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“War on graffiti” Art Gallery of Ontario townhall meeting. Making public spaces available to Art. (includes Elicser)

April 26th, 2013  

On Tuesday April 16, 2013 I attended a town hall meeting at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Topic: War on graffiti. Making more public spaces available to art.

Those present tackled the issue on how best to address the issue of graffiti. They pondered such questions as:

Does an owner have the right to put-up their idea of art on their property?
Do we need to give more public spaces for people to express themselves through art?
“Is street art criminal?

Gary Taxali, one of the panelists believes “there are exponentially more artists creating brilliant works that have contributed to shaping the world of contemporary art beyond gallery walls and respected art publications.”

The panelists and host were:

– David Grosfield, Host
– John Kiru, Executive Director, Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas
– Kristyn Wong-Tam, Councillor, City of Toronto, Ward 27 Toronto Centre-Rosedale
– Gary Taxali, Award winning illustrator.

First, three highlights from the evening. Elicser was a graffiti artist. I say “was” because I define graffiti like the dictionary does —”unauthorized writing or drawing”. Elicser is now a highly regarded aerosol artist.
In fact, he was commissioned for one of the murals inside the skateboard plaza at Mississauga City Hall.

Elicser explains Graffiti at “War on Graffiti –Public Spaces” meeting (Art Gallery of Ontario)

Scott Mills is the social media officer for Toronto Police Services. He’s on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube and his goal is to “build bridges between cops and communities through technology.” I follow @GraffitiBMXCop on Twitter because Officer Mills takes a positive approach to graffiti.

Scott Mills, Toronto Police @GraffitiBMXCop talks about Graffiti as Art in Public Spaces.

And by far the person I learned the most from that evening was John Kiru, Executive Director of the Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas. I really really liked him! He gets the business advantages of Street Art.

John Kiru (Toronto Association of B.I.A.s) on Graffiti as Art –Public (and Private) Spaces

Last, for anyone truly interested in all the presentations and debate, here’s the entire evening from the host’s “Good evening” to the panelists’ good-bye handshakes.

“War on graffiti” Art Gallery of Ontario townhall meeting. Making public spaces available to Art.
(entire meeting 1:24:44 hrs)

For the record, I began researching graffiti back on April 19, 2009. It was supposed to have been a two-year study…

 

Signed,
MISSISSAUGAWATCH

GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA STREETSVILLE  GUN DETAIL 090501

MISSISSAUGAWATCH report: Maui Community Correctional Center –barbed wire, surveillance –any way you look at it it’s still a jail

August 8th, 2012  

For the record, there’s lots happening —and just to give you an idea here’s a partial list:

City of Vaughan’s Council Code of Conduct, Mississauga Council Code of Conduct, George Rust-D’Eye, The LIEberals, Warren Kinsella, Rob Trewartha, City of Mississauga Corporate Security, graffiti, skateboarding,

Reading List:

“The War Room” —Warren Kinsella

“Kicking Ass in Canadian Politics” —Warren Kinsella

Publications:

The Municipal Integrity Commissioner in Ontario: Role and Responsibilities  —George Rust-D’Eye, WeirFoulds

Case Law Update: Gagliano v Gomery and the Attorney General (Canada)    —WeirFoulds LLP Litigation

Not Why I Ran for Office – The Perils of a Councillor Facing Allegations of Improper Conduct  —George Rust-D’Eye, WeirFoulds

Municipal Conflict of Interest Law: A Law in Conflict Based on Interest  —Barnet Kussner, WeirFoulds

And believe it or not, all of it is related to the Roots of Youth Violence.

So. Anyway. For a slight change of pace, here’s yesterday’s walk past the Maui Community Correctional Center (aka Wailuku Jail).  I kept to the other side of the street and did my best not to look too interested. Hard to do with a video camera but—

Here’s the video complete with transcript.

Maui Correctional Center –barbed wire, surveillance –any way you look at it it’s still a jail (4:30 min)

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH, reporting August 7, 2012

It is Tuesday, August the 7rh, 2012 and I’m over here at Wailuku [Maui, Hawaii] and I’m just going to document here the, well they call it a correctional center.

Barbed wire across the top.

I’m just going to take a bit of a walk here. This is in Wailuku. I looked up the name of this facility but haven’t quite remembered it. Uh, maybe it’s called Wailuku [sic] Correctional Center.

