I’d like to respond to Roy Johnson’s letter ‘Is graffiti “vandalism”?’ (DW 22 March).
Mr Johnson sounds typical of those who think graffiti is the stuff done by hoodies at bus stops, and not an accepted part of popular modern design, art and street culture.
Perhaps I am wrong, though, and Mr Johnson realises the difference between ‘tagging’ and true graffiti.
True, they are both illegal, but instead of pushing for a boycott on brands which are simply following current trends (like many designers and artists before them), I hope the ‘anti-graffiti association’ is pushing for more Government-sponsored ‘graffiti walls’ to be erected where this art form can be practised legally.
It’s naive to label art emerging from street culture as ‘vandalism’. In the same letter, there was a picture of a Gravis Comet sneaker, designed by Matt Sewell. He was commissioned to illustrate a piece of art on a (legally obtained) canvas, which was used on a limited run of trainers. I think it’s hardly vandalism, more a unique piece of modern applied art.
Matt Loomis, London W5