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?