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#21 Baro

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Posted 14 May 2011 - 10:41 AM

There's a cute dinosaur appearing all over town and I'm kinda enjoying him. He's always in a blank area that kinda "suits" such art, never really defacing anything, and generally improving what ever it's been painted on. The old Earles building on Blanshard and Fisgard got a huge version of it on the construction site. My favorite appearing so far is inside the inset entrance of the christian book store on Blanshard with a little speech bubble saying "I DID exist..."

I know it's graffiti, but every time I spot a new one I smile. It's not some samey illegible tag, or some depressing or gross art, it's just a cute friendly dinosaur.
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#22 Sparky

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Posted 14 May 2011 - 10:55 AM

^^ Welcome to Vibrant Victoria Blade.

What street is that building on, I am having trouble recognizing it?

#23 aastra

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Posted 14 May 2011 - 11:11 AM

Cook Street by Wellburn's.

#24 BladeMcCool

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Posted 14 May 2011 - 11:12 AM

Hey Thanks Sparky.

That building is on Cook St, at the corner of Cook + Mason. There used to be a tax accountant there, but they've since moved leaving it vacant for a few months now.

#25 Mike K.

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Posted 15 May 2011 - 11:46 AM

Oh yeah, that little building.

That style of graffiti is referred to as a "bomb," btw. Big letters across a larger surface is a "bomb," and small letters on a small space is a "tag."

Now we all know :)

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#26 Rob Randall

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Posted 15 May 2011 - 12:09 PM

Isn't there a whole spray-can display cabinet at Opus with appropriately urban fonts?


Yes: https://store.opusfr...l&product=32851

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#27 Mike K.

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Posted 18 May 2011 - 02:23 PM

I love this line from the description of the spraypaint in Rob's link:

"Its high opacity combined with superior nozzle and line control ensure you can work quickly and efficiently."

:D

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#28 dirtydeeds

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Posted 18 May 2011 - 09:09 PM

I see the Green Party office that was hit by a car and repaired was hit by these vandals already?

#29 BladeMcCool

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Posted 22 May 2011 - 09:54 AM



"Extreme pigment load for truly professional results and coverage"

lol

More work appears on the vacant 1580 Cook St building.



(Image Credit*: BladeMcCool 2011, License: Creative Commons Attribution. Links to larger sizes: http://i.imgur.com/t3xAx.jpg http://i.imgur.com/UEWGn.jpg )

* I did _not_ create the original art/graffiti in the photos.

#30 Nparker

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Posted 22 May 2011 - 10:51 AM

This little crap-shack is one that I think actually benefits from the graffiti "art". Either tear it down or let the "artists" have at it.

#31 Mike K.

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Posted 22 May 2011 - 12:51 PM

I'd have to agree with you there, np. Unused or derelict buildings that are otherwise just whitewashed and adding nothing to the urban landscape could benefit from allowing talented (key word being talented) artists painting something interesting on their walls.

We have a lot of examples of talented graffiti artists doing incredible things on walls where landlords either hired them to paint something or let them have free reign.

The code of conduct among graffiti artists and "taggers," even, is if someone has painted something respectable on a wall, it's to be left alone until another talented artist, provided enough time has passed, throws up another piece.

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#32 Baro

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Posted 22 May 2011 - 01:43 PM

Not sure they're following that code. My favourite and fairly detailed dino got covered over with a very uninspired "bomb" style tag at the Romeo's pizza site :(
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#33 rawan-k

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Posted 19 November 2011 - 10:43 AM

Hello everyone..

I'm doing a research regarding Graffiti in Victoria. I'm investigating the negative impact of Graffiti on the city. Can you please help by filling in the questionnaire:
http://www.kwiksurve...OOKOFO_e2fc77c1

Thanks,
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#34 Sparky

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Posted 19 November 2011 - 11:39 AM

Welcome to Vibrant Victoria rawan-k. Interesting survey. Care to share what your interest is?

#35 rawan-k

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Posted 19 November 2011 - 10:15 PM

Hello Sparky,
Thank you..:)
Actually, my interest is to know if graffiti is really affecting the city negatively. I came to Victoria five months ago to study at UVIC and I chose to write my research paper about graffiti because I was really chocked; the tags are everywhere and I wanted to know what do the people here think about it.

Thanks to everyone who answered my questionnaire.. I really appreciate it and I look forward to get more responses.


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#36 Baro

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Posted 20 November 2011 - 12:31 AM

I've never really noticed it here in Victoria as a problem, we have pretty much nothing compared to many places I've been.
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#37 Mike K.

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Posted 20 November 2011 - 08:34 AM

Rawan, you need to differentiate between "graffiti" and "tags." Graffiti as an art shouldn't be lumped in with scribbles made by bored teenagers. :)

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#38 kenjh

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Posted 20 November 2011 - 08:37 AM

just to clear my opinion ,yes some of the work is art ,and amazing ,a lot is crap ,done by twit's that need a smack upside the head ,in sannich the law goes after the building owner for clean-up ,not the tagger, in my mind a lazy abuse of hard working business owners .we can have crack downs on seat belts and jay-walking ,but the twits doing damage get away with it time and again..my truck was tagged when I call the cop's telling them I was going to "tag" the kid with a paintball ,I was warned I would be charged with assault with a weapon .crap like this reduces my trust in cop's and municipal government ..there is a big difference in art and tagging

#39 Rob Randall

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Posted 20 November 2011 - 10:26 AM

You can't equate the beautiful Wildfire Bakery wall with some idiot scratching his tag into a plate glass window.

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#40 kenjh

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Posted 20 November 2011 - 11:17 AM

so how do we remove the idiots ?? and keep the artist's?

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