Saturday, July 31, 2010

Sunday Stills: Graffiti

There is Graffiti tagging and there is Graffiti Art and there are Murals. There are great differences.

In Singapore, if you tag graffiti, you get arrested, you get caned and you go to prison. Once in New Zealand, the property owner got so worked up, he killed you, and he went to prison.





Once, I was parking my car and I met two handsome artists. They make a living doing Graffiti Art. They are sponsored by the building they do their art. Their art is beautiful.


And then, there are murals, real work of arts, it could be on walls, or traffic control boxes.



The owner of this building in Mt Eden at Dominion Road, has found the solution to beat the graffiti taggers. Apparently even among the rogues, there is a code that you don't deface other people's beautiful mural no matter how tempting the wall appears.
This code, however is not fully adhered. I have seen beautiful murals defaced in some places.

http://annkschin.blogspot.com/2008/11/stupidity.html
Sunday Stills, the next challenge: Grafitti/Street Art
Posted in Sunday Stills Challenge of the Week, the next challenge with tags Sunday Stills on July 25, 2010 by Ed

I’m picking this challenge as the start for our first Sunday Stills Challenge CONTEST! Yep, ya read right A contest for out contributors and all who wish to get motivated to join our happy band of shutterbugs. There will be a post explaining the rules after the Macro Monday post below… Have fun…Ed
http://sundaystills.wordpress.com/
Ed, I am unsure of which type of graffiti you require, and like many students, I submit all three.

17 comments:

Dora said...

Yeah hopefully those nicely done murals like the last 3 pix here won't be disturbed by others!

Ginny said...

These are some great pictures and a very good post. This os because I have been taking pictures of graffiti to post!! A few years ago, our church was tagged by gang members with their graffiti markings. They were not pretty like some artistic grafitti, but very explicit. We had to pay lots of money to steam clean it off, then held a neighborhood picnic about gang awareness. Graffiti that is very pretty I think should be left alone.

Jama said...

public Graffiti = public vandalism! lol but I don't mind seeing such beautiful murals as these, as long as permit is granted in the first place.

Bonnie Bonsai said...

If only they just leave the Graffiti untagged ... it really is a work of art!

The rogues do that here too! I caught once on the train, but he quickly disappeared and I couldn't report him to the authority as I could not describe him. It was so quick. Apparently, he hid the paint can inside his shirt, took it out, and we witnesses, were paralyzed! we could not move, we could not say anything.

Dave said...

An excellent blog Ann. I liked all of your pictures, and strongly agree with your point about taggers. Singapore has the right idea. - Dave

Ed said...

Extremely well done, I think you got the only pics this week of the artists themselves, Cuddos to you and great shots..:-)

diane said...

Murals are nice but I don't like the tagged graffiti.

Elisa said...

Hi Ann,
I love street art and tags.
They are so colorful and nice.
Greetings
Elisa, from Argentina

P.S. The picture of Rome in my blog was taken in 2008.

Chris Short said...

Very nicely done!

Far Side of Fifty said...

Well done Ann, we don't have graffiti artists around here:)

Sarah said...

beautiful job depicting numerous forms of grafitti and street art!

khengsiong said...

"Once in New Zealand, the property owner got so worked up, he killed you, and he went to prison."

Are guns readily available in NZ just like in the US?

Sarawakiana@2 said...

A young man once said "It would be good if a course on Graffitilogy can be introduced and he would like to get a PhD for it...." Interesting...and there should be a follow up on that.

Ann said...

http://annkschin.blogspot.com/2008/12/tagging-tragic-story.html
This was what I posted about: Tagging, a Tragic Story.

Emotions are running high on this sad issue in Auckland, New Zealand. A fifty year old respectable business man Bruce William Emery, stabbed to death a fifteen year old Pihema Cameron, whom he found tagging his property. Supporters of Emery, who has been charged with murder, stand by him that it was time taggers were taught a lesson. A lesson, Cameron’s supporters say is too harsh. Cameron did not deserve to die just because he tagged. There was no justification for him to be killed, they argued.

This case has extra ingredients to make it a hot issue. Emery is a self employed white business man, loving husband and father, with a clean record. Cameron was a non-white school drop out, from a broken home. His mother left him for Australia and he was living with his tetraplegic father.

Manang Kim said...

I like seeing murals or graffiti as long as it is not work of vandalism. Happy Monday!

Ruby Tuesday

eileeninmd said...

Great post, Ann! I love the art work and murals. It is beautiful but the graffiti is ugly and sad to see.

Serline said...

I guess art is also in the eye of the beholders...