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Kiwiblog is just fucking sick.

I’ve often commented on the somewhat heated nature of some of the debates over at Kiwiblog. DPF and defenders of the site got their knickers in a twist when someone dared to call them extremists.

The problem I have with the right, isn’t so much the economic policies, which are often very harmful for those at the bottom of the heap – for some reason the theory that if you cut the dole made them get a job just didn’t play out in reality, go figure? For some reason to borrow to provide tax cuts “give us our money back” isn’t oxymoronic, not to mention fiscally stupid.

What really gets me about the right is their incredible ability to belittle, malign, abuse and completely denigrate those whom they have little or no understanding of. Worse, they engage in campaigns of hate, hiding behind the populist and completely vacuous statements claiming to be ‘anti PC’ and wear it as a badge, further they use this seemingly cool to be unpopular stance to enforce stereotypes, defame and generally persecute people they just flat out don’t like.
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Sensible Sentencing Trust has it wrong

The nonsensical ideas of the so called Sensible Sentencing Trust (SST) just got even more annoying and once again showed that McVicar and his group are increasingly removing themselves from the reality of life.

Today is was revealed by the SST that the Children’s commissioner Dr Cindy Kiro made a submission to the Law and Order Select Committee hearing submissions on the Summary Offences (Tagging and Graffiti Vandalism) amendment Bill. And in that submission was the admission (indeed genuine observation) that tagging for some is a valid artistic expression/art.

First of all 10 points to Dr Kiro for saying what many around the world already know, that is unless you are of the nonsensical Sentencing Trust. The world itself comes from ancient Italian word graffiato meaning to scratch. Indeed Rome it was well known about the place (political protest in it’s earliest form), and indeed Monty Python used it in The Life of Brian.


Latterly one of the greatest producers of graffiti was the good old GI Joe, whom sprayed “Kilroy was here” with the accompanying nose over the wall doodle. This dated from the end of WWII through to the Korean War.

More recently however Graffiti has become synonymous with the youth culture that emerged from NY, not withstanding the rise of the Punk culture in the UK where the band Crass’ logo was everywhere along with the iconic Anarchy lgoo (as recently sung about in Nightmares on Wax song 70s/80s).


Jean-Michel Basquiat a Puerto Rican – Haitian from NY (b1969 – d1988) along with Keith Harring are possibly tow of the more well known and popular graffiti artists, whose works fetch have fetched as high as $14million USD. Indeed both of their art hangs in the prestigious Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York, along with dozens of other galleries around the world.



These examples of street artists crossing over into the mainstream are relatively rare, but they did provide a point in which graffiti art changed in the States. Here in NZ we have our very own home grown examples of street artists crossing over into the main stream, and thus being very influential for young street artists. Otis Frizzel, the son of the artist Dick Frizzell, began as a rapper musician and graffiti artist. Over time his art has become more mainstream, and is now hung on the walls of galleries across the country.

Many of the meanings behind graffiti involve belonging, identity and of course protest. These are wonderfully epitomised in the work ‘Behave’ by Mike Weston and Otis Frizzell ($2000+), as seen below.


If we are going to get past any of this ‘victim’ and ‘blame’ game that the nonsensical sentencing trust play, we need to encourage these street artists, give them the tools, means and reasons to produce their art in a non destructive way.

I have no doubt that graffiti is damaging, and not all of it is art, however, there is a reason it is done and while these are varied, they are not insurmountable. The ‘lock-em-up’ approach of the SST is counterproductive and only creates an use and them situation. For instance in their press release they decried that “Graffiti and vandalism are entry level crimes and must be treated seriously” and continued to bleat on about serious violent youth crime.

Speeding along state highway 1 at 120km/hr is an entry level crime, however to be as stupid and divisive as to suggest all drivers who hit 120km/hr are on the road to car conversion or carjacking. The SST are sensationalists whom more often than not bring little to the table in the form of solutions which don’t hark back to the good ole days.

Not all graffiti artists are young, not all graffiti artists are vandals, just as not all graffiti is art, but one thing it is not and that is, Graffiti is not the slippery slope to a life of violent crime as suggested by the SST. We heard this arguement in the late 1960s with LSD, which apparently if one took this evil drug we were all going to jump out of windows and destroy our selves.

How about understanding the problem (much much deeper than paint on walls) and find solutions. How about a SST graffiti competition, in which boring industrial walls around Auckland are designated as art zones and a weekly/monthly competition is run. Throw some money at it, create a web site and give them the national and international recognition that they aim for, and at the end of the year produce a year book. How about a bloody scholarship to help their artistic leanings along.

