Deano, Nuber, and the tagging phenomenon
I was glad to see News 8 do a story on the tagging/graffiti phenomenom. It’s has been a problem in my West Campus neighborhood and every where else in town for a while.
Tagging is something I just don’t get. Is it considered an art form? I guess maybe the art could be in the sheer volume of tags, but that is being generous. Is it competition to see who can tag the most things? I’ve never thought of it as gang-related as the News 8 article suggested. I found this article that provides background on it.
Does anyone have any suggestions on how to stop it?
In my neigborhood, our green Grande service boxes became covered with tags. I called Grande up, told them we were having a neighborhood cleanup, and they in turn provided a group of about 8 volunteers, spray paint, and graffitti removal solvent. With their help, we cleaned up the neighborhood in a couple of hours. Grande was very generous with their time.
Since then I read where in NYC, they found the best measure is to have a 24 hour clean-up policy. If graffitti is reported in NYC, the graffitti will be removed in less than a day. They found that it became not worth it to many of the more casual taggers if it is taken down as quickly as it goes up.