Apparently rehab programs and everything in there. But—

It also says “No Trespassing” on that side so that’s one of the things I’m going to make sure I don’t do. I’m staying on this side.

Having been researching Security in Canada —specifically municipal security, I can see the video surveillance cameras there bristling among the also-bristling barbed wire.

Maui Community Correctional Center video surveillance, Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii (aka Jail)

It’s really interesting because on this side of the road is Freedom.

So it’s kind of the contrast of what a street can do. People being on the right side over here with the video surveillance cameras. Look at that. And the barbed wire.

And over on this side, hibiscus and no fence at all. So.

I also went and read what are the rules of the facility including such things as photography. There is nothing against that. But in the process I was also reading about the rules of just Visitation.

And it was really interesting because one of the things that they said was, women who are having their menstrual periods are required to take off their pads and put on new ones when they’re visiting inmates here. Possibly because they might be smuggling something personal in the pads, I’m not sure.

But what was really interesting was —they had to provide their own pads. It wouldn’t be something that the correctional facility would do on its own.

It is my understanding that women are housed here as well as men.

And yeah, it’s quite the video surveillance. Let’s see if I can get that one right there. I’m pretty good at this. Had a lot of practice with the Security hacks in my own municipality. I’m not saying the people here are of the same ilk.

But you can see here just this massive row of barbed wire all the way across. Anyway.

And over on this side. Freedom.

So. We’re parked over here.

[waiting at crosswalk]

[inaudible] That person’s letting me go. This person’s also letting me go. And now of course I’ve got to do a very quick jaywalk across the street.

But again, here’s the Maui  mountains over here. Lush, I guess it’s the Kehalani subdivision. And across the street? You would not want to rent a room on that side!

Turning camera off.

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

 

Maui Community Correctional Center, Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii (aka Jail)

Female visitors will inform the female Search ACO of their menstrual period. Visitors shall be
required to remove and change sanitary supplies in the presence of a female ACO.
The used sanitary supplies will be discarded and replaced with new supplies.
It is the visitor’s responsibility to provide sanitary supplies for the change.

—MAUI COMMUNITY CORRECTIONAL CENTER (MCCC)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Graffiti Mississauga Report: “FTP” (Fuck the Police), “FUCK THE WORLD”, “FREEDOM”. Is the message changing?

May 28th, 2012  

What follows is a long long overdue MISSISSAUGA graffiti report.

Graffiti Mississauga: “FTP” (Fuck the Police), “FUCK THE WORLD”, “FREEDOM”. Is the message changing? (7:48 min)

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

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BEGINS]

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

It is Friday May the 24th or 25th, I forget. And I’m coming back to a site that I had discovered a few days ago. All I can tell you about this site right now is that it is one of my graffiti sites.

And oh, in the Fall, the entire area had been completely buffed and erased. I mean completely obliterated. All the graffiti.

And on a hunch I returned last week and discovered quite a bit of it, including this particular truck. And of particular interest to me at that time was “FTP”. “FTP”. “FTP” —which means “Fuck the Police”.

And I didn’t recognize this tag here, but I think it might now be one that I noticed yesterday in a different location. But I’m not sure.

On this particular truck alone, you’ve got one, two —and I think that’s an “FTP” too. And then an “FTP” here.

So that’s, gosh, just in here alone, quite a few “Fuck the Police”.

And this is something new. Anti-police messages like “FTP” just isn’t part of Mississauga graffiti. And then it just kind of explodes on the scene right here.

Now you’ll recognize this as the side of the truck. But it’s also here with a tag and and an “FTP” right there.

Although just so that you know, I consider this one incident. Even though there might be six “FTP”s there. I consider it one event.

Now I just drove that way to check some of the other buildings where this material had been sprayed. And I swear it was this week —this week that I documented this—

MISSISSAUGAWATCH reporting from undisclosed graffiti study site in Mississauga, May 22, 2012

It is Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012 and I’ve returned to one of my graffiti study sites here at the City of Mississauga.

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

—and it’s already erased.

And that’s why I say it’s really important for me to videotape and document graffiti as quickly as I see it because it can be erased as quickly —and it’s happened, as quickly as 24 hours later.

