Story: Hip hop

Graffiti piece by Smooth Inc crew, 1980s

Graffiti piece by Smooth Inc crew, 1980s

This back-to-back piece on an Auckland building site wall was created in the mid-1980s by early street art collective Smooth Inc. Hip-hop-inspired graffiti art like this started appearing on urban streets after the American documentary Style wars aired in New Zealand in 1984.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Creative New Zealand Collection (PA-Group-00064)
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April K. Henderson, 'Hip hop - Graffiti art', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 August 2022)

Story by April K. Henderson, published 22 Oct 2014