In response to Roy Johnson’s e-mail regarding boycotting graffiti (DW 22 March), it is absurd to be so prejudiced about an artform, especially for a Design Week reader.
There is a huge difference between kids tagging in the street and graffiti artists. Graffiti still pushes the envelopes in design and typography to new levels, more so than any other design style. It is a true freeform style that doesn’t have the usual rules and ‘accepted’ norms of design. You can see influences in print, video, advertising, Web and any other form of visual design, so obviously manufacturers are going to latch on to what is popular.
I really am quite disgusted that people can have such a small-minded view of things, especially as many true graffiti ‘artists’ have broken through to the graphic design world, producing some of the freshest and most original work I’ve scene in years (Scrawl Collective, 123 klan, the urban vinyl scene and so on). To say they’re ‘vandals’ is ridiculous.
Surely a commercial outlet for graffiti is a way to help writers progress and move off tagging in the street – wouldn’t a member of an anti-graffiti association support it? But I guess some people can’t see past their own prejudiced, ill-informed views.
I suggest Johnson and his ‘anti-graffiti association’ do a little more research into graffiti, its roots and outlets.
Mark Holland, Creative Design, by e-mail