Graffiti is Not a Crime: The Truth is on the Wall

Graffiti And Writing On Walls In General Isn't A Crime!

No it isn't. For two basic reasons. Graffiti is a form of art, and many truths are written on walls. Many of those politically correct citizens hate it though. I believe it happens because they cannot handle the truths written on them, and they've been told that, destroying someone else's property is a crime.

I walk a lot through the day and I come across many walls. Either they have a graffiti on it, or some message as well. Those messages are often true, and I agree with almost all of them. Many people I know agree with them as well, but there are certain categories of people who freak-out when they see someone writing or drawing on a wall. Which are those categories of people? Let's see:

1) Cops

The most obvious I think. But it's their job to punish people who write/draw on walls, so if they catch someone doing such a thing they are like F*ck yeah, more job for me. One step closer to my promotion. Such a simple-minded thought, coming from simple-minded people like cops. No cop is smarter than average because if they were, they wouldn't choose to do this extremely shameful job. Have you got no shame wearing this uniform?

2) Fascists (Right-wings)

Those who tilt on the right, when it comes to the political spectrum, are almost always having fascistic thoughts. Others have more, others have less. But if someone calls them with their name (fascists) they'll whine like little babies and usually say I'm not a fascist, I'm a patriot. The last phrase is very common actually. These kind of people is very loved by the cops, and they love them the same as well. So these people are the ones who are more likely to report someone who writes/draws on a wall. Also I should mention, it's not a coincidence that fascists never express their thoughts on walls. Why do you believe it happens? Think a little bit.

3) Lawful citizens (sheep)

Those kind of people might not be so active politically, or not even bother at all, but the problem here is they're NOT so neutral. They do what the society tells them to, and they're those who have this kind of mentality. I don't bother with politics, but I think it's better to follow society rules. There you have it. Society suggests that people who write/draw on the walls are evil. So what those kind of people will do? Report you. Being naive can be really dangerous. More dangerous than it seems to be.

Sure there are more categories, but those are the 3 main ones.

Anyway I said what I wanted to say and before I finish I want to say 2 things:

For people who do this: Keep on doing it. If someone stops you or reports you it's their problem.

For people who are against it: You are the perfect slave to the system. Keep supporting it, by punishing those who speak the truth. Hope one day, you'll realize how wrong you are.


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  • I'm a lib and I support peelers, they're just doing their job. Yeah some are corrupt but many are trying to make a living and provide for their families, as well as stop, or assist with the aftermath of crimes like theft and murder.

    Anti-graffiti laws are pretty stupid. I don't really like obscene graffiti, but I've seen some beautiful artwork on the side of the underpasses.

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    • It's not a job. Whoever chooses to do this shitty job, he just likes being a thug in a legal way. Fuck those pigs, never needed them and I'll never will. Even if I'm robbed I'd just accept the fact I was robbed and go on, instead of begging for their help. I don't need the help of those thugs.

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  • Actually graffiti is a crime if it's done without a building owner or land owners consent it's breaking the law by vandalizing property and defacing the property that belongs to someone else is a crime. And is used by gangs and rebellious adolescents to tag Territory and make trouble and their "art" is nothing more then nonsense or profanity is also a crime.

    Is it always a crime? no of course not I've seen many beautiful murals and designs/painting on buildings that the owners gave the artist permission to paint/spray on. But I've also seen it done illegally and that is a crime plan and simple, whether you think so or not and if you get caught you pay the time.

    Point being if you want to do graffiti on property that's owned by a private business owner get their permission first, it's what a sensible person does. Don't vandalize their property I'm a painter myself so I get wanting to show your work off, but there is a right and a wrong way to go about it.

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  • Defacing property that belongs to someone else is in fact a crime. And committing crimes often leads to arrest. And you're here to cry about the filthy pigs who arrest the douchebag destroying someone elses property? Please just stop right there. You're the problem with this world. Punks who think they don't have to follow the rules, that they are above the law, who have absolutely no respect for other people who work hard for their belongings that you feel you can destroy in your selfish name of art, who take no responsibility for their actions, and think life should be handed to them on a silver platter because they should be privileged to sit on your lazy butt and complain about the system oppressing you because you're to lazy to get an education and a real job.

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    • Blocked. Don't expect me to be friendly or make any dialogue with simple-minded sheep like yourself. You're the perfect example of #3.

