The ugly, illegal practice of “tagging”, the scrawling of nicknames on walls and billboards, is widespread. Hughes correctly observes that. But try as it might, tagging cannot nullify good street art. To obsess on the evils of it is to shut yourself off from the virtues of real street art and run the risk of merging them both under one ill-informed banner. In the end, the tagger will always lose the battle with the street artist even though the tagger tries harder to be noticed. But it is not, nor ever has been, the real story.
Look around you. It’s just street art
May 16, 2007 [The Age]