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Canberran graffiti artist on Flickr

By waldherr 17 September 2012 24

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I coincidentally came across some guy’s flickr account documenting his tagging outings in our city. Being an “artistic creature” and risking to sound rather moronic, I find these expressions of public art visually offensive. Graffiti-artists with half a brain don’t repeat the same name, style, etc over and over. This person (or rather group of “artists”) is obviously very un-talented.

Someone before on the RiotACT used a Banksy quote in regards to tagging :

“All artists are willing to suffer for their work. But why are so few prepared to learn to draw?”

I hope this guy  get busted and has to clean up all the horrendous crap he pollutes this city with… (or at least gets drawing lessons)

flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/84278694@N02/

these guys are so cool that they also have a tumblr-blog http://falsiesmob.tumblr.com/

*sigh*


UPDATE 17/09/12 10:32: ED – I popped over to Braddon to record the “art” above.

I did, however, find The Angel of Lonsdale Street nearby which I rather liked:

Angel of Lonsdale Street


UPDATE 17/09/12 14:27: Thanks to StonedWookie for pointing out there’s even video of their antics:


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Reon 10:01 am 18 Sep 12

This facebook page has a large selection of pieces of work which are generally pleasant.

http://www.facebook.com/street.artcanberra

It seems a same to only focus on the more obnoxious stuff.

Henry82 10:05 pm 17 Sep 12

Truthiness said :

. Don’t blame the artist for ruining a crappy canvas.

Imo the perfect canvas is your own wall, not someone elses.

Truthiness 4:06 pm 17 Sep 12

Some of these are quite good, Abyss can obviously do great things when he has more than one colour to work with. Its a pity so many of these are just sketchy tags, the more complex works really liven up the bleak industrial wastelands they are juxtaposed with.

I hope this hive mind witch hunt doesn’t end up discouraging the artistic repurposing of public spaces. Don’t blame the artist for ruining a crappy canvas.

johnboy 3:43 pm 17 Sep 12

A source who cannot be named believes the Abyss607 featured in the Canberra Times last year is the “abyss” mentioned nearly subliminally in the opening credits of the video.

https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/sVSnAqmbJu8FBflFYIKHMdMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=directlink

bundah 3:06 pm 17 Sep 12

I recall meeting a person who like myself spent a fair chunk of time at the the uni bar some15 years ago and he had a guvment contract to produce wonderful art in various drab bus shelters around the inner north.But of course the fu*ktards would get in on the act and ruin it with their brainless graffiti tags.

johnboy 2:40 pm 17 Sep 12

stonedwookie said :

this video was on there tumblr
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcNWxUz3V0M

Thanks! Added in now!

DrKoresh 2:32 pm 17 Sep 12

Chaz said :

DrKoresh said :

I can’t see any photos of the tags being painted though, so it’ll probably be harder to prosecute them for it, without evidence of them actually graffiti-ing.

a quick look through their Tumblr shows them tagging a few things

http://falsiesmob.tumblr.com/page/5

True, but you can’t see his face at all in any of the pictures. Let me just say that if we’re gonna let Steve “Killier” off scot-free then I’ll be supremely pissed if these idiots get convicted on this evidence alone.

Kayem 2:26 pm 17 Sep 12

Sorry – what I meant was …

Truthiness said :

Oh how I have been sorely tempted to paint the belconnen owl, I think it’d look lovely in a nice shade of penis.

Someone has already put a paste-up on it:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/seakayem/7863693128/in/photostream/

Haven’t checked to see if it’s still there.

stonedwookie 2:20 pm 17 Sep 12

this video was on there tumblr
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcNWxUz3V0M

Kayem 2:16 pm 17 Sep 12

Truthiness said :

Oh how I have been sorely tempted to paint the belconnen owl, I think it’d look lovely in a nice shade of penis.[/quote>

Someone has already put a paste-up on it: http://www.flickr.com/photos/seakayem/7863693128/in/photostream/

Haven’t checked to see if it’s still there.

Mysteryman 2:11 pm 17 Sep 12

Truthiness said :

Perhaps if our societies architecture were not so bleak and impersonal, people would not be so driven to personalise it. Then again, ancient Rome’s gorgeous buildings were “vandalised” by their original inhabitants, so were caves, maybe humans just can’t help personalising empty spaces.

Or maybe idiots just like to break the law and damage things that don’t belong to them.

Truthiness 1:56 pm 17 Sep 12

Perhaps if our societies architecture were not so bleak and impersonal, people would not be so driven to personalise it. Then again, ancient Rome’s gorgeous buildings were “vandalised” by their original inhabitants, so were caves, maybe humans just can’t help personalising empty spaces.

Personally I prefer even the most clumsy attempt at art to the plain bricks and billboards we are subjected to by developers. Do these people actually think their concrete monoliths are beautiful? If I had a spray can for every public eyesore I wanted to paint over, we’d have a much prettier city.

Oh how I have been sorely tempted to paint the belconnen owl, I think it’d look lovely in a nice shade of penis.

poetix 1:36 pm 17 Sep 12

Henry82 said :

never trust anyone wearing a red beret.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/84278694@N02/7879323622/

Some people who wear red berets are the nicest, most trustworthy and truly talented people you could meet.

Henry82 1:19 pm 17 Sep 12

never trust anyone wearing a red beret.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/84278694@N02/7879323622/

Chaz 1:12 pm 17 Sep 12

DrKoresh said :

I can’t see any photos of the tags being painted though, so it’ll probably be harder to prosecute them for it, without evidence of them actually graffiti-ing.

a quick look through their Tumblr shows them tagging a few things

http://falsiesmob.tumblr.com/page/5

Nicholas Jones 12:44 pm 17 Sep 12

“There’s a difference between graffiti artists and douchebag taggers. This falls into the latter category.”

Really? Is there? Like it or not, works produced by someone in the “latter” category is actually just as relevant as works in the “former”, even if it’s not something you personally find appealing.

I’m with DrKoresh on this one- you can’t prove who it was, there is actually very little that can be done about it as a whole. Sure, maybe you’ll get whoever does this or whatever, but you can’t stop the entire thing as a movement. Maybe I’m biased because I actually enjoy this somewhat instinctive, reactive approach to art (and I don’t care if you think it is or not) over pasting up a picture of Kony or some other Banksy knockoff, but this is a thing that happens in cities, in towns, in wherever.

Henry82 11:41 am 17 Sep 12

I hear the police have been using social media to catch criminals like this. Won’t take long once it’s brought to their attention.

Mysteryman 10:04 am 17 Sep 12

I object to the use of the word “artist” when describing this flog and his ilk.

Keijidosha 9:57 am 17 Sep 12

There’s a difference between graffiti artists and douchebag taggers. This falls into the latter category.

p1 9:56 am 17 Sep 12

A lot of these photos are very recent so the s*** tagging will still be there.

These ones are all on Alexander and Albermarle Buildings in Woden. All that plywood was only put up last week, so the photos are really new.

Anyone know if that means the development of the site (DA notices have been up for a year or two) is about to go ahead?

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