Monday, April 6, 2009

Blue Monday - Tagging Trains

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Johnny and I were out and about, and a train chugged down the tracks. I was shocked to see that several of the cars had been tagged! Now, I love blue, but this is blue abuse.

These are examples I copied from the internet. None of them were of the train we spotted. However, a tag is a tag. Some people think this is art. I say it's defacing private property. What are your thoughts?

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{oc cottage} said...

Blue abuse! Too funny!

M ^..^

ellen b said...

For me it's plain and simple disrespect for someone else's property. Put your art on your own fence or shirt or bike or car! :0)
Happy Blue Monday and Holy Week to you Sally!

Heidi Pocketbook said...

I would say it's glorified graffiti. Yes, it's a form of art, but it's still defacing/trespassing/etc...

Happy Blue Monday☺

Fifi Flowers said...

I say it is defacing!
FUN to be part of your Blue MOnday!
ENJOY your day!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

It's defacing private property even if some of the wording looks pretty ccol. They have no business doing it.

Happy Blue Monday!


Sheila :-)

Unknown said...

While I do consider the work to be art, putting it on someone else's property is definitely vandalism!

Mojo said...

It's artistic, but it's not the kind of art I'd want to find on the side of my truck and I'd probably be pretty cheesed off to find it there.

Lisa said...

Ok I got it now! THANKS! I just happend to not go to bed! Work tomorrow will not be fun! So I love your post and thanks for inviting me to Blue Monday. I'll be back later to check the list out!

HUgs, Lisa

Anonymous said...

Thanks again for hosting the Blue Monday!!

Anonymous said...

You happened to find blue abuse! That part is funny but not the defacing...I agree it is vandalizing.

Kathy b

CC said...

Hi Sally..
Yes, In a way..I think it's a way of art expression, however,there are other ways to express yourself than at others expense.Graffiti is graffiti and I don't want it on my car.Happy Blue Monday, hope it's a great day.

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

My thought is that if you think it's art, put it on canvas; not on someone else's property! laurie

Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

I consider it art, just art in the wrong place, you should never deface anyone's priate property. They should be punished for it.

Lisa said...

Sorry I linked in twice. I just figured out the permalink! Sorry again!

Tink *~*~* said...

I think it's art that defaces public property. If only they would stick to canvas, or perhaps the side of a building that they have permission to decorate.

Tink *~*~*
Cruising the Sassagoula River

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Sally I think its Art...but don't like seeing it on private property..Let them paint there own house and not live next door to me...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

claudie said...

It's a BIG NO NO in my books Sally.
Keep it on canvas.
Happy Blue Monday
Love Claudie
P.S. Wow I felt like I was screaming...did you plug your ears?

Terry said...

Wow ,Blue Monday for whoever has to do the cleanup. Maybe there should be a contest for the best graffiti remover solution .Not to take away from freedom of expression but isn't this on private property, Or perhaps the artist thought it was public prperty ?
Happy Blue Monday everyone.

imjacobsmom said...

Oh Boy, that is really something - I agree it's vandalism. We had a house on a corner in my hometown that got nailed every year - over and over I sure felt sorry for those folks. ~ Robyn

Chandy said...

Cool trains! The graphics are unbelievable! I wonder how the cleanup was gonna be like!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hi Sally,
Thank-you again for being such a nice hostess and having Blue Monday. Cindy

artis1111 said...

If they would just atke that art ability and put it on canvas they would make a fortune. It is like the paintings with just three lines of color and they call it art. I don't get that either.Kathy

Bingo said...

This is my first time visiting your blog because I wanted to see what Blue Monday was all about. I am glad I did. By the way, I love your photos of the train cars...too bad those talented artists can't find a place of their own to display their work instead of public property.

Bo said...

This kind of thing makes me say,
"Grrrrrr!"....It is so wrong...
;-) Bo

Unknown said...

