Style Wars: Art or Crime?

New York City, 1982. Filmmaker Tony Silver was already in his forties when he grabbed the camera to document the signs of an interesting new youth movement — graffiti and its writers — that, after just a couple of years, had grown into a significant social issue. His movie, Style Wars, became a landmark of hip-hop culture. Sadly, Silver passed away at the age of 72 on February 1st this year and Rock Steady Crew’s Frosty Freeze (who appeared in the movie) just died on April 3rd at the age of 44. In memory of these exceptional personalities, PingMag would like to reflect on the legendary “Style Wars” doc that left its mark on many. Therefore, we present to you Tony Silver’s comments from his visit to Japan in 2005.