Thursday, May 15, 2008

Walking Drawings

Great is graffiti. Even better: animated graffiti! Graffiti is illegal, but it's a way for rebellious artists to take back their space and define it in their own
image(s). I have seen lots of beautiful graffiti in different parts of the world but not enough in Canada. More people should be more brazen with their spray cans!

This video was sent to me by my sister, who found it on, and also likes to visit

On the other hand, there are certain kinds of graffiti that some could go without. Toronto Sun reported some graffitti that wasn't quite as impressive to firemen in Toronto. They found blue paint splattered over a granite memorial commemorating fallen firemen, inspiring reactions such as "despicable" and "cowardly". They are pressuring the government to punish the vandals severely.

Part of me feels like they are being irrational though and reminds me of how some Muslims reacted with outrage when a cartoonist depicted Muhammed in one of the comics. They rioted, burned embassies, sent death threats to cartoonists, but what did it accomplish? I feel like spending millions of dollars to repair the memorials would be an equal waste of effort, especially considering it might have cost them an additional $5 to coat the granite with a cheap protective plastic covering in the first place.

Whenever freedom of expression and people's sensitivities are at odds we're forced to face the fact that someone's drawings, statements and actions will never mean the same thing to another person.

One man's terrorist is another man's graffiti artist.


Blogger Mitzzee said...

freedom of speech, including drawings, graffiti or whatnot...except defacing with intent of malaise, aka firemen incident.

can u draw me a wicked scary pic?

6:27 p.m.  
Blogger Chloe said...

where are you Sir Barrett?

2:24 p.m.  
Blogger Achilles said...

How come your poets been quiet for sometime? check other blog of your friends

10:37 a.m.  
Blogger {illyria} said...

ha. that last line is priceless.

2:02 a.m.  

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