In today's world nothing can be called WRONG anymore. Jagoffs who spray paint other people's properties without permission are now heroes & artists... We can't say they are wrong. It's a new politically correct world... Negroes and Illegal Beaners can do no wrong...the media saves the WRONG for white people and their actions... Unless of course they are Gay Whites or Whites Dating Colored People...
Ald. Mike Zalewski (23rd): Make graffiti / tagger vandals pay - Tagging & Graffiti on the rise
Concerned about a spike in gang graffiti in Chicago neighborhoods and a slowdown in city removal of it, an influential alderman is gearing up for a major offensive against juvenile vandals and their parents.
Photo: Miguel Aguilar, 36, a former illegal graffiti artists, now teaches kids the process and aesthetics of graffiti art at the Yollocalli Arts Reach center, in Chicago.
Teen tagger now an art teacher
To members of the underground graffiti subculture, he’s one of Chicago’s most respected artists. But in the eyes of the law, Miguel Aguilar was for many years simply a teenage criminal.
“If the punishment had been stricter, it’s possible I may have stopped sooner — it’s hard to say,” says Aguilar.
Now 36 and teaching the history of graffiti at the Art Institute of Chicago, Aguilar started writing graffiti as a 13-year-old. He was twice arrested in his teenage years, spent a couple of nights in jail and was forced to pay fines and to do community service, he said.
But Aguilar — who says he has been painting legally for two decades — believes the real turnaround in his life came when he entered a graffiti contest sponsored by the Chicago Transit Authority.
“One of the rewards was a small scholarship to the Art Institute — I’d never even heard of it, but once I went there I got serious about the art form,” he said. “It gave me that confidence to ask permission from store owners to paint on their walls.”