Style Wars is a graffiti-splashed NYC time capsule and cautionary tale for a transforming Pittsburgh

To some, it’s art. To most people, however, it’s a plague that never ends.” So goes a piece of opening dialogue in Style Wars, a 1983 short documentary renowned for capturing New York City’s then-growing hip-hop and graffiti arts scene. Read by late actor Sam Schacht in a scholarly, PBS-friendly tone, the quote sums up the main conflict of the publicly-funded film, which has become a treasured artifact depicting the birth and early lifespan of a major city’s underground culture.