A judge has overturned New York City’s ban on ‘graffiti instruments,’ reports the New York Times.
Mark Ecko, the Manhattan fashion designer responsible for the financial backing behind the lawsuit (started by seven high-school kids), is also responsible for last month’s tagging Air Force One hoax.
The rules previously prohibited the sale and possession of graffiti tools, including spraypaint and even certain markers, by anyone under 21.
A lot of people put the heat on Ecko during the promotion of his PlayStation2/XBox game, Getting Up, implying that Ecko was trying to profit off of the work of graffiti artists. But in this lawsuit he stood alone in backing the kids.
In the opinion of this writer, Mark Ecko gets it and has not lost his edge and is still in touch with hip-hop. Getting Up is the only game in recent memory that promotes hip-hop culture without carrying with it the usual old-world thug culture. I do not buy his clothes, and I don’t believe in his cult of personality, but this cat is doing good things.