Visual Culture: KET Speaks On Graffiti in Williamsburg, BKNY [3D Photo Essay]

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These days, Okayplayer's homebase of Williamsburg, Brooklyn sometimes gets a bad rep for being a hotbed of gentrification and pretentiousness - and while we admit that rep is sometimes kinda true, the neighborhood also boasts a long history of talented graffiti writers and street artists adorning its urban landscape, a tradition which continues to flourish today. Legendary graffiti writer Alan KET lent his perspective on the evolution of graf in this infamous Brooklyn neighborhood to a short 3D photo essay documenting this phenomenon, and the end-product is an engaging 3-minute look at Williamsburg's underground creative scene from the perspective of an extreme insider. Early on, KET even claims Williamsburg to hold the title for "largest concentration of artists living in this community...not just New York, anywhere in the United States." A bold claim--yet considering KET's formidable rolodex of writers and this area's incredible concentration of talent, probably not far from the truth. Either way, feel free to decide for yourself and check out the flick below. And if the secret history of aerosol art is your thing, may we suggest you Read A Book?