Quote: "Vandals like Mandell who commit graffiti offences often believe that their work is art - sadly when the chosen canvas is railway property it cannot be considered art
If Kandinsky had splashed his paint on a railway wall instead of a canvas would it be art or graffiti?
There is a difference (although not legally) but, unfortunately, Banksy's work 'legitimises' the tagging morons - you only need to see the mess that Leake Street became after Banksy's occupations (sorry, festivals of street art) to see that the taggers think they are part of the same culture.
There is a difference (although not legally) but, unfortunately, Banksy's work 'legitimises' the tagging morons
Yeah its unfortunate but I think you do have a good point here. As much as I admire Banksy, I do think it gives others a green light. I wouldn't stop him or others like him. But how do you police 'good graffiti' against 'bad'. Impossible.