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Vandalist: Stick ‘Em Up

Vandals sticking together.

stickers

BY: Various
LOCATION: City Hall
PHOTO BY: Georgette P.
FIELD NOTES: Stickers represent a fast and easy way to deface property. By the time anyone notices them, the perpetrators are long gone. And, as though there were some sort of vandal hive-mind, once one sticker goes up, many more immediately follow. Police have tried to convict the fiends responsible—but apparently, they couldn’t make the charges stick (badum-tss).

Once a week, Vandalist features some of the most interesting street art and graffiti from around Toronto. Find something great? Email vandalist@torontoist.com.

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  • Bleb

    I might be in the minority, but I wish you’d stop celebrating this.

    • Squintz

      IS covering it celebrating it? It is referred to as “defacing” by “perpetrators” and “fiends.” I don’t think any of those have positive connotations and it certainly doesn’t sound like a celebration.

      • Bleb

        “Once a week, Vandalist features some of the most interesting street art and graffiti from around Toronto. Find something great? Email vandalist@torontoist.com

        • Squintz

          Doesn’t answer my question at all. Is covering things that happen (positive or negative) celebrating it? I am asserting it does not. Also does any of the wording of that seem celebratory? No it does not. Graffiti exists, like it or not, but burying our heads in the sand isn’t going to make it go away.

          • Bleb

            The page refers to “the most interesting street art” and finding “something great”. Yes, that’s celebratory. Looking at any of the dozens of previous Vandalist columns will draw the same conclusion. I’m not looking to get into a pissing match. I just don’t like the fact that a site that does so much to promote this city also insists on promoting the defacing of it.

          • Squintz

            Interesting… arousing curiosity or interest; holding or catching the attention.
            “Torontoist‘s goal is to capture the tenor and texture of life in Toronto, to evoke the daily experience of the city in words and images. This includes, especially, the physical shape of the city as it grows and changes, the political and civic developments which provide it with direction, the culture which animates its public spaces, and the history which got it to this point. We try always to be faithful in our rendering of Toronto, and to be fearless in advocating for what we think might make it better.”
            How does vandalist not fit into that mandate? And again how is covering it promoting or supporting it? It is simply, as the description explains, capturing the tenor and texture of life in Toronto. This art (or defacing) exists already, you can either choose to ignore it or not, but to pretend that Torontoist is promoting the “defacing of this city” because they run a weekly column on urban street expression is ridiculous.

          • Bleb

            One man’s freedom fighter is another man’s terrorist. One might see “urban street expression”, while another sees “marring something that doesn’t belong to them”. The power of semantics. We’re on opposite sides of the fence, but that’s fine. Cheers.

          • Squintz

            Except I’m not arguing whether or not it is legitimate. I’m just saying covering something isn’t necessarily promoting it. You are getting lost in a semantic debate that we aren’t having.
            If you want to have a debate over how graffiti mars our urban environment, then I would counter than advertising is both more obtrusive and more destructive. At least graffiti doesn’t block the street scape like those advertising posts and graffiti isn’t the corporate blight that the ubiquitous pattison is on every surface that can be bought.

    • tyrannosaurus_rek

      Why? Graffiti is a reality, Torontoist’s coverage doesn’t change it one way or the other.

      • Bleb

        Agreed. I don’t imagine that Torontoist has much of an effect one way or the other. But one’s personal opinion might be different if they were to wake up and find a spray-painted face on the side of their house, or a tag on the front door of their business.

        I’ve made this argument here before, with more-or-less the same results. Like I said, I’m in the minority. But I don’t think I’m wrong.

        • Squintz

          If you don’t think it makes a difference, why do you feel the need to slag them for “celebrating” it?

        • tyrannosaurus_rek

          An opinion of graffiti is one thing, but not wanting it recorded and presented to an audience is something else. If you thought it was inspiring copycats or something I would understand your position (and still disagree).

          • gnarlesransoon

            agreed – there is a big difference.