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Mississauga graffiti message, “FUCK THE POLITIANS WHY DO THEY GET PAID SO MUCH THERE R VOICE THEY EAT WHILE WE STARV”

February 26th, 2013  

This is a follow up to my May 28, 2012 blog, Graffiti Mississauga Report: “FTP” (Fuck the Police), “FUCK THE WORLD”, “FREEDOM”. Is the message changing? where I first began pondering whether the nature of Mississauga graffiti is changing.

Today I report on a graffiti site that I hadn’t visited since September 2012. And there’s been quite the change…

Looking back, I have to say that I could not have understood municipal government without studying youth and graffiti. And as incongruous as it sounds I could not have seen the implications of Alzheimer’s without researching youth and graffiti. Especially (believe it or not) graffiti!

And now’s as good a time as any to remember Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion’s Youth Plan Strategy as described in the Mississauga News (June 30, 2009).

“We should concentrate on the 98 per cent that are good youth” —Hazel McCallion

Meaning, let’s write off the 2% that aren’t “good youth”.

So here’s video complete with transcript.

Graffiti Mississauga: Where “FTP” means “Fuck the Police” AND “Fuck the Politicians” (3:11 min)

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH reporting from undisclosed graffiti study site in Mississauga, May 25, 2012

It is Monday, February the 25th, 2013 and I just want to document an area that I haven’t really seen since, gosh, Fall, I would say.

This is all new material. And there’s been a lot more “FTP”s lately —”FTP” “Fuck the Police”— in this area. And that may be because of some arrests by Peel Police of graffiti writers. So word may have gotten around.

Except for one thing.

Down here, I would say in light green lettering —it looks like it says, “SENSR”, “FOLLOW THE PAINTERS”.

But I had speculated back in December [note, actually it was May 2012] that the nature of Mississauga graffiti is changing. And that there are now, instead of tags like this. Or like this —these are throws, actually, but they’re still tags. We now are more message-based like “FUCK THE GOV”ernment.

Or in Erin Mills, it was “This is Not Freedom” and also “MEDIA LIES!” And as I said, this site is getting more “FTP”s.

I’d always thought it meant “Fuck the Police” but I got quite the surprise when I saw this the other day. There’s the “FTP” and I thought, oh “Fuck the Police” but no. It’s “Fuck the Politicians”!

And this came as a huge surprise.

“FTP” “Fuck the Politicians”.

Now the other surprise is the colour —which is quite a happy sea-foam green. And maybe that’s all these guys had to write with. Somehow, this looks like a friendlier “Fuck You!!” than if it were in dark black.

But still now the question is, is that “FTP” right there —does it mean “Fuck the Police” or “Fuck the Politicians”?

And as always I don’t report this stuff —I just document it.

I gotta say I certainly sympathize with these two messages right here.

This one here. Let me just say:

“FUCK THE POLITIANS [sic]

WHY DO THEY GET PAID SO MUCH

THERE R VOICE

THEY EAT WHILE WE STARV

FUCK YOU!!”

And I recognize this particular artist. And I’m embarrassed to say that I can’t make that out.

And more “FTP”s and the question is, does that mean “Fuck the Police” or “Fuck the Politicians”?

Anyway, there’s more stuff so I’m going to turn the camera off. And report later. Turning camera off.

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA "FTP FUCK THE POLITICIANS"

From the same site.

GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA, So. Does "FTP" mean "Fuck the Police" or "Fuck the Politicians"?...

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

Additional Resources

May 2012 Graffiti report from the same site.

Graffiti Mississauga: “FTP” (Fuck the Police), “FUCK THE WORLD”, “FREEDOM”. Changing messages?

Mississauga Graffiti Report: “MEDIA LIES!”, “This is NOT Freedom” —and Gratitude to the Toronto Star

January 6th, 2013  

Last blog I shared video of Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion once again dumping on The Mississauga News calling it “the local wrapper for advertising”.

Here, for the record are her exact words.

“We have dealt with the Budget and the increase— don’t believe what you read in the newspapers! Please! Check it, before you believe it.

The increase in taxes was 2.6%. Not 7 to 8% as reported by the local wrapper for advertising. You know what that is? The local wrapper for advertising. I think they call it a newspaper.

So it just shows you how the press tries to mislead the public.”  —Hazel McCallion, January 1, 2013

Hazel McCallion won’t be getting any opposition from me for calling The Mississauga News “the local wrapper for advertising” but I would certainly dispute her generalizing her contempt for all press in the statement “So it just shows you how the press tries to mislead the public.”

Believe me! When it comes to misleading the public, the City of Mississauga really does Lead Today for Tomorrow!

McCallion’s contempt for the Press leads nicely into the topic of today’s blog —Graffiti in Mississauga. Now I can’t be sure but I think that the nature if Mississauga graffiti may be changing. Changing from tags and pieces where you can identify the writer/artist to more message-based graffiti where it’s completely anonymous.

Graffiti Mississauga "This is NOT Freedom" and "MEDIA LIES!"

So here’s video of Mississauga’s latest graffiti “This is NOT Freedom” and “MEDIA LIES!”.

As always, complete with video transcript.

Graffiti Mississauga: “MEDIA LIES!” and “This is NOT Freedom” (2:16 min)

(Click here to go directly to YouTube)

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH returning to document graffiti at Location 01-12/12/24,  December 24, 2012.

It is Sunday, [sic] December 24, 2012. And I’m parked here by an auto dealer so that I can document the graffiti right there.

I documented it last night but it was quite dark —it was around 5:05 pm. So I just want to make sure that I got a good look at it.

“This is NOT Freedom”.

And my still camera really can’t do that good a job from this far away. You see this video camera can do this.

So I’m going to drive down Erin Mills Parkway and see if I can’t get a photograph the other way.

Here’s something interesting. We got a man walking.

And —that should do.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH returning to document graffiti at Location 02-12/12/24,  December 24, 2012.

It is Sunday, [sic] December 24, 2012 and I’ve pulled over Erin Mills Parkway to document this.

And I have to say that yesterday when I was driving along Erin Mills Parkway and noticing graffiti that said, “This is NOT Freedom”, I don’t recall seeing this —along this wall.

Now I admit it was kind of getting dark. But I really really don’t think that was there yesterday. At 5:05 anyway when I was videotaping “This is NOT Freedom” up in that direction.

So.

“MEDIA LIES!”. Oh yeah. I agree with that. But Government lies so much more.

And then we can always be grateful for Media like the Toronto Star and their investigative reporting. Especially when they file Freedom of Information and get behind the Government Lies and their Government Public Face.

So. I can not disagree with that message.

Turning camera off.

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

UPDATE: January 10, 2013. Yesterday while driving to the gym, we noticed that both “This is NOT Freedom” and “MEDIA LIES!” have been removed by authorities. Buffing occurred some time between Sunday, January 6th and yesterday.

Removal, is of course, the fate of graffiti. Removal is why we document it! This voice especially, had something important to say.

And the sign said, “The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls”
And whispered in the sounds of silence

Sounds Of Silence
Artist: Simon & Garfunkel
Album: Sounds Of Silence

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA "FREEDOM" documented May 27, 2012

“Politics is a nasty, unpleasant, mean-spirited business, which is presumably why some of us are drawn to it. (Many of us are nasty, unpleasant, and mean-spirited people.)” —Warren Kinsella, 2007

 

Mississauga Graffiti report: It’s not graffiti without the police! And the “Bomb It” documentary.

December 12th, 2011  

The MISSISSAUGAWATCH Christmas message?…

“The System is CORRUPT, there is no way to fix it.” Ho! Ho! Ho!

So. Today’s video, complete with transcript.

Mississauga Graffiti report: It’s not graffiti without the police! And the “Bomb It” documentary (14:34 min)

(Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube)

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH reporting from undisclosed graffiti location in Mississauga. December 2, 2011

It is Saturday, December the 2nd, 2011.

There was a really interesting, revealing documentary on graffiti just a couple of days ago. And I thought now would be a good time to summarize some of the graffiti sites in the City of Mississauga that I’ve been documenting since April 2009.

Most of the material I’ve never put up on the internet either in photographs or in video. And the main reason for that, to be clear, is I know that if any of these writers were to get caught, anything that I might post on the internet would be used against them. And so that’s why I try to keep as much of it as possible off the Net and just primarily for research.

But I thought also that now is the time to start properly reporting on graffiti. And also using parts of the documentary that I saw. I believe it was called, “BOMB IT”.

And I thought one of the best things to do first of all is to come to some agreement regarding terms.

What I’ve done is I’ve highlighted all the terms. I’ve gone through them and these are the graffiti terms that I want to read in, for the record —and see how many apply here at the City of Mississauga. I’ll start with “U” first of all because there’s really an important one.

And it’s “UP”. And Up,

“Describes a writer whose work appears regularly everywhere and who is currently writing.”

So this guy here, “HACR”, is “up”. Meaning his graffiti is “up”. His tags are “up”.

So I guess what happens is as soon as you tag, you’re “up”. That doesn’t mean that you’re an “up” artist as seen regularly. However, “HACR” here is truly “up” because —he’s pretty ubiquitous. You can find his work very small on trucks.

Like for example, right there is a “HACR” on a white cube truck. And also he does rather large pieces like this as well.

So now you know what UP is, let’s go here with the “A”s and “ALL CITY”.

“What a writer is considered to be when he/she is “up”, but this term implies more status than being just “up”. Many people can be “up”, but only a select few can be considered “all city”. Can also refer to a crew instead of just one writer. “

And in the case of “HACR” he’s truly “up”. He’s the prominent writer in Mississauga. And the other one, I would say is quite prominent is “MYOH”. The two are frequently seen together and they’re part of the “OGC” graffiti crew.

So. That’s “ALL CITY”. Let’s go with “BACK IN THE DAY”.

“BACK IN THE DAY”

Refers to the “old days”, old school, or when a writer first started writing. Also a hip-hop/rap term.

“OLD SCHOOL”. Let’s see what it says about “OLD SCHOOL”.

General term used to refer to the early days of writing, more specifically, the mid 70s to ’82 or ’83. Also may refer to hip-hop music of this period. Old-school writers are given respect for being there when it all started, and specific writers are remembered for creating specific styles.

[Video clip courtesy of graffiti documentary "BOMB IT" begins]

Graffiti artist “Cornbread”, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

I was the world’s first graffiti artist. It started here in Philadelphia and went to Europe, Japan, Africa —you name it it’s there. And all roads leads back to me.

Lorenzo McKray “Cornbread“s brother, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

—as he did, his name just seemed to grow and grow and grow. He just became a household name more or less.

Graffiti artist “Cornbread“, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1971, a friend of mine named Cornelius Hosey got killed.

The newspapers thought the “Corn” was for “Cornbread” and they erroneously announced my death in the newspapers.

I went to the Philadelphia Zoo. I wrote on the concession stands. I wrote on the wall where the monkeys at. Where the lions is at. On the park benches.

I wrote, “CORNBREAD LIVES” on both sides of the elephant.

I got locked up for that.

[Video clip courtesy of graffiti documentary "BOMB IT" ends]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH reporting from undisclosed graffiti location in Mississauga. December 2, 2011

“THROWUP”

Over time, this term has been applied to many different types of graffiti.  It is a name painted quickly with one layer of spray paint and an outline.

Throwups are generally only one or two colors, no more.

[Video clip courtesy of graffiti documentary "BOMB IT" begins]

Graffiti writer “COPE 2″

This is how we do a throwup. I’m going to show all you new jack mother******s out there.

First you do your outline. Then you fill it in. Using a fat cap, which spreads real quick, as you can see. Now I’m outlining my throwup. Take me up to a minute or two.

BOOM. And that’s it, baby. It’s a wrap.

[Video clip courtesy of graffiti documentary "BOMB IT" ends]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH reporting from undisclosed graffiti location in Mississauga. December 2, 2011

“SCRUB”

A certain type of throwup (usually two colors) that is filled very quickly with back-and-forth lines, rather than filled in solid.

So I would think that this —I’ve already mentioned is a throwup. I also think that this likely qualifies as a scrub. Because it says it’s “a certain type of throwup (usually two colors)” in this case white and black.

You can argue that white and black aren’t colours, feel free. And “that it is filled very quickly back-and-forth lines, rather than filled in solid”.

See, it’s done very, very quickly. And likely because we are here in one of the busiest intersections in Mississauga. So when he’s doing this, there’s always a danger of being caught.

So I think that’s a scrub.

“BITE”

To copy another writer’s style. This is considered a no-no and is looked down upon, even though writers often borrow imagery from cartoons and comics.
“BLOCKBUSTER”. Now this I’ve seen.

Big, square letters, often tilted back and forth and in (usually) two colors. Mainly invented to cover over other people and to paint whole trains easily.

I’ve seen BLOCKBUSTERS. There’s a BLOCKBUSTER at . There’s definitely a BLOCKBUSTER that I won’t give the location to at all.

And they can be seen —they can be sometimes ten feet high.

Really, truly BLOCK BUSTER.

 Here’s one. “BOMB”.

[Video clip courtesy of graffiti documentary "BOMB IT" begins]

Graffiti bomber “Ramm-ell-Zee”

We didn’t call ourselves “graffiti writers”. Society called us that.

We called ourselves “bombers”. We were in the military. The military doesn’t do what you guys think. We don’t care about you.

We’re into Killing.

Burnin’.

[Video clip courtesy of graffiti documentary "BOMB IT" ends]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH reporting from undisclosed graffiti location in Mississauga. December 2, 2011

“BOMB”

Prolific painting or marking with ink. To cover an area with your tag, throwups, etc.

A tag is very quick. Four seconds. That’s it.

Very quick and then you’re on to a new area.

“BUFF”

Any means employed by the transit authority to remove graffiti from trains. The more modern usage is when any graffiti is gone over or removed from any surface, not necessarily just from trains.

