There is an internationally famous and very controversial London artist named "Banksy" whose work is coveted and sometimes brings the owner of one of Banksy's tens of thousands of Euros or Pounds or whatever they use this week over there for money.

But some people still hate Banksy.  Why?  The trouble is that Banksy never paints his work on his own canvas but instead on the walls of strangers.  He is what is euphemistically called a "graffiti" artist.

Maybe "Banksy" should post more of his masterpieces on his own walls or canvas (he does so these days) and maybe some people on OS should post their comments on their own blog instead of on others where he's not welcome. 

People have the right to have their walls clear of Graffiti, and others have the right to view it as invaluable.

But the artist has only the right to paint on his own walls.

It's a privilege to paint on others! 

And privileges can be revoked without fault at any time.

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/the-story-behind-banksy-...

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Comment by fred hallman on October 16, 2015 at 3:28pm

I respect Banksy's talent, but always abhorred his graffiti work as downright theft.  I'm happy that he now paints legitimately instead of urban guerilla style.  It's just more valid and less likely to be simply deleted, uh removed.

Comment by koshersalaami on October 16, 2015 at 3:33pm

Thank you. I heard you loud and clear.

Comment by alsoknownas on October 16, 2015 at 3:34pm

It may surprise you to know that in my own neighborhood I have been adamant about graffiti removal.

I strike through it if I do not have time or materials to remove it when it first gets there.

Yes. Paint your own walls.

Comment by fred hallman on October 16, 2015 at 3:43pm

Intimation is difficult sometimes but necessary for the distribution of sensitive information without pouring kerosene on the house-fire.

And, I've fantasized about keeping paints on hand with an air-brush (have the air-brush) to disappear graffiti when I see it as a public service.

Commentary?  Well, it's so easy to return a wall to it's former pristine being online than on walls.

Comment by JMac1949 Today on October 16, 2015 at 3:49pm

Can't help wondering if this post is a metaphor about Art James' commentary.  BTW: There's a huge difference between the works of graffiti artists like Banksy and tagger gangsta wannabes.  I'm all for self expression anywhere and have no tolerance for jackass vandalism or racist slurs:

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on October 16, 2015 at 4:02pm

I make some allowances for those whose 

art

is truly original, refreshing, and worthwhile. 

Comment by fred hallman on October 16, 2015 at 4:04pm

I don't, when an artist however talented imposes his own will on others.

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