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Re: “City vows to buff out graffiti, maybe as soon as January. What would you save?

Here's how you do it: every thing you think is "graffiti" leave it alone. Everything you think is "legitimate corporate advertising" paint over it. All art is legitimate as it represents a human being expressing themselves in a non-violent, peaceful way, while every corporate billboard, advertising poster, or commercial canvasing represents greed, profiteering, capitalism and the enslavement of humanity to the hegemonic forces of autocratic extraction economics.

For the people that complain that they don't like tags, but like the "good stuff" I just want to ask something that seems like it should be self-evident, but wouldn't one consider the fact that an artist is giving up any chance of economic gain, by using a medium he does not himself own the rights to sale belies the fact that the artist neither values nor empathizes with your opinion?

It's distressing that some people cannot see a purpose to art for personal expression that exists outside of the economies of exploitation or a scale of consensus about what art is? Shouldn't there then also be a law against all art in public including the art of Coke logos and Billboards? Or do we accept these ludicrously as legitimate because the people who erected them had the capital to do so. Graffiti is not class warfare, it is NON-VIOLENT resistance and protest against the class warfare that is being waged against the poor everyday.

Obviously you can't supply art only to people who want it because of the nature of the tools available for creating physical (and not psychic) media, and even if this were possible, there's much to be said about artists who make artwork that people don't like while knowing full well they won't like it. This would be indicated by hundreds of years of paintings of naked ladies being replaced by images that might make you think of something else beside your little fleshy thimble and where to put it should you become lost.

Posted by theSackofRome on 02/11/2011 at 4:50 PM

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