Convincing Kids to Stop Graffiti Writing in 1982 [VIDEO]

Posted on: March 19th, 2019 at 5:05 am by

“Graffiti doesn’t make your life better, it just makes your neighborhood look worse.”

Those words come courtesy of then-Knicks player Mike Newlin as part of a 1982 public service announcement against graffiti. A gaggle of local celebrities like Joe Frazier and Celia Cruz were spokespeople for the anti-graffiti campaign – launched by the Koch administration – which included several commercials convincing kids to put down the markers and spray-paint.

Below is the news hit from WPIX on the commercials from 1982.

1982 anti-graffiti ads

In 1982, there was so much graffiti in NYC that the Koch administration launched this series of commercials telling people to put down those markers and spray-paint cans. The ads' stars included Joe Frazier, Marvin Frazier, Paco, Eddie Palmieri, Ray Barretto, Celia Cruz and Mike Newlin. Who remembers these ads? Do you think they were effective?

Posted by WPIX Archives on Sunday, July 30, 2017

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