Give us a few warm days and the graffiti artists or 'taggers' are out and about. To tell you the truth, most of them are less 'artists' than simply a fool with a paint can.
When taggers are caught, they don't really suffer much, maybe a little community service of picking up trash next to the expressways. Hey! I have an idea--why don't the judges make them paint over their 'art'??? If they were true artists it would cut into the core of their being. If they were simply taggers, then wielding a six-foot paint roller might make their arms hurt so much that they might think before tagging again.
I have to say that many years ago when we visited Paris, I was horribly discouraged by all the graffiti along their highways. It was a total mess of crap painted on top of crap. Why don't the governments hire some of those 17% unemployed to repaint? Tourists still bring in money to places like that, so cater to the tourist, don't scare them away!
Anyhoo, here are a few pics of some of the graffiti from last year. Yes, I've had these pictures for a long time. Now, I don't know the symbolism of some of the art, which could be anything from "look at me, ain't I cool" to "Zombie/vampires meet here every third Friday".
This winter the city had a crew paint over this art.
We had one nice day and fresh graffeti sprang up.
and then there's this one.
Oh, look, it's a beauty berry bush!
I happened to take a picture on the few days out of 365 that these bushes actually look pretty. The rest of the time . . . well, I'll leave it for you to decide what it looks like.
I have a feeling that taggers believe they are the first to come up with the graffiti idea. Sorry, but the spray paint has been around for decades and graffiti has been around for CENTURIES, a millennium if you count cave paintings.
Or the Roman gladiators in Pompeii:
Graffiti has been around a long time. The key is to keep it hidden long enough from most people to cause it to become an archaeological 'find'. Or be artistic enough to actually make money tagging.
Just my thoughts for the day.