""All of this 'anti-graffiti' hype is nothing more than window-dressing for politicians," says "NEVER," an Atlanta street artist. "They're too incompetent to deal with real issues, so they talk up silly shit. This war on graffiti is much like the war on drugs in that it will never end. Waste of time and money. They can argue all they want that graffiti in a given demographic leads to the cause of more serious crimes, and I totally understand where someone would get that idea. But paint on a wall doesn't rob you at gunpoint."
yeah, why is the APD wasting their time pursuing petty vandalism! who cares if i paint my name on someone's garage door or break a few windows - there are murderers out there! i'm just breaking the law in a little way, what's the big deal?
NEVER is an idiot, no wonder he thinks of his schizophrenic doodles as high art"
What graffiti artists are going around breaking windows for the hell of it and tagging the garages of houses? Please let me know, because none of the artists I know are doing anything like that. Anyone who goes around spray painting garages and breaking windows should be slapped for even holding a marker, they're looked down upon by real graffiti artist. Real graffiti artists aren't out to break shit, they just want to do their art and be on their way out of the area as trouble free as possible. People who break windows and tag garages are 13 year old brats who need to have their ass whipped by daddy.
"One miiiiiiiillion dollars."
when people move into the old fourth, where i have lived for several years, until recently, they are drawn to the grit, but more so, the potential to make the commodification of their property yield great returns. The character of the neighborhood is not evaluated in a sense to this commodification, but the embodied life and memory via, amongst other things- street art. Although "tagging" can be a blemish on a building, if one wants a building that will never be tagged, and never be used as a canvas, maybe they'd be better off buying in lets say dunwoody, or east cobb, than imposing those places on the fabric already in place.
that will be covered soon and we will catch the taggers .
I'd be pissed too if people kept tagging my house... Krog street tunnel is right around the corner people...
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