Write letters, choose good spots, don’t “bite,” be original, don’t go over, and “get up.” Those six ideas constitute the commandments according to which graffiti writers self-govern their creative output. “Graffiti breaks every rule, but within itself still has rules.” Graffiti is outside the law, but is bound by its unique creative processes’ attendant norms: a sophisticated body of de facto artistic regulation borne of a set of fundamental principles concerning works’ subject matter, placement, and creativity; communities’ prohibitions on copying; and authors’ moral rights.
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