A Bristol group called Appropriate Media is outraged by gentrification-causing graffiti writers. So much so that theyâ€™re actually protesting. The anonymous group splashed washable red paint on a Banksy mural entitled â€œThe Mild Mild Westâ€ over the weekend, and nobody understands what they want.
Graffiti artists are the performing spray-can monkeys for gentrification. In collusion with property developers, they paint deprived areas bright colours to indicate the latest funky inner city area ripe for regeneration. Pushing out low income families in their wake, to be replaced by middle class metrosexuals with their urban art collections.
But itâ€™s not just the conspiracy between vandals and developers to drive up housing prices thatâ€™s the problem.
Appropriate Media oppose the over-articulation of the urban environment. Appropriate Media oppose the over-interpretation of public space by city planners, council regeneration officers, community artists, graffiti artists and other such unrelenting fundamentalists.
With the vague call for â€œthe appropriate and legitimate use of public and private property,” Appropriate Meida is basically a dumbed-down, self-loathing version of New York’s Splasher, the anti-graffiti group that daubed paint on the work of big name street artists like Banksy, Shepard Fairey and Swoon back in 2006 and 2007. One difference though: Appropriate Media didnâ€™t waste time writing their own over-wrought manifesto, they simply plagiarized someone else’s anti-Banksy rant.