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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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National Hates People – again.

[Or; The Kids Are Alright]

I have little time for the economic policies of the National Party.

Could someone please explain the fiscal responsibility of borrowing to give tax cuts, which will cause inflationary pressures on interest rates and thus any money they are borrowing to give to you, will be taken by some multinational bank through higher interest rates – yeah that’s intelligent vote buying.

But aside from that, the main reason I really dislike the National Party is their gay abandon at belittling people they don’t like. They go out of their way to stick their noses into what basically isn’t any of their bloody business.

Case in point, national hoodie day. This was a day designed for the youth of NZ, to challenge the stereotypes associated with being young in NZ. And what the hell did national do, did they congratulate the people for taking initiative and turning aspects of NZ youth culture into a positive thing. Don’t be so bloody stupid sunshine, they did the bloody opposite, and who should it come from, none other than the National spokesperson on education – typical.

So right off the bat, we have their education spokesperson having a go a the youth of NZ, this is going to be a bloody long 3 years, not yet in power and they don’t give a stuff about the youth of NZ.

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Herald’s Vigilante Campaign

If you were to open a browser this morning and jump over to Herald.co.nz you would see this heading;

“Paroled killer’s lavish new life”

with this layout;

Now, I’m not sure about you, but I was drawn to the headline and the image (a very common internet behaviour to scan the page), and by association, I was assuming some very lavish lifestyle changes for the convicted killer in question. Was Bailey Kurariki the owner or guest on some luxury yacht?
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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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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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Jezz I’d be pissed off.

I know for a fact that if I was a young artist or person who’s work involved the use of spray can’s I’d be mighty pissed off with the govt’s response to tagging.

Also if for what ever reason the purchase of spray paint was part of my employment, I’d be hiring a lawyer to test the lawfulness of denying one’s livelihood.

We all know that old folk are sometimes a menace on the road, or that mum’s and dad’s sometimes drink drive, but have we ever considered banning all adults over the age of 18 from driving – of course we haven’t.

It’s like the pathetic knee jerk solution to youth loitering in the UK with the use of the mosquito sound machine. Thankfully the lawfulness of that device is being tested.

I have never understood why the youth are constantly being discriminated against. Believe me I know plenty of adults who wouldn’t qualify for some of the social behavior rules that we deem necessary for the youth of the country.

Stop picking on the kids. Give them a reason not to tag, give them something else to do that they get notoriety, mana and pride from. Put the effort in rather than waving the too hard flag and banning kids from doing things. Because if there is one thing that we should have learnt over the last 100 years, if you ban kids from doing something, it is instantly cool and worth doing.

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