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Graffiti Trick or Treat

Graffiti Treat
As Spring has sprung, I’ve been spending more and more time outdoors, taking in all the sights and sounds of Kingston. One thing that recently caught my eye was the modest amount of graffiti, tags and urban art located in and around the downtown area. Although some would rightfully argue that this art form is illegal, incoherent and sometimes just plain ugly, it also has a few redeeming qualities. Specifically, graffiti can serve as a political vehicle for those looking to express their opinion, such as: Free Tibet, or Parks Not Parking Lots. What is more, extremely skilled artists have even been hired to spruce up buildings with their work, as is the case in the temporary garden space across the street from Atomica on Brock Street. Check out a selection of some of this (un)wanted valdalism in our new Flickr set. What do you think? Do you consider tags, graffiti etc… to be an essential part of Kingston’s urban landscape or not? Remember, each comment you make this month enters you into our draw for a great prize! Time is running out fast, so comment already.

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Harvey Kirkpatrick

Harvey Kirkpatrick is Kingstonist's Co-Founder. His features curiously explore urban planning, what if scenarios, the local food scene and notable Kingstonians. Loves playing tourist and listening to rap music. Learn more about Harvey...

2 thoughts on “Graffiti Trick or Treat

  • April 19, 2008 at 6:41 pm
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    I have no patience for the "tags" that snot nosed pricks put on public and private territory as if to say, "This is my turf." It's a blight on the landscape and the doers and their tags need to be eradicated.

  • April 22, 2008 at 9:00 am
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    Amazing or no, on the side of a mailbox or on the bus: it's still illegal.

    I've seen some pretty incredible stuff myself, and it's great where and when it is allowed. Unfortunately a lot of these artists don't care where they are allowed and it ends up everywhere.

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