But I want to talk a little bit too about something that I noticed yesterday and I already put up on the Internet. There’s a different tone now to the kind of graffiti that is re-emerging after what I call “The Big Erase” which occurred back in the Summer of 2011.

So it’s taken a long time for example, for this area, to have the graffiti come back.

And what’s interesting and I cannot explain is to have so much “FTP”s —”Fuck the Police” here. Because that’s one of the things that made Mississauga/Peel so extraordinary compared to, for example, the graffiti in the City of Hamilton.

[photograph inserts of anti-police graffiti from the City of Hamilton September 13, 2009]

At the the City of Hamilton, my God, there was [sic] “FTP”s down one entire road, every telephone pole had “FTP”, every utility box.

And not just “FTP” but “FUCK THE POLICE” on sidewalks, on picket fences, it was everywhere!

And by contrast, you just didn’t see that here at the City of Mississauga.

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

Okay. Here’s the other one. Let’s show that to you.

And I’d mentioned there’s the interesting message, “FUCK THE WORLD”. And about the only thing that I will say is this is within a two minute/three minute walk from where we just were, where there were all those “FTP”s for “Fuck the Police”.

There just seems to be at this point, and I’m not sure, but there seems to be right now, a difference in tone, in the kind of graffiti that I am seeing re-emerge after what I call “The Big Erase of Summer 2011”.

So. I guess the only other thing I want to talk about this difference in tone—

—is we’re seeing protests emerging. And I’m looking at the anger that’s still out there for G20 which happened in June 2010.

Here it’s almost June 2012 and people are still upset about police-protester interaction and the arrests and the abuse of authority.

And I’m now following the Quebec student protest and the remarkable footage by CUTV —Concordia University livestreaming. Its fascinating and superb job that they’re doing —pretty much citizen journalism.

Traditional Media —forget about it.

The best commentary and coverage I’m discovering are such things like CUTV or TimCast in Chicago, who is covering the NATO protests.

It’s right on the ground and it’s real. and I can tell you it’s real because—

—I was providing video coverage of the G20 on, I think it was June 26, was it? And it’s real when you’re right there and you’re actually removed from the site and so on.

But I guess what I want to document and report on is: Will the nature of graffiti change as more young people and youth become more restless?

Will you get more messages like “FTP” and “Fuck the World”? I don’t know.

However, there is one site that I haven’t looked at for a while. And it turned out back in April 2009, when I first decided I was going to research graffiti.

It was actually the first site that I had —the first true graffiti wall. And I was so excited about it. That I actually found something. Anyway, let’s go there right now.

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

A tree got in the way. It says “ACID”. So that’s new —but again, that could be the name of the tagger.

This is new. “FREEDOM”.

There really does seem to be —look at this. I’ll just take that here. [throws car into Park]

“FREEDOM”.

There really does seem to be —a change.

As I said, we’re starting to get messages.

There’s something different happening.

[VIDEO TRANSCRIPT ENDS]

Signed,
MISSISSAUGAWATCH

GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA "FREEDOM" documented May 27, 2012
Additional Resources

A related Mississauga graffiti video —May 24, 2012. Just for the record.

Graffiti Mississauga: “Fuck the World” (undisclosed location, Mississauga)  (0:56 min)

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

An old cat came back, Chicago NATO, CUTV Montreal, Freight Train graffiti –and stonewalled –again!

May 23rd, 2012  

I’m painfully aware that I haven’t posted a blog since May 13th, 2012. And things haven’t changed: Energy and spirit low. And I don’t feel like writing.

All I’m interested in is researching.

That said, I do have new videos to share.

My dad’s old cat, “Mooch” made a full recovery from his latest Feline Chronic Renal Failure crash. I learned a lot about euthanasia… like it’s easy to be philosophically for it when you’re not facing that decision!

Feline Chronic Renal/Kidney Failure –Dehydration Crash. Facing Euthanasia –The Cat Came Back!  (28:05 min)

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

Don’t know about you but I’ve been following both the Chicago NATO protests and the student protests in Montreal. Not through traditional media, mind you; via on-the-ground citizen-journalists live streaming events as they happen. Specifically in Chicago, I followed Tim Pool’s TimCast at: www.ustream.tv/user/Timcast and Concordia University’s CUTV Montreal.

