Conclusion to chapter one

From their earliest days, graffiti and street art have been shaped by communication technologies. There is no doubt that these art forms look the way they do today because of the way that certain communities sprung up decades ago and how information flowed from one community to the next. Lucky breaks like going to early Soul Artists meetings or painting on the #2 line when Martha Cooper was photographing it have made careers. Missing those opportunities placed others in obscurity. Even seemingly well-informed communities that relied on flick trading and zines were actually quite limited and cut off from most of what was going on elsewhere in the world. It is only with the internet that the street art and graffiti communities have become truly globalized, a shift that quickly began to change just what the hell street art and graffiti look like and what they are.

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