Colts from Tonga #10: lanu

Around Metro Vancouver, there are many various forms of art seen seemingly everywhere. Sculptures of multitudes of mediums, paintings, murals, and even sidewalk art, but there is one form of art that is controversial even to artists who create outdoor masterpieces.


Seen under bridges, in tunnels, basically anywhere where an empty cement wall is, there usually happens to be a cover of spray paint in a beautiful composition. These artists generally remain anonymous due to the controversy and illegality, but their works of art have symbols and letterings that mark their presence.

To others in the city, such as the government officials, law enforcement, and so-called “proper” artists, street art isn’t customarily considered as an art form due to its destructive connotation and messy outlook. Its normally comprehended as defacing property, or ultimately making the surrounding environment look “sketchy” or “improper”. To the artists whom the art belongs to, it’s a masterpiece and an honour to be able to have their work upon such a large space. They spend their time, effort, and passion for these art pieces that eventually are shared with the public without legible credits.

Even though defacing property of others is unacceptable and should be punishable, graffiti should still be allowed to an extent. It’s important for everyone to be able to express their opinions and thoughts in their own ways.


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