I believe the youth of today are being subliminally forced to go out and artistically vandalize the city. This is because corporations in conjunction with the media are using graffiti to sell their products to impressionable youth and varying minorities. It has been shown in many ad campaigns that when targeting these demographics, ad agencies use a potent mix of hip hop music, “bling,” and graffiti art or lettering. I believe this is just as powerful as having Joe Camel selling smokes, but he was sent into early retirement long ago.
But the law doesn’t put you in jail for smoking or selling cigarettes, yet they will for carrying a marker or tagging a wall. I think we should start collecting every advertisement for clothing or cars or herbal tea that uses the image of graffiti to help sell their products. I think it is a valid defense that could be used in a court of law. If you want to add any images here’s the group on flickr.
Graffiti in Advertising