The Antonio family caught between taggers and the council. They can graffiti their own walls how they like it and at their own expense and face arrest or they can paint the wall of their shop a dirty beige and leave it for the taggers to nail.
Echoes of how councils have little idea on how to tackle graffiti can be found in Manchester where the local council has threatened local residents with tidying up tagging and graffiti on their back fences or face £1000 fines.
Cairns city council in Australia is having a go at trying something different:
“It has just adopted a revised Graffiti Management Policy in which “council recognises aerosol art as a legitimate form of art”.
It has also decided to “provide opportunities where possible for aerosol artists to express themselves safely and legally”.”
Recognising the art form and providing legal environments for them to work, may at least cause a split between the artists and the “vandals”.