Apparently, this is what a select few (I’m guessing it took more than one person to defame an entire campus) people think about rebels. If rebels are MORE beautiful and care about beauty so much, how can they go and take away the beauty from their own campus for their own SICK pleasure. These people are idiots.
In BBC News, PETER VALLONE, COUNCILLOR, NYC spoke about how graffiti IS NOT LEGAL ON SOMEONE ELSE’S PROPERTY WITHOUT PERMISSION!! <http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/4946378.stm>
“Is graffiti art or is it a crime? It’s a simple question with a simple answer.
Graffiti done with permission is art is in the eye of the beholder. My office has even funded many beautiful graffiti-like murals.
Subway trains are a favourite canvas for New York’s graffiti writers
However, it becomes a crime when you put that “art” on someone else’s property. I have a message for the graffiti vandals out there – your freedom of expression ends where my property begins!
If illegal graffiti were truly an art form, these thugs would have their tags all over their own homes and vehicles, which is not the case.
As City Public Safety Chair and a former prosecutor, I can tell you that art is not what motivates the vast majority of taggers.
At its best graffiti is just a way for immature vandals to seek notoriety and at its worst it is messages between rival gangs and drug dealers.
Graffiti is a gateway crime that both leads children and adolescents astray and sends a message that a graffiti-covered neighbourhood is ripe for criminal activity.
Over the past few years in New York City the writing has literally been on the wall.
Graffiti from the 80s was removed as New York cleaned up its image
After removing graffiti left over from the crime-ridden 70s and 80s, graffiti is again on the rise. Last year graffiti arrests went up by more than 89%.
Through April 2006 the City has received over 13,000 requests to clean graffiti. In the United States it costs approximately $15 to $18bn annually to remove it.
In New York City, I have recently passed a number of innovative graffiti bills that will help fight the scourge that is destroying our neighbourhoods.
As a result of irresponsible corporations like Ecko Inc and Atari targeting our children with graffiti-based marketing themes, more and more of the people being arrested are younger teenagers and adolescents.
To combat this, my new law takes away their graffiti tools and makes it illegal for anyone under 21 to simply possess spray paint, large broad tip markers and other tools of the trade.
Stopping the spread of graffiti is everyone’s responsibility. Building owners who find graffiti on their property must now clean that graffiti themselves or contact the city to have it removed free of charge. If they take no action my new law will hold them fiscally responsible
Of course there is no substitute for stronger law enforcement and stiffer penalties.
Graffiti is a quality of life crime that plagues every major city in the world.
It’s time that we stand up to these spray-painting punks and take our cities back.”
You would think that in a small town such as Kirksville, we wouldn’t have the need to “take our city back. People would hopefully have the decency to respect beauty for what it is and be “beautiful rebels” while respecting the law. The graffiti LITTERS all educational buildings on campus. Here are some more photos.
I am disgusted.
– Alex –