But to be clear. Graffiti artists, including “HACR”, when he puts this up, he’s putting it up because he wants it to be visible. And when it’s visible like that he also knows, sooner or later it’s going to be removed.

This is really interesting.

“BURN”

To beat the competition with your style. Also refers to a really good piece, as in one that “burns”.

“BURNER”

A burner is any piece that has good bright colors, good style (often in wildstyle) and seems to “burn” off of the wall.

Now there’s the introduction of “Wildstyle”. So let me read “Wildstyle” to you right now.

“Wildstyle” and I’ve seen these. They’re just incredible.

“WILDSTYLE”

A complicated construction of interlocking letters. A hard style that consists of lots of arrows and connections. Wildstyle is considered one of the hardest styles to master and pieces done in wildstyle are often completely undecipherable to non-writers.

[Video clip courtesy of graffiti documentary "BOMB IT" begins]

Graffiti advocate 1

Pieces are just, you know, your name done in elaborate letters, whether they’re simple style pieces or wildstyle pieces. You have two-colour blends. You got either shadow or 3-D. You add some designs.  Maybe a cloud, a trim.

Graffiti artist “POSE 2″

There a whole art form is based upon lettering. You know how Jazz, you took Jazz and they broke it from its classical form and flipped it and started adding Bebop to it. And different forms.

We did the same thing with letters.

We took the basic alphabet and stretched it. We took a “P” as you see here and elongated it here. And added extensions here. And just added funk to it. Like we do to everything!

Tracy168, president of the Wildstyle crew

You don’t want to lose the basis of the letter. But you want to lose the letter.

Graffiti artist “POSE 2″

It’s taking your name, your identity and like exaggerating it.

“P” “O” “S” “E” “T” “W” “O”. “POSE TWO”.

Graffiti WILDSTYLE artist

Wildstyle isn’t really a style of letters. It’s a way of life. Okay, let’s get that straight right now, yo.

And I’ve got to give a shot out to Tracy168, the president of Wildstyle crew all the way back in the 70’s

Tracy168, president of the WILDSTYLE crew

So I was Wild. Don’t tell me how to live unless you were willing to die for me. But Style. Class. I respect you. You respect me.

So “WILDSTYLE” combined as one word. Became what I lived like. Became who I am.

It couldn’t be me doing it by myself. It took everybody to believe in a certain way of living.

Graffiti WILDSTYLE artist

And we reflected it in our graffiti. In our letters. That’s how we expressed it. That was WILDSTYLE.

We’d go, “Yo. Let’s go to the top of the Brooklyn Bridge. Let’s do a piece right there.” That’s WILDSTYLE.

Doesn’t matter that the letters are all nasty or you know, flowing with style. No, no, no. It’s my name that’s up on Brooklyn Bridge. You ain’t fuckin’ doin’ that my man.

That’s WILDSTYLE.

[Video clip courtesy of graffiti documentary "BOMB IT" ends]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH reporting from undisclosed graffiti location in Mississauga. December 2, 2011

Wildstyle is considered one of the hardest styles to master and pieces done in wildstyle are often completely undecipherable to non-writers.

And that is true. I look at them and I’m just —engrossed by the complexity of these murals. And you can see that interspersed with all of the geometry and arrows and interlocking pieces are letters.

And I mean, I look, and I can’t tell really what it says.

That’s how complicated and indecipherable they are.

So. That was “Wildstyle”.

So now we go back —and it’s clear that a “burner” then, is any really good piece that “burns” and just kind of shouts off from a wall.

“CREW”

A loosely organized group of writers who also tag the crew initials along with their name. Crew names are usually three letters, many times ending with “K”, which stands for “kings” or “kills” in most cases. Some crew names are just two letters, some are four, it all depends.

[Video clip of a 2011 Mississauga graffiti survey begins]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH reporting from undisclosed Mississauga graffiti research site. October 10, 2011

—and I just want to point out, there’s the first evidence of the “OGC” crew. And that’s the crew that “HACR” and “MYOH” belong to.

“MYOH”. “QUEZ”. “HACR”. Looks like “W” —”LJM”. Those are, I would think, part of the “OGC” crew.

You’ve got the “KTC” crew. “KTC” —huge letters at one time. I suspect they did that with rollers.

[Video clip of a 2011 Mississauga graffiti survey ends]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH reporting from undisclosed graffiti location in Mississauga. December 2, 2011

I think that’s one thing that both taggers and graffiti artists know. And that is that their stuff is temporary. The most visible it is, the more likely it’s going to attract the attention and be erased.

So why they do it?

Well, according to the video, “Bomb It”, it’s everything from hatred, hatred of The System. And I mean such pure hatred. Hating everything. Hating everybody —every thing.

[Video clip courtesy of graffiti documentary "BOMB IT" begins]

Graffiti bomber “Ramm-ell-Zee”

We called ourselves “bombers”. We were in the military. The military doesn’t do what you guys think. We don’t care about you.

We’re into Killing.

Burnin’.

[Video clip courtesy of graffiti documentary "BOMB IT" ends]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH reporting from undisclosed graffiti location in Mississauga. December 2, 2011

There’s hatred for authority. Hatred for Others.

[Video clip courtesy of graffiti documentary "BOMB IT" begins]

Graffiti advocate

Public Property! That’s what we should be writing on! The highways! The buses! The trains!

Public! Whatever is paid for by taxes. Bomb them shit! Hit ‘em up!

[Video clip courtesy of graffiti documentary "BOMB IT" ends]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH reporting from undisclosed graffiti location in Mississauga. December 2, 2011

But I do want to say that I have had email conversations with taggers and graffiti artists —I don’t know which, maybe both, who actually respect the police.

They respect the police. They don’t call them “pigs” or “cops”, they call them “police officers”. And I found that really interesting. That they basically considered police to be just part of the process.

In fact an important part of the process, saying if we don’t have the potential for being caught by the police, then it isn’t graffiti that we’re doing.

And then the other thing that was really important is they said, the potential for being arrested —the potential for running into police is part of the adrenalin rush.

And the other thing is too, that a lot of these writers, have, just like this glossary said, have a respect for Old School graffiti artists. That they really do have a culture. Admittedly not the mainstream culture, but there is a culture. There’s a —a tradition.

So you know, it’s a fascinating, fascinating world. And it’s so different from, from —from me.

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

Last. To the writers who left that message at the CathedralS, Hi Back!

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

Mississauga graffiti "HACR" full moon rising. December 12, 2011

Graffiti Mississauga "FLOWN" and train

“EAT THE RICH!” graffiti at Mississauga City Hall. “Words of the prophets”?

October 13th, 2011  

"EAT THE RICH!" Mississauga City Hall October 8, 2011
MISSISSAUGAWATCH has been researching graffiti since April 19, 2009 as part of the now defunct Education and Policy Working Group of the now defunct Peel Youth Violence Prevention Network.

I’ve concluded that rather than evaluate existing social programs for effectiveness, Peel Region simply “defuncts” them, rebrands them and re-trumpets new “successes” of each new initiative.

“Defunct” makes me the only remaining active member of the Peel Youth Violence Prevention Network’s Education and Policy Working Group silly enough to have taken the Peel Youth Violence Prevention Network seriously. But I’m still in it and still researching.

I’ve learned so much studying graffiti! The #1 thing I’ve learned is that Simon & Garfunkel’s Sounds of Silence was right.

And the sign said ‘The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls’
And whispered in the sound of silence

That’s enough of an introduction.

Here’s the video, complete with transcript.

“EAT THE RICH!” graffiti at Mississauga City Hall. “Words of the prophets”? (2:49 min)

(Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube)

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]
[Caspian & Grafhic - Matrix Shit]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH reporting from outside Mississauga City Hall (north entrance), October 8, 2011

It is Saturday, October the 8th, 2011 and I was advised through Twitter that there would be a protest against the Mayor, today, here at City Hall, at 12 o’clock.

And right now it’s 12:13. I’m not coming here to protest so much as to cover it. And I’ve already driven out once around the City Hall. There’s nobody.

However, there is something I’ve noticed since the last time I was here. Right there. That’s new.

And I can tell you because just the other day I was here and I photographed and videotaped that Toronto Star box with the Inquiry headlines.

[Video insert of October 4, 2011 Toronto Star box. Headlines, "If I had known what I know now, I certainly wouldn't have gotten involved"]

And I was parked pretty much the same place I am right now and I sure would have noticed, “EAT THE RICH!”

Anyway, now what I’m going to do, and I always have to have Sony Walkman [sic] on because City Staff lie. Especially their security guards. “EAT THE RICH!”

So. I’m going to go out and take a picture, maybe do a couple of tours and after that—

MISSISSAUGAWATCH reporting from outside Mississauga City Hall (north entrance), October 8, 2011

It is Wednesday, October the 12th, 2011 and this is what the Toronto Star looks like —when it’s in its box.

And I’m here at Mississauga City Hall and just played a hunch and thought, well, let’s see if the graffiti is still up here. And of course, it isn’t.

So, the message here was “EAT THE RICH!”. And just to show you that it’s not necessarily graffiti that they’re against, just messages that they don’t especially like, they got rid of “EAT THE RICH!” but here, “DEMISE” has been up since, oh, I don’t know, 2010. That’s not a problem.

What this means, of course is now I can post the “EAT THE RICH!” that was here ‘cuz I know that was erased not because I posted it to YouTube.

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA, "Dont Be so quick To judge; you only see what I choose to show."

Why research graffiti? (Peel Youth Violence Prevention as related to McMurtry/Curling’s Roots of Youth Violence)

July 20th, 2011  

MISSISSAUGAWATCH Investigation Series, Volume 2,
“Peel Youth Violence Prevention as related to McMurtry/Curling’s Roots of Youth Violence” (#1)

The casual reader will certainly be surprised that MISSISSAUGAWATCH goes from taking a behind-the-scenes look at the four individuals behind a Mississauga political website to reporting on the findings from the now defunct Peel Youth Violence Prevention Network.

And it must surely bewilder that we file a 2011 graffiti video-report from the Hawaiian island of Maui to draw comparisons with graffiti in Mississauga and the City of Hamilton. A reminder: MISSISSAUGAWATCH has been researching graffiti since April 2009 for reasons that we now reveal in today’s report.

WHY RESEARCH GRAFFITI? MISSISSAUGAWATCH

As is now our custom, here’s the video, complete with transcript.

Graffiti: Maui, Hawaii (with research comparisons to Hamilton and Mississauga, Ontario) (7:57 min)

(Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube)

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH reporting July 8, 2011 from Graffiti Study Site 01, Kahalui, Maui, Hawaii.

It is Friday, July the 8th, 2011 and we’ve returned once again to this study site here, graffiti study site on Maui.

This is the third year that we’ve been documenting this. Uh, and it looks already like even the stuff that we had documented back [to husband] I think we were here in November, right?

Husband

Yeah, I think so.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH reporting July 8, 2011 from Graffiti Study Site 01, Kahalui, Maui, Hawaii.

November December, have been erased.

So there’s really an aggressive anti-graffiti programme here on Maui. Very difficult to even find any. And let’s just do a quick shot here. [Note: videotape easily reveals graffiti missed by the eye] and just seems to be no graffiti at all.

But at the same time, when you document, sometimes you really have to document Nothing. And it looks like that’s what we’ve got to do.

[DIP TO WHITE]
[split-screen graffiti comparison same site June 30, 2009 with July 8, 2011]

There’s just absolutely nothing.

We were here in November/December taking a look. It wasn’t dry by the way. We actually had to cross —this was water and we had to get our feet wet as a result. But, you know, clearly the authorities have been here and erased what little had returned since The Big Erase.

And I don’t know when, of course, they went through again with a brush and got rid of it but perhaps it’ll be [in our video record.]

[DIP TO WHITE]

This is mauka [direction towards the mountains]. July the 8th, 2011. [slow, careful pan mauka to makai --direction to the sea.] And there’s nothing going all the way down.

And I will document this.

And there’s nothing here. [slow, careful pan of Wall 2 and then report switches to June 30, 2009]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH reporting June 30, 2009 from Graffiti Study Site 01, Kahalui, Maui, Hawaii.

There’s always this. You always get the intelligentsia  Looks like that says “HEMPR”. And “FANTASTIC”. What’s that say? “PRIDE KAUAI RULES”, I think.

“RUDY WAS HEA”. And that’s American —writing. Looks to me like “06-8-08″ but actually, well —”RESK”.

[DIP TO WHITE]

Just want to document that my husband has made an observation here. That roughly right there was the “I love Maui”, wasn’t it? [split-screen "MAUI June 30, 2009 for comparison]

Remember that beautiful little “I love Maui” thing?

Husband

Yeah.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH reporting June 30, 2009 from Graffiti Study Site 01, Kahalui, Maui, Hawaii.

Okay. Yeah. You can kind of see the remnants right here. Of it. This here.

[DIP TO WHITE]

You have the original white, which I think was the first obliteration. Then there was a beige. Then a gray. And finally another kind of off-white. So somebody has been through here four times.

[DIP TO WHITE]

Husband

I think there’s graffiti out there.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH reporting June 30, 2009 from Graffiti Study Site 01, Kahalui, Maui, Hawaii.

Okay. My husband has pointed out a culvert right there that he says might have graffiti in it. We’ve never gone down that far before but we will.

[DIP TO WHITE]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH reporting June 30, 2009 from Graffiti Study Site 01, Kahalui, Maui, Hawaii.

We’ve got some joggers or walkers there. To give you an idea. [wide-angle of site to close-up of graffiti spray can]

If this is used as often as it looks like.

[DIP TO WHITE]
[camera aims makai --direction to the ocean]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH reporting June 30, 2009 from Graffiti Study Site 01, Kahalui, Maui, Hawaii complete with dogs barking.

