How can graffiti artists stand to have their masterpieces painted over? Why do they paint over someone else?
Schmoo: When you become a writer, you know that your stuff won’t last forever. It is just accepted that either society won’t allow it, or other writers won’t. Battling and competition have been a part of graf since its inception. The biggest part of graf is in the doing of it. The action of putting your expression on a wall for other people to see is what writing is all about. On the same note, graffiti is a temporary art form, like improvisational theatre. You take pictures of your pieces to remember them, and share them with other writers, but you know that your piece soon will be gone. Kairos: It is an unfortunate fact of life. It is tolerated because there is no choice but to tolerate it. Thankfully, most artists take pictures of their finer works, so they are gone but not lost forever. There are many reasons writers paint over each other, with varying levels of legitimacy. In short, ideally this should never happen, but the world is far from ideal. In general, writers go over othe
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