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  1. Ann Bryan
    November 2, 2015

    Very good article! Wonderful photography! Very thought provoking. Enjoyable overall.


  2. tiffanyconklin
    November 3, 2015

    Thanks for referencing and linking a PSAA article. We’d like to clarify a few things… PSAA did not originally paint the Art Fills the Void mural. A self-proclaimed “graffiti gang” called Gorilla Wallflare did in 1984 as a protest against blank walls, read more about that history here: https://pdxstreetart.wordpress.com/2015/01/05/art-fills-the-void-the-story-of-portlands-oldest-surviving-gorilla-mural/. In 2015, PSAA received a grant from SE Uplift to restore the banana mural back to its original state, after 30 years of tagging, fading, and random community touch-ups. Also, the following pictures of the residential retaining wall – that space hosts a rotating display of street and graffiti art murals and is commissioned by the homeowners – even the graffiti style pieces, including the third picture, done by a local graffiti artist who goes by ISOR. We imagine the tag over the Acid Wizard character was not commissioned, and a result of a personal disagreement between the two of them. In traditional graffiti culture, murals and elaborate pieces are generally respected and not tagged. Finally, just a note about PSAA’s stance and relationship with graffiti – we would not describe what we do as “controlling graffiti.” We actively work with these communities and see graffiti as an important form of free speech and public expression. Graffiti is an age-old natural human phenomenon, and in modern cities it can be a sign of a vibrant cultural arts scene. With that being said, we don’t condone graffiti “vandalism,” especially when it comes to defacing murals. Murals can be used as a deterrent for certain types of tagging, but they are not going to ever completely prevent it. For a variety of reasons some tagging just occurs outside the rules of the street. Many artists understand that this is just a part of working and putting their art into the street, its ephemeral and ever-changing.


  3. admin
    November 3, 2015

    Tiffany, thanks for the additional information and corrections. I have gone back and updated the post to reflect the correct information. The culture behind graffiti art and artists is interesting, and I hope to do some interviews and a podcast with local artists exploring that topic more within the next month.


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