Graffiti its a sensitive issue in Auckland these days. As a matter of fact I, at least haven’t seen any good piece of graffiti in quite a while, but tagging has become rampant. Just about a month ago a young boy tagger was stabbed to death by an enraged home owner. A couple of days later in Wellington a tagger stabbed a man who confronted him.
The piece of graffiti above was painted on top of a beautiful graffiti artwork, a photo of which I posted back in October last year. I don’t know when was this painted or if it is related to both stabbings, but the image itself is telling.

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Adelaide, Australia by Gordon, Albuquerque (NM), USA by Helen,
Aliso Viejo (CA), USA by Rodney, American Fork (UT), USA by Annie,
Anderson (SC), USA by Lessie, Arradon, France by Alice,
Ashton under Lyne, UK by Pennine, Athens, Greece by Debbie,
Auckland, New Zealand by Lachezar, Austin (TX), USA by LB,
Bandung, Indonesia by Guntur Purwanto, Baziège, France by PaB,
Belgrade, Serbia by BgdPic, Bellefonte (PA), USA by Barb-n-PA,
Bicheno, Australia by Greg, Boston (MA), USA by Cluelessinboston,
Boston (MA), USA by Fenix, Boston (MA), USA by Sarah, Whit, & Leyre,
Brighton, UK by Harvey, Bucaramanga, Colombia by Fernando,
Budapest, Hungary by Isadora, Budapest, Hungary by Zannnie and Zsolt,
Buenos Aires, Argentina by Karine, Canterbury, UK by Rose,
Cape Town, South Africa by Kerry-Anne, Chandler (AZ), USA by Melindaduff,
Chateaubriant, France by Bergson, Cheltenham, UK by Marley,
Chicago (IL), USA by b.c., Chicago (IL), USA by U R us,
Christchurch, New Zealand by Michelle, Clearwater (FL), USA by Smaridge01,
Clearwater Beach (FL), USA by Smaridge01, Cleveland (OH), USA by iBlowfish,
Cologne, Germany by April11, Coral Gables (FL), USA by Jnstropic,
Detroit (MI), USA by Taittems, Dunedin (FL), USA by Smaridge01,
Durban, South Africa by CrazyCow, Evry, France by Olivier, Forks (WA), USA by Corinne,
Glasgow, Scotland by Jackie, Greenville (SC), USA by Denton,
Grenoble, France by Bleeding Orange, Guelph, Canada by Pat,
Haninge, by Steffe, Helsinki, Finland by Kaa,
Hobart, Australia by Greg, Hyde, UK by Gerald,
Inverness (IL), USA by Neva, Jackson (MS), USA by Halcyon,
Jakarta (Indonesia)by Santy, Jefferson City (MO), USA by Chinamom2005,
Joplin (MO), USA by Victoria, Juneau (AK), USA by Gwyn,
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia by Edwin, Kyoto, Japan by Tadamine,
Larchmont (NY), USA by Marie-Noyale, Le Guilvinec, France by ds2944,
Lisbon, Portugal by Sailor Girl, Lisbon, Portugal by Jsaltao,
Lodz, Poland by ritalounge, London, UK by Ham,
London, UK by Mo, Mainz, Germany by JB,
Maple Ridge, Canada by Susan, Mazatlan, Mexico by Kate,
Melbourne, Australia by Mblamo, Melbourne, Australia by John,
Memphis (TN), USA by SouthernHeart, Menton, France by Jilly,
Mexico, Mexico by Poly, Mexico City, Mexico by Carraol,
Minneapolis (MN), USA by Mitch, Minneapolis (MN), USA by Greg,
Monte Carlo, Monaco by Jilly, Montréal, Canada by Douber,
Moscow, Russia by Irina, Mumbai, India by Kunalbhatia,
Mumbai, India by MumbaiIteanu, Naples (FL), USA by Isabella,
Nashville (TN), USA by Chris, Nelson, New Zealand by Meg and Ben,
New Orleans (LA), USA by steve buser, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK by Cassie & Chris,
Niamey, Niger by Dinabee, Norwich, UK by Goddess888,
Nottingham, UK by Gail’s Man, Ocean Township (NJ), USA by Josy,
Paris, France by Eric, Pasadena (CA), USA by Can8ianben,
Pasadena (CA), USA by Petrea, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia by Murphy_jay,
Pilisvörösvár, Hungary by Elise, Port Angeles (WA), USA by Jelvistar,
Port Elizabeth, South Africa by Sam, Port Vila, Vanuatu by Mblamo,
Prague, Czech Republic by Honza03, Quincy (MA), USA by Cluelessinboston,
Radonvilliers, France by Deslilas, Riga, Latvia by Prokur,
Rome, Italy by Giovanni, Rotterdam, Netherlands by Ineke,
Saarbrücken, Germany by LadyDemeter, Saint Louis (MO), USA by Strangetastes,
Saint Paul (MN), USA by Kate, Saint-Petersburg, Russian Federation by Lark,
San Antonio (TX), USA by Kramer, San Diego (CA), USA by Felicia,
San Diego (CA), USA by Zentmrs, San Francisco (CA) by PFranson,
Santa Fe (NM), USA by Randem, Seattle (WA), USA by Kim,
Seattle (WA), USA by Chuck, Seguin (TX), USA by Thien,
Selma (AL), USA by RamblingRound, Sesimbra, Portugal by Aldeia,
Setúbal, Portugal by Maria Elisa, Sharon (CT), USA by Jenny,
Silver Spring (MD), USA by John, Singapore, Singapore by Keropok,
Sofia, Bulgaria by Antonia, St Francis, South Africa by Sam,
Stavanger, Norway by Tanty, Stayton (OR), USA by Celine,
Stockholm, Sweden by Stromsjo, Subang Jaya, Malaysia by JC,
Sydney, Australia by Sally, Székesfehérvár, Hungary by Teomo,
Terre Haute (IN), USA by Zann, Terrell (TX), USA by Bstexas,
Terrell (TX), USA by Jim K, The Hague, Netherlands by Lezard,
Tokyo, Japan by Tadamine, Torun, Poland by Torun Observer,
Toulouse, France by Julia, Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina by Jazzy,
Twin Cities (MN), USA by Slinger, Vienna, Austria by G_mirage2,
Wailea (HI), USA by Kuanyin, Wassenaar, Netherlands by Rich,
Wellington, New Zealand by Jeremyb, West Paris (ME), USA by crittoria,
West Sacramento (CA), USA by Barbara, Weston (FL), USA by WestonDailyPhoto,
Wrocław, Poland by Loompi, Yardley (PA), USA by Mrlynn

