Some graffiti isn't what it seems - it can bepolitical.practical.professional.
But there is a number of different ways graffiti is used to highlight issues in society, here are a couple.
Mixing cultures in complete beauty
Many examples of cultural mixing in Street art can be found around Melbourne. From Footscray to Springvale, every group is found represented.
International Politics with a Street Art Twist
Idealists like Greta Thunberg found under a bridge was left for months before it was finally damaged by local 'taggers'. All these international flavours highlight our desire to see improvement in international connections.
The loss of personal freedom
There is no denying we will see this attack on Australians again in the future.
Graffiti posted by a Chinese Student
A cheap ad by the ABC
Politics vrs an ad, above is an example of how the Graffiti and Street Art culture gets abused by Main Stream Media, during the 30th anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests and subsequent massacre, the ABC decided to place this 'sticker' for an upcoming documentary in Hosier Lane, right next to a real peice of graffiti painted by a Chinese student. The student took a real risk doing this, knowing it could cause him great issues going back home. Check out the story of the real street art here: The Tiananmen Square 'Tank Man' by Nam in Hosier Lane
For the sceptical
But I do have a limit, I think Tags are lazy, tags are those fake and stupid signatures done with no creativity, they are a messy form of scribble, often done by people that will never jump to real street-art. Tags are not a gateway or even a form of art, they are just junk.
I will do more blogs to show off the wonderful and creative people of Melbourne and its international visitors and try to get a video or two.
Or you can just be like the fence to the right and think this isn't for me, you're entitled to that, that's the beauty of art, it isn't for everyone.