Signal One Zine - EKG

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SIGNAL! #one is a hybrid periodical that blends elements of a graffiti zine with those of an intellectual scholarly journal. The design has been influenced by everything from David Schmidlapp’s International Graffiti Times two-color hand-collage broadside, to Alan Benedikt’s 12ozProphet precisely gridded computer-aided layouts, to the avant-retro look of Rudy Vanderlan’s Emigre design journal, to the modernized old-timey newspaper feel of Dave Egger’s The Believer literary journal. As for my editorial texts in the zine, I utilize a voice that indiscriminately meshes the unique aesthetic ideals and terminology of Graffiti with the historical concepts and vocabulary of Fine Art. Basically, I’ll use anything it takes to explain why this art form is insidiously effective, culturally relevant, intellectually deep, and singularly unique. Highbrow or lowbrow? Nofuckingbrow! At this point it truly shouldn’t matter anymore because Graffiti has undeniably been a powerful, singular, and culturally relevant art form for forty-five years, and the globally dominant art form for thirty. Therefore, utilizing the above strategy, SIGNAL! is here to add another rung in the ladder of proof to the elitist detractors. With so much evidence having stacked up over the years, Graffiti should no longer be perceived and prosecuted as merely vandalism perpetrated by megalomaniac antisocial teens, but a positive and powerful cultural change agent practiced by conscientious objectors of all ages.