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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Saturday, May 17, 2003
    Banksy and co
     
    Great idea - Guerilla Parenting - whose website declares,

    Do your children respect the hours of hard work that you invest in them? No! Children exploit their parents in much the same way that McDonalds corporation exploits the poor and weak people of Canada's rainforests. It's time to take matters into your own hands and force the little ---- to behave properly. The time for calm exhortations and promises of extra cartoon time is over. Use our stencils to decorate your neighborhood with messages that will make your kids behave and stop treating the place like a goddamned amusement park. It's for their own good. Warning: Police may confuse your activities with illegal grafitti vandalism.

    Linked to this via Jonny Baker's ever resource-full blog. He's in trouble with one punter who's taken him to task for promoting "vandalism of public or private property as an act of worship". Easy to mock such conservatism - but plainly graffiti can be a costly nuisance. However, it's also a people's art, always has been from those cave paintings thru' hillside chalk horses thru' John 3:16 at football grounds, to Banksy's weapons of mass disruption. Banksy says, A wall is just as good a place to publish as anywhere else, and where there's a good or creative ethic, as there is in his stuff and Guerilla Parenting, for example, and when it's enhancing otherwise anonymous or ugly places, it's not a bad idea at all.

    (My all time favourite is still 'The Pies, The Pies' on the last bridge over the M57 approaching Switch Island. What's yours?)