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She Does The Monster Mash

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[Beijing, June 30. Image via Getty]

A woman and young girl walk past graffiti on a wall in a street in Beijing on June 30, 2009. Grafitti first penetrated the consciousness of young Chinese in the 1990's, with the arrival of hip-hop music and the fashion trends of backwards baseball caps and skateboards, and though having been accepted as an art culture, most graffiti-artists stay away from anything political. AFP PHOTO/FREDERIC J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)


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Arguably graffiti can be street art but most of the time it isn't art, political statement, or anything worth praising. It is just ugly, cost businesses tons of money painting and repainting, and is affiliated with gang warfare. LA gangsters are not Banksy. (Hopefully Jez posters won't jump on the last 1990s bandwagon and simply praise this stuff for being "real.")

But how strange to see this exported without the typical gang context. It looks almost exactly the same — so is it just form without content? So postmodern...