It is July the 8th, 2011. We finally —we found it to be a tunnel. And as we were going in, we also found it was guarded here by bees. Not to mention the dogs. Not just those. But over there.

So I suspect that there’s good reason that there’s not much in the way of graffiti returning anymore [inside culvert]. You alert the dogs. and also GAWD, I don’t know whether that was wasps or bees. There’s a nest in there somewhere, but we didn’t even go near it.

Do not need that kind of excitement!

WOW!

[to husband] You got a picture though, right?

Husband

Yes.

MAUI GRAFFITI STUDY SITE, KAHALUI, July 8, 2011, We approached this culvert for the first time and bees (perhaps wasps?) erupted from the top left and that was the end of *that* documentation plan! The bees sure provide context to the white graffiti sayin

MISSISSAUGAWATCH reporting June 30, 2009 from Graffiti Study Site 01, Kahalui, Maui, Hawaii.

Yeah.

[DIP TO WHITE]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH reporting June 30, 2009 from Graffiti Study Site 01, Kahalui, Maui, Hawaii walking/documenting mauka.

Anyway, I want to document that one of the reasons why I’m researching graffiti is that I believe, or have hypothesized that the nature of the graffiti is reflective of the relationship between youth and law enforcement —and specifically police.

And one of the reasons I say that is, that one of my study sites in addition to Mississauga is the City of Hamilton.

And the City of Hamilton just —SHOCKED me. Absolutely shocked me. First of all in the amount of graffiti that there was. Now they have gone on quite an aggressive erasing campaign since.

But the amount of “FTP”s —which is “Fuck The Police”, or “FTC” —”Fuck The Cops”. And also just in bold writing, “FUCK THE COPS” in full letters. I couldn’t believe.

And there’s really in my experience nothing comparable since.

So it makes me question what’s the relationship between the youth in the community at the City of Hamilton.

[DIP TO WHITE]

Again, from the little that I’ve seen of the graffiti here on Maui is similar to the graffiti at Mississauga slash Brampton.

And the City of Hamilton kind of stands out all by itself.

And it demands that you ask the question [sic], why so many “FTP”s? Why so many “FTC”s?

Why is “FUCK THE POLICE” was [sic] written on the sidewalk at Beasley Park?

GRAFFITI, (ANTI-POLICE) CITY OF HAMILTON PARK, FIRST DOCUMENTATION (May 30, 2009) and comparative May 30, 2010
[DIP TO WHITE]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH reporting June 30, 2009 from Graffiti Study Site 01, Kahalui, Maui, Hawaii summing up

What is it? Seinfeld made a show around Nothing, right?

Husband

So they claim.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH reporting June 30, 2009 from Graffiti Study Site 01, Kahalui, Maui, Hawaii summing up

So they claim.

Husband

It will be interesting to compare our visit in November to this one.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH reporting June 30, 2009 from Graffiti Study Site 01, Kahalui, Maui, Hawaii summing up

Absolutely, I agree.

Husband

I don’t think you’re gonna see all this gray-patching and stuff.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH reporting June 30, 2009 from Graffiti Study Site 01, Kahalui, Maui, Hawaii summing up

Yeah.

And have you documented some of the gray patching? Especially over there?

Husband

No.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH reporting June 30, 2009 from Graffiti Study Site 01, Kahalui, Maui, Hawaii summing up

Well, if you could do that, I’d appreciate it.

[DIP TO WHITE]
[Music: Don't crash the ambulance. Mark Knopfler]
[Concluding remarks: The Lesson Here]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH reporting June 30, 2009 from Graffiti Study Site 01, Kahalui, Maui, Hawaii leaving

Just a final comment before I go.

I’m reminded of a Peel Regional Council meeting where Hazel McCallion asked a pretty memorable question. Asked—

[split-screen Hazel McCallion, Peel Regional Council Hazel McCallion's voice superimposed over MISSISSAUGAWATCH]

“What happens if Nothing happens?”

And of course the answer is, Even document Nothing.

Document. Document. Document. Document. Document. Document. Document. Document.

Turning camera off.

[LOGO]
[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

Signed,

The (I have FOUND the Roots of Youth Violence!) Mississauga Muse.

HAZEL MCCALLION QUOTES, "What happens is nothing happens?" Peel Regional CouncilTHING

"What happens if nothing happens?" —Hazel McCallion

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(Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube)

Quote from the video. The Truth about Brampton and Mississauga Youth Anti-Violence Panels. Pastor Andrew King (Etobicoke)

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And as the Pastor said, we have to engage them. We actually have to win back the confidence of our young people.

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Mississauga graffiti research comparative: Burnhamthorpe April 26, 2009 and (ERASED) June 10, 2011

June 11th, 2011  

As is our custom, here’s the video complete with transcript.

Caveat. I had just begun researching graffiti and viewed this wall as large and extensive for no other reason than I had just begun researching graffiti and didn’t know any better.

Mississauga graffiti research comparative: Burnhamthorpe April 26, 2009 and (ERASED) June 10, 2011 (4:47 min)

(Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube)

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT]
[Music: Caspian & Grafhic - Matrix Shit]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (upon discovering a graffiti wall in the Applewood/Burnhamthorpe area, April 26, 2009)

It’s Sunday, April the 26th,  2009, just to give you an idea —and over here we’ve got some examples here of graffiti. An interesting message right there that says, “JUST THE BEGINNING” although it’s kind of faded.

And interesting symbols.

[DIP TO WHITE]

And we’ve got this here. This is quite the —enterprise. There is something right there.

And I’ve got my camera so I’ll take some photographs too.

“JUST THE BEGINNING” —interesting.

And as a matter of fact, it would be interesting to walk this way and just see what we’ve got on this side. Or the extent, oh yeah. And they’ve extended it.

So this seems to be a real interesting hot spot. All the way across here.

Definitely a youth gathering place.

[DIP TO WHITE]

Huhn.  Seems, yeah, looks like beer cans and stuff.

I think that’s clearly —possibly reference to marijuana. But here looks definitely sexual.

Let’s start photographing it.

[DIP TO WHITE]
[HIGH DEFINITION]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (returning to the graffiti wall in the Applewood/Burnhamthorpe area, June 10, 2011)

It is Friday, June the 9th [sic] 2011 and I’m returning to an area that I first documented the graffiti in this area on April, well let’s say April 2009.

And I can see that this area here has been cleaned up, boards have been replaced. This here had writing on it —has been cleared up. Boards replaced right here.

And in through here, there’s a wall going this way that had a lot of graffiti. It was a rather unique graffiti wall. And I’m just wondering if they replaced that too. Now I haven’t been here since last spring.

And yeah, it’s all been covered up. All of it.

[DIP TO WHITE]

So I wonder when this happened.

And that’s what it looks like now. Right in through there. Gone.

Anyway, I’m really glad that I documented it. I tell you, there’s a lot more beer cans around than ever before. Anyway. Huhn.

That’s why it’s important to document graffiti because it really is quite temporary. The authorities eventually find it and erase it. In the case over here, erased. Right there, also erased. Or in some cases completely redone.

Let’s get back in. I don’t even think I’m going to bother taking photographs of this.

Anyway…

[DIP TO BLACK/LOGO]
[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

Turns out that I took photographs after all. To me, “document” means “thorough”. And that means video and pics —even if it’s pics of “nothing”.

So here’s a comparative, April 26, 2009 and what I documented yesterday.

Graffiti wall Mississauga (Burnhamthorpe area) comparative April 26, 2009 and June 10. 2011 (ERASED)
Please click here for the Original (3971 x 1526) version

GRAFFITI WALL BURNHAMTHORPE  APRIL 27, 2009

MISSISSAUGAWATCH April 27, 2009. Despite its ERASE, this wall will remain a graffiti research site for what should be obvious reasons.

Mississauga News, “Graffiti ‘artists’ target City Hall”. MISSISSAUGAWATCH arrives too late…

April 7th, 2011  

Saw the Mississauga News article, “Graffiti ‘artists’ target City Hall” and decided to investigate. Unfortunately I took a long nap first. The old saying is too true, “You snooze. You lose.”

MISSISSAUGA NEWS "Graffiti ‘artists’ target City Hall"  # Joseph Chin # | # Apr 06, 2011 - 12:47 PM

Still. Here’s the video, complete with transcript.

Mississauga News, “Graffiti ‘artists’ target City Hall”. MISSISSAUGAWATCH arrives too late… (4:01 min)

(Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube)

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (reporting from computer work station, April 6, 2011)

It is April 6, 2011 and this is the article in the Mississauga News, “Graffiti ‘artists’ target City Hall” and this is a picture.

[DIP TO WHITE]

And I really did want to go and see the graffiti for myself and you see that the article is posted at 12:47. And it’s really true when they say, “You snooze, you lose” because I showed up significantly later —cuz  I just wanted to check these tags.

Unfortunately by the time I showed up, this had all been erased.

However, there’s nothing that says that I can’t at least file a report on not the graffiti there anymore. So here we go.

[PUSH]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (reporting from inside car at Mississauga City Hall, April 6, 2011  7 pm approx)

It is Wednesday, April 6, 2011 and we’re here at Mississauga City Hall because I read in the Mississauga News that the skateboard plaza, right in there, had graffiti and it even looks like it’s been bombed. So I want to document it before it’s erased.

[DIP TO WHITE]

One of the things that was reported was that there’s a video surveillance camera —despite video surveillance cameras, it still got bombed. And the reality is the skateboard plaza does not have a video surveillance camera at all.

There is one and it’s just been recently installed —right there.

Anyway, what I have done is document the skateboard plaza, I think probably on four or five other occasions. Primarily just to have a look-about because it’s one of my study sites as far as skateboarding study sites is concerned. But I will, if I happen to come upon graffiti, also document it.

So that’s what we’re going to do now.

[DIP TO WHITE]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (walking towards Skateboard plaza, Mississauga City Hall, April 6, 2011)

Again the important thing is when we see a person we shoot down because we don’t want to violate anyone’s privacy. And I sure hope that the graffiti is still up so I’ve got something to document.

There’s a knob unit. Right there. Oop, look at this. Oooo. This doesn’t happen often.

676 car.

[DIP TO WHITE]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (inside the Skateboard plaza, Mississauga City Hall, April 6, 2011)

Now it looks like —yeah, that is new since I’ve looked.

Okay, unfortunately I’ve arrived too late and it’s already been removed. Dang! Too bad!

Oh well.

Yup. Too bad.

[DIP TO WHITE]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (checking out the OutHouse at the Skateboard plaza, Mississauga City Hall, April 6, 2011)

The only thing then that I can record that’s new since the last time is that.

And the only other thing is the last time that I was looking at this, gosh, it might have been last year, Fall? Don’t know.

Oh yeah. Okay. So it’s still there.

That’s cuz the knobs’d never think about lookin’ in here.

[REVERSE CLOCK-WIPE]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (checking out the OutHouse at the Skateboard plaza, Mississauga City Hall, September 9, 2010. Fire/ambulance sirens…)

I’m here at the City of Mississauga —kind of noisy out here but what can you do?

And I was just checking out for graffiti and stuff like this. And I went in here. Take a look at this.

That’s quite the graffiti.

Ewwwwoooh my Gawd!

Oh it stinks in here!

And just imagine the stink.

But.  That ain’t got nothin’ on—

[CUT]

Sheridan College President Dr. Jeff Zabudsky (Hazel McCallion’s 90th Birthday $350.00 a ticket Party, February 12, 2011)

—Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you the Hazel McCallion Campus!

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (at Hazel McCallion’s 90th Birthday $350.00 a ticket Party, February 12, 2011. As audience cheers)

Oh my Gawd! Oh my Gawd…

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA, "S BLOCK" "S-BLOCK" MISSISSAUGA CITY HALL "BOMBED" (MISSISSAUGA CITY HALL MATERIAL courtesy Peel Regional Police through Freedom of Information)

GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA, “S BLOCK” “S-BLOCK” MISSISSAUGA CITY HALL “BOMBED”
(MISSISSAUGA CITY HALL MATERIAL courtesy Peel Regional Police through Freedom of Information)

Mississauga Graffiti High Definition video-report: “The (‘eye-popping’) Cathedral”

August 21st, 2010  

As already reported, I’ve been researching Brampton/Mississauga graffiti since April 19, 2009. Why? Please see our May 13th, 2010 blog, GRAFFITI AND TAGGING IN MISSISSAUGA: INTRODUCING “HACR” (RESTRICTED CONTENT) for a full explanation.

Just over a week ago, a YouTuber tipped me off to the most remarkable graffiti site I’ve ever seen. He told me to prepare for some “eye-popping” graffiti and even that descriptor didn’t prepare me for the —WOW!

I made my first visit on August 12, 2010 and it took all of five minutes experiencing the Feel and I named the place, The Cathedral. This “Cathedral” is so big, its graffiti so extensive, that I couldn’t document everything in just one trip. I returned the next day.

A week passed and then yesterday, I returned with a High Definition camera.

Believe it or not, there were some rather dramatic changes between August 13th and yesterday. I guess with the weekend in between, da graffers had been back at it… Quite the surprise!

That’s enough of an intro. Time to let the videos do the talking. As always, the videos and then the transcripts. And warning, some will find images documented to be offensive.

Video: MISSISSAUGA GRAFFITI-CATHEDRAL Part 1: The Privilege of Discovery (3:46 min)

(Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube)

[TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (first trip to “The Cathedral”, August 12, 2010):

It is Thursday, August the 12th, 2010 and I’m here following up on a tip. About some really amazing graffiti. And oh my god, it’s all over! It’s all over the place.

And I got the tip through YouTube —there’s somebody coming with their dog so I have to give them privacy. And I was told that I’d have to promise not to harm anything.

Guy with dog (“The Cathedral”, August 12, 2010):

How you doin’?

