Saturday 8 March 2014

What’s the word on the street?

I’ve always been fascinated by graffiti although I’ve never felt inclined to pick up the spray can in anger myself. My artistic endeavours tend to be much more sedate and law abiding but I appreciate the work of a fellow artist. I’m also partial to the odd bit of dissent and philosophy. When the two are combined and you get a slightly aggrieved graffiti philosopher and words of wisdom on the street.

Just recently these two offerings have appeared down my street. You can’t fault it!

One of the few good things about local government cuts is that street art seems to be removed less often making it a little less ephemeral.


  1. Graffiti is an aspect of art, that's no question. Problem is it's also an aspect of crime, as well.

    There's a gray area in between, depending upon creativity, message, and skill against property value and safety. A work of art on a boring old brick or concrete wall are one thing; a work of art covering an airplane windshield or stamped on a nation landmark are another entirely.

    It really comes down to the artist's own discretion.

  2. I think I would challenge to concept of graffiti being a crime. Yes it's against the law as the law stands but I like to think there is a higher natural justice. One where justice prevails. A justice that is untainted by the hands of politicians. A grey area perhaps but I'd probably be on the side of anyone defacing nationalistic sculptural jewellery, and as for aeroplane windscreens well that's only to be encouraged ;-)

  3. Oh, you're such a locomotive supremacist.

    And while I halfway agree with you on the nationalist jewelry bit, remember: architecture is a form of art, too.

    The way I see it, it's not at all that the canvas is too high and mighty for an artist of the people or any self-serving elitist crap like that, but that it has already been used by an architect.

  4. As the artist responsible - thanks. :)