Part I: Bloomington Graffiti Writers Claim Misunderstanding

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A downtown hairstylist commissioned pieces for his building. Photo by Emily Loftis

BLOOMINGTON, IN. Despite Bloomington’s status as an art-focused community, graffiti writers say their sub-culture is misunderstood and branded a nuisance, rather than art. In the first of a two-part series, WFIU’s Emily Loftis sought out graffiti writers to talk about their work.

As city business owners step up action against what they consider vandalism, graffiti writers see themselves as members of a long-standing tradition, complete with an oral history, rules, philosophy and social meaning.

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