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (first trip to “The Cathedral”, August 12, 2010):

Hi.

And, it’s a privilege seeing this. And I also know just looking at the richness —I mean, I can’t explain it. It’s, it’s incredible!

[DIP TO WHITE]

And the thing is, how do you even go and document something that extends from here, all the way along —to there. And looks like there’s something else over there as well.

(sighs)

Well it’s very clear that I have to be here, come again, and make a day of this.

Look at this, isn’t that a beautiful little C. raptor or something.

“Eye-popping graffiti”, that’s what I was told would be here.

[DIP TO WHITE]

Look at this. I mean… I feel like it’s discovering a cave with artists like—

And that’s what this is to me, it’s Art, it’s -it’s Voices, it’s —look at this.

Ya. There’s “The Doors”. And somebody who looks like they’ve been listening to The Doors all right.

If you see me shooting down it’s to try to protect the location.

[DIP TO WHITE]

See this? Isn’t this amazing, look at this, watch. You go like this, you go all the way this way, look at this! And you know, in here? Then it’s three-deep. It’s over there.

All of this I get to document. And to document it because you never know when authorities will come and delete all this. Because there is evidence here —I’m assuming that the white patching is done by authorities and not by graffiti artists who want a new canvas, I’m not sure.

[DIP TO WHITE]

Look at this.

Like imagine how much more interesting this is than a sterile bridge.

[DIP TO WHITE]

And the question is this, what’s behind those columns on this side? Beautiful.

Turning camera off.

[CROSS ZOOM]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (second trip to “The Cathedral”, August 13, 2010 teaser):

Well I made through the other side as my pants reveal and this is what the other side looks like. It’s amazing.

[TRANSCRIPT ENDS. SEE PART 2]

Video: MISSISSAUGA GRAFFITI-CATHEDRAL Part 2: DON’T TELL ME THAT GRAFFITI ISN’T ART! (3:44 min)

(Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube)

[TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (second trip to “The Cathedral”, August 13, 2010):

It is Friday, August the 13th, 2010 and I’ve once again returned to the site that I was tipped off to yesterday, graffiti site here.

[DIP TO WHITE]

What I want to do today is see what’s across —over there. So the first thing I’ve got to do is figure out the logistics. So I’m going to do a little bit of exploring but that area, I want to see what’s over there.

Turning camera off.

Well I made through the other side as my pants reveal and this is what the other side looks like. It’s amazing. And now I get to see what the other side that I never got to see —is over here. And it’s remarkable, gonna take me a long time to document.

[DIP TO WHITE]

Just for orientation, before, I was on the opposite side of that wall and I came through this way.

So it was a delight to see “MYOH” also on this side. That’s one of his more elaborate pieces of work. And what’s really interesting is over here, I wonder if I can make this out here. You get the name “MYOH”, “QUEZ” —there’s “HACR”. Likely the OGC graffiti crew. There it is.

And I just want to also point out some things here and along this wall. And just to document further, along here, here —and it starts going into darker recesses.

I mean it’s extensive, huh.

I wonder what it’s like at night. Say with a full moon. I know when you talk to Maui surfers, their favourite time for surfing is, believe it or not, at night, under a full moon. And I wonder what this place must look like at night.

It’s almost cathedral-like. Look at it. And it’s definitely, a night place.

[DIP TO BLACK]

Look what I just found. “MYOH”. And a reminder that he’s got one, a way over on that side —here. He’s got another one right there and one on this opposite wall. So he’s really prominent here. That’s beautiful.

[DIP TO WHITE]

I have to say it’s worth coming and looking at every part of this, every square inch. Look what I found. Skeletal fish. But also this. A spray can in their brand of choice. Right there. I’m not going to move it either. I promised that I wasn’t going to touch anything.

[DIP TO WHITE]

I don’t expect this to come out, but take a look at that. Painting of an eye. And then it kind of goes quite nicely into this.

Don’t anybody say that graffiti isn’t Art.

Turning camera off.

STILL PHOTOS
[TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

And then we get to Trip Three. HIGH DEFINITION.

Video: Mississauga Graffiti HIGH DEFINITION “The Cathedral” Report (9:11 min)

(Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube)

[TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (third trip to “The Cathedral”, August 20, 2010)

It is Friday, August the 20th, 2010. We’re back at the Cathedrals —with one difference and that is that this time I have a High Definition camera.

[DIP TO WHITE]

I just want to make sure that I’m documenting every thing I did the other day, but this time in High Definition. And again, it’s just to do this stuff justice. ‘Cuz you never know when the authorities are going to come and erase this.

Just to give you an idea about this, again it goes all the way down here. Along—fortunately this, look at that. I mean, that’s “MYOH” and look what it looks like. It’s almost like —that’s why I said this is such a remarkable place to be, probably at night. And the “MYOH” because it’s in silver, right here looks like it’s sort of shining.

[DIP TO WHITE]

I have a friend who’s also interested in graffiti and documenting it, documenting the material over here.

And I’m so glad now that I’ve got the High Definition camera just to show you this. And that must be really something to see if you come here at night. Specially on a full moon. And I’d also mentioned there’s the “MYOH” here. Just shining in the darkness.

And there’s the reason why I call this “The Cathedral”. Take a look. Isn’t this something?

And, I’ll tell you something else that’s different since the last time I was here. That. Right there. It used to just say, “IT’S TIME”. And someone added “TO GET LAID” and added a kind of smiley face there —an emoticon.

Again, the effect of sunlight. Like that. And here’s what the “MYOH” looks like when sunlight is on it. So you can get this kind of effect here. And clearly there’s going to be a photograph taken of the “MYOH”. It’s difficult sometimes getting these things in.

[DIP TO WHITE]

Funny, he had the same reaction that I did. Which is, you first are against graffiti and then once you really start documenting it, then you realize that there’s some remarkable artists. And even if there isn’t just art, maybe if it’s just tagging and stuff like that ["FAG"]  —that’s important to document too.

That and where’s the swastika I found here? Where is it? Oh yeah. Right there. And right there. Because you want to document the occurrences.

Look at this. Look what’s just in the water.

[CROSS ZOOM]

Let’s see if I can make this shot. The Cathedrals. I’m calling this the West Side. “MYOH”.

[DIP TO WHITE]

Look what I found. A very very old can. Rusted. And I’m just wondering whether that wasn’t the can used to paint that “KTC” ‘cuz there’s no way that was sprayed. Huh.

[DIP TO WHITE]

It is Friday, August the 20th, 2010 and we’re now on the other side which I call the East Side of the Cathedral. And what I’m doing is going to be documenting this —look at the size of that— with a High Definition camera. And also document any changes since the last time I was here. Which was just three of four days ago [sic. actually it was seven/eight days ago.]

And that’s been confirmed, as has, I’m now going to call this the fourth swastika. Remember how I said that swastikas are of interest to me? So, that makes four. And gosh, it would be awful if I didn’t notice that just a few days ago.

[CLOCK WIPE REVERSE]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (re-view of first trip to “The Cathedral”, August 12, 2010 confirms I didn’t notice the prominent swastika the first time!)

It is Thursday, August the 12th, 2010 and I’m here following up on a tip. About some really amazing graffiti. And oh my god, it’s all over!

[CLOCK WIPE]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (third trip to “The Cathedral”, August 20, 2010)

And just documenting. There’s the “OGC” group mentioned the other day. This looks like it might have been painted over. Not sure. We know at least from this thing up here, at least some thing has been surviving since 2008.

[DIP TO WHITE]

So much for my hope to be, for a photograph of me standing besides, “IT’S TIME”. I certainly can’t stand beside that now. But that’s okay. That’s the nature of graffiti. It changes. Boy does it change.

He’s still doing that.

This is a more extensive —site, graffiti site —the largest one that I had documented previous to this was on the Island of Maui, in Kahalui-side. But this —when I asked my friend the first time he saw it, I let him come in here first. I said, what do you think?

And his reaction was, “It’s a good start…”

[DIP TO WHITE]

This for orientation. Here’s where we are. And to point out, I pointed that out last time and I certainly remember “NIRVANA” over here. But this, behind it, I think is new. And it’s quite typical, I think of the way a lot of graffiti artists feel. And that is, it says, “I will never stop. The edge is near.”

But look. Look how far up that guy had to be. Had to maneuver around that one to go there.

That’s one of the things that I say about the graffiti artists that —how, the kind of risk-takers that they are. I mean think about it, look. There it is. And look at what would happen if you miss-stepped. Those are unforgiving rocks.

And yet someone’s been compelled to go that far to say, here’s my message, look how far up I can write it.

INVITED FRIEND/DOCUMENTER ( “The Cathedral”, August 20, 2010):

First of all remember, you can take a half-decent photograph with that camera.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (third trip to “The Cathedral”, August 20, 2010)

Oh, I know I’ve already done it.  Like I did a photograph of that—

INVITED FRIEND/DOCUMENTER ( “The Cathedral”, August 20, 2010):

Yeah.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (third trip to “The Cathedral”, August 20, 2010)

“I will never stop. I edge is near.” But what’s interesting is, just imagine what risk-taking it takes and I don’t remember that—

INVITED FRIEND/DOCUMENTER ( “The Cathedral”, August 20, 2010):

Yeah. I was thinking about that. How the hell, you know, like—

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (third trip to “The Cathedral”, August 20, 2010)

He’d have to negoti—

INVITED FRIEND/DOCUMENTER ( “The Cathedral”, August 20, 2010):

I can see how he can get onto these without too much trouble.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (third trip to “The Cathedral”, August 20, 2010)

Yeah.

INVITED FRIEND/DOCUMENTER ( “The Cathedral”, August 20, 2010):

Getting around that pillar to get up there? That’s taking a —I can see how you do it. I wouldn’t do it.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (third trip to “The Cathedral”, August 20, 2010)

No, and just look, I mean it’s unforgiving. Look at —it’s not like, you know, you’re falling into ten feet of water. That’s rocks and—

INVITED FRIEND/DOCUMENTER ( “The Cathedral”, August 20, 2010):

Oh, you fall down there and if you’re not dead, you’re gonna be very badly hurt.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (third trip to “The Cathedral”, August 20, 2010)

Oh yeah. And yet they do that! And you know what that is? It’s just sayin’, look what I can do.

INVITED FRIEND/DOCUMENTER ( “The Cathedral”, August 20, 2010):

Yeah, oh yeah.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (third trip to “The Cathedral”, August 20, 2010)

And not only look what I can do, I know, the edge is near. But I’m going to do it anyway! It’s just fascinating.

Are you sure you’ve documented everything?

INVITED FRIEND/DOCUMENTER ( “The Cathedral”, August 20, 2010):

I don’t know, no, definitely not.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (third trip to “The Cathedral”, August 20, 2010)

Definitely not, yeah, I know.

INVITED FRIEND/DOCUMENTER ( “The Cathedral”, August 20, 2010):

I’m sure I haven’t documented everything. Absolutely not a chance.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (third trip to “The Cathedral”, August 20, 2010)

Yeah. Well, you know, always come back.

[TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH has been studying/documenting graffiti since April 19, 2009 as part of our research into the Roots of Youth Violence.

MISSISSAUGA GRAFFITI, "IT'S TIME TO GET LAID". LOCATION: THE CATHEDRAL" COMPARATIVE (AUGUST 13, 2010 and AUGUST 20, 2010)

Mississauga graffiti wall removed –and graffiti artists/taggers adapt new strategy

June 22nd, 2010  

It’s funny how things work out…

I can’t even count the number of Peel Youth Violence Prevention Working Group and Steering Committee meetings I’ve sat in on since their inaugural March 2007. Then there was observing four (bogus) Mississauga Youth Plan meetings. And sitting in on Peel Regional Council meetings when the Peel Youth Charter or youth issues were on the agenda. And myyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy but the adults talked. And talked. And talked.

But the very youth that the politicians and bureaucraPs were entrusted to help just never showed. Indeed, in the case of the City of Mississauga, steps were taken to ensure that “bad youth” had better think twice if they wanted their say. You know, the two percent youth that Hazel McCallion does not consider “good youth”.  The “two percent” youth that our public institutions loathe.

As readers know I began studying Brampton/Mississauga graffiti back in April 2009. Since then I’ve compiled hundreds of photographs and many hours of videotape. I will never post the majority of the material because I know the images can be used as evidence against a graffer or tagger should he ever get caught.

Researching graffiti absolutely catapulted my understanding of the “bad youth” that our public institutions prefer didn’t exist.

Oh, but what a researcher can learn from graffiti and tags! You get this new way of seeing —and you’re richer for it.

I find myself touring Mississauga examining walls and fences and surfaces, thinking, “Now there’s prime real estate for a tag. I wonder why there isn’t one…” Best of all this study of graffiti has taught me to see the City as no middle class muddler can hope to. With such clarity! Graffiti is Real!

I’ve learned a lot about graffiti through the simple act of documenting it. But the true insights into the world of the graffer/tagger come through direct email via YouTube. What I feel blessed about is that graffers took a chance to contact me. To tip me off to graffiti locations.  To explain the symbols, the language. But mostly to teach me the psychology of their sub-culture  —the adrenalin rush of a successful night out with their  graffiti crew.

Which brings us to…

Last week one of our graffiti study sites was obliterated. Some grafs at this location had “08” for dates suggesting they had been up for almost two years. Why the Big Erase now? I suspect it’s got to do with MUNICIPAL ELECTION TIME.  Either way —gone.

As of today we’re starting a new tradition. Whenever one of our graffiti study sites goes down, MISSISSAUGAWATCH will document its demise for the record. We’ll also “resurrect” BEFORE pics/video of what the graffiti and tags had looked like. That way these youth graffiti-voices aren’t completely lost.

So. Here’s the video. Followed by transcript.

