Before I post any photo's....
I've added a new section to the side --->
I've decided to take the CHECK IT links out and give you all a taste of whats available out there in the big web world. I've been slowly trying to refine the blog because I was getting a bit lazy with the layout.
And for purely selfish reasons I've added a LOVE THIS BLOG? check box down the bottom..... Do it!
Anyone that has an interest in graffiti in Wellington, whether they are for or against it has seen the recent campaign against graffiti 'vandalism' or tagging advertised in pedestrian crossing shelters across town by the Wellington City Council.
My man over at Graffography first alerted me to the work by Drypnz and Random being used in the campaign, work that broke no law and was now put under a negative spotlight by the Council. I agree that the general public would have limited knowledge on aerosol art and in my opinion the Council's lack of research behind their campaign have put ideas into an already naive community.
So, I emailed an acquaintance at the Council to ask who I could voice our concerns too regarding this laziness and got a reply a few days later. They were apologetic and apparently the 'photographer' didn't know that the work used in the campaign was deemed legal. They agreed to remove the work from future campaigns but god knows how many posters, stickers etc that have already printed and not to mention the amount of money wasted on a poorly researched scheme.
They did say that on the Council website and in their brochures that they pointed out he difference between art and vandalism. According to them the MURAL in Te Aro by the basketball court, created with permission was GRAFFITI ART and a bad throwie on a shop front as VANDALISM (done without permission). I can agree with the bad throwie as being the act of a vandal but the MURAL is not GRAFFITI ART. It's a mural! I could talk for days about the flaws in their campaign but it will only fall on deaf ears.
I heavily disagree with the way in which this campaign has panned out but I respect the fact that they were willing to remove Dryp and Randoms work when asked too.
What are your thoughts on the matter? Leave a comment!
Back to the good stuff..
Some friends who had stayed here recently went to Santiago De Chile in South America.
They mentioned that everywhere you go there will be at least one piece of street art and/or Graf.From my knowledge of Chilean Graffiti it has strong roots in political activism through work of stencils and slogans.
Thanks P & L!
I'm going to have to post more often as I've acquired quite a collection of new stuff to post.
bunker shots with M & A from Graffography
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