Law toughens up on graffiti

New laws were introduced this month by the Victorian parliament limiting sales of aerosol paints to minors and requiring stores carrying such products to hide them from view. Graffiti was also elevated as a ‘serious criminal offense’. These are all affirmative actions designed to curb the increased presence of graffiti and graffiti ‘tagging’ in Victoria (notably in the Melburnian precincts).

Is graffiti as serious a problem as the Victorian government suggests, however? Sure, graffiti ‘tagging’ is just plain ugly, but some graffiti, particularly the larger, more elaborate ones, are rather good art, and has become a prolific, artistic expression of contemporary Melbourne. It will be a pity to see them go.

2 Comments so far

  1. Neil (unregistered) on September 29th, 2007 @ 11:40 pm

    Graffiti is a big problem especially outside the city. Most of it is tagging and far from art.

    Another issue with aerosol paint cans is huffing, another pastime enjoyed in the suburbs.

  2. Darren (unregistered) on September 30th, 2007 @ 1:02 am

    Looks like the serious artists are the ones who will be inconvenienced most.

    I want to buy a can of aerosol paint myself though. Am tempted to have my bicycle helmet spraypainted red – it is so odd to own a red bicycle and have a blue helmet strapped to your head.

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