I agree with most comments here. tagging, with third grade style, animal balloon font letters ain't legit street art. It is just vandalism. It is just as bad as repetitive, corporate branding cluttering our landscape on billboards, ticky-tacky plastic signs on corners and political campaign whores. Most progressive cities that embrace public art, even street art got over tagging years ago. Atlanta is so retro '80's. The street artists in other cities respect other artists, and taggers find abandoned crap to tag and leave expression to the artists.
I hope there was a discussion on ethics in street art. I could never find specifics about the lecture series the links were a dead end for location and time and content. If anyone can report here or a future CL article I would appreciate it. questions: What are acceptable places for street art? What are off limits? Is street art vandalism if it uses public as opposed to private property without permission? Can you truly call someone that paints their name in 12' high letters on the back on someone's building an artist...or a vandal? Why do we glorify artists that simply tag their name all over town? Does street art have the same right of expression as illegal commercial and campaign signs on public property?
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