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  • I'd like to point you at this lovely New York Times article about graffiti being left on trees. The funny part:
    @Scott James said:

    The vandalism has angered residents, and possibly threatened the health of some trees, which are remarkably rare in San Francisco because very few tree species are indigenous. The tagging also appears to violate one of the tenets of the graffiti subculture: it is supposed to be a reaction to urban life, not an attack on nature.

    “It’s an insult to the tree,” said Jeremy Novy, a local street artist. “It has nothing to do with urbanization.” Mr. Novy is well known for his stencil art of koi fish that have become ubiquitous on city sidewalks. He has painted at least 3,000 in the past few years, often at the request of property owners. Mr. Novy is also an instructor at First Amendment Gallery in SoMa, where graffiti art is taught.

    That's right... the New York Times presumes to define the tenets of graffiti culture. It's an artsy political statement, of course, and it has never has anything to do with the vandalism and malicious mischief of juvenile delinquents.

    Now, I don't usually go out of my way to call the New York Times a bunch of pretentious intellectuals (something about fish in a barrel and all that) but for this I'll make an exception. :)



  • But what about the grafiti that genuinely is artfully made and a highly apt decoration for grey concrete sections of wall?



  • @dhromed said:

    But what about the grafiti that genuinely is artfully made and a highly apt decoration for grey concrete sections of wall?

    Depends. Do you own the wall? Did you ask for it to be decorated? Is your local council/government asking you to get rid of it from your own wallet? Is it offensive? Is it 'fitting?'



  • Limosine liberals love to usurp black culture and assign it meaning it never had.



  • @dhromed said:

    But what about the grafiti that genuinely is artfully made and a highly apt decoration for grey concrete sections of wall?

    Only a space cadet would claim that "grey concrete sections of wall" possess anything resembling a soul.  Walls are fine.  Trees are another matter.  They're living things, and you do them a spiritual disservice to compel them to present themselves to the world wearing your personal aesthetic.  And it doesn't stop there.  Once you start tagging trees, who knows where it will lead?

     

     



  • @dhromed said:

    But what about the grafiti that genuinely is artfully made and a highly apt decoration for grey concrete sections of wall?

    It exists. If all graffiti were quality graffiti you'd have about 80% less of a problem with it.


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