One thing I don't understand is people complaining about graffiti on trains and walls but they couldn't be bothered a bit by ads being everywhere in our daily life actively and literally trying to manipulate everybody's thoughts and actions. But it's legit because that access to your brain is bought with money.
In conclusion: tag the world and bust all ads!
@pawlowa yeah I appreciate the intent behind it, even if I don't end up liking the piece itself.
I'm in two minds about tagging though. In the UK tagging has been associated at times with violent gangs claiming certain areas as their territory. Not so much into that.
@MichaelBall That sounds rather offputting. In Germany there are kind of graffiti gangs, but it's really just about the pieces, doing stunts like covering a whole building in one night or placing your tag on trains in like 10m². But there is no violence behind it, it's rather like a playful illegal sport.
I also like it when I come to a new place and I can see which political groups are active there through graffiti. It gives me a lot of safety.
> through graffiti. It gives me a lot of safety.
I get your point about political groups.
But does it really make you feel safe, that this person had illegal access to this piece of the infrastructure you rely on? For example, tagging trains is usually done in the locked down train yards at night (AFAIK).
Instead of repainting the train they could just as well be re-wiring it, removing the brake, ... etc.
much of the graffitis are just kinda ordinary adds. I really dislike all (most) those tags. All (many) having a similiar style and then just highlighting a different name.
Not to different from the rest of the adds.
comercial adds are somehow all marketing for the same, just having a different company/product.
I like those that have some transformative message/meaning.
True. There is also a lot of territorial pissing and toxic masculinity involved. Well yeah, and not so well painted pieces...
@pawlowa the only graffiti that really bothers me is when some kid decides to branch out onto old bridges or brick buildings - that cant just be painted over when we’re sick of seeing your tags & its something you wont get back
Admittedly tho philly’s full of murals so theres not actually a ton of graffiti (or from another perspective, theres a TON of graffiti its just not illicit) so maybe its different here because of that
@pawlowa I can agree that advertising is often clutter. But at least most of it actually says something meaningful, whereas a lot of graffiti is really just noise and often isn't even legible. Exceptions do exist, such as the "Be Someone" graffiti in Houston which has become something of a landmark.
@pawlowa I think the important difference is: While in case of the usual ads the owner of what ever is showing the ads around explicitly asked or agreed with it, this is often not the case with graffiti.
If people say "Oh yeah, it's fine when you paint my wall" it's legal and fine to put graffiti on it.