Good to see Reka’s been working hard for the money…
EXCLUSIVE: A MELBOURNE graffiti website glorifying illegal tagging and featuring tips for vandals has been archived by the National Library because of its social and cultural value.
Ha- I love it when they say glorifying graffiti is bad, but it fine to make TV shows glorifying underworld killings?
A virtual “graffiti school”, the site claims the nation’s largest online collection of “street art photos”, with more than 4000 images of graffiti and tags on trains and the streets. Many of the photos were taken in Melbourne. The State Government last night vowed to investigate if it could prosecute the creators of the site. ”I will seek advice as to whether the website contravenes any existing law, including the Graffiti Prevention Act,” Crime Prevention Minister Andrew McIntosh told the Herald Sun. Under the Act it is illegal to advertise graffiti implements using images or words that are likely to incite or promote unlawful graffiti.
The website, which carries the National Library’s logo, also:
LISTS the tags of 96 graffiti “crews”.
SHOWS videos of gangs at work.
PROVIDES practice train outlines for vandals to sketch designs on before “bombing” trains.
RECOMMENDS two businesses to buy spray paint and other supplies.
OFFERS a mailing list for “important graffiti news and events info”.
RUNS graffiti art design competitions.
National Library manager Paul Koerbin said the site was selected for preservation by the State Library of Victoria as part of the national Pandora program to selectively preserve a wide range of websites.
Mr Koerbin said if a website was legal it was eligible for collection and the library did not censor or endorse the contents of sites.
“The reason it would have been selected is that it is a site that documents that activity and the graffiti that’s done in Melbourne and that represents society and culture,” he said.
Mr Koerbin said he would, however, be contacting the site to ask that the library’s logo be removed from it.
Mr McIntosh said it would be difficult to shut down the site because it was hosted in the US.
He said the Government had a zero-tolerance to graffiti and was investing $13.5 million in local graffiti prevention and removal programs, including a rapid response strike team to remove graffiti from problem areas and gather intelligence for councils and police.
Graffiti clean-up costs tens of millions of dollars each year in Victoria, with Metro spending $11 million to scrub trains clean of tags while Melbourne City Council’s annual bill tops $1 million.
Metro said it would welcome any move to stop the promotion of graffiti.
“Graffitiing trains is . . . a significant problem for us,” Metro spokesman Daniel Hoare said.
“It takes trains out of service and is costly to remove. We strongly discourage the promotion of vandalism.”
The anonymous hosts of the graffiti website did not respond to Herald Sun emails yesterday.
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Just whipped up this for our splash page
The Fresh One Click have a new blog. Its worth keeping tabs on this crew. Yummy
The No Comply web site is finally up[Gallery not found]
I finally made myself a web site see here
Rabbit Eye Movement gets busy back in Europe.
His Flicker is Freeeeesh.
Chitta stickers is having a remix comp.
My friend Alan Bernard at Fu’kn Mayhem recently featured me on his website.
Check it out > F’kn Mayhem
Broken Damage just logged up 200 pages in 2 years.
Thanks to the boys who helped out with photo’s.
Proudly Australian owned & made spraypaint Ironlak, rx recently toured round Australia and NZ for their “BBQ Burners” concept, in which a handful of the best writers from each city got the chance to have a chill day with the Ironlak team, not to mention free paint, beers and a mad BBQ.
> For more info of what the other States produced check their site : IRONLAK.COM
Click on the image below for the Melburn close-up >
I recently did an interview with FormatMagazine which is now online.
Its also worth checking out some of the other artists featured on the site including Giantone , cialis Delta , medicine Bigfoot , ailment Kozyndan , Dalek . . .
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