A graffiti artist-turned professor on the history and evolution of the artform

By Lauren Gilger
Published: Wednesday, September 13, 2023 - 11:30am
Updated: Wednesday, September 13, 2023 - 11:33am

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Stefano Bloch Going All City Los Angeles Graffiti
Stefano Bloch
An example of graffiti in Los Angeles from Stefano Bloch's book, "Going All City."

Stefano Bloch spent his childhood doing graffiti on the streets of Los Angeles. He says it was about more to him than just the notoriety that comes with being a prolific graffiti writer. 

Now, he has taken that experience into his academic career, studying sub culture identity, forms of expression, and the way people inhabit the built urban environment as an associate professor at University of Arizona. He even wrote a book about it all called "Going All City: Struggle and Survival in LA’s Graffiti Subculture."

The Show spoke with him more about the long history of graffiti — and how it came to be seen as high art sometimes today.

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