YouTube Video, “MISSISSAUGA GRAFFITI REMOVED: Comparative (Before Erase. May 27, 2009. After Erase. June 19, 2010)” 3:11 min

(Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube)

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (at our study site after graffiti was removed June 19, 2010):

It is June the 19th, 2010  and this is the —what’s left of the graffiti wall here at the past the .

I had documented the graffiti here. It’s been erased. Gone. As has a lot of the material at the front. And what’s interesting is, this week —say Monday/Tuesday, Councillor Nando Iannicca sent out a Councillor’s Report that had a rather prominent little column on graffiti.

And, gosh, it wasn’t two days after that I noticed the graffiti that had been here for a long, long time had been erased.

[TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

Photos and video clips of  what the graffiti looked like back on May 27, 2009.

GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA (COOKSVILLE) 090527

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GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA (COOKSVILLE) "HIGH TIL I DIE" 090527

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GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA (COOKSVILLE) 090527

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And two Before and Afters.

MISSISSAUGA GRAFFITI REMOVED location undisclosed (comparison) "HACR" (Before April 13 2010. After June 19 2010.)

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And of course…

"MISSISSAUGA GRAFFITI REMOVED location undisclosed (comparison) Before May 27 2009. Then April 14 2010. And after removal June 19 2010.
Click here for a larger (640 x 960) version.

Funny. The May 2009 footage represents the first record I have of MIOH/MYOH and I only discovered that during the preparation of this video! Note too the few additions between May 2009 and April 2010. That means both HACR and MYOH got nailed at this site!

I can tell you this. Removal in no way discouraged them. On the same day I discovered this graffiti site removed, I noticed HACR and MYOH in several new locations. It’s very very clear that they learned a lesson though —and adapted accordingly!

GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA "After a graffiti wall was removed in June 2010, Mississauga graffiti artists, HACR and MYOH quickly adapt and implement a new strategy"

Signed,

The Mississauga Muse
MISSISSAUGAWATCH

PEEL YOUTH VIOLENCE PREVENTION NETWORK’s 3rd ANNIVERSARY RAP –with Mississauga graffiti, uh-huh

April 23rd, 2010  

On March 31, 2007 the Peel Youth Violence Prevention Network held its inaugural meeting inside Mississauga Council Chambers. I was there and signed up for the Network’s Education and Policy Working Group. After all, Policy is Everything.  If the Policies are poor, or poorly implemented, guaranteed there’s a lot of up and down and precious little forward happening.

One of the best summaries certainly that I’ve ever heard regarding youth violence prevention came from Andrew King, Pastor of the Seventh Day Adventist Church when he was asked why youth don’t come to these youth meetings. He said:

..all I can say is of all the panels I sit on the first question that is asked is ‘Where are the young people? We are talking about them but they’re not with us.’ Young people are very frustrated because there’s a lot of panels Oh the reports that are written about all the money we gotta spend!’ and they’re very frustrated with the system right now. That’s why they don’t come to a lot of these things because the truth is because they don’t believe in what’s happening.

Having observed Safe City Mississauga, the Mississauga Youth Plan and Mississauga’s contribution to the Peel Youth Violence Prevention Network, there’s good reason why youth shouldn’t believe in what’s happening. These youth initiatives appear to exist to create the illusion that our public institutions are doing something progressively cutting-edge and worthy of modeling in other municipalities all over Canada.

And politicians like Mississauga Councillor Pat Saito and her gushy “phenomenal”s are heady, hypocritical contributors to the Roots of Youth Violence.

So to acknowledge the third anniversary of the Peel Youth Violence Inauguration meeting, I offer this video featuring Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty, and Brampton Councillor Gael Miles (chair of the Peel Youth Violence Prevention Network).

It also highlights Mississauga Councillor Pat Saito (chair of Safe City Mississauga and co-chair of the Peel Youth Violence Prevention Network), who is simply “absolutely phenomenal” in her assessment of Reality.

As always, a warning. Much of the graffiti in this video is HIGHLY OFFENSIVE to viewers (but not as offensive as the politicians.)

Video: GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA: WARNING! HIGHLY OFFENSIVE MATERIAL (but not as offensive as the politicians) (3:55 min)

Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT

PREMIER DALTON MCGUINTY “Getting to The Roots of Youth Violence” :

Ontario must and will assume its proper responsibility. I say that as Premier, of course, but I feel it most of all as a parent. Thank you.

CROSS ZOOM

VISUALS MISSISSAUGA GRAFFITI
Music:
Caspian & Grafhic – Matrix Shit

Yeah, Cas beyond Grafhic.
Yeah, y’all wanna roll wid us?
Jump in. Let’s go.

Yeah, Cas beyond
My lyrical bomb drops
Puts politicians in figure fours and arm locks
The government.
I’m sick of those on top.
In the slums there’s always liquor stores and pawn shops.

It’s Grafhic.
My lyrical bomb drops
Puts politicians in figure fours and arm locks
The government.
I’m sick of those on top.
In the slums there’s always liquor stores and pawn shops.

This world we live in is a devilish mess
We got homeless people and terrorist threats
So it’s what the homefront
Or the front lines, God help us

We’re confused what to build
Bum shelters or bomb shelters

Cas beyond Grafhic
Our lyrical bomb drops
Puts politicians in figure fours and arm locks
The government.
I’m sick of those on top.
In the slums there’s always liquor stores and pawn shops.

It’s Grafhic
My lyrical bomb drops
Puts politicians in figure fours and arm locks
The government.
I’m sick of those on top.
In the slums there’s always liquor stores and pawn shops.

Cas beyond Grafhic
Our lyrical bomb drops
Puts politicians in figure fours and arm locks
The government.
I’m sick of those on top.
In the slums there’s always liquor stores and pawn shops.

It’s Grafhic
My lyrical bomb drops
Puts politicians in figure fours and arm locks
The government.
I’m sick of those on top.
In the slums there’s always liquor stores and pawn shops.

Oh so Matrix Shit, uh

GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA and the (delusional) PEEL YOUTH VIOLENCE PREVENTION

BRAMPTON COUNCILLOR GAEL MILES (endorsement of Peel Youth Charter, October 25, 2007):

Less than two years later, we have over a hundred individuals involved in working on the youth violence and gang strategy. Absolutely phenomenal.

MISSISSAUGA COUNCILLOR PAT SAITO (endorsement of Peel Youth Charter, October 25, 2007):

Thank you, Mr. Chair.  As Gael said, I think we’re all amazed –those of us on the Committee, at the success and how quickly we’ve been successful over the past two years.

MISSISSAUGA COUNCILLOR PAT SAITO (endorsement of Peel Youth Charter, October 25, 2007):

And she said it is due to the hard work of the staff —we have Dorothy and the other Health Department staff, that have just been absolutely phenomenal.

The organizations’ feedback which we get individually and collectively from the organizations is absolutely phenomenal.

We have some excellent, absolutely phenomenal programs and services that are out there. But by forming this network we have just expanded the impact of every single one of those organizations.

And I am just so proud to have been part of this and it’s just a naturally phenomenal program.

[CROSS ZOOM switch to black and white]

MISSISSAUGA COUNCILLOR PAT SAITO (endorsement of Peel Youth Charter, October 25, 2007):

And thank you, members of Council, for endorsing the Youth Charter and for endorsing the resolution today that it will be hung in all buildings. And I don’t think there will be one public building in the entire Region of Peel that won’t have this Youth Charter in it after this week.

[CROSS FADE switch to back to colour]

Including, Ron, you still hear? We’re meeting with Ron next week, so it’ll be hanging in the Mississauga News office—

(former) MISSISSAUGA NEWS PUBLISHER, Ron Lenyk (endorsement of Peel Youth Charter, October 25, 2007):

For sure.

MISSISSAUGA COUNCILLOR PAT SAITO (endorsement of Peel Youth Charter, October 25, 2007):

—as well.

[CROSS ZOOM]

VISUALS MISSISSAUGA GRAFFITI

It’s Grafhic
My lyrical bomb drops
Puts politicians in figure fours and arm locks
The government.
I’m sick of those on top
In the slums there’s always liquor stores and pawn shops.

Cas’ beyond Grafhic
Our lyrical bomb drops
Puts politicians in figure fours and arm…

Signed,

The Mississauga Muse
MISSISSAUGAWATCH

P.S. And guess where else the Peel Youth Charter is hanging?

"PEEL YOUTH CHARTER at City of Mississauga Facilities and Property Management (aka Mississauga Corporate Security) April 16 2010

"MISSISSAUGA GRAFFITI (new at site) April 21" "2010 F**** THE SYSTEM" (censored version)

GRAFFITI in MISSISSAUGA: Preliminary Report (April 19, 2009 – April 19, 2010) baseline

April 20th, 2010  

GRAFFITI in MISSISSAUGA: Preliminary Report (April 19, 2009 – April 19, 2010) baseline

On April 19, 2009, we conducted our first Brampton/Mississauga graffiti survey and documented several study sites many times throughout the year. Since then we’ve photographed and videotaped Brampton/Mississauga graffiti/tagging “expressions” right up to yesterday, April 19, 2010 –the first anniversary of our two-year study.

We will state up front that we have never nor will we ever report graffiti to authorities. For one thing we are documenting how long graffiti stays up. For another, some of the graffiti we’ve seen is, at least in our opinion, Art! As in real Art, Art.

GRAFFITI MAP MISSISSAUGA (PEEL POVERTY, SOCIAL RISK INDEX MAP)

For the larger original (3157 x 2382) version, please click here.

We recognize that there is a “Mississauga graffiti wall” but because of difficulty accessing this area, it is not included in our study.

When we originally started out on this research project, we’d expected to find a strong correlation between high-activity graffiti locations and High Risk Social Index neighbourhoods. While that is true to some extent, it is not always the case. For example, our greatest surprise was the lack of significant graffiti activity in Malton.

Another surprise was the lack of graffiti on Mississauga school walls (Peel and Dufferin-Peel schools were surveyed). A (very) few schools did attract considerable graffiti activity based on the amount of paint patches and scrubbed brick but it’s clear that such events are rare for the majority of Mississauga schools that we examined. We believe that lack of graffiti speaks well for both the students and school faculty.

There have been times when we’ve come upon new graffiti but did not have a camera. We determined to return the next day to photograph it only to find the material already painted over.  And yes, removal can happen that quickly. That said, there were also significant, highly-visible graffiti sites we discovered back in April 2009 that are still around today.

Regarding incidents of graffiti, Mississauga has little! Should you take a drive around Hamilton for your own quick survey, you will see a dramatic difference between graffiti expression in that city compared to here. There’s a startling difference in the nature of graffiti messages as well. Downtown Hamilton has a shocking amount of anti-police graffiti, some of it sprayed in unambiguous one-foot-high “F*** THE POLICE” black letters in that city’s parks.

By contrast, we’ve only managed to document six anti-police graffiti messages since April 19, 2009—one of which was in Brampton. In addition, Peel Regional Police graffiti records (which they generously provided through Freedom of Information with all fees waived) show a couple more anti-police examples and are not included in this report.

GRAFFITI MAP MISSISSAUGA: ANTI-POLICE MESSAGES (PEEL POVERTY, SOCIAL RISK INDEX MAP)

For the larger original (1000 x 1719) version, please click here.

Does anti-police graffiti reflect the relationship between police and the community? We’re beginning to think so.

Here is what one former graffiti artist (Mississauga-based) had to say about police:

“you are absolutely right about graffiti being defined as unauthorized…and i respect the police… i havent gone out painting in a under a year because of the police haha.” [sic]

You will hear more from this young man because he’s consented to an interview. (Seems he has something to say to the politicians…)

Next, this first year graffiti data represents a kind of baseline. We have yet to do the analysis (ie: percentages) but we’re interested in trends of anti-police graffiti messages as well as Hate/Bias motivated. For example we’ve documented considerably more of the latter and fear such under-rumblings promise only to get worse. You know, the predictable consequences of “What happens when nothing happens?”

In the June 30, 2009 article, Youth Plan ready for implementation,  the Mississauga News states that Mayor Hazel McCallion pointed out that only an estimated two per cent of young people frequently get into trouble.

The paper then quoted McCallion as saying, “We should concentrate on the 98 per cent that are good youth,” as part of the City’s new Mississauga Youth Plan. Take it from us, the City of Mississauga’s “new” plan is just like the old one. The 2 per cent who need government most are regarded as nuisances and non-conforming to Corporate objectives of running the city like a business. Given their high-maintenance proclivities, the “bad” 2 per cent youth are not good for business or the City’s Bottom Line.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH is concentrating on the “bad” 2 per cent and we believe that graffiti is an alternate voice that must be heeded in order to document what DOESN’T get communicated to local public institutions. The perceptive will appreciate why.

GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA (April 13 2010)

And the signs said the words of the prophets
Are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls
And whispered in the sounds of silence

The Sound of Silence: Simon and Garfunkel

For more on graffiti in Mississauga, please check out: www.mississaugawatch.ca/blog/?s=GRAFFITI

Last, a repeat graffiti video shown in yesterday’s Blog containing some of the graffiti shown here in this report.

Again, a reminder. Much of the graffiti in this video is HIGHLY OFFENSIVE to viewers.

Video: GRAFFITI TRUTH: “BURN THAT F***ER TO THE GROUND IF THEY DON’T LOVE YOU LIKE THEY SHOULD” (5:24 min)

Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube

Signed,
MISSISSAUGAWATCH
(April 20, 2010)

UPDATE, April 21, 2010 BEGINS (SUPPORT IMAGES) :

“some of the graffiti we’ve seen is, at least in our opinion, Art! As in real Art, Art.”

"GRAFFITI as ART" "MISSISSAUGA (COOKSVILLE)  GRAFFITI-ARTIST, "WIZER"

“We determined to return the next day to photograph it only to find the material already painted over.  And yes, removal can happen that quickly.” Example. There on April 19, 2010, gone by April 21st.