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18 thoughts on “Graffiti”

  1. It would be good to keep a stronger distinction between the terms “Graffiti(art)” and “Tagging”. Certainly this is a strong and well-executed (and photographed, btw) piece of art, and it is annoying that it is lumped in with the gormless and destructive tagging. Tagging is typically an act of the intellectually challenged, immature and idiotic. I’m really happy that there is an increasing focus on tagging, as it is immensely destructive in many communities.

  2. Wow. Now that’s violent. I wish these obviously talented graffiti artists would use their talents in a more positive, less vandalous way. It must be very difficult and expensive for property owners to have to deal with graffiti.

  3. I will confess I don’t know what tagging is but it doesn’t sound like anything you should kill someone over…..sheesh…..most of the graffiti like yours seems to be gang related or am I wrong?

  4. That’s a sad story and it’s true, unfortunately. I do not see many graffiti art work other than commissioned art work. Well tagging can be seen here and there, but I guess it will become a graffiti in any time soon.
    I know Auckland has/had a project for paint those electric transformer box around the city to some cultural theme art work. I hope, those are not destroyed by tagging/painting over.

  5. Tagging is bad enough but physical assault because of it is the next unacceptable step. Great photo, nice work with the light… as usual here !

  6. Sobering story. I think tags are an amazing art form, though annoying to alot of people for sure. But I prefer the stencil art.

    Say g’day to Green Boy

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