In The Beachhead This Month

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The Free Venice Online site has some really interesting articles this month. The first one is a plea to save the graffiti wall, by preventing vandalism graffiti from destroying it. Graffiti is very much a part of Venice, and I love seeing graffiti art – but I agree. It’s heartbreaking to see pointless vandalism graffiti over art graffiti. It’s hard to understand the motivation, especially when there’s a perfectly good graffiti area by the skateboard area below Windward.

Also on the list of articles:

  • a letter from Ralph Nader to the President on ending the current Middle East conflict
  • information on the Venice elections that are happening in September
  • and, of course, a report from the Lincoln Place Tent City

    Free Venice, free journalism. If you can’t get out to pick up a printed copy of the Beachhead, check out the online site.

    (And Harry Perry has nothing to do with the Beachhead, but he does have everything to do with Venice.)

  • 4 Replies to “In The Beachhead This Month”

    1. In my opinion, graffiti is a form of expression. There are different opinions about graffiti- for or against it. Most people consider it hooliganism. I would say it is art. It depends on where it is and on its content. It is a crime to spray graffiti on a heritage monument but it could be an art doing on places such as unused old factory, empty walls or houses.

    2. This is about spraypainted crude symbols over graffiti that is more artistic – like the difference between carefully shaded metallic letters and quickly scrawled matte black initials. This is about keeping graffiti that is done for the sake of hooliganism off the graffiti that was done as artistic expression. I totally agree it’s a form of expression – but only if expressed with thought.

    3. This is about spraypainted crude symbols over graffiti that is more artistic – like the difference between carefully shaded metallic letters and quickly scrawled matte black initials. This is about keeping graffiti that is done for the sake of hooliganism off the graffiti that was done as artistic expression. I totally agree it’s a form of expression – but only if expressed with thought.

    4. you just cannot have “artistic graffiti” without “crude graffiti.” they are part of the same family. the same ones that do murals started with simple letters and may very well still do those, whether it is with a spray can, marker, or metal scriber digging into the seat or window of your bus. watch whis trailer (http://www.infamythemovie.com/) and realize the guy on the end represents someone who just doesn’t know what it is really all about. there’s an entire culture going on there…

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