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Graffiti University

Two successful artists and graduates of Chicago's graffiti scene, KC Ortiz and Jordan Nickel, spoke with the New York Times about their graffiti lives and established artist lives. Ortiz served five years in prison on drug charges then devoted himself to documenting the suffering and turbulence of the third world. He is now a widely respected photojournalist. Nickel claims graffiti kept him from getting into real trouble. He's legitimized himself as a painter and founder of a Chicago art & design firm. And he wishes the city would lighten up a bit: “Yes, graffiti is bad and wild, but it’s also just paint.” [NY TImes]