I saw the Make Up play in Athens almost 20 years ago. Svenonius was a charismatic and interesting character. He was also appeared nearly either too drunk or high, or maybe just to weird, to stand, let alone perform. About 2000 of us stood in Legion Field and stared at his band for 45 minutes while he stumbled and rambled through the entire set, spaced out of his gourd and only semi conscious of the crowd in front of him. Later on, I actually heard one of the The Make Up's CDs, it was pretty cool, it's just too bad that the guy didn't feel like performing that night.
In a city where armed people are waltzing into local bars in neighborhoods with 500K houses and holding up the populace that actually works, where houses and business are routinely knocked over by armed thugs as soon as people leave for work, and the local government just shrugs it's shoulders and says "sorry, not enough police budget this year", are the cops REALLY going to be spending time enforcing ridiculous rules like this?
The real deal is that this has nothing to do with public health. It has to do with another way the government can use the cops as a way to collect extra income by writing tickets instead of protecting the public and solving crimes. Same as red light cameras and seat belt use checkpoints.
Who did these farming jobs before illegal immigrants started arriving in Georgia in such large numbers?
Who did these jobs before all the immigrants from Mexico got here in such large numbers?
Couldn't this help the unemployment rate? What about the 1 in 10 people who are unemployed currently? Can't they go work on the farm?
Until it's less trouble and faster to take MARTA, most people won't do it. You know why everyone uses public transit in NYC? Because it costs a fortune to park there. The average office worker who can park for $10 a day (or free) is never going to give up their air conditioned, leather seated, luxury extension of the home in exchange for paying to be crammed into a Marta bus/train with the general public that adds a step to their commute, and in many cases, doubles it. People just want to get home, and in most cases, most of the time, driving is still faster.
Some spray paint art can be creative, but no matter what, people need to respect other people's property. How many of these taggers own any property of their own? How would they feel if they came home one day and someone had spray bombed their house with a giant cartoon and they had to spend thousands of dollars of there own money to get it removed? I bet their attitude would change.
Part of the trouble is that many of the people who engage in this art form are using it as a form of class warfare.
They see it as a victimless crime against "rich" people (they can afford it because they're rich, right?), and the city (taxes will pay for everything for free, right?) and they think there're improving things anyway.
Here's the deal. Want more respect as an artist? Start with doing your art in a way that's not being a pain in the ass to anyone else. Second, you might want to do work on something other than tagger style graphics that say "BALLAZ" in ten foot high letters if you want to be taken seriously by anyone but Banksy and 15 year old kids. How much respect would Sheppard Fairey have if he was still painting overpasses?
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