We Don’t Want Graffiti When we remove graffiti from a wall in our community, we are doing it for several reasons; to restore the surface to it’s original state, abide by the By-law or Code that demands property owners remove graffiti within a specified time period and to send a message – “we don’t want your tags and vandalism on our property!” Free Advertising for Graffiti Vandals What are we saying when we put full-color images of graffiti in our...

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“We Are Not Art Critics” If I had a dollar for… every time I repeated the phrase “we are not art critics” when working with the City of Vancouver’s Graffiti Management Program I would not own that classic ’69 Shelby Mustang I dream about, but I would have lunch money for a month. Toronto Decides Whether it’s Graffiti or Art - Article When I explained the City of Vancouver’s Graffiti Bylaw to a resident (which I’ve done hundreds of times)...

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Graffiti Vandal Wants Legal Walls as Myanmar Makes Graffiti Illegal on Public Property If I had a dollar for… every time a graffiti vandal told me that a legal wall or ‘free wall’ should be established by the City and that it would reduce the vandalism elsewhere in the City – I wouldn’t have enough money to retire but it would certainly keep my fancy coffee habit going. News from Yonkers Graff-Cop Ken Davis - Myanmar graffiti artists vow to keep...

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Here’s a TIP: If you do not want to hire an artist who is engaged in criminal behaviour – find out who you’re hiring BEFORE you hire them. It never ceases to amaze me how surprised people/organizations are to find they’ve hired a “graffiti artist” is also engaged in illegal graffiti vandalism. (I know, shocking!!) Recently, London Olympics organizers learned that one of their artists was also an active graffiti vandal.  http://blogs.artinfo.com/artintheair/2012/10/18/artist-employed-by-london-olympics-convicted-of-graffiti-vandalism/ It’s like hiring a man to teach you...

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Stop Urban Blight (S.U.B.) Zero Graffiti Conference ( San Francisco, January 16 – 18, 2013) has extended their Early Bird Registration to December 16th 2012!!! Register now!!! This is the first Zero Graffiti International Conference for S.U.B. and I’ll be there to present. There is a great list of conference presenters that include several of the TAGS regulars and I think it will be a great reason to hit San Fran in Jan!

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