It depends, if it looks pretty, it's fine with me.
If it's just for the sake of a Graffiti,...nope, not good.

In Germany they had some artists come over and officially do some subways. That was way cool.

Anyhow, happy Monday :)

Gemma Wiseman said...

Commissioned artwork in public places is one thing! Impulse spraying on private property is quite another matter! Especially if the tag is just a personal name!

Serenata said...

Personally if it is seen as 'art' I don't like it. I have to agree with most of the other comments it should be kept to their own property or when commissioned.

Carrie said...

This is defacing private property to feed their own need for self expression.

The Bliss Journey said...

Art is very subjective, but it should be created on something that belongs to you. Defacing someones property is a crime.

Ginger said...

It;s pretty, but pretty cheeky if they didn't get permission!

Sweetie said...

It is some kind of art that would be appropriate some places. However, it is neither appropriate or legal to deface trains in this way. It was a great post for a Blue Monday.

Beverly said...

Whoa! It almost looks as if they hired someone to do them professionally. However, I agree unsolicited graffiti is wrong!

Unknown said...

It's not art - just fancy lettering on a large scale. But it is an interesting example of how society interfaces with its surroundings.

We see less interesting graffiti on the sides of barns and on bridges here in Western New England.

There is an English artist by the name of Banksy whose real identity is not known. He creates some really interesting artwork on private property. Some see it as art, others as defacing property. Either way, his work is fascinating, clever and fun to look at. Unlike the run-of-the-mill graffiti you typically see.

LuLo Designs/Blue Eyed Tango said...

I'm new to Blue Monday so I wanted to thank you for hosting! I love your background! I do agree that there's a place for art....and this is not it! I'm an artist too so I do not believe it should be expressed in this manner. Lu

jeanne said...

Good morning Sally, we are home at last. All went well as can be and Beth is now at peace. Thank you for your kind words Sally.

This so called art is not attractive to me. It is abuse for sure. The colors are surprising. Pastels and Blue and Pink etc. Interesting though.
How do people get away with this?


Kammy said...

Well I posted my "first Blue" still
working on tha Mr Linky thing....
Love your site, thanks ! Kammy

Baba said...

My blue Monday is ready and shows my family wearing the color blue in different shots!!!

Shirl said...

Hello Sally, Happy Blue Monday! Yes I agree this is defacing private property. Looks like it might have taken some time to do. I wonder how they got away with it.
Have a great week and a Blessed Holy week!
Shirl Shirls Rose Cottage

bj said...

This isn't art...It is just fancy lettering, any way you look at it and putting paint or anything like it on another's property is W.R.O.N.G.
Thanks for hosting today!!
xo bj

Knitty said...

I don't care if someone recreates the Mona Lisa...if it isn't their property or done with permission, it isn't right.

I don't have a Blue Monday post ready today and I am about to leave the house without time to come up with something. Perhaps the grays skies and snowy slush that accumulated overnight which makes us feel blue here in MI would qualify. ;)

Barb said...

Sally, that is amazing. I like it though.


Lynda said...

Wow! That doesn't look like graffiti that was slapped up there as a spur-of-the-moment thought! Hopefully, those doing this were invited to 'art' up the trains.

Thank you, Sally, for hosting, and Happy Blue Monday, all !

LADY JANE said...

Sally...I agree with YOU! It may be ART but it is still wrong! I know in our community the defacement of property like this causes great expense to the taxpayers! In downtown Joliet there are beautiful Murals with hours and hours of work by true artists that have been defaced by gang graphics! I find it shameful that those that may have the talent and can create these graphics can not put their "talent" to better use! I say that perhaps if caught defacing personal or public property there should be stronger penalties! Happy Blue Monday!

jlshall said...

Those are great shots. Actually, I kind of like the train-art graffiti, as long as it's well done. And these are some pretty nice examples. And a lot of good blues!

Bridget said...

