Graffiti

Another piece from Pompeii, written on a tavern wall about the owner of the establishment and his questionable wine:

Spiderweb Yarnbomb Installation by Stephen Duneier both hides and highlights previous graffiti.

Many graffitists choose to protect their identities and remain anonymous or to hinder prosecution.

I think graffiti writing is a way of defining what our generation is like. Excuse the French, we're not a bunch of p---- artists. Traditionally artists have been considered soft and mellow people, a little bit kooky. Maybe we're a little bit more like pirates that way. We defend our territory, whatever space we steal to paint on, we defend it fiercely.

Many state governments have banned the sale or possession of spray paint to those under the age of 18 (age of majority). However, a number of local governments in Victoria have taken steps to recognize the cultural heritage value of some examples of graffiti, such as prominent political graffiti. Tough new graffiti laws have been introduced in Australia with fines of up to A$26,000 and two years in prison.