figure it out, I mean figure yourself out.
I think when people get into the rocky territory of relationships, they start figuring out who they are, what their priorities are, and what they need and want. When you figure that out and realize that the other person isn’t on the same page, I feel like that should be a little light bulb that goes off above your head. You keep progressing into more of who you really are as a person - the “new you” maybe. Don’t let other people hold you back from that.
Sure, fight for it. But don’t kill yourself in the process. You just figured out another small piece of yourself, don’t try to throw that off to the side because it doesn’t fit the mold of an old version of you, an old version that was compatible with an old partner.
There’s a time when people need to let things go. Respect yourself. Let yourself continue to grow and learn more as a person. Don’t cheat yourself out of moving on to exploring everything else out there because you want to believe that something is still working when it isn’t anymore. And respect the other. Don’t cheat them out of becoming their own person either.
This is the first time I’ve logged on to this Tumblr in almost a year. Feels weird, but I think I’m ready to start writing and get kinda personal again. After all, blogs used to be something that people used to chronicle their lives and what not with right? Maybe we should all bring that back. I used to complain about my teenage woes on here before, but I think it’s different now, so we’ll see. Anyways, I’m doing this for me. So unfollow now, or forever hold your peace. Otherwise, stick around, my little blurbs might get interesting.
I don’t like how a lot of artists shed their style that is unique to them to sort of suit whatever style appeals to their target audience at the moment. It’s like record labels find artists with raw and genuine talent and then force this idea into their head that they need to morph it something different to stay afloat. I mean, I get trying to try new things with experimentation, but that’s completely different from becoming something else entirely. With experimentation, you still have the essence of their own style is still in there – the foundation or backbone didn’t change. I’d rather see artists fade out of their glory days sticking to their “good stuff” than seeing them still popular because a grip of 12 year olds get their parents to buy all of their electronic pop fluff tracks aired on the radio a couple days ago.
I hate when you don’t know what level you’re on in your relationship with someone so you kind of just sit there debating whether or not it’s too soon to verbally assault them with sarcasm