Bristol Gets Its Own Graffiti Police

An interesting article in the evening post here about Bristol being the first city in the country to get its own dedicated undercover graffiti police team.

Hard to make out though what they’re going to be tackling, on the one hand they talk abut going after taggers quite a lot, but on the other they talk about how keeping Banksy pieces in the city causes them problems, even though Banksy’s not been a tagger as such for years, and people voted to keep his work in a public vote.

Hopefully they are seeing a difference between tagging and the more street art side of things, certainly there is a pretty clear difference between the two. Ultimately though there needs to be a proper consensus drawn up in the city on what people do and don’t want to keep. A lot of the pieces you see around are done with the property owner’s permission anyway, so it’s hard to see how you could stop that happening.

Interestingly, someone’s left a comment on the story saying they’re glad that the police are going after taggers, as it’ll stop them destroying the bigger pieces of graf round the city. Not sure the police see that distinction fully from this article, but it seems other people in Bristol do.

Seems the Evening Post wants people to send in photos of graffiti they love or hate, so if you’ve got some handy, why not send some in?

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7 responses to “Bristol Gets Its Own Graffiti Police

  1. Zoe

    -fiction- had another good link on flickr, for the Council graffiti policy.

    They do seem to setting themselves to fail with this good/bad graffiti idea. Having some legal walls would be cheaper but I guess thats not going to be a vote winner

  2. Ugh, the Evening Post. Best not participate in something that only wants to be shitty and tear people to pieces.

  3. ozz

    will taggers get tagged for their crimes?

  4. Jimbo

    This unit has been going for a while now and is actually very successful at catching graffers. I didn’t read the EP article, I try not to go near that shit-rag, but I don’t think they judge graffiti on a merit basis – they just go after whoever is getting up most.

  5. cord(tm)

    Think this is the team that caught Dotcom, MOS and a few members of CM.

    Seem to be working on the taggers that went on to do bigger, more expensive to clean peices.

  6. You really need to change the name of this shitty little blog. How dare you try and represent ‘bristol graffiti’ and then badmouth tags and real graffiti. All these bum sniffing, ‘street artists’ haven’t been anywhere near a street, with paint, in their lives. They dont get up, they dont have style, they dont risk anything other than a fat paycheck by painting their gay little cnavasses.

    To quote you mate:
    “Hopefully they are seeing a difference between tagging and the more street art side of things, certainly there is a pretty clear difference between the two. Ultimately though there needs to be a proper consensus drawn up in the city on what people do and don’t want to keep. A lot of the pieces you see around are done with the property owner’s permission anyway, so it’s hard to see how you could stop that happening.”

    Well most people do see a difference between the two, they see one side as graff, tags dubs throwups and pieces, all part of the same movement. On the other side of things you got street art. Thats where wieners like you come in.

  7. bristolgraffiti

    Not trying to represent anything mate, just posting some photos on the internet with words next to them, that a lot of people seem to find interesting.

    Said it before, graffiti may not be completely the best name for this blog sure, given the range of stuff it covers, but you seem to be claiming that people covered here like Inkie, Sickboy and Cheba amongst others have never got up, which is just bizarre.

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