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Like all cities, Portland has a lot of '''graffiti art''', '''tagging''', '''vandalism''', and any other words one might use for '''graffiti'''. And like other cities, considerable controversy exists over what is [[public art]] and personal expression, and what is destructive defacement of public and private property. Business owners are in a constant low-level conflict with street artists, taggers and other individuals, and often paint over tags and graffiti (sometimes creating a graffiti that is even less attractive).
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Like all cities, Portland has a lot of '''street art''', '''tagging''', '''slap tags''', '''vandalism''', and any other words one might use for '''graffiti'''. And like other cities, considerable controversy exists over what is [[public art]] and personal expression, and what is destructive defacement of public and private property. Business owners are in a constant low-level conflict with street artists, taggers and other individuals, and often paint over tags and graffiti (sometimes creating graffiti that is even less attractive).
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In reaction to graffiti seen around town, [http://www.portlandonline.com/oni/index.cfm?c=38630 Portland City Code 14B.85] was proposed and passed by the city council in 2007 to control access to tools associated with graffiti, including spray paint. The code was also created to record sales of those materials, to be turned over to law enforcement in an attempt to connect sales to incidents of graffiti as vandalism.
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The City of Portland's Office of Neighborhood Involvement includes a [http://www.portlandonline.com/oni/index.cfm?c=32420 Graffiti Abatement Program] for businesses to pay each month to have tags removed.
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In September of 2018 a local graffiti artist named Mook was [https://www.koin.com/news/crime/-m-o-o-k-graffiti-connected-to-now-arrested-tagger/1443685320 arrested in connection to tens of thousands of dollars worth of damages to ODOT property] and has been connected to a series of tags around Portland.
  
 
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File:StencilGraffitiOnDumpster.JPG|A more sophisticated stencil art graffiti, but we can't be sure it is from PDX artists - because of the dumpster status.
 
File:StencilGraffitiOnDumpster.JPG|A more sophisticated stencil art graffiti, but we can't be sure it is from PDX artists - because of the dumpster status.
 
File:NE 31st and Glisan graffiti sign.jpg|Stop signs get a lot of love because they almost never get replaced or "cleaned".
 
File:NE 31st and Glisan graffiti sign.jpg|Stop signs get a lot of love because they almost never get replaced or "cleaned".
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File:Yuppie Scum.jpg|Some graffiti provides eloquent social commentary (click to enlarge).
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File:Backspace bathroom 2012-02-10.jpg|Bathroom at [[Backspace]]
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Image:Bleeding Heart near MLK and Hawthorne Bridge.jpg
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Image:Blimpdick near Water Avenue and Stark.jpg
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Image:Graffiti near MLK and Hawthorne Bridge.jpg
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Image:Street Art in East Side Industrial.jpg
 
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== More ==
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* [http://www.flickr.com/photos/soycamo/sets/72157633150048256/ Portland graffiti, stencils, and stickers] found by flickr user soycamo.
  
 
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Latest revision as of 17:35, 20 December 2018

Like all cities, Portland has a lot of street art, tagging, slap tags, vandalism, and any other words one might use for graffiti. And like other cities, considerable controversy exists over what is public art and personal expression, and what is destructive defacement of public and private property. Business owners are in a constant low-level conflict with street artists, taggers and other individuals, and often paint over tags and graffiti (sometimes creating graffiti that is even less attractive).

In reaction to graffiti seen around town, Portland City Code 14B.85 was proposed and passed by the city council in 2007 to control access to tools associated with graffiti, including spray paint. The code was also created to record sales of those materials, to be turned over to law enforcement in an attempt to connect sales to incidents of graffiti as vandalism.

The City of Portland's Office of Neighborhood Involvement includes a Graffiti Abatement Program for businesses to pay each month to have tags removed.

In September of 2018 a local graffiti artist named Mook was arrested in connection to tens of thousands of dollars worth of damages to ODOT property and has been connected to a series of tags around Portland.

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