In the graffiti underworld, there has been a motivational force exceeding DIY magazines and word of mouth. Its name is Graffiti TV. Since the late-’90s, Graffiti TV’s low-budget VHS series has featured some of the most ambitious and talented writers of this generation annihilating subway cars, scaling rooftops, and making enormous legal pieces seem like child’s play. Instead of hunting down the tapes from local hip-hop-friendly shops ’90s, kids can officially get the finest moments on DVD.
Thus far, Canada’s Attack Label has released Graffiti TV: The Best of Volumes 1, 2, & 3 and Graffiti TV: The Best of Volume 4: Funky Enamel. The former is a compilation of old school GTV moments, the latter a long awaited best-of collection of “Funky Enamel” footage.
The gangster equivalent of skate videos, GTV has become part of a culture on the verge of celebrating its 40th birthday. Whether or not the series continues (a risky endeavor given the extremely strict laws popping up throughout the US), its influence on all aspects of graffiti (both illegal and legal) will continue to resonate.
Graffiti TV: Volumes 1, 2, 3, & 4 are out now on Attack.