tag and TAG

I just saw this site this morning. It’s the Yogurtland at University and Metcalf.

Obviously, it’s a graffiti “tag” on the shop’s sign.

Through the information that we receive from the class and of course, the multimedia, we learned that graffiti is a form of art than just an act of vandalism. SO, can tagging Yogurtland sign be an art? (If not, what and when would make graffiti art?) Could it be a political statement? Or, it’s just an act of lunacy?

AND, then, I also received this e-mail:

> —

Subject: Graffiti Paint-Out Day

> Aloha:
> UH Mânoa strives to serve as a “destination of choice” for great
> students, faculty, staff, the citizens of Hawai‘i and beyond –
> our ability in accomplishing that goal depends a great deal on
> our neighbors and their efforts as well. So, with the aim
> of being a good neighbor, we want you to be aware that the
> McCully – Mo’ili’ili community is holding a Graffiti Paint-Out
> Day on Saturday, Sept. 27, 8:00-11:30 a.m. starting at Prince
> Kuhio School (corner of South King and Kahoaloha Streets).
> Painting supplies and refreshments will be provided. The event
> is sponsored by T.A.G. (Totally Against Graffiti) Team, an
> informal partnership of residents, businesses, schools and other
> groups committed to eradicating graffiti from our neighborhoods.
> We encourage any UH Manoa students or groups interested in
> helping our McCully – Mo’ili’ili neighbors in this
> beautification effort to contact Arlene Abiang, UHM Community
> Relations Manager, at x65637 or Abiang@hawaii.edu before Sept. 25.
> —

Clearly, these people do not take graffiti as art. They feel the need to beautify the neighborfood. BUT, the name of the sponsoring organization is TAG… They are tagging their presence by white paint?

Can we find some kind of “culture” in between these two acts?


2 Responses to “tag and TAG”

  1. rockstareina Says:

    i think the graffiti tag on yogurtland’s shop sign was clearly vandalism. The word means no in hawaiian, im assuming that the person who tagged the sign was lashing out at someone, maybe yougurtland, a gang, or was just bored, either way, it’s not art.

  2. camouflageculture Says:

    “Can we find some kind of “culture” in between these two acts?”


    re: yogurland tag…

    well, the *style* isn’t too bad as far as local writers go. can’t deny the placement. graf is *always* vandalism… it’s just that sometimes it can be the most beautiful radical vandalism you’ve ever seen. but interestingly it isn’t always art… i define art as anything that makes you perceive something as if for the first time, or in a way that you haven’t before. the yogurtland tag qualifies, because it makes me *see* the yogurtland sign in a way that i hadn’t before. by contrast, poorly placed or no-style tags undermine themselves.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: