After writing for XX years I've had this discussion a million times. If you aren't involved, you CANNOT understand it. Its that simple. I am involved, I can understand it and I know what I am talking about. I couldn't care less if YOU like what we do. Its not for YOU. Its for US. We do it because it makes us happy. If none of you ever saw a single piece of mine in your life, It wouldn't bother me, because you are out of the loop. Nothing wrong with being a robot, it is your perogative. I am not here to try and convince you to become a vandal.
However, I've met Banksy, Banksy used to paint the same places as I did. Banksy was a writer, one of these people you seem to despise. Then he changed. Now Banksy is pushing graffiti in a direction it was never supposed to go it. It is irrelevant if you like Banksy's work or not. You aren't writers. However, it is only natural for me to correct peoples mistakes. If you were passionate about food and you saw a bunch of people saying McDonalds offered the best cuisine in the world, I'm sure you'd correct them? From a writers perspective (Banksy claims he is one) I have a unique viewpoint which none of you share. I am qualified to make these statements, even if they seem completley illogical to you, because I am deeply involved in the culture and have been for years and more importantly, I understand it.
You'll tolerate mass advertising, huge billboards, spam mail, telesales marketing, thrust into your faces on a daily basis. But you wont tolerate a single figure, doing exactly the same. Why? Because the general public don't understand it. And what the general public don't understand they fear. How do the general public deal with fear? They either walk along and ignore it without making a single attempt to understand or evaluate, or they run from it. If you saw someone painting a train carriage you were sitting on, or your road. I doubt a single one of you would stand up and stop him. I'm proud that I'm out there asserting myself as a person, doing what makes me feel GOOD irregardless of the law and the government. The buzz I get when I'm painting is unrivalled. Graffiti is one of the last avenues of complete and utter free will. Continue being a robot if it makes you feel safe, secure and happy, I don't mind! End of the day, I can't say I write because of those reasons anyway. I just like to destroy, anger , smash and piss you people off. I find it fun.
Anyway, I don't really like getting serious on the internet. It was more fun taking the piss out of you lot and watching you get aggy. I'll continue with that now.
that is one of the most stupid things i have ever read on this site and thats saying something. How does tagging a train make you any less automated than anybody else with a keen interest in anything at all?
you're just a robot that paints (and im not even sure you do - I certainly hope you do and you just dont tag) if thats how you like to think about things. The real problem you've got now is that you're painting the same items (trains etc) as thousands of other people are doing and have been doing for years - where's YOUR individual innovation? sure you can have your own design but blends and shading will always follow guidelines. you're using the same set of rules as all the other people that are doing it.
im sorry - but you wear clothes, watch films, eat food the same as everbody else. it could even be argued that you're even more of a "robot" than many others as you obviously got into graffiti for some reason, that reason being that it appealed to you. the graf scene has been hyped up as being cool for years and years so you probably just fell into some marketing trap at some point.