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Graffitti Park on Facebook

I made a Group- but then I made an Interest…

Groups have recently changed on Facebook- they are no longer the juicy things they were- they are now very… extremely… dry dusty and crappy- and it’s a shame. The Damian Dezign Group page for example, is like having an entire other profile on Facebook, it encompasses your other identity in a way. You can add folders of photos and invite people to your Group very easily. I created that group not long ago, before the changes, and luckily, am not forced to crunch it into the new Groups format. But if you want to start a new group, as I did with Graffitti Park- you are forced to use the dusty dry format that limits you to what tries to be a blog it seems- but even there- fails.

Well if you don’t know me, you don’t know I don’t walk away from a fight that easily-

I wondered if the pages one would click “Like” on, have they changed as well? Those are called Interest or Fan pages. To my delight- they seem more like the old Group pages- if they have changed or not- I do not know.

So after a couple of hours of struggle yesterday- wrestling with the new groups format- adding pictures of the Graffitti Park project as bloggish posts rather than in albums, and splitting my Facebook contacts into 20 person groups because that format doesn’t allow you to invite more than 20 persons at a time, and even then failing because for some reason 140 and some other digits are not understood as e mail contact groups titles??? I got online today and in less than one hour, did all of the same things I was frustrated with yesterday.

What’s more, I even had time to go into the Word Press Widgets and create my own source code to lead people from here- to the Interests page on Facebook- because apparently the sexy little code Fb wants you to use doesn’t work either, at least not in a WP text Widget. I used a Flickr code output and just changed the sources of information such as the website it leads to and the image it draws from. Bingo, code generated. It’s on the side there- take a look.

So the moral of the story is, if you’re reading this- click the link and “Like” my Facebook page for Graffitti Park- If you feel really generous- click this link too GP FB Group – and become a member of the Group (I don’t throw away hard work, even if obsolete).

It’s all (these pages and the Facebook ads running over the next week) working towards drawing interest to the concept and spreading the word now that it’s been Copyrighted.

This concept as you may or may not know is wide open for investment, sponsorship, even partnership, in order to make it a reality. I ask myself every day if it’s still a marketable idea, and the day the answer is any less than Hell Yes, is the day I drop it for being a waste of time. Otherwise, I’ll die trying to make this real, for me, for graffiti, for art, for kids growing up with nothing in this city, and eventually other cities all over the world.

I’m still working on the 3-D model, of course, and I would like to send out the e mail requesting endorsements, but I wonder if I should make the animation to go along with it first.

We shall see.

Out for now.




Copyright, check.

done. copyrighted. still working on the 3D model- getting hung up on small details, like vending machines in what would be the employee lounge… really? do I need such detail? reality is, I don’t know. I imagine the virtual tour as a literal walk through, so what good would a walk through empty rooms be? point.

(It’s not that I don’t know how to write- it’s that sometimes from a design aspect I happen to think the omission of the capital letter to begin sentences looks good. )

Or maybe it’s the madness that comes from a virtual 3D world on a screen 5 hours a day.

employee lounge mock up- for the purposes of the model the floor is translucent


New rooms in 3-D

Been working on the 3-D model again…

I’ll be putting forth an endorsement request e mail soon. Just a request to artists, galleries, suppliers of graff materials to review the proposal and maybe give me a line or two of positive feedback to post on the blog along with their logo. Who knows, some may be interested in collaboration, investment or partnership as well.

Oh, let me mention another aspect of GP that came to mind while throwing the idea around with people recently…

Of course Graffitti Park in its mission will have personnel dedicated to community relations, in that respect, a relationship with the Graffiti Squad here in New York would most certainly be established. GP would work with the squad to bring in the street artists, but we would advocate for their sentences to be commuted to community service at GP instead of serving actual time at a correctional facility.

The benefits in this if not obvious are easy enough to detail for you; A potential artist is saved from a rehabilitation system known best for indoctrination to a life of crime than the rehabilitation it’s supposed to offer. So instead of spending time incarcerated and networking for a life of crime when released, an individual can come to Graffitti Park to serve their hours of community service. That actual rehabilitation would come from this service at GP. This individual can learn how to use their motivation for vandalism if not their raw talent alone to make an honest living and contribute to the world of street and graffiti art. And of course, GP gets labor.

Here are a couple pics of the new rooms…

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