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Frankfurt “Sprayer” Group

The “sprayers” are an informal group who emerged from the shared youth cultural interest in doing graffiti. Basically, the core group consists of six young men in the age of 20 years up to mid-twenties. All of them are involved in work, apprenticeship or studies and are therefore only able to meet at the weekends. Graffiti is often perceived as vandalism, but for the graffiti sprayers it is a form of participation.

picture graffiti the sprayer

During the field work the group took part in an event called “Jam X”. As they were not allowed to do own Graffitis, they came up with the idea of organizing a “Graffiti Jam” – something like a party with elements of Hip-Hop, Graffiti and self-made Rap. From this, the idea evolved to make a short-movie. In this movie, they want to reflect on their group and its activities in relation to public. Furthermore, it is a possibility to show the society their idea and understanding of graffiti (focusing on styles/tags and not on figures). The intention of the jam was using at as a platform for some recordings and was supported by a young film maker.