Personal reflections on urbanism, urban life and sustainable urban design in Wellington, New Zealand.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Tag team

We've already had a few discussions here on WellUrban about graffiti, and while I've tended to be sceptical of anti-graffiti "flying squads" while singing the praises of street art in Waitangi Park and Ghuznee Street's "Graffiti Alley", a lot of other people see all graffiti as mindless vandalism. There's been a bit of a debate over on Texture about "friggin' taggers", and I of course waded in with a qualified defence.

Tagging by Crepes-a-go-goNow the Architectural Centre has weighed in to oppose the flying squad ("Look out Sarge, 'e's got a sprayer!"), and while the local media don't seemed to have picked up on it, there was an article in the Sunday Herald about it. I hope that the council's hit squad has the discrimination to leave the creative stuff alone, and to realise that some walls are better off being used as a canvas than left blank, but I also don't like it when sculptures and good buildings get defaced. So where does one draw the line between street art and destructive stupidity?


At 2:36 pm, June 19, 2007, Blogger stephen said...

Ask Utahraptor.

At 5:06 pm, June 19, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 11:09 am, June 20, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So ahh.. what tagger is Tom?

This might be interesting watching for some: Style Wars

Doco on old school bombing in NYC

At 10:52 am, June 26, 2007, Blogger Hadyn said...

On my walk to work I see lots of tags and one person called "hate" who seems to be practicing a lot recently. One day I noticed that Hate had progressed from below the tennis courts on Tasman St along the brick wall towards the old police barracks. for some reason it seemed wrong to tag that part of the wall. the tag was gone the next day but all of the stuff below the tennis courts is till there.

Someone is using discression.


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