Tag you’re it

I'd like to preface this by saying that I believe graffiti is a beautiful form of expression and art. Since its American inception in Philadelphia back in the ‘60s, it has proven to be such. However, seeing the words "Valet" and "Moms" and other silly self-interested scribble around town to me is not creative and artful, and it’s really beginning to get old and piss me off.

Do these taggers really need to distort Blue Ridge Parkway trestles, mom-and-pop businesses or other privately owned places?

So, from a curmudgeon who was lucky enough to grow up among great street art: Please, if anyone reading this is or knows any of these taggers, find other surfaces and give the public something that might make them bend their eyes a bit instead of more of the same lame and rudely placed attention-seeking crap.

— Radix Y. Faruq

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One thought on “Tag you’re it

  1. ashevillain7

    It’s not just Asheville. I’ve noticed some east of Asheville toward Black Mountain as well. Some of the places I’ve seen these tags are in really dangerous places to be. They must have some sort of elaborate setup to get to some of these spots.

    Valet, Burst, Tride, Ruinr… I’ve heard they are all part of the same group- “MOMS” or “Marks On Most Surfaces.”

    One thing is for certain, 2nd comings of Shepherd Fairey or Banksy they are NOT.

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