--2 Tags of Santa Fe: A video tour of super lame tags along the Rail Runner tracks.
         
Sept. 27, 2016

Tags of Santa Fe: A video tour of super lame tags along the Rail Runner tracks.

January 27, 2009, 12:00 am
By SFR Staff
It's a rule of the circle of urban life: Lush forests of complex graffiti spring up wherever train systems enter the city. Or at least they usually do and not in Santa Fe (so far) as I demonstrate in this tour of the tracks, from Second Street to the South Capitol station.



How do you interpret graffiti, differentiate it from straight vandalism?
Must vandalism be recognized as a legitimate form of civil disobedience and nonviolent dissent?
Does freedom of speech trump property rights?
Does there come a point when a street artist's craft and creativity is so powerful that the illegal work's survival is of more value than its legal sandblasting?

Or, is ugly just ugly?

I'm over-intellectualizing this. Whether you're a defender or an opponent, there's at least one small patch of common ground: Some graffiti is dumber than others.

REMEMBER: Tapes n' Tapes tonight at the Brewing Co.

 

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