Perhaps you noticed the Facebook argument that erupted after I ridiculed a couple of taggers. Perhaps you didn’t, and if so, I envy you.
My view on that kind of vandalism is fairly plain so I won’t labour it. I think it’s trespass. Others think it’s uncommissioned urban art.
I’ll make an offer.
Because the street is a contested space, it’s by no means clear that anyone has the right to impose themselves on it with spray paint or anything else. However, for the avoidance of all doubt, and in case anyone thinks that I want to force my views on everyone else, I will arrange a mediated open forum where anybody can have a say.
It will be available to everyone and all will be welcome, including taggers. No names will be required.
Furthermore, I will arrange to have a qualified, independent mediator overseeing the discussion, along with a respected panel of contributors who are active in the area of graffiti and the arts.
I will negotiate access to a city-centre arts space for the event but I will have no say or involvement in the running of it.
If the event works out as I hope, it will involve people in all sorts of creative work sharing their views.
There’s the challenge. Who’s up for an honest discussion about graffiti in the city?
Be there or not. It’s entirely up to you.
More information will follow when the details become clearer.