I recently spoke with a graffiti artist that works with the city to create murals. I asked him his opinion about what people in Hayes Valley liked and did not like about graffiti and graffiti artists.
Right away, he pointed out the scribblers. Sometimes, they like to call themselves taggers. However, they are not actually taggers. Scribbling is characterized by using one color and spraying on unpainted brick, windows and window sashes. It’s more about passive aggressive and juvenile behavior than art.
This graffiti artist was quick to point out that some areas are used for practice space, but they are usually not visible to most people. However, the main point of graffiti art is to create a work of art in some place that was maybe not unique or beautiful before. These are the same principles as mural art.
There are actually very few graffiti artists that do murals on places that are obviously highly maintained, in his opinion. Most of that graffiti is actually vandalism from scribblers. In other words, there is a difference between graffiti art, graffiti art murals, and the vandalism of scribblers.
In the meantime, if you don’t like the art placed on your wall and consider it hideous graffiti, the city can help you to remove it. According to the site, it says, “The difference between graffiti and a mural is permission.”
Also, this graffiti artist claimed that, in one city, someone posted a humorous plaque on their outside wall that said, “We love you, but please don’t make us put grandma in nursing home because the city charges us $1800 every time you kids want to have a painting party. Hugs, the Owners”