Having been to G20 —as in videotaping right at Bay and King when Black Bloc lit up the police cars, I much prefer the real of citizen video versus traditional media.

On May 20th, CUTV took forever to go “en direct”. Were they having technical problems? Camera? Connection? Finally CUTV began live streaming and it became clear that Montreal police had “attacked” the CUTV crew and equipment several times during that evening…

CUTV Montreal to Montreal Police, “Who made the call to target CUTV?” (3:13 min)

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

And last, on May 22nd, I realized just how much I missed doing a graffiti run.  So I parked beside the CPR track and a graffiti-covered freight train trundled by. Set the video to 15% actual speed. Add Music “Sound of Siren (feat. M.I.A. & Busy Signal)” by Artist: Major Lazer….

GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA. Once Upon a CPR Freight Train: Offeesah! Offeesah!  (3:54 min)

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

Last, on April 30th, I sent a simple email asking a City of Mississauga employee to identify him/herself. I waited a reasonable two weeks for a reply that never came. On May 14th, I repeated my request. Today, four Mondays after my first request, I repeated my request again.

In my interview with Ken Owen, Director, City of Mississauga Corporate Security, I told him directly to his face that “City Staff LIE”. They also stonewall —and hide.

Lie Stonewall Deny: MYTHissauga’s “Brave Bold Future” stays true to its “Lie Stonewall Deny” Past.

UPDATE: May 23, 2012. Just got this tweet:

CUTV News@CUTVnews

SPVM Riot police trying to disconnect our livestream at last night’s #manifencours http://goo.gl/rxQuM #cutv

Retweeted by anonymous

CUTV linked to this video and it’s really quite something.  The CUTV crew is courageous —tenacious. And it’s bound to get them in trouble with police.

May 23rd: Police Attack CUTV’s Journalist & Kettled Protesters (11:22 min)

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

Just want to echo this comment left by ben0976 :

“Merci CUTV pour votre travail exemplaire.”

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

"Anarchy" in Streetsville, Mississauga, Ontario
“Anarchy” in Streetsville, Mississauga, Ontario

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

Mississauga News “bombed” with e-graffiti with “Friends of Hazel” hypocrite’s “FREEDOM! FREEDOM! FREEDOM!”

July 22nd, 2011  

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

Today’s blog builds on our last one, Why research graffiti? (Peel Youth Violence Prevention as related to McMurtry/Curling’s Roots of Youth Violence).  Graffiti is what “bad” youth do and “bad” people do, right?

Can an online newspaper comments section be “bombed” with graffiti?

We say yes.

WHY RESEARCH GRAFFITI? MISSISSAUGAWATCH

In our April 19th, 2010 blog, GRAFFITI in MISSISSAUGA: Preliminary Report (April 19, 2009 – April 19, 2010) baseline, we chose to use the Mirriam-Webster definition of “graffiti”.

graffiti

: usu. unauthorized writing or drawing on a public surface

The functional word here is “unauthorized”.

In their July 14, 2011 Editorial, “Cutting off the dialogue”, the Mississauga News announced:

“We’ve decided to suspend public online commentary on all stories related to the Ward 5 vote and candidates”.

The Mississauga News even cut off commentary on their editorial with “Commenting on this story has been suspended“.

First, we submit that the readers comment section of the Mississauga News online is a “public surface”. Given the internet’s global reach, it’s tough to find a more public, “public surface”.

Metroland, the owner of this “public surface” announced that it was suspending “public online commentary on all stories related to the Ward 5 vote and candidates.”

The meaning is quite clear —any “public online commentary on all stories related to the Ward 5 vote and candidates” is unauthorized.

And what you’d expect to happen did happen. The commenters simply commented on the Ward 5 race in other stories and heaped scorn at the Mississauga News demanding “FREEDOM! FREEDOM! FREEDOM!” and served up “DOWN WITH THE MISSISSAUGA NEWS!”

And this is what the Mississauga News front page looked like on July 16th, courtesy of  “Friend of Hazel”, “Prol”. (“Prol”, we should point out supports “Friend of Hazel” Jake Dheer’s Ward 5 candidacy.)

