Photo by Ora: “just killin the left over paste on the brush. just gotta learn 2 stay cool when we run into a 5-0 eeek!!!”
Ed Fuentes at “View from a Loft” writes about a rise in the number of taggings in his neighborhood:
The form and composition of graffiti and street art has support in the Arts District and the works of Mr. Cartoon, Relic, Man-One and Shepard Fairey share the streets with each other. However, that support is dwindling fast as tagging is on the rise by gangs or worse, suburban art students.
To which I ask: does “street art”, including stenciling and “wheat pasting” posters, encourage tagging and other forms of graffiti? At the very least, does the work of artists like Shephard Fairey and Buff Monster give legitimacy to taggers and vandals with spray cans? And should law enforcement make a distinction between one or the other?
…More example of street art at the Los Angeles Street Art Flickr pool…