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  • shawn
    June 06, 2012 - 00:57

    these are people who cant grow up and still vandalise, i dont care if you put your name anywhere it looks stupid and rushed, the only meaningfull place where it may possibly be shown respect is a legal wall, people on the same scene as you will see it there and remeber the name if there into it, none the artists around here are that eyecatching regardless, go check artists like revok youll see art in a very unique form there and notice a massive talent gap.

  • Jon
    April 13, 2012 - 15:57

    Graffiti murals and pieces are art, but tagging and bombing (when done properly) is art and vandalism combined.

  • Ross
    April 12, 2012 - 10:30

    Graffiti is art, while tagging is vandalism. There is a difference. Did you see the mural of Jack Leyton on Carters Hill place that was painted as a memorial? Try telling me that wasn't art when its just as much an art form as anything in the Rooms.

  • TheWiseOne
    April 10, 2012 - 17:27

    Graffiti is an amazing, unique art form to of which is often underestimated and hated upon by misguided individuals who cannot grasp the idea of what this art/game/sport/hobby really is. I find it rather sad that the haters, despite reading this article, that of which explains graffiti for the most part, and reading that these artists/vandals do NOT paint just anything and have respect for private property, the haters continue to sit in their pool of hate contaminated liquid. They continue to type and post pathetic comments. HOWEVER, in response to DISGUSTED, are you sure it was these specific writers that hit the back of Royal Canadian Legion? Are you sure it was not some lame idiot thug(s) with can(s) of paint who had no knowledge of what they were doing, let alone no respect whatsoever? In conclusion, yes, I would like to see those photos you apparently took. Because I as a graffiti artist, and individual with respect for private property, do not believe it could possibly be real graffiti writers that apparently did that indeed disgusting act.

  • DWH
    April 08, 2012 - 18:07

    I doubt that the 'artists' depicted in this article will read this, probably can't afford to buy a paper or educated enough to use a computer but you are not artists, you are vandals. If you were artists why do this stuff with lookouts watching for the police, why cover your faces for an interview?? Strikes me as odd that you are shy about showing your faces.... no pride in your work?? You 'tagged' my $3,000 new pressure treated fence with a substance that stained the wood so deeply I cannot completely cover it. Ruins the look and depreciates the property value and you did this without my permission. 'Artists' don't do that. criminals do. Grow up, wise up and get a job. Idiots.

  • DJ
    April 07, 2012 - 21:01

    Thank you telegram for giving these morons a forum to promote their vanalism. Because that's all it is. It's people's private property they are defacing. And no it is not art. It probably not cheap either to get someone to remove the crap from a brick wall either. Shame on you telegram for wasting a full page in your paper on these idiots.

  • TrainBenchKingYo
    April 07, 2012 - 20:59

    Graffiti piecing and murals are art. Bombing/tagging is an even mixture of vandalism and art. Not just anyone can do graffiti (properly). So to all the haters calling these guys punks/bums and so forth, you don't know what your talking about. They don't hit private property, churches and so on, (places that should not have illegal graffiti on them at all). These are just everyday people but ones who have a talent to express that's apparently not appreciated enough. Do more research on graffiti and then talk, because clearly many lame haters don't. This is a great article, looking forward to seeing/reading more! Finally one that shows the game, sport and art form of graffiti in a more positive light.

  • Staci
    April 07, 2012 - 16:55

    In no way is this NOT beautiful artwork. I'm the sister of one of these boys you are calling "bums" and "punks" and I am pleased to say that we come from a long line of artists. My grandfather is a paid artist, and has artwork on canvas all over this province, including inside The City Hall. But just because my grandfather puts his art on a canvas and my brother puts his on an abandoned bulidings, billboards, etc doesn't make it less eye appealing. We might all have different opinions on graffiti, but just as much time and effort is gone into creating these pieces. I've been watching them work for years on their stuff. They do practice on canvas', and paper but like they said it just hangs on their walls. If you were talented at something, would you want the world to know it? Or hide it? I doubt you'd hide it. And maybe your talent isn't illegal but so what? If they love it, why stop it? I'd like to see the ones bashing on this article give up something that makes them happy. THIS IS A FORM OF ART. It's bigger in bigger citys of course because like said there's trains, and more ramps and bridges to do this art work on. Even if I wasn't related to one of these ARTISTS I'd still think this ART is a beautiful way of expressing yourself. So what if their tags are their nicknames? If an artist painted it's dog would it be less of a piece of work because it's their dog? NO. I know all these artists and I know that they all are wicked people. I can't wait to see them all and give them a highfive for this!

    • Disgusted
      April 09, 2012 - 20:28

      I happen to love art work but being a walker I have seen a lot of the 'art' done by these people, however yesterday I was totally disgusted to see Aser's piece of 'art' on the back of Royal Canadian Legion on Blackmarsh Road. They gave a list of buildings etc in the article that were off limits. I suspect the the Royal Canadian Legion is not quite up to their standard. Absolutely disgraceful as well as disrespectul of those who gave there lives for us. I would like for them to stop for a moment to think about that. I took pictures as proof of this and would be happy to share them if you don't want to bother to see for yourself.

  • Anonymous
    April 07, 2012 - 16:29

    Yes now Mary , these bums ahah let's see you pick up a can of paint and even do half of what these young adults can

  • Anonymous
    April 07, 2012 - 15:34

    These guys are not punks, you may even know these guys and you wouldn't say anything like this about them if you knew it was them who are painting, graffiti is what makes the city interesting. Obviously not the random scribbles people put on walls or buildings but if you were around the art and seen the pieces, it's truly amazing what some can do. Congrats on making the paper Aser and the rest of RC! They will keep it up even if they didn't make the paper so congrats on making your work known!

