Monday, November 09, 2009

Why is this legal? 3

Should it be legal to teach children how to vandalize our city? Isn't that carrying progressivism too far? Thanks to the NY Times's Bay Area Blog, we learn that the folks at 1000 Howard Street offer such classes:

We also offer graffiti classes, taught by local legends, to anyone with a passion for the urban arts. To check out our gallery showings, go to We ship worldwide out of our store located at 1000 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94103. You can reach us at 415-861-5089 Wednesday through Sunday, 12-8pm (excluding Holidays).

They also sell the spray paint and markers to future and present vandals. They only offer the course to kids who are at least 14-years-old, but it's not clear why. Why not 13 or 12? Why not as soon as a child can hold a spray can? The city should shut this operation down and force them to defend their behavior in court.



At 6:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Grow up.

At 7:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a very cool gallery space; check it out.
There's a great selection of art on display, along with books covering the topic. It's not a shabby hole in the wall.

At 10:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Urban Arts" - ha!

As someone who's had to spend more than 12 hours repainting the front of my building to remove someone's idea of "urban art", I'm in complete agreement that these folks should be considered accessories to the crime of vandalism, and put out of business.

All of the products they sell are expressly designed for the purpose of vandalism. Amazing.

At 10:12 PM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

Maturity is accepting this juvenile bullshit as a permanent part of life in SF? Not acceptable.

At 10:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

it is sad that in such a progressive city, we can not accept all forms of art, and yes i believe graffiti is a legitimate form of self expression, just like how you and i are both able to leave these comments here.

At 2:38 AM, Blogger joeygirl said...

Only until recently (what we know as modern-day civilization) has graffiti been downgraded to be called vandalism. This is due to the fact that city officials and authorities of the like are the ones who dictate how a community should look instead of the people who live in it.

Though I do agree that graffiti on private property is wrong, graffiti on public property is a completely different story.

At 4:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Next thing you know, someone'll be teaching them to read!

At 8:18 AM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

Why are so many of you twits using the "sad" trope? You're too sad to capitalize "I"? Come off it. Vandalizing someone else's property is not art; it's vandalism by self-indulgent, no-talent punks. Commenting on a blog that invites comments is hardly the same as defacing property that doesn't belong to you.

At 8:36 AM, Blogger bjneuman said...

is this serious?
if these courses should be illegal because spraypaint can be used to "vandalize," then shouldnt martial arts courses be illegal because those techniques can be used to kick rob anderson in the nuts?

At 9:41 AM, Blogger missiondweller said...

At anonymous 10:34: Please let me know where you live. I'd like to "express" myself on the front of your building. I'm sure you have no problem with my "right" to do this correct?

At 11:39 AM, Blogger norcalbarney said...

An art course in a gallery is not promoting anything illegal. I enjoy graffiti greatly. I enjoy walking around and seeing who's written on walls.

Why don't you rant about the murder factories, I mean shooting ranges? How dare they teach someone to kill everyone?????? AHHHHHH!!!!!

We should probably start banning the "scary" books, too.

At 12:50 PM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

"An art course in a gallery is not promoting anything illegal. I enjoy graffiti greatly. I enjoy walking around and seeing who's written on walls."

Maybe it isn't illegal, but I'd like to see that issue settled in court. Make them justify their anti-social activities. Of course you enjoy graffiti; you're an asshole.


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