  • While I agree with a lot of what you have to say, it's hard to take you seriously when you can't be bothered to check your spelling, grammar, and usage. You sound lazy and ill-educated.
    Maybe if you had played it smart, and taken the time to scout the area properly, you wouldn't have gotten caught "defacing property".
    This MyTake is obviously nothing more than a bitching post by another angsty teen who thinks that thy're just "misunderstood".
    We understand perfectly well: Daddy spoiled you, and mommy still hasn't taken away the titt. Grow up and catch a clue. Whomever raised you had to go to work every day to put a roof over your head, food in your belly, and clothes on your body.
    If you want to paint political statements, go do some research on the greats like Andy Warhol; turn this into profit, instead of wasting tax dollars, and costing private business owners money, every time they have to whitewash your canvas.

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    • And in response to your reply to @rocket_queen
      You're making dialogues with her right now. And you clearly state that you're "not going to listen" to this "simple minded sheep"? If you can't open yourself to other points of view, clearly it is YOU who is narrow and simple-minded.

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    • As for this Rocket-Queen girl, let me tell you, I don't accept police fanboys/fangirls' opinions. Simply.

    • " If you can't open yourself to other points of view, clearly it is YOU who is narrow and simple-minded." I couldn't agree more.

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    • Says the simple-minded girl who's using silly immature snapchat filters.

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    • *in my MyTake

    • Because people like you deserve all the mockery available. You're so ridiculous, and you don't even realise it.

  • And as I said in a question about whether the graffiti is art or a crime, there is a difference between art and vandalism.
    If you only tag walls to mark your territory as dogs use their pee, that's not art, that is vandalism. Art is when you express yourself, when you share your ideas with the world.

    I'm a police officer, and I even helped to pain a mural once.

    Whenever possible ask for permission, only the close minded ones will say no.

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    • You're WHAT? I'll give you a chance. Why did you choose this shitty job you do? After your response I'll decide whether you'll be blocked or not. As you can see I've blocked some fascists who call "douchebags" people who are free-thinkers.

      So answer me, why did you choose this shitty job among so many other jobs?

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    • You don't answer why you chose it. And no it will depend from your answer.

    • Is it any of your business to know why she chose this job? You're being overcritical.

  • Well yes it is a crime. Destroying property is illegal and therefore a crime. That doesn't take away from the message or the art behind graffiti. There are places and parks specifically for wall art and they're pretty interesting. Yes graffiti is beautiful, yes there is a message, yes that message should be heard. However, vandalizing a building is still illegal and if you're doing it yes you're committing a crime. If you'd like your art to be displayed then find places where it's meant to be but destroying someone else's property besides being illegal is just a jerk move. It costs people money and time to fix it back up.

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    • What's your opinion about pigs? And by pigs you know what I mean.

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    • @dragonfly6516 You won't a MyTake about cops? There you have it:

      www.girlsaskguys.com/.../a27471-7-reasons-why-police-is-actually-needless

      And fuck this troll thing, it's tiring. We are free to say what we have to say.

    • *want

  • ... the problem is not the art. I love art, and yes some graffiti is actually quite pretty or moving. that is undebatable.

    the PROBLEM however, is whose wall such creativity is being expressed on. not everyone wants a taste of your 'art' on their fence, roof or front door, just in case this had not occurred to you. you wanna make art? go buy a canvas dammit. invest in a building that you can make into your own studio. volunteer to create murals for organisations that would love creative flair...

    but how many people are bothered using their gift in this way? not many, so they go around doing it wherever and still have the audacity to think it's okay.

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  • i like artistic creative graffiti, but not gang graffiti. unfortunately where i live i see too much of the latter and not enough of the former.

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  • While it is a form of art and I've seen many beautifully painted walls i dont want it in my neighborhood. I would not be happy if someone decided to draw whatever they wished on my property and i think it makes neighborhoods look bad. Walk through Beverly Hills and you'll see nice clean walls. Just makes the area look much better. There are better ways to express your opinions. For the people who are really good at it they have certain areas where they are allowed to paint. I don't want random black lines on my walls. Imagine paying $4 million for a home and having some idiot come and draw a gang sign on it.

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  • I don't really want to argue with you, because reading through some of the other comments got me scared... lol
    The lines between art and pure vandalizm seem to be blurred. One thing I object against is pointless scribbles and that awful tagging.

