I see a great deal of social comment in many of those with a really world wide theme. Regarding comments on compressors, in the case of sanctioned works at least around here, they usually paint in the larger areas with brushes, then use a compressor to add the shading. (I worked on several large works here and in my previous community, the artist drew the outlines and indicated what color what section then members of the community did the brush work, with the artist returning along the way to help and bit and then spending as much as a week on the air brushing). I will try to remember to take some pictures of some of the pieces. What they often do is paint large works on walls they are often having to repaint due to tagging. Those juveniles who have been recently caught tagging are sentenced to helping paint them, and members of the community such as myself fill in as adult overseers and helpers.
I have also heard from some of the taggers the small compressor which Sears sells as a best seller is popular as it can be run off a car battery and is reasonably quiet. They like them for larger works. In various areas of the US at different times tagging has gone mainstream. I want to say it was in Portland that a youth organization provided studio space and technical assistance to convicted juvenile taggers to encourage the development of their artistic talent and they had an art showing that traveled the country hm about six or eight years ago which I saw in Dallas. Another group was mentioned at the time that took convicted juvenile taggers in I want to say New York City area and taught them to build furniture and they had had a traveling show where each built a chair off the same pattern and painted it in their own unique style. After the show there was an auction and the money went for providing college educations and further art instruction. I understand many of the chairs were beautiful and unique and sold for some pretty high prices.
Now I think I want to look further into these things.
Here in France, I think there is a difference between "tagging" -- those scribbles or just initials that look like vandalism (and often is) and "painting", which is done by people with talent and an artistic purpose in mind.
Kerouac, reading the signs on the building on #60, I'm surprised they are still making "logement de fonction" -- I thought those went out years ago. For you who don't live in France, these were housing for people on the job, for example, schoolteachers in villages or small towns were housed as part of their jobs. Given housing prices in Paris, I'm surprised they are still doing it.
Paris has lots of buildings (or apartments in private buildings) for postal workers, metro workers, railway workers, schoolteachers, electricity and gas workers, etc. It is precisely due to the housing prices of Paris that the system continues.
I wish there were fewer tags and more paintings in my neighborhood. Living surrounded by railway tracks, I can't even begin to describe how many tags there are to see...
I'm pretty sure "tagging" always refers to the name-writing on buildings, no matter where it occurs.
It can be really infuriating. Those of you who have seen pictures of my neighborhood or who know countries with similar economies will know how hard people struggle to achieve decent housing. There is a block house being built in my neighborhood -- very small, but nice. A few days ago some ornamental iron work went up on the wall in front of the property, along with a white drive-way gates. Yesterday I passed to see the gates completely covered with ugly tagging.
The main post office of the 17th arrondissement in Paris is being renovated, and during that time the scaffolding has become a graffiti museum. When the renovation is finished, the works will be auctioned off to charity.
Another group was mentioned at the time that took convicted juvenile taggers in I want to say New York City area and taught them to build furniture and they had had a traveling show where each built a chair off the same pattern and painted it in their own unique style. After the show there was an auction and the money went for providing college educations and further art instruction. I understand many of the chairs were beautiful and unique and sold for some pretty high prices.