Hall of Fame (Graffiti)
As Hall of Fame (also briefly HoF or Wall of Fame ), should be in the glossary of graffiti designated places or wall surfaces on which, in particular, experienced Writer (so-called Kings ) and meet quality and sophisticated graffiti painted. In many cases, the surfaces have been approved for painting by the respective owner. However, there are also halls of fame that were created illegally.
Definition of terms
Legal wall surfaces or wall surfaces on which there is a lot of graffiti are often referred to as halls of fame. However, this may not be correct, as the term "Hall of Fame" is only used in the scene for those wall surfaces that are characterized by particularly high-quality and sophisticated pieces (English masterpiece, masterpiece ') and corresponding fame (English' masterpiece '). Fame 'or' reputation '). In principle, it does not matter how large the areas are or whether painting is legalized there.
The first Hall of Fame was built in 1980 at the intersection of 106th Street and Park Avenue in New York's East Harlem neighborhood . The initiator Ray Rodríguez (also called Sting Ray ) had the intention to create a legal wall surface on which the writers can show their skills. The Graffiti Hall of Fame quickly developed into a popular (also internationally) meeting point for the scene.
Following this example, more Halls of Fame were built in the United States and Europe over the next few years. Among the most famous in Europe in the 1980s were the Stalingrad site in Paris and the flea market halls on Dachauer Strasse in Munich . The latter was Europe's largest Hall of Fame until it was demolished in 1989.
In the 1990s, parts of the Berlin Wall (especially the East Side Gallery ) and the former slaughterhouse site in Wiesbaden developed into important halls of fame with an international reputation. Currently (2016) the aerosol arena in Magdeburg is the largest Hall of Fame in Europe.
The wall surfaces of a Hall of Fame are extremely popular with writers. Especially with legal spaces, the writers take a lot of time to design the pieces. However, since the available areas are often very limited, it can happen that even high-quality pieces are repainted after a short time (in rare cases even several times a day). An exception to this are Halls of Fame, which can only be painted with permission.
Hall of Fames are an important meeting point for members of the graffiti scene. The writers exchange experiences and often make new contacts. Depending on how well known the Hall of Fame is, it may also be the case that writers from abroad visit the venue.
Various unwritten rules apply within the Hall of Fame. The writers make sure, for example, that no functional paint cans are left behind. This is to prevent other people (mostly children) from destroying the murals. Furthermore, the principle applies in many places that unfinished or not yet photographed pieces are not painted over. In the case of a legal Hall of Fames, the owner or administrator sets additional regulations.
- International map service with legal walls (mostly Hall of Fames)
- Map of Germany 17/2017 "Graffiti walls" by ZEITmagazin, April 19, 2017
- ^ Bernhard van Treeck : The large graffiti lexicon . Lexikon-Imprint-Verlag at Schwarzkopf & Schwarzkopf, Berlin 2001, ISBN 3-89602-292-X , p. 145 ff .
- ^ Gregory J. Snyder: Graffiti Lives: Beyond the Tag in New York's Urban Underground. NYU Press, 2011, ISBN 978-0-8147-4046-0 , p. 98.
- ^ Bernhard van Treeck: The large graffiti lexicon . Lexikon-Imprint-Verlag at Schwarzkopf & Schwarzkopf, Berlin 2001, ISBN 3-89602-292-X , p. 115 .
- ^ Bernhard van Treeck: The large graffiti lexicon . Lexikon-Imprint-Verlag at Schwarzkopf & Schwarzkopf, Berlin 2001, ISBN 3-89602-292-X , p. 145 .