    I like Banksy's work though, a lot! Did a stencil street art unit in my visual art class and I really really enjoyed it.

    Also, for some reason your take reminded me of this: pre06.deviantart.net/.../...by_ivantot-d5g89vg.jpg

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    • Kinda more rational than others. Yes I'm talking about you.

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    • @Mr_Xavier

      It's MasterofPlebs, he goes on these troll trips for this leftist crap every so often.

      He doesn't have any of his own opinions, mostly just degenerate crap from college professors.

      Probably hasn't ever had a job before or any concept of value.

    • @ColinHarvey No I'm not this guy.

  • I've seen really awesome graffiti around town, I even like to take photos. I've done it too in the past, but either I had permission or it was on someplace people wouldn't mind, like a bridge. I think it's possible to make it a job, if you're very good. Then you won't have a problem about people coming after you to accuse you of vandalising, they 'd actually come after you paying to do their walls.

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    • the top pic is graffiti the bottom pic just a eye sore and a crime

  • I kinda like graffiti. It tells a story in a way that other art can't--it's everywhere, on the walls, among us--therefore it can't be ignored or forgotten.
    If mankind was wiped out and aliens recolonized the planet, I think they'd feature graffiti in their "human studies" classes.

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  • Sorry but unless they're willing to pay out of their own pocket for the property damage I'm calling the cops.

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    • You call WHO? Perfect example of #3. You.

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    • Not all. Not all.

    • Unless you're alone and completely isolated from society I don't see how you could be 100% free of conformity.

  • Oh, please, please be a troll. It hurts to think that anyone can be this stupid.
    You need a reality check, or maybe a therapist. It's not healthy to be living in a delusion.

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    • Please to be a troll? Trolling is worse. And a therapist really? So it's healthy to support cops but unhealthy to be against them? Are you serious?

    • No, no, this level of disconnect with reality is much worse than trolling. Maybe a therapist isn't enough. A psych ward might be better for you.

    • You are the one who needs a therapist. And I don't like having someone 4-5 years younger than me telling me about therapists and such shit. Do you think you know better?

      To me you're nothing more than a police fangirl who thinks graffitis are bad. Go read your books nerd. Blocked.

  • The conservatives can kiss my ass lol. Really I do not agree with them.

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    • Yeah conservatives are bastards.

  • i think if it's ugly they should be fined but if the owner of the building likes it then they go free

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  • If the wall belongs to you then its not a crime. If not then your damaging someone's property and should rather than be punished by law you should be made to pay court costs and the cost of rectifying the damage which includes labour fees.

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  • I can only hope you are trolling. Just in case your not would you be ok with me putting some "art" on your car?

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    • Hope why? Only an absolute moron would waste his time to write this for his own entertainment. Definitely not a troll post. Don't say this again.

      And FUCK why people here assume I have a car by default.

      I
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      How much clearer I can be? Did I write anywhere I own one?

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    • I know. Most people are sheep unfortunately.

    • Man, you are total scum!

  • People like you are the problem, not the cops. You selfish little fuckers think you don't have to follow the law. I also find it very hard to believe that you're 24 because to me you sound like a rebellious teenager who thinks he can do what ever he wants without consequences. There's a big differnence art and vandalism, it's illegal to vandalize public property and costs people money to get it removed and it's very selfish of you to even do that in the first place. I don't want to deal with something spray painted on my house and then having to waste my money to get it removed, just think about other people rather than yourself and what you want to do. Your actions have consequences. You really need a wake up call, my friend.

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    • So whoever is 24 must be a sheep in your opinion? A no-thinker? It's really sad to hear this from a young person like yourself. Your first sentence especially was painful.

      Whoever supports cops' actions is either a fascist or a sheep. Where do you belong?

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    • I don't believe in an organized police force, but in a community-regulated militia.

      I'm just saying, cops are generally decent people. Reality is not an episode of Reno911.

    • @ColinHarvey What's Reno911?

  • "Liberty consists in the freedom to do everything which injures no one else (...)".

    It seems that you are not fit to live in society.

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    • Where's the "injuring" thing?

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    • Wow this song is so good!

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    • @musicbrain5 The words of the song fit the post SO WELL! This poster sounds like one more angry misfit who romanticizes himself as the champion for those who are outcasts because they have such acute social perception.

    • I like his Glass Houses album personally, where he leans towards an edgier sound.

  • don't get me wrong. i like graffiti. if it's done well it can be artistic, topical, and important... i also like weed but i'm going to say it's not illegal

    it is property owned by someone else. that person incurs the fees to clean the "artwork" and deal with a message that they may or may not agree with

    the art aside vandalizing someone's property is a crime period. there is no rationalization. the cops are protecting the property of private citizens as they should

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  • You are an idiot. And probably a sociopath.

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    • Look who is here. The police fanboy. As I told you in my other post, I DON'T accept your opinion. You are afraid of the truth that's it.

      Blocked again. That's what I will always do from now on. I won't give you an easy time here, since you don't deserve it. Go kiss cops' asses.

  • Graffiti is vandalism, so yes, it's wrong. It doesn't matter if the crude writings are true or not, nor does it matter if it's a beautiful painting or a crude gang scrawl.

    I could paint this
    www.cuded.com/.../...-park-karina-llergo-salto.jpg

    on your car, and guess what? still vandalism! you want to make "art"? go get your own damn canvas.

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    • How many times do I have to repeat here, I don't have a car? And I didn't except anything better from a police fanboy like yourself. Yeah I remember you from my previous MyTake about the cops. You were blocked there, do you wish to be blocked for a second time?

    • Better question, do you think I care? Some anarchist ghetto trash, who thinks he has the right to other peoples property...

    • Anarchist ghetto trash... says the guy who has "Occupation: Law" in his profile. Dude, whenever you come here don't expect to be treated well. You will be treated like a cheap hooker. Exactly like that. And now that I'm done with my "job" it's time to get blocked.

  • Defacing someone else's property is illegal and you can't justify that it is right by saying that you believe in the messages. It doesn't matter whether it is art or whether the message is right or not. That is irrelevant bc it's someone else's property. How would you like it if i sprayed paint all over your house, your car or anything you own. Im pretty sure you would be pissed about that. So fuck trying to come up with ways to justify it when its clearly stupid, ignorant and damaging to other people's property.

    There are many other ways to express your thoughts and feelings through art form and other means of self-expression. That is why i like the idea of councils putting up legalised areas for graffiti art.

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    • I don't give a shit personally, since I live in a block of flats. And I don't own a car.

  • You are one of a group of criminals who harm other people's property. You do not care about people or what they think. You are just going along with the type of things your criminal buddies do. That makes YOU the sheep. And so much of what people have told you, you cannot understand. That shows that you are stupid, not them. Guess we can just hope that you get caught doing a serious crime and get put with the guys who will make you their girlfriend!

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    • Me a sheep? Are you serious?

  • You are an asshole. You actually think all police officers are bad people. Painting a mural on a building is only legal if you have the owners permission and they approve of the painting when it is done. You think you are above the law. You probably would sell cocaine to a 5 year old and think it is legal. Are you apart of an extremist group? You have a lot of learning to do. If you do not alreadt have any kids please don't and please do not adopt any. If you you do I feel sorry for them having you as a father.

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    • I don't give a shit about having kids actually. Why should I have any? That's another issue totally irrelevant with the present MyTake, but I'm against marriage as well.

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    • Well to be honest I'm surprised you actually thought I'd like to have kids one day. I find them annoying to be honest.

    • Everyone finds you annoying. What makes you think anyone should be able to paint a mural on any building whenever they want of whatever they want and get away with it

  • "Art is not a crime." That's absurd. Plenty of art can be criminal. If I burn somebody's house I can call it art. If I murder somebody creatively, I can call it art. And if I vandalize somebody's property with spray paint, I can call it art, but that doesn't make it not a crime.

    But once you start generalizing cops and "fascist" right-wingers and people who are "politically correct" while, above all, calling your opponents "sheep," you have pretty much just forfeited the argument.

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  • Cops and right wings are terrible people. Both are racists and sexists. Lawful people are people that need someone else to hold their hand.

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    • Best comment here by far. I high-5 you.

  • www.theworldisnotflat.com/.../...12317.jpg-v-0.jpg

    Enlighten me. Exactly which part is the art or truth here? Last time I checked art is considered valuable and people are willing to pay for it. I'm yet to see someone spending money to save ugly scribbles on walls. Not to mention if you want spread a message there are a lot better ways than defacing private property. You want to create art - buy a fuckin' canvas or go nuts on your own house.