MISSISSAUGA GRAFFITI: ANTI POLICE MESSAGE ERASED WITHIN 24 HOURS.

* Please note: It has not escaped us that Brampton and Mississauga have an aggressive graffiti removal service whereas City of Hamilton may be cash-strapped or have other priorities. Regardless, it’s important to document the graffiti messages in order to track changes over time. There’s definitely a culture there!

GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA: DOCUMENTING CHANGES "niggahs BLEED"

This graffiti site has remained stable since we first discovered it back on April 27, 2009. We revisited on March 29, 2010 and discovered new tags and since that visit, a green fist appears beside graffiti that had been sprayed over and “niggaz BLEED” has been added as well as some other material.

Thought I’d share this drive-through of this study site on March 29, 2010 and comparative from April 27, 2009 for researchers and graffiti-types.  It’s interesting to compare the video footage to today’s images (above). Again, a reminder, please don’t view this video if you have a problem with Reality (feel free to head off to mississauga.ca instead and Pretend Positive.)

Video: GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA (Site Comparison: April 27, 2009 and March 29, 2010) RESEARCH (2:40 min)

Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube

UPDATE ENDS.

Signed,
MISSISSAUGAWATCH
(April 21, 2010)

Brampton/Mississauga graffiti research: comparative graffiti/tagging photographs (April 19, 2009 and April 19, 2010)

April 19th, 2010  

Today is April 19, 2010, and to mark the first anniversary of our two-year comparative study of graffiti and tagging, here is a comparative as promised. I went to my April 19, 2009, graffiti records and then headed out to revisit each location and document the changes, if any.

GRAFFITI and TAGGING MISSISSAUGA and BRAMPTON (comparative photos April 19, 2009 and today, April 19, 2010)


Street sign tagging, Malton (Mississauga). A year gone by and no change.

GRAFFITI, MALTON, MISSISSAUGA "HELLRAZORS"

Again, Malton, Mississauga, “HELLRAZORS”. A year gone by, tagging relatively stable.

GRAFFITI and TAGGING, BRAMPTON, (comparative April 19, 2009 and April 19, 2010)

GRAFFITI/TAGGING, Brampton. This wall was cleaned up fairly quickly back in 2009. The tags and graffiti along the railway tracks are faded from sun and weather. This site contained “FTP” which a year ago, I concluded were someone’s initials. Nope. “FTP” is shortform for “F*** the Police”.

MISSISSAUGA bridge Tagging and partial erase (comparison April 19, 2009 and April 19, 2010)

Mississauga bridge, shows partial erase of graffiti with this red tagging left untouched. The water levels were low enough this time for me to venture well underneath the bridge and document other examples of graffiti. Unfortunately, a graffiti art piece created by a talented practiced hand was erased along with the junk. All I can say is I’m glad I photographed it prior to it being erased.

I’ve mentioned on several other occasions just how little anti-police graffiti there is in either Brampton or Mississauga. I believe it speaks well of Peel Police. Perhaps readers would be surprised just how many graffiti artists think highly of police.

Just the other day I received an email from a former graffiti artist who said, “you are absolutely right about graffiti being defined as unauthorized…and i respect the police… i havent gone out painting in a under a year because of the police haha.” [sic]

His “haha” cracked me up. I’ve since sought clarification. Seems Peel Police are quite good at frustrating the creative expression of local taggers and graffiti artists. But—in a fair way. (I keep thinking about that Warner Bros cartoon with Wiley E. Coyote and that cool ever-vigilant sheep dog (see MISSISSAUGAWATCH banner at top of this page)

It’s been last June since I’ve seen any new anti-police graffiti but I sure saw a new one today! And photographed it.

No ambiguity in this message sprayed on the window of a Mississauga school.

MISSISSAUGA SCHOOL ANTI-POLICE TAG (APRIL 19, 2010)

OK. So Peel Police aren’t universally appreciated….

Last. Just want to share this graffiti video that features a toxic mix of the Pretend Safe City MYTHissauga, the Pretend of Dalton McGuinty’s announcement of the McMurtry/Curling Roots of Youth Violence report and by far the worst of all —the Pretend of Mississauga Chair of Safe City MYTHissauga Chair Pat Saito gushing up her best “amazing”s and “phenomenal”s as she declares the “phenomenal” success of the Peel Youth Violence Prevention Network.  There’s even Hazel McCallion and Mississauga Corporate Security! Yes, this video HAS IT ALL!

But mostly there’s graffiti documented in Brampton and Mississauga from April 19, 2009 to January 2010 —some of which appears here. Again, a reminder. Much of the graffiti in this video is HIGHLY OFFENSIVE. But the politicians’ fakery is much, much worse! As in EXTREMELY OFFENSIVE!

Video: GRAFFITI TRUTH: “BURN THAT F***ER TO THE GROUND IF THEY DON’T LOVE YOU LIKE THEY SHOULD” (5:24 min)

Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube

“I think that we’re all amazed, those of us on the Committee, at the success and how quickly we have been successful over the past two years.”

—Councillor Pat Saito on the Peel Youth Violence Prevention Network   (October 25, 2007)

“GET  FRIKKIN’ **REAL** WOMAN!”

—Witness/Observer/Researcher of Mississauga municipal governance and hypocrisy (April 19, 2010)

Signed,

The Mississauga Muse
MISSISSAUGAWATCH

Mississauga Graffiti Survey reveals, “If you look for beer bottles and hard liquor, we collect them.”

April 4th, 2010  

Today we provide video of this Mississauga graffiti site.

"GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA: GANG SYMBOLS: New study site discovered March 30" "2010 (location undisclosed: baseline)"

It was discovered March 30, 2010 although there’s considerable evidence that it’s been around for some time. I shot pics and video.

When I videotape I also provide commentary, not just for viewers who might ultimately see the material but more often than not for myself as “field notes”.

I’d been commenting on the amount of litter, then mentioned that at least there were no beer bottles or hard liquor about.

A resident of the area overheard me and not just explained why there were no bottles, but also provided insight into the difficult lives of people living here.

I was reminded of Chair Kolb’s March 28, 2008 warning:

If we don’t get to the word, “integration” —how these communities are all going to integrate, maybe not in our time here soon, but maybe in his children’s time. there will be a big issue in this Region.

And you know what? Maybe I’m really off-base here but what my images/videotapes are telling me is the greatest “integration” issue this area has is Poverty —while the indescribably-obscenely-rich live just four and a half minutes away.

So. Video. Then as usual  —the video transcript.

Video: GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA: New study site discovered March 30, 2010 (location undisclosed: baseline) 2:56 min

Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube

Video: GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA: New study site discovered March 30, 2010 (location undisclosed: baseline)

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (at new Mississauga graffiti site, March 31, 2010)

Just want to document a new graffiti site that I discovered just yesterday.

I videotaped it yesterday but I also discovered that when reviewing it when I wanted to post it, there was far too much —too many hints of where this location is. And one thing that I don’t want to do is reveal the location of these graffiti sites. So.

[CROSS FADE]

We have, actually here if you look is the word N*****. I’m not even sure if it’s spelled right. Going down. “GOONIEZ”.

And yesterday, what I had done was I had made a commentary about how there’s a lot of litter down here.

[DIP TO WHITE]

But I’d also said, well at least there’s not, you know, alcohol, or like beer, or hard liquor. And somebody was actually hearing me make that comment and she said—

[CLOCK WIPE]

RESIDENT’S VOICE DISTORTED FOR PRIVACY (at new Mississauga graffiti site, March 30, 2010)

(laughs) If you look for beer bottles or hard liquor, we collect them. (laughs).

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (at new Mississauga graffiti site, March 30, 2010)

Oh!

RESIDENT’S VOICE DISTORTED FOR PRIVACY (at new Mississauga graffiti site, March 30, 2010)

(laughs) We collect this stuff.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (at new Mississauga graffiti site, March 30, 2010)

Oh! So are you saying that when there’s bottles here, people collect the bottles to return them?

RESIDENT’S VOICE DISTORTED FOR PRIVACY (at new Mississauga graffiti site, March 30, 2010)

Oh, sure. I do all the time!

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (at new Mississauga graffiti site, March 30, 2010)

Oh, do you? Oh, OK.

RESIDENT’S VOICE DISTORTED FOR PRIVACY (at new Mississauga graffiti site, March 30, 2010)

(laughs)

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (at new Mississauga graffiti site, March 30, 2010)

Oh, thank you for telling me.

[DIP TO WHITE]

RESIDENT’S VOICE DISTORTED FOR PRIVACY (at new Mississauga graffiti site, March 30, 2010)

But I collect this stuff all the time —anything I can bring back to the store. And I’m not the only one. There’s always people collecting cans and bottles.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (at new Mississauga graffiti site, March 30, 2010)

Oh,OK.

Thank you for telling me.

RESIDENT’S VOICE DISTORTED FOR PRIVACY (at new Mississauga graffiti site, March 30, 2010)

(laughs)

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (at new Mississauga graffiti site, March 30, 2010)

Thank you.

RESIDENT’S VOICE DISTORTED FOR PRIVACY (at new Mississauga graffiti site, March 30, 2010)

You’re welcome.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (at new Mississauga graffiti site, March 31, 2010)

So apparently there are people who collect bottles and stuff like that from around here in order to make extra money to get by.

[DIP TO WHITE]

We have —just get in there closer.

This is the crown with the three prongs. And we saw that at another site that I document.

And then you have “S-WAY”

[CROSS FADE]

PEEL REGIONAL CHAIR, EMIL KOLB (Peel Regional Council, March 28, 2008):

It’s very interesting to listen to your presentation this morning cuz I had a young gentleman in to see me yesterday, that [sic] here to convince me that we need to get away from the word “multiculture” and we need to get to the word “integration”.

If we don’t get to the word, “integration” —how these communities are all going to integrate, maybe not in our time here soon, but maybe in his children’s time. there will be a big issue in this Region.

[CROSS FADE to MISSISSAUGAWATCH LOGO]

So. What happens if nothing happens?

"HAZEL MCCALLION QUOTE "What happens if nothing happens?"

GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA, "S BLOCK" "S-BLOCK" (undisclosed location) photographed March 30, 2010

GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA, "S BLOCK" "S-BLOCK" MISSISSAUGA CITY HALL "BOMBED" (MISSISSAUGA CITY HALL MATERIAL courtesy Peel Regional Police through Freedom of Information)

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

Video: PEEL POLICE SERVICES BOARD presents 2009 HATE/ BIAS MOTIVATED CRIMES (and GRAFFITI) REPORT

April 2nd, 2010  

Here, as promised, is video of the 2009 Hate/Bias motivated Crime report presented at the Peel Police Services Board meeting on March 26, 2010.

And as usual, the video transcript.

Video: PEEL POLICE SERVICES BOARD presents 2009 HATE/ BIAS MOTIVATED CRIMES (and GRAFFITI) REPORT10:31 min

Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube

Video: PEEL POLICE SERVICES BOARD presents 2009 HATE/ BIAS MOTIVATED CRIMES (and GRAFFITI) REPORT 10:31 min

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT]

PEEL REGIONAL POLICE CHIEF, MICHAEL METCALF:

Mr. Chairman, [inaudible] in charge of our Diversity Unit, so without any further introduction, Chris, welcome. Thank you.

PEEL REGIONAL CHAIR, EMIL KOLB:

It’s item #27. Now would you like to make some comments on the report, sir?

PEEL REGIONAL POLICE DIVERSITY RELATIONS UNIT:

Yes, Mr. Chairman. Good morning.

PEEL REGIONAL CHAIR, EMIL KOLB:

Good morning.

PEEL REGIONAL POLICE DIVERSITY RELATIONS UNIT:

I’d just like to take the time to present the details contained within the 2009 Hate/Bias Motivated Crime Report.

The Hate/Bias Motivated Crimes are monitored and reviewed by the Diversity Relations Unit. From those occurrences, the Unit has prepared this report for you.

In 2009, there were 95 Hate/Bias Motivated Crimes reported and investigated by Peel Regional Police. This is a significant increase from the 2008 numbers when there were 37 reported crimes.

When the Diversity Relations Unit reviewed the occurrences and analyzed the evidence, it is worth noting that in more than half the occurrences, the victim had no idea why there were the target of the specific Hate-motivated crime.

Their ethnicity, religion, race or sexual persuasion did not coincide with the Hate-motivated crime. During 2009, five investigations resulted in arrests and the occurrence being solved.

The report contains diagrams and graphs to assist in evaluating the information.

The first diagram, located on page 2 of the report identifies the fact that most of the occurrences —66 to be exact, are Mischiefs or damaged property occurrences such as graffiti. This has been consistent over the past four years.

The Hate-motivated crimes are not isolated to specific areas within the region but fairly evenly distributed throughout all of the divisions.

The Diversity Relations Unit have [sic] tracked Hate-motivated crimes since 2006. The occurrences have fluctuated during those four years with 71 occurrences in 2006, 47 in 2007, 37 in 2008 and then for last year we had 95.

Explanations and reasons for the increase have been researched and the occurrences will continue to be closely scrutinized to ensure that they are investigated in great detail.

But we believe that some of the increase can be attributed to the proactive efforts of the Police Service within our diverse community that we serve. The Diversity Relations Unit educates every front line officer on the recognizing and investigating Hate-motivated crime.

They also educate ethnic community agencies —groups on the importance of reporting such crimes.

As we hire officers that reflect the community we believe that it enhances our ability to detect Hate-motivated crime better.

The Diversity Relations Unit is building strong relationships and trust within our communities through events such as The Race Against Racism, the Diversity Basketball Tournament and our participation in the Pride Parade each year.

