After five years of tagging, Davalos is in a transitional stage. He recently stopped to avoid getting into legal trouble. Although he no longer writes his name on public places, tagging opened Davalos up to other art forms, like political cartoons, brushwork, and watercolor. "Graffiti is a gateway art," says Davalos. Now, cities, tired of struggling to maintain their blank canvases, are starting to agree.

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Anita Posey
Anita Posey

Our building just got MAJOR graffiti’d. It really really sucks that other people’s property isn’t respected. Now we are responsible for hundreds of dollars to clean it up or the city will fine us. Thanks jerks!

james
james

As a homeless tent dweller who recently had his tent tagged by a spray can idiot, I do not view tagging as a valid art form. It is vandalism without any artistic merit and those who engage in such activities should be punished rather than praised.

 
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