The city is revoking a party permit for Ecko and Atari's party for the new graffiti game, Getting Up. The party, scheduled for August 24, would have had a number of graffiti artists decorating models of subway cars on West 22nd Street, but after complaints by City Councilman Peter Vallone last week, the Mayor, and then city, acted to stop the block party. Even though Marc Ecko, the lifestyle brand owner who designed the game, worked with the community and actually got a permit, the NY Times reports that the city said Ecko did not say the permit was a video game party, because apparently that makes all the difference. Mayor Bloomberg said, "Look, there is a fine line here between freedom of expression and going out and encouraging people to hurt this city...Defacing subway cars is hardly a joke; encouraging people, kids in particular, to do that after all the money we've spent, all the time we've spent removing graffiti." Yeah, given the Mayor's anti-graffiti initiatives, it's not surprising he's acting this way. The Mayor added that if the live graffiti element were dropped ("This is not really art or expression, this is, let's be honest about what it is: It's trying to encourage people to do something that's not in anybody's interest."), Ecko could still get a permit, which basically takes the wind out of what the game is. Ecko's spokesman tells the Times that they may look for a private space for the graffiti decoration part of the party because "We're not going to fight City Hall. We're not going to win." Hey, is that the spirit of Getting Up? By letting the man walk all over you? Gothamist can only assume that a truly "authentic" graffiti game launch party - yes, a totally contradictory turn of phrase - would have some sort of underground party as well.
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