The city I live in was founded by the romans in the year 50 and thus has a very long history. However most of that history was destroyed during the second world war when 95% of the inner city was bombed, so today there is hardly any “old” or “pretty” architecture anywhere as everything had to be rebuilt funktional and fast to accomodate a speedy recovery at the time. Thats a long preamble to say that architectually the city is pretty ugly as it stands today.
To add to the misery, I’ll get to my point / question: pretty much all the streets are covered in tagging / “graffiti” crap.
Now is someone able to explain to me what the purpose of this shit is beyond a big FUCK YOU to everyone who lives here?
Seriously, if there were at least SOME artistic merit to any of it, I guess one could argue that someone is expressing themselves, but those are so few and far between that its not really worth mentioning.
There are a few examples in the city like that:
But when I wander around town or cycle to work I keep thinking what a grey ugly city I live in. I mean it does have nice parts: the cathedral is iconic, there are lots of parks, nice cafes / bars and friendly people (well, mostly! :) ), so its not so frustrating that I feel the need to move… but why does everything have to look so poor & dirty and derelict due to all the crappy graffiti?
I’m guessing its just stupid teens having fun scrawling their tag on things? Does anyone know if there is more to it? Can’t all be gang tags or melodramatic stuff like that, right?