All that glitters…


All that glitters… by onepointsixoneeight

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6 Responses to “All that glitters…”

  1. bingbing Says:

    What bugs me is those scratched-on tags. Hell, even tags using a thick marker bug me. It’s like dogs.

    However, proper graffiti, with all its artistry and colour, especially on bland government property such as electrical boxes and concrete walls (even trains), I really admire. Think of it as a whole army of creative, non-arts-granted artistic geniuses willing to paint the city in vibrant colours – for free (let’s overlook the fact they usually steal the spray cans) – staving off the drab concrete jungle so many of us live in.

    Tag your work, boys, but don’t tag before you’ve done any. And stay off private property. Not cool.

  2. Ash Says:

    I’m gonna take a different view to you here Bingbing.

    I don’t like graffiti at all, in fact, I’m firmly of the view that very little of it looks good. I think it’s a simple, yet expensive way, for schoolkids to express themselves in a fairly futile way.

    If someone truly believes that they can improve the appearance of a bit of taxpayers’ land, let them apply to the council to be able to paint a mural or something appropriate to the area, and receive the paints to do it plus $50 for their time. They can then sign their work (tastefully), and get their name out there properly.

    Graffiti is just a cheap way for kids to do the wrong thing and face little or no consequences, because rarely are they caught, and rarely do they have to remove their work. It’s destructive and it doesn’t look very good, and it takes private enterprise, homeowners, and the taxpayers’ hundreds of thousands of dollars to remove it. I’d rather the kids buy a bit of canvas, do whatever they want to it, and then display it publically where councils/private enterprise/homeowners/whoever can remove it if they don’t want it displayed on their property. Easy.

  3. nilk Says:

    I’m with Ash on this one. Graffiti is an eyesore and vandalism.

  4. spot_the_dog Says:

    There’s a nice, well-kept home near us that suddenly got targeted for serial graffiti about 18 months ago. On sort of a corner of a quiet cul-de-sac and a busier road (circle). After a few sandblasting exercises (limestone wall) they finally went to great trouble and had a plexiglass screen thing affixed to the wall, to make it easier to clean. What a waste.

  5. bingbing Says:

    If someone truly believes that they can improve the appearance of a bit of taxpayers’ land, let them apply to the council to be able to paint a mural or something appropriate to the area, and receive the paints to do it plus $50 for their time.

    Yeah, but let’s face it. Council art murals completely suck. And government-funded arts projects suck, too.

    And I did make the very clear distinction: And stay off private property. Not cool.

    Do not tell me graffiti is an eyesore.

  6. Ash Says:

    Council art murals completely suck. And government-funded arts projects suck, too.

    Some of them do. Others can be quite impressive. It depends on the artist and the area it’s painted in. The idea is to have appropriate ones.

    Eyesore. Eyesore. Eyesore. Eyesore. Eyesore. Eyesore. Eyesore. Eyesore. Eyesore. Eyesore. Eyesore. Eyesore. Eyesore.

    Would you be against graffiti if it was funded by the government?

    And have you ever had to remove that shit? Takes ages, a lot of effort, and is a pain in the ass.


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