Up next, following a floody mess, I have begun prepping for a community mural, a 40 ft sea container is about to get the Mahaloness treatment. There has been a growing number of communities being hit hard by tags, which is perhaps the results of a lot of frustration and not enough creative outlets in place. I do happen to like most graffiti, however I do not really appreciate tags, and certainly I have my own theory why this happens (and yes even my murals have been tagged). However I am under the opinion that this kind of anti-establishment behaviour deserves to be treated serious, the current modus operandi is not really that effective. In Canada if you get caught it will cost you $5000 and is considered a federal offense which actually entices some to go out and tag it up possibly due to the rush of the high stakes involved (not to mention the fact this is a form of communication that is as old as man itself). What is interesting is that both, businesses and residential, affected will also get fined if they do not remove the vandals work. And to add to the mess the city I live in employs these ‘graffiti removal’ people which quite often fix the ‘problem’ by simply painting over the tags (and even wheat pastes) which are than tagged again and again, and thus goes the vicious circle of wasted money, upset citizens and angry business owners, wasted energy and an eye soar (sorry for all the commas). Now there are some who think this is the answer. What I have found in my relatively short existence, is that if you put up a quality mural the likelihood of it being tagged or vandalized diminishes drastically. That said it is not perfect and things happen, so I choose to use a protective coverage that if tagged is easily cleaned with a light duty cleaner like goop off. Why take any chances. The result is a brilliant mural that will last as long as the wall, it keeps its resiliency and brings joy to the community and general public, that is the true power of art. In my world I see instead of fining these offenders and clogging up an already clogged justice system, perhaps some kind of reform is in order, that would allow certain walls around the city to be designated as mural walls, and yes we currently do give artists a chance to paint electrical boxes, which are quite small and really do not suffice. We need to seriously recognize that the current process is not working, we need someone in our government who has the vision to push for something along the lines of what I have shared here. Certainly there is more work to be done, this is a good start.
Time to put the next foot forward and carry on.
-the air gun taken apart ready to be put back together again, the next surface including a computer rendered concept design, I use all the latest technology in my process, that way I can see what the mural will look like, what colours I want to use and helps both, myself and the client, to visualize before production begins.
If you’re interested in a Mahaloness mural or you have a tour bus, food truck, private jet, helicopter….please by all means contact me via the Mahaloness blog, leave a message and we can go from there.