A photoblog with pictures I've taken of graffiti and street art in Moscow (and anywhere else I happen to travel).

Friday, September 30, 2005


It's always good to remember that there are some people out there who don't think street art is such a great thing. Via the Russian Stencil Art Community on LiveJournal.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gasp, people don't like it when you damage their property, wtf!?! Tell you what, why don't I come round to your apartment, trash everything you have, and call it "art", then you can tell me there's some sort of moral difference between the two acts.

5:13 AM

Blogger Scraps of Moscow said...

I don't disagree with you, anon. I'm not a writer myself, I just post what I photograph if I think it looks interesting. And I don't think the comparison really holds up when you're talking about spaces like temporary construction fences, abandoned buildings, or bare brick walls of communal apartment buildings.

4:47 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

What an odd argument, private property doesn't stop being private because you aren't using it. Would you feel fine about someone helping themselves to your car while it was in long-term storage?

What's more, are you familiar with the "broken windows" theory of Wilson and Keeling? It suggests there is a, non-causal, connection between petty crime, like graffiti, and violent crime. It might not be good enough to pretend that this is just a harmless hobby.

1:15 AM

Blogger Scraps of Moscow said...

Yeah, I'm familiar with that theory, I don't think name-checking it impresses anyone anymore.

I think you've (intentionally?) misread my comment. A temporary construction fence or a crumbling, abandoned building is not like my car in storage. Are you familiar with the concept of adverse possession in property law? It actually says, basically, that private property _does_ stop being private if it's not used long enough and is used by others without the owner's objection. If the owner of real property doesn't use it, the law favors the property being put to other uses. Now, certainly the judges who developed this common-law doctrine probably didn't have graffiti in mind as one of them, but the point is still valid. Anyway, I don't have a car.

And I don't think I ever said this was a "harmless" hobby. Very few things or activities in this world are harmless. You would probably say that my photographing and posting photos of graffiti is not "harmless," either, since it glorifies this "harmful" activity. Whatever. You don't see me posting photos of ugly graf, like "scratchitti," I try to stick to things that I find aesthetically pleasing. Just think of it as a photoblog of urban landscapes. Does that help?

1:22 AM

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