"Prol", co-designer of the "Friends of Hazel" Rally flyer "bombs" Mississauga News articles with "FREEDOM! FREEDOM! FREEDOM!"110716

MISSISSAUGA NEWS front page: "Prol", co-designer of the "Friends of Hazel" Rally flyer "bombs" Mississauga News articles with "FREEDOM! FREEDOM! FREEDOM!"110716

Having documented some of these commenters, I can confirm how they loathe graffiti artists and taggers. How they refer to them as punks, scumbags and losers.

For the record, what follows are just some of the comments left by “Prol” (alternate alias “AV8R”) after the Mississauga News made its announcement to suspend public online commentary on all stories related to the Ward 5 vote and candidates.

We focus on “Prol” (aka “AV8R”) for one reason. He is an identifiable person, just one of two people who co-designed the Friends of Hazel Rally flyer. The same flyer (in this photo), presented to Hazel McCallion by Lorry Smith (left) and Ron Starr.

Do Lorry Smith and Ron Starr know who “Prol” is?…

Mississauga News reader-commenter "Prol" (other alias "AV8R") is co-designed this "Friends of Hazel Rally" fllyer presented to Mayor Hazel McCallion by Ron Starr and Lorry Smith.

Mississauga News reader-commenter "Prol" (other alias "AV8R") co-designed this "Friends of Hazel Rally" flyer presented to Mayor Hazel McCallion by Ron Starr and Lorry Smith.

“Friends of Hazel” Rally organizer, Betty Merkley certainly does. As perhaps co-organizer, Councillor Katie Mahoney.

We know that “Prol” (by his own admission) is a liar.

He’s also a hypocrite.

Witness “Prol”s call for “FREEDOM! FREEDOM! FREEDOM!”

Fact is,  “Prol” (aka “AV8R”) was part of a massive “sanitation” squad, deleting entire Mississauga News threads back in April 2010 and again in January 2011. Just three clicks of the “Offensive” feature and comments were erased. “Prol” would click once as “Prol” and log in again as “AV8R”. And likely had a third alias as well.

After all, the “Friends of Hazel” have prospered for decades under Mississauga’s media-barren environment and do their all to keep it that way.

“FRIENDS OF HAZEL” DELETE HUNDREDS OF COMMENTS AT MISSISSAUGA NEWS (8:02 min)

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

Such are the Mayor’s “people”. These are the “Friends of Hazel”.

So. Take a look at samples of a new kind of  e-graffiti  —unauthorized writing left on a public surface by one of Hazel McCallion’s finest: “Prol” (aka “AV8R”).

Mayor Hazel McCallion is quite fond of saying that Her Town flourishes with a “team approach”. Witness a TEAM HAZEL’s “Prol”, an e-sociopath doing his all “in the best interests of the City” of course.

This One Message “team approach” is how Hazel McCallion stayed in power for over thirty years.

"Friend of Hazel" (McCallion) "bombs" the Mississauga News with a different kind of "graffiti". "FREEDOM! FREEDOM! FREEDOM!" and "DOWN WITH THE MISSISSAUGA NEWS!"

"Friend of Hazel" (McCallion) "bombs" the Mississauga News with a different kind of "graffiti". "FREEDOM! FREEDOM! FREEDOM!" and "DOWN WITH THE MISSISSAUGA NEWS!"

For the record, here’s a cut-and-paste.

Prol

Jul 16, 2011 1:01 AM

Good one CR Your ironic posting helps to expose the absurdity of censorship. Apparently, the proletariat can be trusted with commenting on a sporting event or a story about parking violations but not anything as important as a by-election. THAT is best served by the commissar approved arbiters of public consumption, the Mississauga News. THE PEOPLE WILL SPEAK! LONG LIVE DEMOCRACY! DOWN WITH MISSISSAUGA NEWS!

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"Friend of Hazel" (McCallion) provides insight into how McCallion stayed in power.

Hazel McCallion's "TEAM APPROACH". "Friend of Hazel" "Prol" teams with "ConcernedResident" and the Mayor's "Mantis"

This comment from the Mississauga News article, “Nomination fiercely contested”.

Prol

Jul 17, 2011 7:57 PM

“In some ways, it’s a sad day for The Mississauga News and for community journalism. “In some ways? How could it be sadder? How could it be more blatantly and transparently partisan? Sad? Try pathetic and anti-democratic. Where was your concern for decency while reporting on the Mississauga Enquiry or the last municipal election? Some of the most libellous and “unfair” comments still live on this site. Hypocrites. Some will see this posting before you delete it.

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Note reference to “libellous”.

So typical of the “Friends of Hazel” deceitful ways, Prol fails to mention his “Psycho” comment in the article, “Don’t Elect Parrish”. (Note, “CP” is referring to Carolyn Parrish):


Prol

Jul 13, 2011 11:51 PM

Ursula PsychoYou are one twisted bitch. Can’t you please get some help? You will feel so much better when you deal with whatever made you this way. Are you lobbying to run CP’s campaign? You would get along famously. The similarities are astounding.

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And in his “Psycho” comment in another article, “Dheer joins Alzheimer Society team“, “Prol/AV8R”, with typical lack of self-awareness, fails to see the irony in a psychotic post calling me a psycho:

Prol

Jul 14, 2011 2:43 PM

I knew the wait would be short for Ursula Psycho to jump on this. The quote you selected from Andre Marin sounds much like what anyone buying into your endlessly repeated lunatic drivels should expect. Picture me giving you the MMuse salute. Cut and paste that – psycho.

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That’s right. Referring to Ontario Ombudsman Andre Marin’s address to The Canadian Centre for Ethics and Corporate Policy, (2007) as “lunatic drivel”.

These are the “Friends of Hazel” —cowards so proud to be supporting their Mayor that they hide behind aliases.

Or just hide.

FRIENDS OF HAZEL RALLY (December 2, 2009). Organizers did their all to prevent Mississauga residents from learning about Hazel McCallion's wheelings and dealings on behalf of her son --and "her people".

If the "Friends of Hazel" are so proud of supporting their Mayor, why all the hiding?...

E-graffiti. Cyber-cowards. Enough’s enough of these “Friends of Hazel’ aliases and multiple aliases.

It’s time to report on real “Friends of Hazel” —with real names. Names we’d never know about had it not been for the big hole the Mississauga Judicial Inquiry blasted into this Company Town’s “media-barren environment”.

A youth once wrote me with “The System is too corrupt, there is no way to fix it.” That’s what both video and Freedom of Information confirms. No way to fix it.

But you can document, document, document, document document…. and warn one person at a time.

Take home message? If you want to see the REAL Mississauga, see what Mississaugans really believe when their identities are tucked safely behind aliases —peer into their racism, their quasi-fascism, read the Mississauga News readers comments! And see this city’s Future!

Signed,
The Mississauga Muse.

ONTARIO MUNICIPALITIES: A MAJOR (unexplored) ROOT OF YOUTH VIOLENCE

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

RELATED VIDEOS

Hazel McCallion quotes: “What happens if nothing happens?” –Why you document it anyway! (2:29 min)

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

The Truth about Brampton and Mississauga Youth Anti-Violence Panels. Pastor Andrew King (Etobicoke)  (0:47 min)

(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)

..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.

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

—Andrew King, Pastor of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, November 28, 2008

ONTARIO MUNICIPALITIES: A MAJOR (unexplored) ROOT OF YOUTH VIOLENCE

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)

YouTuber catches G20 graffiti-taggers in the act and remarkable raw videos of Bay/King torching of police cars surface

July 18th, 2010  

The Power of YouTube, what can I say? I just found video of the guy spraying  “CULTURE OF DEATH” on the Bank of Montreal windows at Bay and King (June 26, 2010).

G20 GRAFFITI TAGGERS IN ACTION "CULTURE OF DEATH" and "POWER 4 PEOPLE" (Bay and King) June 26, 2010)

But if a picture’s worth a thousand words, then check out the remarkable 8 seconds of video by speedstriker. It shows two youth applying graffiti to the Bank of Montreal at Bay and King just before the rioters torched the police cruisers. The sprayer with the orange paint is not just responsible for “CULTURE OF DEATH” but likely also “MAKE THE RICH PAY”, “CAPITAL KILLS”, “OPPRESOR” [sic] on police cruiser “TAV59” as well as “EXPROPRIATION”.

MISSISSAUGAWATCH video confirms that the tagger in the background was in the act of writing, “POWER 4 PEOPLE”.  Given the fine blue marker, it’s an excellent bet that he was also responsible for “FUCK CORP GREED” (on BMO soccer ball at left) and also the guy who wrote, “FUCK SECURITY CULTURE” on the hood of police cruiser, “TAV58”.