  • Alexis
    April 07, 2012 - 13:37

    In addition to my previous comment, I just saw some of "Remy's" tags, specifically downtown and one in Logy Bay on the over pass. This is no artist. Writing your name in messy block letters in the exact same fashion on different walls IS NOT ART. These guys claim to be artists but all they're doing is tagging, which is spray painting their name as quick as they can, everywhere they can. Don't quit your day job Remy, you're as talented as a Grade 8 girl practicing block letters in her exercise book.

  • Alexis
    April 07, 2012 - 12:15

    I've seen their work and it's not very good at all. You see beautiful art in other cities like Toronto where people apparently have real talent, like where Rick Mercer does his rant. It leaves you in awe because the colours and themes are so good. These guys must be scared to be caught because it looks like they put less than a minute into their tags. They are random, ugly and messy. You'd think they could create a nice mural instead of doing small bad tags everywhere. By the way people don't see the tag and think of the artist's name, because no one can read it! The only thing I liked about this article is the respect for schools, churches, etc. So find a wall somewhere and make real graffiti art. Carter's Hill is amazing but it's the exception, not the norm for the graffiti scene here in town.

  • William Murphy
    April 07, 2012 - 11:51

    Please, please, please! Don't let this continue. To call someone a graffiti artist is oxymoronic-as a matter of fact illustrating one's name on a public place is the lowest form of graffiti, known as "Moronic Graffiti. I was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, the first generation of Newfoundland immigrants. I saw this so-called art turn our city into a trash heap. I come to NL every summer to revel in the natural beauty of your (my) island. Give them a one-way ticket out.

  • JeffS
    April 07, 2012 - 11:28

    Great job glorifying these bums. Next week go behind the scenes of other illegal activities like drug dealing or armed robbery. Time for Birdbrain and Semy Educated to get real job. In fact, the Telegram has an ad for Graffic Artist wanted this week.

  • John
    April 07, 2012 - 11:02

    vandals plain and simple. nice job telegram guess the next article will glorify drug pushers or domestic violence.

  • Carly
    April 07, 2012 - 10:44

    we are making parts of the bronx look good? lady, are you crazy? the bronx new york... st johns newfoundland. jeez, it seems like the holy land compared to this city. ya know, with all the murders and violence we have. "oh dear, look at all these beautiful, eye catching displays of artwork all over our city. lets move to the bronx. sounds like a sweet place" get OVER yourself lady. they are certainly not contributing to society by going to work in the mornings or school either for that matter... what a thing to say. these people could be your sons, or daughters. what, you think these people go out and do this so they must be terrible meaningless people who will never amount to anything in their lifes? makes sense to just come up with these completely foolish stereotypes. i suppose i could come up with one for you .. Suppose that Leonardo, Picasso, or any of the recognized artisans of Western European culture were alive in the present day. Then, suppose that one of these famous artists decided to paint a masterpiece on the side of your house or on your front door or on a wall in your neighborhood. Would Picassos markings be graffiti or art or vandalism or graffiti art? No lady, youd take a picture and send it to all your friends saying how artistic your cirty is and how beautiful it is. "Oh come visit st johns! the artwork is much more tasteful then that garbage in the bronx" i could comment on so much more that you said but i'll just leave it at that.

  • Bucka Bucka
    April 07, 2012 - 10:43

    Nice piece! Its too bad that most people will never see any value in graffiti art. All across Canada beautiful pieces of art can be found in back allies, on trains etc. In Lisbon Portugal graffiti art/ street art has become quiet popular. There is actually a street art museum. Its called "The Ephemeral Museum” which is located throughout the streets of Lisbon. You can go online and download maps and audio tapes to guide you to the exhibits. This is progressive thought. To the woman above you says she likes art, I ask when was the last time you went to the rooms. When is the last time you created art. I'll bet its been awhile and your appreciation of art is limited and narrow minded.

  • Squish
    April 07, 2012 - 09:35

    This article sheds a good spotlight on the art form of graffiti. I have lived in New York and and other parts of North America, where graffiti is more socially acceptable. Even though this form of art is considered illegal, it is an art form! If the city had more "legal" walls for these artist to express themselves, then you would see the true art form of graffiti with out bias. Some of the work that these artist's create is absolutely amazing. I have seen a piece on Living Stone St. by the Choices for Youth building, a piece in memory of the late Jack Layton. The detail, pride, heart that went into this is not that of a "vandal". For those narrow minded Newfoundlanders, you need to go to other parts of the world to understand the art form and what these "artists" are trying to create! Sure you have kids out there doing vadalism, BUT not all these "artists" are like this. As stated in your article these "artists" don't paint on people's private property , schools or religious dwellings. In my opinion it truly is "an art form"!!!!!

  • barney
    April 07, 2012 - 09:19

    These kids will look back at this 20 years from now and realize how juvenile they were. The crappy gaffiti makes the place look like a slum.

  • David
    April 07, 2012 - 08:11

    Nice Job Telegram, give the illegal grafitti guys the spotlight, and encourage them to do more.

  • Mary
    April 07, 2012 - 07:51

    These bums should be charged, followed by security hired by the city and exposed for what they are. It's disgraceful to see all over the city and it's getting worse. If this is how they vandalize under the cover of darkness, they are certainly not contributing to society by going to work in the mornings or school either for that matter. I love art but this is degrading and we are making parts of the bronx look good.It's certainly not appealing to tourists. Our city should be kept historical not defaced by filthy junk. The city are cracking down on garbage and litter, what do they call this horrible grafitti all over our city, mailboxes, aliant work stations, utility poles billboards etc etc.It must be that it is legal all over the city as there is nothing done strict enough to crack down on these punks.