the 60s graffiti immerged
out of the slums in New York with
the economic down turn. In the 70s
a new form of graffiti came to light
in the urban centres and by the
80s with the Hip Hop, Robot
and rap music the culture went viral.
The birth of a new era. The film
industry, clothing and decorating
brought a new look of colors and
shapes. Internationally, change
in the imaginative focus of the
youth, behaviour dance, music and
art. At first Graffiti was a culture
of expression. Then HIP HOP youths
were taught the style and by the
80s it became more deviant
and the act of risk and criminal
attitudes slipped in. Soon the element
of illegal became more
attractive to the youth. Graffiti
went worldwide. It really started
in 1971 with TAKI 183
a courier who wrote his name and
street address everywhere, eventually
he was tracked down and made the
New York Times, woof, he became
a hero. The tag writing started,
David Choe was commissioned by Facebook
to graffiti their lobby and became
famous and very rich. This created
the intrigue for the desire to be
is usually, done by people between
the ages of 12 to 37 years old.
average graffiti tagger is between
16 to 26 years old.
taggers are male Most graffiti
occurs between the hours of 9.00
pm and 3.00 am
Months is when Graffiti peaks.
you a Tagger or do you know a tagger?
This is what to look forward to:
taggers on average have between
1 73 encounters with the
Law in a period of 48 months.
average Graffiti Tagger collects
2.1 criminal Charges within that
period (4 years).
of graffiti taggers have Graffiti
Vandalism as their first
Vandals with 5 or more encounters
with the Law
offenders have a more Violent
more entrenched in the subculture
becomes standard. Violence is
and alcohol abuse soon follow.
demonstrates addictive behavioural
and Jail time.
does it start?
they observe, then assist, and then
participate. All graffiti vandals
start as observers, Do not be deceived:
Bad Company can result in
your children getting involved.
Be Vigilant. Graffiti will cause
property values to fall.
to do about Graffiti
most effective way to deal with
graffiti is to have it removed,as
soon as possible. Makes sure the
color is matched and avoid squares.
Try pressure washing or have it
removed by a professional. Adonai
Unlimited is one of the companies
that can offer help (1 855 777 2290).
may find that you need to have a
regular patrol, in high activity
to get out?
suggest coming clean, confessing,
and being honest about what you
are doing and finding someone to
whom you can be accountable, to
help you stop. In many cases the
law is favorable to people who come
forward rather than those that Police
and agencies have to spend valuable
resources arresting. Most people
prefer to forgive. Graffiti is an
addiction and there are many addiction
courses that can help . For help,
a good place to start is with a
church. Ask at the office if there
is any addictions counsellors that
they could recommend The individual
need to get new friends and get
away from the culture.
you or a friend is involved in graffiti,
you need to stop. Dont hide
it. It is better to expose a sin
than hide it. Here is a verse that
can make a real difference in your
life. I can do all things
through Christ who strengthens me.