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By Jeff Ferrell

Jeff Ferrell attracts on his personal wide box learn to completely research the practices of graffiti artists. concentrating on the town of Denver, he is taking an in depth examine the warfare opposed to graffiti and the interaction among cultural innovation and institutionalized intolerance, arguing that coordinated company and political campaigns to suppress and criminalize graffiti writers extra disenfranchises the younger, the terrible, and folks of colour.

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Fie decided that he "had to paint, to be authentic," and began painting pieces around central Denver-the first a couple of miles down the Cherry Creek bike path froin ZI3's first piece. Perhaps to a greater degree than any other Denver writer, Fie developed a tight, technically brilliant style which set his pieces apart. As Eye Six says, ... Fie was the first guy I saw tagging in Denver-he was the only one. And I remember at the time thinking, yeah this guy could tag, but can he paint? And then I saw some piece of his, and I was just blown away.

A lot of those people had Masters in whatever they do and so, that was my whole idea of alternative art. It's like these alternative arts are snubbing me for whatever I want to do as alternative. More recently, members of Spark Gallery decided to invite Syndicate members to paint a mural on an exterior waH of their gallery. As with the Pirate incident, much was revealed about the meaning of "alternative art" in the moment the liberal, wellintentioned members of the gallery were confronted, by their own invitation and in their own clean, non-smoking gallery space.

Attracted by the possibilities of "the big spectacle of seeing that out in the open," he started painting a piece that was "probably 60 feet or so long and ... " The piece-which survived "the buff' (that is, sandblasting or repainting) for "close to five years"-featured "The Amazing Zerrox": It was cut into frames, like a comic book. And the very first frame was like the title frame, "The Amazing Zerrox," and then the character was smashing out of the wall. Then it just lapsed into different frames.

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