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OnPoint: Children come first, except when walls come first

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  • steven crawford,

    This is interesting, it's not not graffiti. It's an attempt to take graffiti out of context.

    Hillary - are you drawing a distinction between tagging and graffiti art?

    Now that's an interesting dilemma for the law makers. What is the difference?

    Atlantis • Since Nov 2006 • 4414 posts Report Reply

  • Shep Cheyenne,

    Law makers / Councils do draw a distinction between Graffiti Art & Tagging.

    I'm sure anyone can see some art in graffiti of somesort. Say Sir Eds pic on the santioned sit cnr of Riccarton Rd & the Railway track in Christchurch.

    This space was set aside for graffiti art to reduce/stop tagging.

    As for my neighbours whose fences were tagged it wasn't flash. A note the "red neck/conservatives" of Christchurch took a photo of the tagger. The hip Aucklander did what?

    Since Oct 2007 • 927 posts Report Reply

  • kmont,

    Hey Shep, could you expand? I am kind of following you but not sure what you mean.

    wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 485 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    Law makers / Councils do draw a distinction between Graffiti Art & Tagging

    OK, do you think this would fit the legal distinction criteria? Photo

    Atlantis • Since Nov 2006 • 4414 posts Report Reply

  • Shep Cheyenne,

    Steven - God yes love it!

    Kowhai - Graffiti as art even if it's not to your taste can be art. Those who may dismiss it I'm sure would see some value in the subject at least, being Sir Ed Hillary. This is at the top of Riccarton Rd on a wall of a cafe facing the railway line north.
    The council here have allowed it to have a mural of graffiti art which is better than seeing tags and to some degree respected by taggers.
    Tagging/graffiti art at the skate park also seem a good spot for it.

    There was a kid who ran around Fendalton tagging fences and garage doors. If homes in Fedalton weren't such fortesses then there would be no tagging on their fences but thats another post for another day. He was followed and photographed by locals who shopped him to the cops. Not sure what happened from there but the tagging has been removed, as best it can.

    Since Oct 2007 • 927 posts Report Reply

  • Georgiana Robertson,

    I believe Youth Crime is a serious issue today. I don’t believe it’s all the youth’s faults, yes, they take action to commit crime but wouldn’t you have to say that a lot of what they do is how they have been raised and what has been taught to them by their parents or older siblings? I believe more and more parents are letting their children get away with too much or that they are too busy for the children because their job takes up too much of their daily lives… as for the argument for the tagging, I personally don’t think tagging is a huge problem, only if it is for art, and that the taggers have had permission from the owner of the wall they wish to tag on. I do agree that there is not a lot of permission being given and that the contents of the tagging are not respectable and therefore those abusing it should be punished in some form. Why spend $6 Million dollars? Why not spend $6 Million on starving children? Homeless young people? Disrespectful tagging is an issue but I think the government could spend less money on those taggers and more on the more important issues which would also achieve something whereas are those taggers actually listening? Are they going to stop? Or is it a waste on $6 Million Dollars?

    Since Jul 2008 • 1 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    Why spend $6 Million dollars? Why not spend $6 Million on starving children? Homeless young people? Disrespectful tagging is an issue but I think the government could spend less money on those taggers and more on the more important issues which would also achieve something whereas are those taggers actually listening? Are they going to stop? Or is it a waste on $6 Million Dollars?

    If I was asked how 6 million dollars could be spent on mitigating distasteful tagging, I'd say spend it on landscape gardening.

    Atlantis • Since Nov 2006 • 4414 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    Why not spend $6 Million on starving children?

    I could starve children for much less than that. Where do I apply for the tender form?

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

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