Carolyn Cole / LAT
A mural and graffiti share a wall along South 4th St. in Brooklyn's Williamsburg neighborhood. Street artists treat graffiti as colorful backdrops, but not as art. Graffiti represents a rebellious street culture that thrived in New York in the 1970s. Graffiti writers practice a wild, more elaborate style of letters blended with different colors, while street art usually depicts everyday life in the neighborhood.
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