“This is what this whole thing is about man, to be #1 in the ghetto”
This is a great snapshot of the early days of the culture. Shot in the early 80’s by photographer and graff historian Henry Chalfant, All City was shelved due to a lack of funding. He recently dusted it off for MOCA’s Art In The Streets exhibit and now we have something awesome to watch on a Friday afternoon. If I’m not mistaken, several clips from this have surfaced elsewhere over the years, and you’ll probably recognize many of the pieces from Chalfant’s two seminal graff books, Subway Art and Spraycan Art.
Director Henry Chalfant introduces his film All City (1983), which grew out of an idea to do a youth TV program about Hip Hop and other cultural phenomena of interest to young urbanites. The program was never realized, but the trailer grew into a portrait of the different elements of Hip Hop in the mid-80s. The venue is Fashion Moda, a popular art gallery on Third Avenue in the Bronx. There is a demonstration of Bboying, and Rap, followed by a discussion, hosted by Spank TC5, about art and culture with important graffiti artists of the time including Dondi, Butch, Mare and Brim. The video includes a montage of murals by Henry Chalfant and a Pop and Lock lesson by Mr. Wiggles. It features the young Bboy crew, VTB, The Very Tough Breakers.
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