Sometimes property owners and community groups allow the painting of murals and artistic material on their walls and fences with positive intentions of preventing graffiti and encouraging youth not to vandalise property at will. Other times property owners seek to implement edgy, grungy artwork, without realizing the impression it creates for an impressionable youth.
One example of this is situated in the Frankston locality of Karingal, where a homeowner hired a trio of young locals to paint a long, graffiti-style mural across her wall (read full article).
As this was implemented on private property with the owner’s permission, the painting is not illegal. However, the painting is clearly no different to the graffiti which leaves thousands of business and homeowners out of pocket each year.
By labelling this painting as art and allowing it to remain and be witnessed by children and teenagers, creates the impression that graffiti is not only allowed, but some people actually appreciate it. Teenagers who see graffiti murals such as this are likely to try and copy this on the side of an unsuspecting property owner’s fence, shopkeeper’s building, or bus stop shelter, wasting resources and costing thousands for it to subsequently be removed.
Allowing graffiti in some places but not others, simply allows the graffiti culture to grow. The only way to stop graffiti is to send a clear and consistent message that graffiti is unacceptable in all circumstances.
If your property has been targeted by graffiti vandalism, contact The Graffiti Eaters.