He has some very thought-provoking things to say about writing on walls:
"There is no elitism or hype... and nobody is put off by the price of admission."
"The people who run our cities don't understand graffiti ...they think nothing has the right to exist unless it makes a profit, which makes their opinion worthless."
"The people who truly deface our neighbourhoods are the companies that scrawl giant slogans across buildings and buses trying to make us feel inadequate unless we buy their stuff. They expect to be able to shout their message from every available surface but you're never allowed to answer back."
"...graffiti is only dangerous in the mind of three kinds of people: politicians, advertising executives and graffiti writers."
I have never really graffiti'd anything - except in chalk (made-up gods for the new religion I founded. aged 9 - which was frowned upon). Oh and I was a guest of the New Zealand Chalksters in Auckland last year - they take 'guerilla* poetry' out onto the streets quite literally with giant chalks - they make an impact but not a permanent (i.e. criminal) one.
What do you think? Free art or menace to society?
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* No poems about gorillas, please.