Bristol what’s on mag Venue always has a section at the back called ‘i saw you’, where people write in and lament not having spoken to that chap or chapess they admired from afar at a club night or whatever. Had it on good authority that when they started they were mostly made up by Venue staff, but now they’re all sent in by real people.
This idea has now expanded into an ‘i’m sore at you’ section, where people write in short notes aimed at people or things they’re annoyed with. It’s an interesting read, and one in this week’s edition seemed pertinent to this blog.
“I’m sore at you SEKO! Do us a favour and stop tagging every bloody thing along Gloucester / Cheltenham Road, including my front door! Your tag is entirely lacking in any creative merit and is utterly pointless, only serving to make everything look really scabby! You are clearly an utter moron“
Have seen Seko’s tags around quite a lot on my travels, and have to say, i’m increasingly in agreement. Some graf is art, and can add something to the visual environment, but the more things get tagged pointlessly, the less other people are going to agree. As one writer once said to me ‘I don’t get kids these days, i used to spend days and weeks working on my tag before i started spraying anything, now it seems no-one cares any more’.
The worst one i’ve seen recently is below. Montpelier train station was painted with a massive piece a few years back, it made it look loads better and was specially commissioned by the rail company. A few months ago, ‘yuck’ and others dubbed over the station nam, and ruined a huge section of it. It’s not as if they were adding anything of worth to the piece (like Dan’s addition to the Xenz piece at the bottom of Ninetree Hill for those that know it). More to the point, it’s not as if they were painting a wall that was just anyone’s to paint. The work there had been commissioned by someone. If the streets are to be an outdoor art gallery, then painting over commissioned pieces is a pretty big faux pas to my mind.
Have a look for yourself.