Being a person who likes to leave things better than I found them, I have never understood the mentality that does graffiti or other forms of vandalism. Some "graffiti artists" might argue that they are trying to improve things by leaving something eye catching behind, but many of them do not leave something good behind. Much of graffiti is vulgar and unsightly, seeking to show disrespect or to draw attention to the vandals themselves, and most people do not appreciate having their property defaced or having to clean up graffiti. In this post I am in no way trying to encourage or excuse vandalism, but since graffiti happens, I will try to look at some of the effects that are actually interesting or even beautiful. Some graffiti is quite creative ... if only that creativity could be directed into more acceptable activity....
I'll start off with some that are really pretty cool.
Here's a staircase illusion.
Here is some modern art done by someone named Banksy, a British street artist with an international reputation.
I am assuming that the next two examples of "street art" are graffiti rather than done by the community paint crew.
I found this picture on a site that called the picture on the wall graffiti, but it is actually something done by an ad agency called STIR Milwaukee, USA .
Here's an example of graffiti whose color makes it almost beautiful.
A previous post of mine  contained the following picture:
Here's an example of graffiti that is related to that.
Some graffiti vandals delight in decorating or altering signs. Here's an example.
Someone added three nasty creatures to this wall sign.
In a previous post  I had a number of signs warning about falling object. Here's an altered sign that would have been a good addition to that post.
A couple of pen strokes with a black marker changed this no smoking sign significantly.
Blank space is a huge temptation to some....
Graffiti is a worldwide phenomenon. Here's a series of three pictures from the UK that constitute a conversation between graffiti vandals and the Newcastle City Council.
Here's an example of many signs in Australia that have been altered in a similar fashion.
Paris, France could well be the graffiti capital of the world — graffiti is ubiquitous! Here are several examples of beautiful or interesting graffiti from Paris.
Apparently graffiti and posters (affiches) are nothing new to Paris. Here's a sign with a reminder of a law passed against them in 1881.
Défense d'afficher means "Posting posters forbidden." Here are some examples of how well Parisians respect those signs.
In the little poster at the bottom, d'accord means "OK."
In the Métro we were always amazed at graffiti on the sides of subway cars. Those trains stop for such a short time, I have no idea how the vandals do their mischief!
And how do the Parisian police react? They drive right past it.
Graffiti is such a commonplace aspect of life in Paris that they sell t-shirts featuring graffiti right along with the Eiffel Tower.
Graffiti artists do not even respect signs about their activity being a crime.
There are businesses that specialize in removing graffiti ... if you can reach them, that is....
Here's a great ad warning graffiti artists of the consequences they face.
What are your experiences with graffiti? Are there any lasting solutions for dealing with those who see the whole world as their canvas?
"Anarchy is against the law." - Graffiti
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