Graffiti with a Persian twist | The Observers

Graffiti with a Persian twist | The Observers... 01/08/2013 News

Keywords:#African, #American, #Bushehr, #Internet, #Iran, #Mashhad,, #Persian, #Shiraz, #Tehran

I was 14 when I first started to get into African-American rap, from which I learned about graffiti. I tried to dress like foreign rappers and graffiti artists I saw on TV. Later, I started researching graffiti more on the Internet and learned about its philosophy. I realised that there were already some graffiti artists here in Iran, and after seeing their works, I decided to try it myself. There are many good graffiti artists in large cities like Tehran, Mashhad and Shiraz, and I’m in contact with some of them. But in Bushehr, it’s just me and one of my good friends. Together we form the “Sayeh” collective.

To me, graffiti means freedom and it means speaking your mind. In this sense it’s similar to rap music, but with graffiti, the artist leaves the interpretation of their work up to their audience.

Like anything new in Iran, graffiti has its difficulties. Many Iranians are still unfamiliar with the concept. For example, we have trouble getting the equipment we need. The spray paint available here is of very low quality; it’s impossible to work with. We have to order spray paint cans especially from Tehran, but even there, finding them can sometimes prove difficult. ...

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