SOMETIMES RANDOM GRAFFITI DAUBINGS ARE FUNNY, SOMETIMES THEY ARE JUST FASCIST
THE MERITS OF RANDOM GRAFFITI TAGGING
Often on my travels through the world I am struck by the lengths people go to in order to add a small but poignant piece of graffiti to a public space.
Now, I am not talking full on Graf art here – I can obviously understand that effort. I am not talking tagging either – as that kind of falls into its own category and we could debate the merits of leaving your (often slightly shit) mark around a town or city for pages and pages! What I am talking about is those little messages, comedy quips or phrases that are crudely written on things. I am obsessed with them – the more random a place and piece of writing the better!
What I really like to imagine, is that somebody has deliberately sat at home…thought of something they have seen…thought of a comic message they could write on said thing…got a big fat magic marker…gone out to said location…written the message they thought of…gone back home…smugly thought of all the people that would emit a very faint smirk at seeing it.
This is the sort of dedication we need in life from people – however, what we do not need is people who decide they will do the same process as above – but instead of a comic quip, they go for something wrong, spiteful or just plain fascist. I find it affects me in a strange way to see graffiti of this kind – whether its a bunch of kids thinking they are being funny but seriously misjudging it, or someone who genuinely believes in the bigoted message they are writing, it is sad that anyone in our society feels the need to spread such propaganda.
NELSON OR NAZI
So here I present to you two examples I came upon recently – both of which in the Forest of Dean and within a 5 minute walk of each other. One is funny and written in a comically appropriate place. The other, is fascist in its purist form and is written in such an inaccessible place that you have to admire their determination if not their message!
So then friends – when you next step out with your magic marker…lets remember to keep it kind!