Graffiti is a movement that began in New York City and spread worldwide. As the art form spread across the United States via magazines and documentaries, it was Los Angeles that embraced the culture and made it into something new and improved. From its inception, graffiti has been a male-dominated activity with little to no female participation. Any signs of female graffiti writers often get swept to the side as rare anomalies. It is the purpose of this thesis to take a closer look at actual female writers in the city of Los Angeles. The style of their work, their personal experiences, and their outlook on graffiti are examined in this project. Six women—Jerk, Petal, Blosm, Kym, Perl, and Kween—were chosen to be interviewed for their active participation in the graffiti scene. The structure of the thesis is broken up into four chapters: (1) Introduction, going over the state of New York City as the setting for graffiti and hip hop’s beginning; (2) Los Angeles, describing the graffiti culture in detail, its impact in Los Angeles, and the culture’s gendering; (3) Female Writers in Los Angeles, retelling the stories of Jerk, Petal, Blosm, Kym, Perl, and Kween; (4) Conclusion, a summation of my findings with female participants in a hyper-masculine culture.
|Commitee:||Aguilar, Manuel, Cho, Mika, Weide, Robert|
|School:||California State University, Los Angeles|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 55/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||American studies, Art history, Gender studies|
|Keywords:||Art history, Female graffiti writers, Gender, Graffiti, Los Angeles|
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