Throw The Book At Graffiti Punks

Rick Hamada
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Wednesday - April 26, 2006

There is a great deal of hand-wringing over the pervasiveness of graffiti in our fair city. I hear the frustrations about the marred walls, unsightly symbols and retail-supported decals popping up just about everywhere. I know this issue has received a great deal of press over the years, but still the blight remains.

Why? Because those who spread graffiti and tag are selfish criminals who think they are just so cool. Actually, they are nothing more than a bunch of losers who have nothing else in their lives other than the smug satisfaction of sneakily destroying public and private property for their own psychotic reasons. Your parents must be so proud.

You want a solution to the graffiti and tagging problem?

Here it is.

All you punks out there defacing what is not yours: Grow up. That’s right. Just grow up. Especially you taggers. My goodness, you have demonstrated you can scribble. How nice. Do you really think you’re “cutting edge” simply because you can leave a mess any 3-year-old can do?

I know the supporters’ arguments. “Graffiti artistry” is all about finding an outlet for individual expression. It’s all about searching for a canvas adequate enough to support their burgeoning artistic creativity. How many times have we heard people sucking up to these supposedly misunderstood and frustrated artistes?

What a load of Ala Wai Canal. Despite the protestation of graffiti and tagging supporters, their efforts cease to be art when they break the law. I think most graffiti types are self-absorbed and self-centered. They need to have their work seen by as many eyes as possible. All the while, they lurk off to the side, unwilling or unable to take responsibility for their “masterpieces.” They do what they do to feed massive egos which are tempered with a dollop of cowardice. I think there is a fear of rejection and ultimately fear of failure if exposed to learned and interested parties. How much safer is it to go anonymously under the cover of night and display your artwork bereft of critical consequence than to put your efforts on the subjective commercial market?

To all of our beloved graffiti artists and other defacers: Please, just stop it. You may have some redeeming qualities, but as long as you spray, write, trace or brush your messages on others’ property, you are a criminal. I hope each and every one of you gets caught and is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. You are wreaking havoc in our community and we are sick and tired of your childish behavior. Enough is enough.

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