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Re: “Warhol to cut off Smithsonian

Wow, don't right wing fanatics have somewhere better to hang out than in modern art galleries? Shouldn't they be teabagging each other and chanting "Palin" somewhere?

Posted by Your mom on 12/16/2010 at 9:45 AM

Re: “X3mex, the law and art

Forgive me if my vagueness appeared to defend all graffiti that has ever been done in the Heights/Hillcrest. This was hardly my intention. I was referring to X3mex defacing a bank, which to my knowledge was not housed in a historic building. I would not defend all graffiti, any more than I would defend all advertising. Beauty is of course in the eye of the beholder, but paint is not piss (it has no ammonia content) and a building really is not a flower.

Advertising vs Graffiti: this is my ideal analogy, as I am forced to be subjected to advertising everywhere, that more-often-than-not possess little aesthetic value. Billboards are housed on public land that our tax dollars pay for, and for the most part anyone with money has access to my headspace on multiple levels, from billboards, to TV, to even these stupid skates to my right on thiswebsite right now. If you are really rich then you can beat my brain into near-submission with ads.

Tagging, is different from stenciling, different from throw-ups, different from stickers, yarnbombing, etc. All graffiti is not made alike, nor with the same motivation, location, etc. A tag can be more beautiful than a flower, and can even be done with temporary paints/chalk (yes, beleive it or not, some Graff artists prefer to be temporary), but this is a whole other league from, for example, the graffiti of hate groups or religous extremists. It is as critical that we distinguish types of graffiti as it is that we distinguish types of drugs when disciplining our children. In a desperate age, we have to manage that which cannot be stopped. This is not the 80's, so why do we still beleive the Regan-centric ideal that we can stomp out crimes which exist on a viral level. graffiti has existed 30,000 years before Jesus.

We don't live in an age where we can afford much of the generalization that has plagued us and turned us against each other sense the dawn of man. All Catholic preists are not child molestors, for example. Muslims are not all terrorists, etc. This is all obvious of course, but every peice of graffiti is individual. The practice is the oldest of all forms of art. Please at least aknowledge the tremendous diversity, and the fact that each peice is a seperate dialogue.

I feel there is probabaly some irony in the fact that I know a couple of these graffiti writers, and I also know five or so people the same age who have been employed to restore various historic peices. These people contain vital perspectives. If you think you can stop graffiti, then I guess you also think you can stop pot, turn gay people strait, etc.

Have fun with that. However, you might want to study some of these regions mentioned in he first person's post, where cities allow legal graffiti zones. Those towns have all increased their tourism as a result, encouraged developed art instead of petty tagging, and helped to identify petty taggers. For me, good graffiti, like the full color peices often put on freight trains, is enriching. However, a lot of tags are ugly and belong on a bathroom wall.

Oh well, shut down the skateparks too. These hooligans should all be in church worshipping a burger or something, right?

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Posted by Your mom on 12/15/2010 at 4:18 PM

Re: “X3mex, the law and art

"Why not have the city provide a particular house in every neighborhood for burgling, too?"

@Heights Observer:
This seems like a bratty remark for the point you are trying to make, don't you think?

Graffiti used to be defined as the act of defacing another person's property, but that definition has expanded to encompass an art style too. You are acting like what Ch3mex did was no different than gang-related graffiti, but you don't know him, and it's not. The man just got drunk and gained some regrets, but normally he is out in the community actively teaching non-violent forms of expression to at-risk youth.

I don't think any of the man-made crap he made art on is really part of the beauty of the heights, is it? Were they historic buildings or something? Oh,"it's personal," right?

I guess I better not speak out in support though, or the graffiti detectives might waste more of my own tax money trying to figure out if I'm a muralist who might be prone to have too many drinks.

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Posted by Your mom on 12/06/2010 at 9:16 PM


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