Directed by Jamie Howarth
"the 70K crew transformed grafﬁti in Melbourne, through a combination of proliﬁc tagging and formal innovation … the Herald-Sun noted that, ‘the gang name refers to 1970s kids, because gang members were born in the 1970s’.
70K grafﬁti contained a number of distinctive elements. Firstly, gang members used abject colour schemes, reversing colours traditionally used for outlines and ﬁll-ins along with combinations of specialist and budget paint, including ﬂuorescent paint.
Secondly, 70K grafﬁti appeared in unusual places, including CBD rooftops and over advertising billboards. In particular, long rollers and paint applied directly from paint tins were used to produce large-scale tags. At one site, a single vacant ofﬁce building of 18 ﬂoors was relentlessly tagged in every single window, with two grafﬁti writers carefully alternating tags to form an enormous checkerboard.
Thirdly, 70K grafﬁti was consistently self-derogatory, incorporating self-deprecating grafﬁti slang terms such as ‘Toy’, ‘Wak’, and ‘70K Dogs’ into their pieces as well as statements such as ‘Grafﬁti is boring’.
Fourthly, unlike their grafﬁti contemporaries, many 70K pieces had a political edge, referencing terrorism, squatting and punk and cultural texts, including the ﬁlms of Stanley Kubrick and novels by Bret Easton Ellis. "
Lachlan MacDowall, "In Praise of 70K: Cultural Heritage and Graffiti Style," Continuum: The Australian Journal of Media and Culture 20: 4 (December 2006): 471-484
Loading more stuff…
Hmm…it looks like things are taking a while to load. Try again?