Byline: Character To Go
You are a character whether you like it or not.
As we think, imagine and act, we invest meaning. We are both creator and
creature. Creators in that we make our own meaning of the world and
creatures because we are subjected to others' meaning.
Life is idealized for the past. Change your senses and you change your
world, change your heart and you are changing the universe. The future is a template waiting to populate, burdened by a past it can never abandon.
Fairy tales and viruses frame history.
Writing graffiti is a conversation, not a monologue; writing about graffiti
is like trying to explain the difference between the diving board and the
diver. The action and thought are merged on a platform that has a life
cycle, a story in development. To recognize the myth, decode the story, is
the stuff of screenwriters and journalists. As I wrote in the past,
narratives involving identity are never complete.
You need to make sure you are a good copywriter and a better editor before
you start working with a casting agent. If you aren't good at either
skill, you risk being at the mercy of a context not of your creation. But we run that risk everyday. Contexts are accidents waiting for situations.
Text and ideas sometimes bottleneck, and traffic jams ensue. Structuralist
graffiti writers diffuse the impact and identify patterns of myth. Grizzled
and seasoned, often these writers get absorbed in the fray, utilizing agents
and publicists to exert their existence. We all need our crutches.
Culture has consequences. Societies swayed by symbols must eventually pay
the bill. In music, hip hop promotes conscious cannibalism. Samples smack
of signification but the only signs seen say it's okay to eat your own.
It's strange, words don't have worse consequences than they do but that's
context dependent. Results don't always match meaning. And the warning
labels are in fine print written in invisible ink.
The ultimate meaning and value of our actions are always uncertain; what it
means to be human is to act in the face of such uncertainty. The anxiety of
choice haunts reality. In the shadow of this anxiety is where character is
The graffiti writer is not the kangaroo court jester of society. They are
the characters posing character on community congestion. The spray can spent on city surfaces sources the environment more so than the self.
Although it was some selfish character that selflessly started the dialogue,
we are all enlisted, whether we like it or not.
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