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The solution to urban defacement is so simple it's
impossible that it has been missed up until now.
Each morning when new graffiti is revealed, a
maintenance worker will simply spray-paint to the right of
the new artwork one of the following: "suck", "are lame",
or "are fags". A suitably cheeky
font will be used.
After a month or so of this ultimate humiliation, the
taggers will no doubt discontinue their reckless endeavors
and the affected areas can be restored to pristine
Committees will be formed to brainstorm a solution to the
inevitable "so's your mom" issue.
"... first use in print cited in the OED is in 1851 ..." [8th of 7, Jun 29 2010]
some graffiti artists are well respected!
[xandram, Jun 29 2010]
Tit for tat
[Ian Tindale, Jun 29 2010]
||You obviously dont know how tagging works in the
first place. Your third paragraph in the body copy is
based on a fictional notion in your head, which
opposes the real-life outcome.
||Short for "faggots", an economical dish much favoured by the working class in the Northern UK early in your 20th Century.
||Go on, [Ian Tindale]; tell us how tagging works.
||So graffiti artists will now simply trade their logos for
that of their enemies?
||//some graffiti artists are well respected!//
||Tagging is a tit-for-tat game played by the youth
of a society to explore empowerment whilst also
experiencing the reward of escaping a penalty
with highly visible and evident evidence of such
an act. It isnt played with a plan for total
annihilation, such that every conceivable surface
is tagged in one night, but rather, the strategy is
incremental, and getting braver with each reach.
Conversely, the police and similar authorities
rarely plan to rid the town of the problem once
and for all, but rather, to curtail and limit the
action. One side plays their side of the game, the
other side plays their side of the same game.
||The tactic suggested here of ultimate
humiliation obviously wont see a curtailment of
the game, but instead, an escalation of activities.
Its a tit-for-tat game, and the action level has
been elevated, so their turn will be all the more
demonstrative and audacious.
||...Until they're beaten senseless for their crimes.
||It's not so noble and respectable in real life. A friend has a business in a mid-size city (for Australian standards), and he can't keep his building free from obscene graffiti. No ammount of complaints to police, or private security has helped so far. He's losing business because his shop front (and sides, and back) are covered in lurid sketches, tags, messages, and whatever else these twats think they can get away with. He's spending a lot of money cleaning it up on a regular basis, but regardless, the place looks like a toilet wall 90% of the time.
||There's nothing respectable about this. He's done nothing to deserve it, it's just his building is right at the border of several gang's territories, something like that. I amuse myself thinking up elaborate and nasty boobytrap ideas that I email him from time to time but so far he's managed to be civil about it.
||We have devised a better solution.