Stop yelling at the bloody kids you old and increasingly marginalised fogies. You’re doing everyone a disservice.

Final thought, I have commented on this in the past. Why is corporate vandalism in the form of advertising posters plastered all over walls acceptable and youth art not? Hypocrisy?


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While I’m on topic – tagging

Is it just me or has the TV media done one hell of a con job on the public. Brown faces are demons and White ones are unfortunate ‘victims’.

Ow, look at that, I’ll try that again.

Last week saw the most amazing juxtaposition of evil in NZ. A documentary on TV1 called “Real Crime: Beyond The Darklands” with the tag line “Unveiling the Predators among us”. This from the shows blurb.

“How do people become murderers? Are they born with some kind of rogue gene for evil?”

I think it was the promo for the episode on Taffy Hotene , when were were invited to look into the ‘eyes’ of a young Maori killer. You know the show, we all saw the promo all week long, where it paused the video and claimed (with young Maori face frozen) “that is the moment” you saw evil, or words to that effect. This was a portrait of how a young Maori boy could rise to be so bloody evil.

But then at the end of the week we were treated to the ‘fears, concerns and regrets’ of a destroyed man. Tv3’s John Campbell Live show had an interview with the alleged killer of 15-year-old Pihema Cameron. This man is obviously shaken and distressed at what has happened, but is scared for his family. WTF!!! Are you taking the piss TV3. What about the family that has lost a young boy – forever!!! What about their pains and concerns. The perpetrators family will see him again if he does time (not if Barry Corbert of the CCC is on the jury – he’ll get off), but that young boy is dead for good (apologies to those whom believe in an afterlife).

If there was ever an attempt to curb the course of justice, anyone watching that show whom might be on the jury will now have empathy with this guy. So we demonise the young Maori boy and try to humanise the white businessman for his crime of murder.

So once again in NZ the media has drawn the battle lines and it’s all too easy to see who is the good guys and who is just plain evil.


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CCC update

From sources in CHCH, it seems that Barry Corbert claims that his condoning of the murder of a young boy for tagging was taken out of context, and apparently he’s said sorry?

Whom did he apologise to and when, is what I’d like to know? As for the CCC, I haven’t heard a single thing from the council over it’s reaction to Mr Corbert’s comments. After emailing every council member, I would have thought I would have gotten one “Dear… we have taken on board your concerns…”

But no I still haven’t heard a single thing, so taking the silence as an indicator, it appears that the Christchurch City Council condones the actions of the man who allegedly killed a young boy for tagging. Very bad form CCC. Mind you look at that council and you can see where this mentality comes from, poor bloody Cantabrians.

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just a thought

after the blog invasion that saw my banner defaced in the most heinous manner, I have been thinking.

This is commerce and legitimate advertising..


and some could argue that this form of advertising is legitimate ‘rock’ art…

rockĀ art

yet this is a despicable crime worthy of $2000 fine, a scurge the likes of which the nation is battling with and the very heart of the out of control youth of today?


Just a thought? Bloody Hypocrites.

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would you look at that

you turn your back and some bugger with a spray can and nothing better to do with their time goes and graffitis the site banner.

I’ll have to clean that up at some stage I guess. I wonder what the CCC would make of that?

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CHCH City Council – Shame on you.

It has been over two weeks now since I sent a letter to the Christchurch City Council and Mayor, asking if Mr Barry Corbert is to continue in his role as a councillor over his offensive comments condoning the murder of a young boy in the North Island for allegedly tagging.

I was expecting the usual party line, “that CCC does not condone Mr Corbert’s comments, and that we are disturbed that the CCC is asscoaiated with them in any way. However we are also powerless to do anything about one expressing such a strong opinion regardless of the offense that it caused.”

Have I received anything in response, not a single word from the CCC.

I know that my letter to the ChCh Press caused a stir, it seems people in CHCH are in favor of the vigilante comments of Mr Corbert. This is deeply disturbing. However if we are to go down that track of killing people that annoy us (remember not hurting or even physically touching us), I have this bloody irritating soccer mum who drives a huge SUV at 50Km/hr on the road home everyday, in a 70Km/hr zone that is! She’s gotta go. The person up the hill from us that always burns her garden rubbish despite fire bans and the smoke going through everyone’s houses and washing – she’s a gonner.

If we are to take the Corbert line that those who kill because something is an irritation, then instead of the increasing population we have been experiencing, this would be a quiet, if not violent, corner of the world.

I still can not believe that the CCC hasn’t condoned his views publicly, and I am still waiting for a response from the Council.

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