The first one is really cool looking but it is a shame that the "artist's" talents are not channeled in the right direction. Kids with talent like that could and should be putting it to good use instead of defacing private property. I'd rather see the trains clean and the art elsewhere.

Russ said...

Art yes, but don't put it private (or public) property without permission.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Art of any kind on someone else's property without their permission is simply not respectful!


Sue said...

Hi Sally,
I agree with you It is defacing public property. It would be great if they would put their talents to better use. Thank you for sharing.

Anonymous said...

I'm with you.It is defacing someone elses property.Why don't they paint it on their own house and see wheat Dad says about it?...Ann

Anonymous said...

I have to agree with you Sally. I think it's a little much.

♥ Kathy said...

It's not right to paint them on property other than their own but I do think they are beautiful. Happy Blue Monday Sally ♥

Betsy Banks Adams said...

I agree with you, Sally... It is defacing private property... NOW--if the 'owners' give permission to add graffiti--then that's okay. I like to see old buildings fixed up with graffiti (or art--as they call it).. That is done with permission and is very different.

Let's hope for no damage here the next couple of days due to the upcoming freeze.

Anonymous said...

It makes me so angry every time I see this kind of thing. We don't see it as much around here as we did for awhile.
Happy Blue Monday.

Tricia said...

I think I'll leave it at, while I agree that the defacement of public and private property is wrong, I get it and quite often I get the message.

My Blue Monday has eagles and sky.

Tabbikat's Thoughts

Musings of A Minister said...

It's only 7:30 A.M. here in Scottsdale. I usually start thinking serious thoughts around 10:00. I'll have to get back to you.

Diane of Crafty Passions said...

I hate graffiti of any kind I dont care how well done it is, its defacing someone's property.

Anonymous said...

I didn't word that right. Hubby made the birdhouses, not the armoir. I thought that was a little misleading before I posted it. I put a note under the picture now to clarify it.

Julie said...

No matter how pretty it looks or the amount of talent it takes; tagging is vandalism and therefore wrong. Thanks for hosting this series. I am loving seeing all the blue.

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Just this weekend, my daughter, home from college, on spring break, mentioned as we drove by our town how much she loves seeing the graffiti . I have mixed feelings about it. Having lived in Manhattan, some of the graffiti was real artwork...the gang stuff gives me the chills though. I came to appreciate it when I was introduced to Keith Harings work in the the 70's. Great Blue Monday post.
♥, Susan

Salmagundi said...

I hate tagging of any sort - yes, it is defacing and disrespecting property that doesn't belong to you. Sally

Libby's Library said...

I'm with you 100%!

Kathleen said...

We have a little pub that invited local artists to do a mural on a wall that faces an alley.. That is different than what was done to those trains.
You can be sure on your tax dollars will be used to clean it to me it is not art but defacing public property.
I am new to Blue Monday...I love blue though..

Neabear said...

I like the first comment...Blue Abuse! Anyway, I too think it is defacing property even though some of it looks quite good. Those who do that should find a better way to display their art.

Blondie's Journal said...


I never heard of the term "tagging", but I agree with everyone wholeheartedly~this is not the way to display your artistic abilities.


Ruthie said...

I agree - defacing public property for sure. Someplace I read there was a place built for taggers to put up their artwork, and it saved the other places from defacement.
Thanks for posting Blue Monday. Blues are so beautiful and it's amazing how many wondrous blues there are!

Valerie said...

Can't say much more than what's already been said, but I'll give you my educator perspective...

Where was a classroom teacher or art teacher when this kid was doodling all over his notebooks...b/c ya know he was! (Probably defacing school desks too!) When still teaching, I was always on the lookout for these kinds of kiddos...the ones where art and creativity didn't mesh with a typical day in the public school classroom!

Too bad their talent and creativity isn't gracing the walls of a private art gallery instead of defacing public property!

Joyce said...

Hi Sally! just posted my first Blue Monday post~ thanks so much for doing this!

