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We at NYD of course think graffiti is both "neat" and "sneaky" or, in an answer to this amazing film's questioning title — "Graffiti, Fun or Dumb?" — we think it's both FUN and DUMB. This educational film from 1976 not only addresses the classic questions of whether or not graffiti is "valid" and why youth feel a need to rebel but it also has a nice little history recap at the beginning. Everything is wrapped up in awesome 70s fashion package with a theme song so amazing that it is now the official anthem of New York Dumb. Best lyric excerpts -

- Make trouble everywhere, and never seem to care...
- But baby if it's costing money…who's gonna pay?
- Are they big heroes or are they just zeros?

Hear the theme song and take a look at the best educational film on the cultural aspects of graffiti of the 20th century — "Graffiti, Fun or Dumb."

The dialog and voice over in the film is unbelievably campy and funny but also weirdly accurate, like a relevant argument being made in an absurdly unpersuasive style. Most of the comments make a sort of corny sense and oddly the basic discussion points haven't changed in 36 years.

Let us leave you with one of the quiet truths declared in the film, "For a time there was a certain romance attached to graffiti, it was something one did to declare oneself against authority, like funky old clothes, long hair and hip talk." Thankfully, even after almost four decades there is still a certain romance involved, and thank frickkin' god that we still have the hip talk!

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Song lyrics for the theme song of Graffiti Fun or Dumb

Hey is it fun or just dumb?
Yes either fun or just dumb
You know there are kids at school
some of them break the rules
Hey is it fun or just dumb?

Why does it have…(unsure of this line)
Some of us do… (also not sure what this line is)
Make trouble everywhere
and never seem to care
Hey is it fun or just dumb?

Maybe what their doing's funny
maybe it might look that way
But baby if it's costing money
I wonder what it will cost - who's gonna pay?

Hey is it fun or just dumb?
Yes either fun or just dumb
Are they big heroes or are they big zeros?
Cause either it's fun or just dumb
Either it's fun or just dumb


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