Monday, March 29, 2010
CONTEST! Win a signed copy of Tagged by Mara Purnhagen!
Mara Purnhagen was kind enough to offer a signed copy of her debut book - Tagged. I really loved it so I'm happy to be able to help spread the word and give someone else a chance to read it!
You can read my review for Tagged here.
Tagged is about 4ft life like graffiti gorillas showing up on the walls in school and then around town.......a debate ensues as to whether the graffiti is art or vandalism. I changed my own opinion several times during the book so the question for this contest is: Do you think graffiti is a form of art and expression or vandalism? (or maybe a little of both).
Here's the defintion for graffiti from wikipedia:
Graffiti (singular: graffito; the plural is used as a mass noun) is the name for images or lettering scratched, scrawled, painted or marked in any manner on property. Graffiti is any type of public markings that may appear in the forms of simple written words to elaborate wall paintings. Graffiti has existed since ancient times, with examples dating back to Ancient Greece and the Roman Empire. In modern times, spray paint, normal paint and markers have become the most commonly used materials. In most countries, defacing property with graffiti without the property owner's consent is considered vandalism, which is punishable by law. Sometimes graffiti is employed to communicate social and political messages. To some, it is an art form worthy of display in galleries and exhibitions; to others it is merely vandalism. Graffiti has since evolved into a pop culture existence often related to underground hip hop music and b-boying creating a lifestyle that remains hidden from the general public. Graffiti is used as a gang signal to mark territory or to serve as an indicator or "tag" for gang-related activity. The controversies that surround graffiti continue to create disagreement amongst city officials/ law enforcement and graffitists looking to display their work in public locations. There are many different types and styles of graffiti and it is a rapidly developing artform whose value is highly contested, being reviled by many authorities while also subject to protection, sometimes within the same jurisdiction.
We had a graffiti problem in FL near the college campus, so they decided to let the artists do their work under the bridges as long as they stuck with a native Floridian theme. It changes all the time and it's fun to to see each artist's interpretation. I googled graffiti for this post and I had no idea that there were so many styles and what a large community it was!
OK - so here are the rules!
•You must be 16 years or older to enter
•Open to everyone - international OK
•All entries must be received by Sunday 4/4//2010 11:59 pm EST
•Tell me: Do you think graffiti is art or vanadlism in the comment section
•Winner will be posted on this blog Monday 4/5/2010 - it is your responsibility to check back to see if you won.
•The winner has 7 days to email me with their address or I will pick another winner.
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+2 if you post a link on your blog or tweet about contest (include links for me to check)
I just wanted to add that Mara is part of the Class of 2K10 - a group of mid-grade and YA authors releasing books this year. My goal is to read and review all of them & I've really enjoyed all the books so far - so check them out to see who's next! CLASS OF 2K10
And check back this week for a guest post form Mara!