First Annual Graffiti Awareness Day

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As with any large (and sometimes small) city, "taggers" spray paint images and words on neighborhood walls, businesses and basically everything in between, sometimes hitting the same area multiple times. Mayor Oscar Goodman has been very vocal about tagging in the past, vowing to implement stricter penalties for taggers, citing that Clark County spends more than $30 million a year to clean it up.

Now the community is getting involved and held its first first Graffiti Awareness Day in Nevada. Planning to get the community out to affected businesses and paint over the graffiti. Materials were made available from 8 am to noon today at the Hollyood Recreation Center and the West Flamingo Senior Center.  The city of Las Vegas and the County are also handing out materials as well.

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Ghetto Quilt Effect..... no thanks!!

Paint becomes “Art” when it is commissioned or purchased. Paint when used to make a statement is nothing more than “Paint”. The real issues at hand is how the paint affects our environment. Graffiti, when it is in line of site from our homes, reduces our property value by as much as 20%. There is an 80% chance customers will not return our places of business because of the Graffiti. Painting over Graffiti with an attempted paint match, actually does as much damage as the original graffiti. The Ghetto Quit Effect comes into play. The Ghetto Quilt Effect is created using the poorly matched colors to hide the graffiti. The fear of gang activity is still felt. We all make our judgments and conclusions based on our gathered knowledge and personal experiences. I think it is fair to say we all have watched the news in fear, as the death toll rises in school altercations. The fear factor of gun wielding, angry youths is a fact in our lives. Graffiti may have been innocently used to rebuke those in power long ago. Today gangs are putting hidden codes in their graffiti, telling what they are selling and where to go to get it. We as a community need to be aware of which gangs are in our communities and where our children are buying their goods. Mind blowing detail, and breathtaking use of color, is still judged by the intent of the “Painter”. Knowledge of the painter and the intent of the work, are what can help determine if it is Art, or Vandalism!

 

Jul 24, 2007 11:03 AM #1
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What is amazing is that some times graffiti are extraordinary display of colors and graphics that can takes forms and shapes of spectacular capestry.

What a shame that talent can be used in such destructive way. 

Sep 19, 2007 04:16 PM #2
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