Banksyski

I have mixed feelings about graffiti. At it’s best it is a beautiful, witty and thought provoking social comment, a form of public art that can enhance our environment. The work of banksy springs to mind.

When lefties and pseudo – intellectial posers start saying all graffiti is a valid form of self expression however who just end up with brainless little coprolites with hoodies and spray cans to run around spraying their stupid tags everywhere it just makes an area look every bit as bollocksed up as it probably is.

It’s very much the same effect as leftie shrinks had on poetry when they started telling assorted mentalists that their incoherent, monomaniacal scribblings were “poetry.” Do we want art to to the way of poetry? I hope not.

Banksy is not the only talented street artist with something to say however. Look at this picture by a Russian exponent of aerosol art known only as P183 in his homeland and as “The Russian Banksy here.

banksyski

In this image there are many possible layers of meaning from the sinister to the satirical. Don’t know about you but I love it.

The Wrong Sort Of Graffiti or Some Graffiti Is More Equal Than Others

When a graffiti wall was erected for youngsters (isn’t that ageism?) in Wadebridge, Cornwall, a wag sprayed this message on it:

I PAID MY TAX
+ ALL I GOT WAS THIS LOUSY WALL

A grumpy spokesperson with no sense of humour or irony explained that the wall had been built free of charge by volunteers, but the cost of a police enquiry and cleaning the graffiti off would come out of public funds.

So what are they saying here? There should be an age limit beyond which it is illegal to paint graffiti?
There are artistic standards to which graffiti must conform?
Or are they just banning freedom of speech, or ‘political’ graffiti as it were?

Personally I think the graffiti that was about thirty odd years ago was much more entertaining than simply ‘tagging’ one’s name.

Favourite examples;

Jesus Saves!
But Moses knocks it in on the rebound

I used to think I was useless, then I found out I was biodegradable

and a slightly later example;

Free Nelson Mandela
when you spend £5 in Tesco

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