1968 Graffiti

That is a #graffiti. Paris, 1968.
Take your desires as reality.


#geevaucher on graffiti on a recent interview
“Well, I love a lot of graffiti, it rightly gives people a space to voice and view their opinions, realisations etc. Of course, not all of it will be to one’s liking, especially those that cross the line into hate and discrimination. But you have to let it all go into the mix and let the people work it out, either by covering it up or adding a comment.

Graffiti is such an ancient way of the people voicing an opinion whether it’s “I love Joe” or “Boris [Johnson] is a wanker”. There have been some incredible words and images shared and long may it continue.

The biggest problem is how and where. If you want people to get past the ‘vandalism’ bit, I think it’s important how you approach what you want to say and where you want to put it. Most people don’t want mindless scrawl over their buildings. If you want people to stop, look, consider and think, I think it’s important to approach it with thought, make it part of what you want to say, so there is a chance of getting past the knee jerk reaction. Obviously, the prime example of that has been Banksy – trouble is, it’s gone beyond what he is trying to say and has now become someone’s ‘millionaire’ dream, a photo opportunity. He can’t stop that, it’s now a commodity.

I love the fact that the word graffiti means scratch in Italian, and if you have ever been to Pompeii you see a lot of graffiti, a lot of scratching on walls, insults, declarations of love, political accusations etc, thousands covering the streets. Some are really funny. One of them has a drawing of a dick and next to it it says “handle with care”. Nothing changes much.