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For those who have been to Montreal you know that it's everywhere. From grocery stores to laundromats to the legal walls in alleys along Ste-Catherine near St-Laurent for Under Pressure there seems to be more legal work than illegal.
The McGill Daily ran an article about this topic a few years ago. They brought up a few interesting points especially about what it has done for illegal writers:
"The city’s direct sponsorship of graffiti art, in the from of the Under Pressure event and murals throughout the city, is both born of increased public tolerance and also contributes to the opening of minds. This, coupled with the increase in private funding for painted walls, leads us to a neighbourhood quickly morphing into one of the city’s first living museums.
You can’t turn a corner in the Plateau without seeing walls covered by the city’s finest painters. KOPS Krew and Urban X-Pressions are represented “TO DA MAXX” in several places, and close by are the different styles of crews DA and UNC, among others. The area is a mélange of spray paint that reflects Montreal’s diversity of culture. Well-defined shapes, vibrant colors, and lively, inventive characters all serve to bring a unique aesthetic to the otherwise grey and wintry urban environment.
At the heart of the open-air exposition, though, is the commercialization of the art form.
The abundance of painted walls commissioned by private funding has contributed to such a relaxed atmosphere that even illegal walls can be done as large-scale productions. Says MAYSR, “The cops come by and say, ‘is this legal?’, and you say, ‘uh, yeah.’ and by the time they check it out and come back, you’re already finished and gone.” And yet, the money greasing the wheels is made up of double-sided coins."
Full article: www.mcgilldaily.com/view.php?aid=2013
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Osloman20plus: 16th Nov 2006 - 02:58 GMT
yeah the second one was crazy, good looks to whoever did it ;)
DrAnE: 5th May 2007 - 19:21 GMT
graffiti is art but also a crime you cant be a tagger and say wat u r doin is right
Cedric: 3rd Jan 2008 - 15:21 GMT
tagging is alright. You cant stop the graph man, its been here since cavemen, hieroglyphics, and if you dont hit that spot, you know someone else will
Dan: 9th Oct 2008 - 17:38 GMT
It's funny how people will say "oh man thats such a sweet peice of graffiti, and then they will turn around and say "but i think that tagging is ugly and is not art" if these people have never started dropping tags they most likely would never have gotten to the stage that they are now. Tagging, is graffiti in its purest form. The first step towards becoming better.
Mat: 2nd Apr 2009 - 15:08 GMT
Yup, Legal Graffiti like this guy is cool!
anon (white.lcs.on.ca): 30th Apr 2009 - 18:25 GMT
kikr: 21st May 2009 - 02:27 GMT
im a toronto writer lookin for spots in montreal to bomb, any area i should check out?
antoine: 20th Oct 2009 - 04:33 GMT
what the hell, which street did mos hold? i have checked a lot of website, but i still can't find. fuck to their graffitis.
...: 14th May 2010 - 12:39 GMT
so wuz this written by scan? ...more pieces out there than scan's shit - still props though - aint tryin to beef
Curious1: 25th Jun 2011 - 16:48 GMT
Null: 14th Jul 2011 - 10:46 GMT
When you put something on a public wall you do it with the understanding that it has a lifespan. Most writers I know don't take any offense to their work being covered unless it's done over and over by the same tagger.
It's called capping by the way, the term is named after a notorious douchebag in the NewYork train scene who would cover entire painted trains with his name (Cap)
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