— By Kevin Montgomery (@kevinmonty) |
It seems like it was only yesterday that a graffiti heart over the freshly painted A Sunday Afternoon an Dolores Park sent the entire Mission community into a tailspin of despair and outrage. And rightly so: a bang-up mural celebrating everyone's favorite park was defaced. But it wasn't just that the specific mural was blemished, rather it was that a mural was damaged.
Now it seems like the norm is for SF murals get covered over with tags and pieces. Eine's series of alphabet murals along Mission Street were defaced within days by the same crew pictured above. A quick walk down Bartlett, Market, Divis, or one of the various other mural alleys around the Mission show the same thing. It almost seems antithetical to the core of what street art and graffiti represents: putting art out there, for free, for everyone to see and admire on their own accord. In a sense, there's now a crew of kids acting as a gallery owners, determining which murals the world gets to check out and which should be reused as a new canvass.
It's a bummer, really.
hans moleman | [Permalink]
according to blood in blood out, that tagging is a sign of respect
SCUM | [Permalink]
I was in that alley yesterday and saw that shit. I have a friend that has a mural in that alley and knows who these punks are. I heard they are angry little guys they aren’t excepted in the art scene.
Primo del Primero | [Permalink]
Catch them and stomp on their hands.
Herr Doktor Professor Deth Vegetable | [Permalink]
Fucking scumbag taggers.
dpclean | [Permalink]
Lots of bad graffiti out there,
too much of is obviously intended to make things look ugly.
Tuffy | [Permalink]
You mean some taggers showed disrespect for private property and/or someone else’s art? Say it ain’t so!
I don't think before I tag | [Permalink]
“In a sense, there’s now a crew of kids acting as a gallery owners, determining which murals the world gets to check out and which should be reused as a new canvass.”
Actually, there ARE gallery owner determining which murals the world gets to check out and which should be reused as a new canvas.
They’re called WallspaceSF, and are the same folks that own Space Gallery on Polk Street. They are also connected to White Walls / The Shooting Gallery, if not the same outfit, and do business with Gallery Heist.
WallspaceSF secured 15 walls for visiting London artist EINE in conjunction with his solo show at White Walls Gallery:
Gallery Heist (which has also secured a few walls around town for publicizing their artists and shows) was responsible for the Lazer Cat mural being painted over by another of their artists, not taggers.
In fact, another artist chosen by Gallery Heist, Henry Gunderson, went over the Hype painting shown in your link, AFTER Lazer Cats was painted out by Heist artist Gaia.
ACDSHE | [Permalink]
What does it mean that I can’t tell which was the original and which was the de-facing tag? This mediocre work does not an artist make.
I don't think before I fuck | [Permalink]
shut up you bitch weenies, its street level shit, susceptible to vandalism and thats where “street art” was birthed so shut the fuck up cause the cycle of life and art goes on. the tag looks like dan plasma too and FUCK that weak faggot
DPClean | [Permalink]
What is good about creating ugly Posts at the same level as the tags.
DPClean | [Permalink]
I don't think before I type | [Permalink]