We have also introduced a Lesbian/Gay hotline to encourage our Gay Community [to] report crime directed at them. Just this year we’ve enhanced that service by adding an email address that the gay community can use to report incidents or seek help from the Diversity Relations Unit or the Police Service.

The Diversity Relations Unit also participates in community programs speaking to newcomers that come to Canada. They distribute material in a variety of different languages and again ensuring that our new residents understand that they can trust policing in Canada.

And that summarizes the contents of the report.

[TRANSCRIPT ENDS WITH THANKS TO PEEL POLICE]

And ah, what the heck. Might as well serve this one up.

You know… Just me documenting “What happens if nothing happens?”

WARNING! HIGHLY OFFENSIVE VIDEO! Dedicated to Safe City Mississauga.

Video: GRAFFITI TRUTH: “BURN THAT F***ER TO THE GROUND IF THEY DON’T LOVE YOU LIKE THEY SHOULD” 5:24 min

Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

GRAFFITI  "MISSISSAUGA CIVIC CENTRE" "HATE/BIAS GRAFFITI  (photographed March 24, 2010)

MISSISSAUGA BRAMPTON GRAFFITI RESEARCH (preliminary) Off the Cuff Hate Crime/Gang REPORT PART 2

April 2nd, 2010  

This time Part 2  —the transcript of this video report —uploaded to YouTube just prior to the Hate Crime/graffiti data released by the Peel Police Services Board at their Friday, March 26, 2010 meeting.

GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA "HATE CRIME" "JULY 29" 2009 "ERIN MILLS PARKWAY" "WHITE POWER" "NIGGER" PERMISSION WALL"

Rather than repeat the introduction, please click here if you’re interested in viewing/reading Part 1 MISSISSAUGA/BRAMPTON GRAFFITI RESEARCH (preliminary) REPORT conclusion: Studying graffiti/tags is an important window into youth culture first.

Otherwise, we begin Brampton/Mississauga graffiti Part 2 video and transcript.

WARNING! DO NOT VIEW THIS VIDEO IF YOU ARE OFFENDED BY THE F-WORD AND EVEN WORSE WORDS!

NOTE: When I uploaded Part 2 to YouTube on March 25th, I referred to it as a DRAFT and said that I’d replace it at a later date with a more-worked version. I’ve since changed my mind. Viewing this a week later, I realize that it’s important to show “works in progress” –even as rough, rushed and off-the-cuff as this one was.

Video: MISSISSAUGA BRAMPTON PEEL GRAFFITI RESEARCH (preliminary) REPORT PART 2 (MISSISSAUGAWATCH) 10:31 min
uploaded March 25, 2010

Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube

Video: MISSISSAUGA BRAMPTON PEEL GRAFFITI RESEARCH (preliminary) REPORT PART 2 (MISSISSAUGAWATCH) 10:32 min

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (parked directly in front of the City of Mississauga Big Yellow evil empire, March 25, 2010):

Just to speak a little bit further on the lack of overlap between what the July and August 2009 Peel Regional Police graffiti photographs showed and mine —that was a surprise. I had actually figured that I would recognize more tags than I did.

[DIP TO WHITE]

The other thing is, in my own driving and looking around, the tags that I documented, while they might still be there —they’re the original tags that I documented a year ago. And I often don’t see new ones by the same individual.

And I’m not quite sure how to interpret that.

[DIP TO WHITE]

Peel Police has [sic] suggested that catching graffiti [sic] is very difficult to do —and catching people in the act. That’s not a surprise.

So the question is, do the kids just naturally grow out of it in the sense that they’ve tagged maybe for a few months and then just grown out of that, or whether they’ve been caught, whether they’ve been talked out of it by buddies —I don’t know. But it doesn’t seem to be something that for a lot of them they don’t do for any length of time.

[DIP TO WHITE]

For graffiti people who might be out there watching this and offended, I have to admit that I haven’t been at the Mississauga Graffiti Wall. I’m aware that it exists. I just have difficulty getting access to it. But it appears to run —I’ve checked Google Maps and it runs along Streetsville. And I have seen the graffiti there and there’s a lot of beautiful stuff there. I’m talking about the artwork because it is Art —it’s just unauthorized Art and therefore it’s a crime, but—

It may be a crime, but it’s still Art.

In the case of somebody spraying “FTP” on a post, don’t convince me that’s art —that’s just tagging.

[DIP TO WHITE]

One thing just looking at the occurrence reports and the quality of the occurrence reports, who’s ever writing them, the descriptions are excellent. The best occurrence reports also explain what the graffiti represents. And I’m satisfied myself, that I’m beginning to recognize gang-related graffiti versus just a bunch of boys [sic] who are out on a lark.

[DIP TO WHITE]

However at the same time just because somebody’s putting up gang graffiti doesn’t make them gang members either. It just means that they know the gang symbols —as do I.

[DIP TO WHITE]

There was the underpass, clearly permission wall underpass and it had been sprayed with —I know one of the words was “White Power”. I can’t remember if there was the word “N*****” in there. I seem to remember that to be the case, which again would it clearly make it a Hate Crime.

But what was interesting is, I remember, oh, about a year ago, maybe more, Councillor Katie Mahoney saying, oh, we put up these permission walls and when we do, other graffiti artists respect this art and won’t draw over it.

Wronnnnnnnnnnnng! They draw over it.

And the best example to show that taggers will draw over other graffiti artists is just to go to the [points to Mississauga City Hall] skateboard plaza in there.

[DIP TO WHITE]

Some of the permission walls constantly attract taggers. There’s only one that doesn’t and it was done by a respected, well-known graffiti artist. And it seems to be that, yes, that stuff is not touched because people recognize it as a true graffiti artist.

The other stuff? Pfffft.

[DIP TO WHITE]

I have to say that at this time last year, I don’t think there was as much graffiti around as there is now. I think it’s on the increase. However, at the same time I also know that I’m a much much better at spotting it.

So, and Peel Police also suggest that maybe there isn’t as much —that the increase that they see might not be so much an increase in graffiti, as an increase in reporting.

[DIP TO WHITE]

There’s a lot of question marks, here. You see I’m kind of struggling with what the graffiti says.

But there’s absolutely no doubt that if you are not —I’m talking about now people who want to understand youth and trends of youth. I’m not talking about the kind of youth that feel comfortable walking into building.

[DIP TO WHITE]

The youth that I’m interested in and the most at-risk aren’t going to be writing as much. They’re more likely going to be expressing themselves on YouTube.

Again. It’s just a hypothesis right now.

And I think in the case of video, YouTube is richer for the [sic] kind of research because sometimes you see incidental things. In the case of one video, I was, I won’t say what the subject was but somebody was

[DIP TO WHITE]

driving down Highway 10. And you could see out the window, as they were videotaping out the car, there was a Mississauga Transit bus. And also a City of Mississauga Transit Enforcement vehicle. I don’t know if it was the 301 or 302 car but there are these little snippets that you get and then you can email the videographer and say, hey, can you tell me something about that incident.

Or, hey, I noticed some interesting graffiti you’ve got in your video. Can you tell me the location.

And you know, at first they don’t want to tell you. But then when they start looking at your stuff and they realize that yeah, you’re really interested in researching and what they have to say, they do share it.

[DIP TO WHITE]

When they really know that you’re not reporting the location, you get, I get emails —really terrific insights into graffiti and the tagging culture. And it is a culture.  It’s a —yes, it’s a sub-culture.

But when you think about these people [points to Mississauga City Hall], these people look down on —not just look down on, they look at taggers and graffiti artists and the “bad youth” with the most, with the most contempt.

And [points to Mississauga City Hall], these people view themselves as “decent folk” where the tagger is essentially an animal.

[DIP TO WHITE]

What was really interesting was to be going through and reading each of the [Peel Police] documents and I matched the photographs up with the occurrence reports and then I flipped the page and I saw big black spray paint on yellow brick and I knew immediately that it was [points to Mississauga City Hall] City Hall.

And as I looked at the other pictures, sure enough, somebody, and I don’t know the date, about late July, “bombed” City Hall!

And it looked like they started at the skate plaza, went around the front, did the pillars —I don’t know what those watchtowers are at both ends—

[DIP TO WHITE]

But I want to make it clear I will never report a location of graffiti and tagging. Because when you’re researching if you report, what happens then, it becomes erased. And because of that, you have changed something in what you’re researching.

And one of the things I’m researching is how long some of these graffitis [sic] —graffiti meaning paintings or drawings, or tags, stay up!

If it’s on public property, Public Works, I will tell you this, Public Works gets rid of stuff really fast. A lot of the stuff on private property stays up a lot longer.

[DIP TO WHITE]

Peel Regional Police and Peel Council say how much they try to work with the community. I had been at the Lincoln Alexander School lock-down, had an opportunity to talk to Malton residents and they spoke very highly of Peel Regional Police. Every last one, including a Honda Civic, you know, with the dark tinted glass coming in with three youth in it.

And you’re kind of thinking, oh oh, [laughs] this is going to be a drive-by shooting. No, they rolled down the window and they asked what was going on and those guys in there with the hats this way [turns cap sideways] they supported Peel Regional Police too.

[DIP TO WHITE]

What I’m trying to do is anything that I remember I want to record right now because I’m really interested in how much of it, of my observations, matches Peel Regional Police. And wouldn’t it be interesting if it’s different? Because it really shouldn’t be. If —there might be different stuff that Peel Police record, but the ratio of the Hate Crimes and “FTP”s [F*** the Police] and this kind of thing, the ratio should be the same as my photographs.

Should be. Well, we’ll see.

[DIP TO WHITE]

[PART 2 VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA, "S BLOCK" "S-BLOCK" MISSISSAUGA CITY HALL "BOMBED" (MISSISSAUGA CITY HALL MATERIAL courtesy Peel Regional Police through Freedom of Information)

GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA, "S BLOCK" "S-BLOCK" Pic 2 MISSISSAUGA CITY HALL "BOMBED" (MISSISSAUGA CITY HALL MATERIAL courtesy Peel Regional Police through Freedom of Information)

GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA, "S BLOCK" "S-BLOCK" (undisclosed location) photographed March 30, 2010

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

MISSISSAUGA/BRAMPTON GRAFFITI RESEARCH (preliminary) REPORT conclusion: Studying graffiti/tags is an important window into youth culture

April 2nd, 2010  

—As promised —the transcript of this video —uploaded to YouTube just prior to the Hate Crime/graffiti data released by the Peel Police Services Board at their Friday, March 26, 2010 meeting.

Advisory: I research graffiti/tags and do not report any locations no matter how offensive (even racist) it is. After all, if I am documenting such observations as how long something stays up, I can’t be the one reporting it! Having begun my research into graffiti on April 19, 2009, I can now confidently say that studying graffiti/tags is an important window into youth culture. Graffiti and especially the tags, give marginalized/alienated youth a voice they simply don’t have anywhere else.

These youth never showed at Mississauga Youth Plan meetings. Never showed for Peel Youth Violence Prevention meetings.

These youth NEVER show. Because they KNOW.

Like I do.

Want to prep you for the graffiti stuff with a quote from Peel Regional Chair Emil Kolb, February 28, 2008.

“I had a young gentleman in to see me yesterday that was here to convince me that we need to get away from the word, ‘multi-culture’ and we need to get to the word of ‘integration’. If we don’t get to the word of integration —how these communities are going to integrate, that, maybe not in our time here soon, but maybe in his children’s time, they’ll be a big issue in this Region.”

To me, that’s the most important thing Chair Kolb ever said in the four years that I’ve been researching municipal governance.

PEEL REGIONAL CHAIR, EMIL KOLB, MULTICULTURALISM vs INTEGRATION, YOUTH GANGS, RACISM

OK, enough background.

WARNING! DO NOT VIEW THIS VIDEO IF YOU ARE OFFENDED BY THE F-WORD AND EVEN WORSE WORDS!

Video: MISSISSAUGA BRAMPTON PEEL GRAFFITI RESEARCH (preliminary) REPORT (MISSISSAUGAWATCH) 10:09 min
uploaded March 25, 2010

Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube

Video: MISSISSAUGA BRAMPTON PEEL GRAFFITI RESEARCH (preliminary) REPORT PART 2 (MISSISSAUGAWATCH) 10:32 min

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (parked directly in front of the City of Mississauga Big Yellow evil empire, March 25, 2010):

March 25th, 2010 and all I care about is that I get this report up on YouTube today and before tomorrow’s Peel Police Services Board meeting.

I read in the Toronto Sun that Peel Regional Police were going to be tabling their annual Hate Crime statistics.

[DIP TO WHITE]

And there was mention that quite a bit of the material that would be presented was in the form of graffiti.

So I’m absolutely intrigued and I want to record my own findings and study so far on graffiti and I thought what better place to do it than right here in front of Big Yellow evil empire City of Mississauga city hall. Because, see right there? Freedom of Information, direct observation, videotape, observing the Mississauga Youth Plan, Peel Youth Violence Prevention —all manner of emails and documents going back and forth, that, right there is a MAJOR Root of Youth Violence.

So I thought no better place than right here with that in the background.

[DIP TO WHITE]

OK, first of all the Mississsauga Youth Plan. I had been observing it including four meetings, ostensibly called “youth input” meetings.

Let’s put it this way. The youth that really needed a voice, not only weren’t represented, they wouldn’t have even been welcome there!

[DIP TO WHITE]

So I realize that the youth who were most at-risk, the ones who got in trouble with police and that I would see at Brampton Court House  —they’re not going to these meetings.

And I thought, well, how do I even go about finding them? And I managed to do that through YouTube. And it became very clear that if you want to know what youth are thinking (laughs) you don’t invite them to the Mississauga library!

The youth that I’m primarily interested in, the target group, the most at-risk, have already pushed these people aside and recognized them for what they are. Frauds.

