Tiki wrote:I don't why it should scare a little kid.....Although, I do agree graffiti can be stupid and ruin things. But, there is no reason why you feel unsafe because of it.
Man, it’s a good thing you’ve got me here to explain how the world of kids works.
I’m sure you know that graffiti and tags in general are often used by gangs to mark territory, so that’s one reason why it could make people feel unsafe. A three-year-old might not know that, but her dad certainly does. Plus, the three-year-old has probably been told umpteen thousand times to keep her room clean or to pick up her toys, so when she goes to the playground and it’s “messy” with tags I’m sure that sends a mixed message to her.
Tiki wrote:I am a fan of people who are genuinely good though.
I am too. There are a LOT of really talented people out there, and the genre is definitely an art form. I have found far more relevance in a piece of ink up on some brick wall than in some canvas monstrosity in a museum many times.
There’s an alley down in the Haymarket (old downtown) area of Lincoln where they let some local guys go crazy, and it was a really cool thing to see while it was up. Then about two years ago they painted over it with some cows on hills and blue sky with puffy clouds nonsense, and it’s atrocious.
Taggers are the people who really piss me off. In college there was this guy named Booger who thought the band Yellow Rat Bastards was pretty cool, so he got a bunch of bumper stickers and miscellaneous stickers and stuck them all over Lincoln. That was ten years ago and some of them are still up, since you’d have to ruin the sign to take them down. He also tagged a bunch of downtown shops with his little marker, and then when he got busted for all of that he was all pissed at the cops. Guess how much sympathy I had for him?
In the last several months we’ve had another tagger here in town, and again the dipstick went after the downtown stores, and when he got busted it turned out it was some 26-year-old twit who looked like you would imagine a 26-year-old tagger would look – stupid, stringy and defiant in that ignorant way only a moron can pull off. In fact I just walked by one of this idiots tags on my way into the building this AM – just his initials scrawled in marker on a switch box for the stoplight. Really, really cool.
Those are the people I’m all for stringing up, the ones who just deface things for the hell of it. But the real artists who do some really nice work, those people are tolerable, as long as they’re not destroying property.