I did not need the Trump election to make me realise there are a lot of idiots on our planet, but my mood soured even more this afternoon when I noticed some morons have vandalised the Fremantle Rainbow artwork by spraying graffiti on the second and third containers at the northern end.
No mate you are not clever, you are not an artist, you are a disrespectful fool! I hope the cops will catch you and put you in the slammer because all you are is a stupid little scum criminal our society does not want.
I am not sure what to call the morons, dickheads, idiots, braindead vandals who put graffiti tagging on the stunning seacontainers Rainbow artwork at Fremantle’s Beach Reserve on Canning Highway, but I hope the fools will get caught by police and the new graffiti laws will come down hard on them.
One off graffiti fines are now a maximum of two years in jail or $ 24,000 fine, with compulsory clean-up orders for convicted vandals.
If they record their crimes on mobile phone, tablet, laptop, GoPro, computers, video, or other cameras these items will be confiscated by police and destroyed under new laws just implemented by the State Government.
I like the optimistic message of the graffiti on this temporary wall in the Fremantle High Street mall, so when Freo identity and artist Horatio B. Birdbath walked by I had to ask him to pose for me.
Horatio is well-known for his detailed artwork on the wall behind Gino’s in market street and some columns at Kings Square.
Yet another day with more vandalism in good old Fremantle. This time idiotic morons painted huge graffiti just to the left of the Whalers Tunnel entrance below the Roundhouse and also on the building opposite the train line from there at Little High Street.
Well done to the City of Fremantle for removing the Whalers Tunnel graffiti within hours this morning, but I am flabbergasted why the contractors did not also clean up the private building opposite.
With all the complaints going on in that part of the city it is now urgent time for the City to install CCTV cameras. If residents of Little High Street don’t like CCTV because the opeartors could zoom in onto their bedrooms, I suggest they do what the rest of us do and install curtains or blinds on their bedroom windows to guarantee their privacy. The community should come before the needs of individuals.
A survey of 22 local councils has revealed that the City of Fremantle spent $ 325,000 on the removal of graffiti, which is a substantial increase from the $ 248,000 spent in 2013-14.
But Fremantle is not alone. Our neighbouring City of Cockburn spent $ 526,948 on removing the ugly tags and silly vandalism sprayed on buildings, fences, etc.
Some idiotic morons have graffitied over the octopus artwork on the Fremantle Navel Stores building at Cantonment Hill over night. I am not a big fan of this specific mediocre mural but it is still a shame someone believed they had the right to vandalise it.
And before you post comments that the City of Fremantle graffiti laws invite this, it is not true. Tagging is not supported and the COF will try to remove it as soon as tags are being put up, but there seems to be an avalanche of vandalistic tagging in Freo lately, so time for our new community policing to start to make a difference and throw the book at idiots who leave tags like dogs piss against trees.
PSAS-the Pakenham Street Art Studios-have a new exhibition that is very relevant to Fremantle. Artist Zora Avila questions in her exhibition Next Level Bullshit when-or if-graffiti is art and if tagging is just like dogs leaving their marks. Is good graffiti art-when not commissioned-still just simple vandalism or is it an expression of rebellion and unhappiness with society?
Here is the media blurb from PSAS:
Next Level Bullshit is a reflection of the confluence of architectural structure and order both designed for, yet often broken by, its very inhabitants. It asks the question: Is graffiti endemic to cities enlightenment, expression and art, or is it nothing more than ego and destruction? Is tagging no more artistic than a dog cocking its leg on a building to mark its territory?
Post-modern commentary has sought to elevate graffiti and street “art” from pure vandalism to reflective art, highlighting the local vernacular. But is that just some next level bullshit? Is destruction simply destruction? Who decides if vandalism is art or damage? Why is the “art” of a graffiti artist revered as beautiful, while tagging by a gang so maligned?
An award-winning artist, born in the United States and a child of the 80’s, Avila is influenced by that period of popular culture, which is expressed in her work. At a young age, she developed a love of architecture, light and geometric form. The conformity to these rules of geometry, contrasted against bold expression and unrestraint, is the foundation of Avila’s visual language.
The exhibitions opens tonight at 6.30 and will run till February 14. PSAS have got the very good Studio 37 Cafe at ground level, so enjoy and relax.
A colourful small-scale defiance against this No Bill Posters sign in the Fremantle CBD has become a little piece of art, if one takes it as the humorous statement it has become.
It’s a sign of the times we live in with so many humans now feeling the need to leave their visual marks everywhere, like dogs urinating against posts, trees and walls. The ‘Selfie Society’ has a great need for self-importance.