[DIP TO WHITE]

But how do you gain access to them? To be able to see what it is that they’re thinking and what it is they’re saying because, for the most part, they’re not interested in talking to people like me. I’m 60 years old for example. They just— and a lot of them don’t even trust you or think that you’re legitimately interested in them. And, by the way, I don’t blame them.

And they certainly have a hatred —an absolute hatred, for institutions. And may I also say that I don’t blame them for that either.

[DIP TO WHITE]

So in March 2009, I watched a lot of true youth voice videos on YouTube. And it became obvious that graffiti was a big thing in those kids’ lives. So by April I was already deciding that I was going to start documenting graffiti here in Peel Region.

[DIP TO WHITE]

The other thing I want to say is even though I’m a resident of Mississauga, I think Peel Region. And in fact, the fact that I’m wearing this hat today is symbolic of that. I’m a Peeler. I think in terms —I love the City of Brampton. I love Brampton kids. Those are the kids I taught for most of my career. So there’s this strong feeling of community within me and pride for Peel.

So it wasn’t just a case of me documenting City of Mississauga graffiti, I also wanted to know what was happening in Brampton. And I began my first photographic foray on April 19, 2009.

[DIP TO WHITE]

And I did not report any of the graffiti. While I put these samples up on my Flickr site, I did my best to try to hide the locations. And I can say that even now, that some of these graffiti and tags are still up.

[DIP TO WHITE]

There are some really-truly graffiti artists. And I mean like ART. It’s zero question, it’s ART.

[DIP TO WHITE]

The other thing is, in July and August I also expanded my graffiti research to the Hawaiian Island of Maui. And also expanded my research to include skateboarding culture and to compare —and I also researched skateboarding, to compare the urban-style skateboarding that we have here in Brampton slash Mississauga versus the west coast style of skateboarding that you’d see in California and definitely on Maui.

Very very interesting and I also speculated that there would be a difference in the graffiti between the urban here Mississauga one and west coast, Hawaiian Island kind of graffiti as well.

[DIP TO WHITE]

The other thing that I did, is in July and August, what with me researching Hawaiian or Maui-based graffiti, it meant that there was a two-month window that I didn’t have graffiti here in July and August. So what I did just recently, is I filed Freedom of Information with Peel Police requesting their graffiti information for the months of July and August.

And I can’t thank Peel Regional Police enough for two reasons. For one thing the amount of material that they gave back both in terms of print-outs, colour print-outs and also one DVD cost —was roughly $44.00. And they waived the fee. I’m grateful.

But the other thing is, by reading their —Peel Regional Police’s occurrence reports and the quality of their observations and the insights there, that did two things. I learned a lot from what Peel Regional Police is looking for in terms of its own graffiti research. And to realize that they are applying Science to the study of graffiti. As am I, by the way.

[DIP TO WHITE]

One thing that I found with the graffiti here, is I agree too that a lot of the graffiti is —of the Hate ones, and there isn’t as much as you might think. Which in some ways is good.

But yeah, you see the swastikas. You see the White Power. You see N***** and niggaz.

However, I’ve also documented graffiti which shows sort of the Chinese —the target Chinese community, with the Chinese hat and the moustache, with “Chinaman” down there. Or drawings of the turban. And then —I mean really offensive stuff!

The other thing I was looking for was the relationship that these youth who do graffiti have with Police. Because I felt the relationship between youth and Police would be reflected in the graffiti.

And I admit that there’s some “F*** the Police” and “FTP” which is short for “F*** the Police”. And Peel Regional Police, in their July and August 2009 data also showed some evidence of that.

But what was neat was, it’s still quite rare.

And when you go, for example, to the City of Hamilton, which is one of my alternate study sites —comparative sites, “F*** the Police” is one of the most common pieces of graffiti. As is “FTP”. And I’m talking about every pole. Along every area— even in the parks.

And I’m talking about Beasley Park where “F*** the Police” is about this high in big black letters and has been there since I started back in April.

[DIP TO WHITE]

So there’s a really huge difference in the relationship, I believe —at least that’s what I think it suggests between the youth in the City of Hamilton and the Police, as opposed to what we see here in Peel and the relationship with Police.

Sure there’s the odd tag but it isn’t nearly as prevalent and as obvious as City of Hamilton.

And so one of the questions you ask is well, what’s the message there?

[DIP TO WHITE]

The other thing that is interesting is, when I looked at the photographs that Peel Regional Police had for July and August, there was very little overlap between what they documented and what I did.

And the other thing really interesting is, Peel Regional Police —their July/August stuff, a lot of it was parks. And a surprising amount was City of Mississauga sites and parks. And City of Mississauga Corporate Security being the ones filing the reports on graffiti.

[DIP TO WHITE]

That’s not a surprise because I avoid City of Mississauga property because (whispers) I know about these security guards.

[DIP TO WHITE]

So I always have a— I have to have a [sic] audio recorder to even feel remotely-safe on City property. So I try to avoid that and my analysis is more along the roadways and just driving along the roads and pulling aside when I see something.

[PART 1 VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

Peel Police Services Board “Hate Crime/Graffiti” Report (March 26, 2010) –and how it matches MISSISSAUGAWATCH graffiti (preliminary) findings

March 27th, 2010  

UPDATE: Saturday, March 27, 2010

Just want to provide a quick update on the “Peel Regional Police – 2009 Annual Hate/Bias Motivated Crime Report -Memo dated March 11, 2010 that was presented at yesterday’s Peel Police Services Board meeting. First, I need to make this quick because I’d rather work up the actual video of the Hate/Crime Bias presentation. That’s what the next Blog entry will be about.

Just quickly, the observations and comments I made in the two videos I’d posted onto YouTube prior to the Police Services Board meeting turned out to be accurate.

Just last week, I got Freedom of Information results back from Peel Police. I’d requested any data on graffiti incidents for July and August 2009. As I said in my March 25th videos, viewing the Peel Police graffiti samples came as a surprise —that while I did recognize some tags, there was surprisingly little overlap in the graffiti that Peel Police had documented those two months and the kind that I’ve been researching!

I’ve said this before and will repeat it here. What I love about a Peel Police report is the rich DATA. It is PERCENTAGES, GRAPHS, TRENDS. It is ANALYSIS. Bottomline it’s SCIENCE. “SCIENCE.” meaning, that I can replicate Peel Police findings. I should be able to confirm the accuracy/validity of their percentages, graphs and analysis just by walking in their footsteps. This I will do to fill in the gap in my own research —the gap of July/August 2009. So on Monday I will file Freedom of Information on Peel Police’s 2009 Hate/Bias graffiti-material.

Just want to say that several things stuck out in the 2009 Annual Hate/Bias Motivated Crime Report. I’ll simply list them because as I said, I’m poised to do a more detailed Blog this weekend.

Something else. Man, it’s a good thing that portions of the report and the graffiti that Peel Police provided through Freedom of Information didn’t jive with what I was seeing. I went back to the July/August incident reports and realized that I’d only received City of Mississauga graffiti and none from Brampton. Of course I know why. I didn’t ask! While the Peel Police report mentions that the 95 Hate/Bias incidents were fairly evenly distributed throughout Peel, I find City of Brampton graffiti “different” from that of City of Mississauga and I’m wondering if Peel Police notice that too. And what it means!

Anyway…

Let me show you Hate/Bias graffiti that I photographed again yesterday right after the Peel Police Services Board meeting. City of Brampton —swastikas, as well as “gay” references at this site.

First photographed December 9, 2009 (above) —and after the Peel Police Services Board meeting (below). Given how many other Hate/Bias graffiti that I’ve photographed/videotaped back in April/May 2009 that were still up there in the Fall 2009, Hate/Bias graffiti is tolerated by Peel residents! After all, the majority goes unreported. I mean what else can you conclude?

CITY OF BRAMPTON SWASTIKAS GRAFFITI (COMPARATIVE first photographed December 9, 2009 and March 26, 2010) GRAFFITI, HATE CRIME, FASCIST SYMBOLS, NAZI

It was a beautiful day and after confirming the continued existence of graffiti at our Brampton study sites, we headed for Toronto and photographed “JESUS LOVES YOU” graffiti.

Clearly a message of Love.

Or is it?….

GRAFFITI TORONTO "JESUS LOVES YOU" photographed March 26, 2010

Next.

Regarding the two graffiti video reports that I posted to YouTube prior to the Peel Police Services Board meeting (below). I know I’d said that I would provide transcripts of both so that we-all can see how closely my preliminary findings matched Peel Police. Sorry. I don’t have that luxury of time. At least not for the next while.

Today I MUST file another video report. Likely two-three hours long, believe it or not. A kind of mega-debriefing session of sorts. And rather than being a “talking-head”, I’m driving around Brampton and Mississauga, the audio is me talking (testifying, actually) while the video portion will document the “habitat” of the “creatures” that I’m studying.

That’s it.

WHAT FOLLOWS IS A REPEAT OF YESTERDAY’S BLOG FYI

Needed to post this prior to tomorrow’s Peel Police Services Board meeting and their Hate Crime/Graffiti Report.

WARNING! DO NOT VIEW THESE VIDEOS IF YOU ARE OFFENDED BY THE F-WORD AND EVEN WORSE WORDS!

Video: MISSISSAUGA BRAMPTON PEEL GRAFFITI RESEARCH (preliminary) REPORT (MISSISSAUGAWATCH) 10:09 min
uploaded March 25, 2010

Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube

Video: MISSISSAUGA BRAMPTON PEEL GRAFFITI RESEARCH (preliminary) REPORT PART 2 (MISSISSAUGAWATCH) 10:32 min
NOTE: I caught a break. YouTube records Part 2 uploaded on March 25, 2010 even though it’s 1:24 am March 26, 2010 Mississauga time.

Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube

Also offering Flickr graffiti pics at:

GRAFFITI RESEARCH (Brampton, Hamilton, Mississauga, (and for comparative purposes, Maui, Hawaii)

GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA STREETSVILLE  GUN DETAIL 090501

MISSISSAUGA BRAMPTON GRAFFITI RESEARCH (preliminary) REPORT Parts 1 and 2 For the Record: posted PRIOR to Peel Police Services Board “Hate Crime/Graffiti” Report

March 26th, 2010  

Needed to post this prior to tomorrow’s Peel Police Services Board meeting and their Hate Crime/Graffiti Report.

WARNING! DO NOT VIEW THESE VIDEOS IF YOU ARE OFFENDED BY THE F-WORD AND EVEN WORSE WORDS!

Video: MISSISSAUGA BRAMPTON GRAFFITI RESEARCH (preliminary) REPORT (MISSISSAUGAWATCH) 10:09 min
uploaded March 25, 2010

Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube

Video: MISSISSAUGA BRAMPTON  GRAFFITI RESEARCH (preliminary) REPORT PART 2 (MISSISSAUGAWATCH) 10:32 min
NOTE: I caught a break. YouTube records Part 2 uploaded on March 25, 2010 even though it’s 1:24 am March 26, 2010 Mississauga time.

Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube

Also offering Flickr graffiti pics at:

GRAFFITI RESEARCH (Brampton, Hamilton, Mississauga, (and for comparative purposes, Maui, Hawaii)


UPDATE Saturday, March 27, 2010. I’ve provided a follow-up to this draft Blog. So for those genuinely interested in Brampton/Mississauga graffiti and what that “Voice” is telling you, you really should be read these two Blogs together.

So. Please click here to read Peel Police Services Board “Hate Crime/Graffiti” Report (March 26, 2010) –and how it matches MISSISSAUGAWATCH graffiti (preliminary) findings”

GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA STREETSVILLE  GUN DETAIL 090501

“TAGGIN’ A LIFE” –MISSISSAUGAWATCH “BLUE MUSE” EXPLORES GRAFFITI (WARNING! COARSE LANGUAGE ADVISORY!)

May 29th, 2009  

This is a new MISSISSAUGAWATCH feature called  “BLUE MUSE”

Today’s Blog is certain to offend.

It contains photos of Mississauga-based graffiti that are also certain to offend. The pics were selected to offend. The  (BLUE) Mississauga Muse even scribbled a poem (blank verse) laced with the F-word —expressly to offend!

This Blog is dedicated to fellow “scrotes” (aka worthless scumbags) and is called “TAGGIN A LIFE” You’ve been sufficiently warned.

(If you’re still interested in accessing today’s “BLUE MUSE” Blog, just click on the blue box with the + sign.

WARNING! Offensive content, click to view

TAGGIN A LIFE

GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA (COOKSVILLE GO STATION) 090527

Fuck’n had it —FUCK the LIES.

I’m a fuck’n open wound!

As fuck’n bullshit as LIES are,

Their PRETEND is fuck’n worse.

GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA LAKEVIEW DETAIL 090521

Pretend to fuck’n listen.

GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA CITY HALL during PUBLIC WORKS DAY 090523

Pretend to fuck’n understand.

GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA COOKSVILLE WOLFEDALE 090523

Even pretend to fuck’n care.

GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA (COOKSVILLE GO STATION) 090527

They can’t fuck’n fool me!

GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA (COOKSVILLE GO STATION) 090527

HIGH TIL I DIE!

Make my

GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA COOKSVILLE BRIDGE 090527

NOISE

GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA COOKSVILLE HANSON 090527

NOISE!

MISSISSAUGA GRAFFITI (area: MISSISSAUGA CITY HALL) 090416

NOISE!

GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA POLICE RELATED 090524

FUCK 50!

PEEL POLICE and YOUTH MISSISSAUGA COOKSVILLE HURONTARIO BRIDGE 090527

I need it fuck’n REAL!

Signed,

SCROTE

GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA GRAFFITI PROPHECY COOKSVILLE HANSON 090527

“The revolution will not be televised”…  At least let’s hope not on (*SNORK*) ROGERS CABLE 10…

This concludes the MISSISSAUGAWATCH feature,“BLUE MUSE”

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