Judi said...

Happy Blue Monday
I think its great art but it is definately defacing property! Where does that art belong then I wonder...I don't know.

I love your header too. So lovely and blue!

have a lovely day

The Raggedy Girl said...

We once went to see some ancient rock carvings from early Nevada Indians and I pondered was this considered graffiti in that day. The artistic quality of them is awesome but I am "The Obedient Daughter" at heart and it not their property so it is a no no.

Have A Wonderful Day
from Roberta Anne

Pink Slippers said...

You are a riot!

Heidi Jo the Artist said...

I think it is art, but not all art is legal. I like to look at it when trains go by in our neck of the woods. I’m not sure how I would feel though if I bought a brand new train and someone defaced it right away…good post! Happy Blue Monday!

Heidi Jo the Artist
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Barbara H. said...

I do think it is artful, but it is also defacing. They should practice their art in legitmate ways.

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

I guess graffiti has taken on an art of it's own. Great photos!Sorry I'm so late in participating, but I always say, "better late than never"!

Ruby said...

Sally, I'm back again. It was easy to find something blue to post. Thanks for letting me play. Ruby

Barbara Jean said...

Thanks for coming to visit, and for hosting.

Love all the blue posts.

Barbara Jean

Darlene said...

Some of it is really neat but it is still vandalism if it is not their own property or if they have not been invited to do the tagging. Hope you are having a great Monday!

The blog of MBW said...

I say it is defacing. I might join your Blue Monday next time. This is fun. :-) Have a nice day!

Anonymous said...

Afternoon, Dear Smiling One! Oh my! Blue abuse! I can't read what it says on these train cars! Am I supposed to?
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

RobinfromCA said...

If it's vandalism, it's not art. It costs thousands of dollars to clean this off of just one car and that cost is passed on to the passengers and the freight customers (you and me). The rail industry is already hurting and has been since way before our latest economic woes. This just makes me sad.


Anonymous said...

Artistic vandalism, based on gang territorialism. And vast amounts of it are created by adults, not kids. Life in "that other America," fighting for survival in neighborhoods that few of us ever venture into, or begin to understand.

Yes, the costs of cleanup are passed on to us, IF it's cleaned up at all. Tag and graffiti removal rarely becomes a priority until neighborhood incomes rise above the subsistence level. Wealthier neighborhoods aren't the provenance of taggers ... you're more likely to see spray-painted obscenities (written by the middle class kids who live there) than actual tagging.

Tagging IS art -- territorial gang-related art -- and tagging trains is a relatively safe way to get your name/gang/tag out into the world beyond your own neighborhood.

Do I condone it? No. Do I understand it? Yeah, I do. I've worked with these kids, taught them and counseled them and tried to help them create better lives for themselves and their families. And I do see the art in it, which is one heck of a lot more than I can say for Rap music ... aaargh!

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Susan B said...

I agree with is defacing private property!

Picket said...

Hey Sally...I see these all the time down here..I hate to see the old railcars painted up like that...the old trains are such a part of our history.

Happy Blue Monday girl...not that I'm a blue person but I just wanted to wish you a Blue Monday seeings as how you kinda like blue and all..that's all I'm saying...just wanted to be kind to a friend and all...seeing as how you love blue..not that there is anything wrong with that mind you....huh...why did you open the door like that Sally...ohhhh I see...don't want me to wear out my sweet of you! lol lol

Carrie said...

I just got to post for Blue Monday on my other blog. It is related to this special Easter week.

Cottage Rose said...

Hey Sally; Too bad they don't put their talent for painting to good use. Instead of defacing privet property.


Judith said...

yes I agree with you Sally. What annoys me even more is when the artist 'feels' that they have the right to deface someone's property with their artwork. Judith

Sandra said...

Great post. Too bad these people couldn't put some art where someone wants it. I like this weekly feature too. I checked out a few of the links and enjoyed them very much.