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    • See my response to FallOutBoy2001. There are silly and uncreative graffiti indeed, but the one with the soldiers and the one I posted with the pig in police uniform are pure forms of art and they have a message as well.

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    • If the police force in your country is exactly as described I feel sorry for you.

    • Sorry for me why? You should feel sorry for them, who chose to do that shitty job for 700 Euros per month. In dollars it's a little bit below than 1000.

  • Graffiti is most certainly a crime and you've described so in your Take, so you're starting off by contradicting yourself. You can't excuse the horrible sense of creativity with most graffiti and be taken seriously by calling it "art". I like art and well done pieces of work on walls, but most graffiti are ugly scribbles and hideous bubble letters of whatever random conceptions.

    Graffiti as we know it doesn't generally promote well-being and order, it shows signs of a city in disorder, a potentially dangerous area to be in, gang territories, etc.

    I can't believe you call lawful citizens "sheep". Excuse me for wanting to live according to societal law in order to keep peace and order so that I may fulfill my goals and live in harmony. You've taken this antagonistic stance where anyone who disagrees with graffiti being art are somehow unworthy or undeserving of respect.

    You've given horrible advice. While vandalizing is a crime, you're encouraging others to do it or "keep doing it". On the other hand I believe people are smart enough to live by their own moral standards. "If someone stops you or reports you it's their problem." I wonder if it will truly be my problem when you get locked up in a jail cell.

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    • Wow man. I've read a few of your comment replies and boy are you sensitive. You block anyone who differs from your ridiculous point of views.

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    • We are the same age smartie and I might be a few months older as well. I was born on October 31st of 1991. When were you born?

    • Don't try to make a fool out of me when you're too stupid to understand my derogatory remarks toward you. You've consistently shown us your lack of intellectual conversation and unwillingness to debate your points of view, not to mention you've convinced the majority of the GAG community you're a juvenile, immature, narrow-minded coward who condones destruction of property.

      You're the scum our society needs to get rid of.

  • Or maybe I just hate walking down the street and seeing ugly spray painted things on the walls?
    goodteethbadteeth.files.wordpress.com/.../p1040317.jpg
    It's stuff like this I hate.

    www.kunstevent.nl/.../Banksy_graffiti_removal.jpg
    Stuff like this I'm fine with. It's nice to look at and it's thought provoking.
    Unfortunately, there seems to be more of the former than the latter ;-;

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    • I don't disagree shitty graffiti exist. But crime? Hell no.

    • The first one I'd be more than happy to call a crime. It's just making a space uglier for everyone in it. The second one obviously took more skill and effort, which is what actual art takes.

  • Okay, I'll create art out of the blood and dismembered limbs of your family members.
    In a more mild example, I'll put my interpretation of art--giant veiny penises--all over the front of the preschool and your house.

    People need limitations, man--especially the trashy animals who shit out graffiti.

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  • Let me go into your bedroom or to your car and spray paint, "I like cock" over your walls and car body then. Since it isn't a crime and you being pissed just makes you a slave to THE MAN.

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    • I don't have a car.

  • It's not their wall, so vandalizing is illegal. Pretty simple idea to understand, but apparently some people are too stupid to get it.

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  • Vandalism is a crime not because the message is evil but because the canvas isn't theirs. Buy the building and you can paint anything you want on it.

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  • Shouldn't you ask for permission from the person who owns the wall before you spray paint all over it?

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  • It's not your property, it is somebody else's property or the government's property. How would you like it if someone painted your house a different color or with a bunch of "art" that you didn't want?
    Graffiti isn't a crime of graffiti it is a crime of vandalism and destruction of property.

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    • I live on the second floor. How can someone climb up to my balcony and do his/her job?

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    • Honestly I'm really bored to answer in this MyTake. I don't want to receive any more answers. It should be locked.

    • Then just hit the mute button at the top right.

  • Let's see what happens if I come spray paint your windows, siding, or fence. Bet it'll become a crime pretty dam quickly.

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    • WHY THE FUCK people assume I have a fence? I DON'T!

    • I LIVE IN A BLOCK OF FLATS! I HAVE A BALCONY!

    • The point here is not whether you have a fence or not. The pointy is, if I spray painted ANY of your propert, you'd go crying to the police or you'd try to handle me yourself for it. This take sucks

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    • One of the best lyricists ever.

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