YouTube Video, “G20 Toronto Protest Report: Spray Paint – Culture of Death ” 0:08 min

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

By far my best YouTube find was davegtv who posted three raw videos online. davegtv managed to document the Bay/King intersection before the rioters arrived as well as continued to videotape long after police forced me out at the opposite side of the street.  What this means is that davegtv just might have the most complete raw footage of what happened at Bay and King —period.

What is especially fascinating in reviewing davegtv footage is to examine the police response. davegtv caught superb footage of police actions south of Bay/King as well as east. My video filled in the gap documenting police and horses west of the intersection. A complete picture!

We’re now in the process of sychronizing davegtv’s footage with our own. Very easy to do.

photo

davegtv has absolutely must-watch raw video footage of Bay/King. For those who can’t wait for a sychronized version, check out davegtv‘s YouTube channel and specifically these raw videos.

“G20 police cars set on fire – Raw – 1/3 ” at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjOMYlsVNCo

“G20 police cars set on fire – Raw – 2/3” at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMbWTc4pmUo and

“G20 police cars set on fire – Raw – 3/3 “ www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3jfJ8x695g

Last, I want to leave you with one more video. Videotaped by MrJw74 and called, “G20 Police Show Restraint with Protester” it’s another must-view. Truly remarkable —especially when you can see in the background that Toronto firefighters are dousing what’s left of two police cars that rioters had set on fire…

Video shows one police officer gently pulling back a colleague who’s holding a baton, perhaps in his view a bit too close to the protester. As of July 18, 2010 at 2:54 pm MrJw74’s video has only gotten 368 views vs the tens of thousands hits of videos showing violence and confrontation. So it goes.

YouTube Video, “G20 Toronto Protest Report: Spray Paint – Culture of Death ” 0:08 min

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

G20 POLICE HANDSHAKE WITH PROTESTER "Freezeframe from MrJw74's YouTube video G20 Police Show Restraint with Protester (June 26" 2010)

Signed,

The Mississauga Muse

G20 TORONTO PROTEST GRAFFITI: “MAKE THE RICH PAY”…”FUCK SECURITY CULTURE” (The Black Bloc… certainly had their say!)

June 27th, 2010  

The Black Bloc… certainly had their say!

YouTube Video, G20 TORONTO PROTEST GRAFFITI: “MAKE THE RICH PAY”…”FUCK SECURITY CULTURE”…” 4:34 min

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

G20 TORONTO GRAFFITI "CLASS WAR ALL AROUND"

G20 TORONTO GRAFFITI “CLASS WAR ALL AROUND”

G20 GRAFFITI "FUCK THE BANKS" (Bay and King) June 26, 2010)

G20 GRAFFITI “FUCK THE BANKS” (Bay and King) June 26, 2010)

G20 GRAFFITI "PEOPLE OVER PROFIT" (Bay and King) June 26, 2010)

G20 GRAFFITI “PEOPLE OVER PROFIT” (Bay and King) June 26, 2010)

G20 GRAFFITI "CULTURE OF DEATH" (Bay and King) June 26, 2010)

G20 GRAFFITI “CULTURE OF DEATH” (Bay and King) June 26, 2010)

G20 GRAFFITI "FUCK CORP.  GREED!" (Bay and King) June 26, 2010)

G20 GRAFFITI “FUCK CORP. GREED!” (Bay and King) June 26, 2010)

G20 GRAFFITI "BOMB THE BANKS" (Bay and King) June 26, 2010)
G20 GRAFFITI “BOMB THE BANKS” (Bay and King) June 26, 2010)

G20 GRAFFITI "MAKE THE RICH PAY" (Bay and King) June 26, 2010)

G20 GRAFFITI “MAKE THE RICH PAY” (Bay and King) June 26, 2010)

UPDATE  Monday, June 28, 2010. Someone just subscribed to me over at YouTube. When that happens I always check out their channel to see if I want to subscribe back. Found this and several other videos. He shot this video on the front line that was approaching the front lines of police. The video has the subtitle, “Mississauga Truth Movement”. He now has a new subscriber.

You really need to watch this video of what I suspect was the Saturday night protest.  A Mississauga youth on the front lines! Please click here to see all of Mississauga Truth Movement’s channel

YouTube Video, G20 Queen West “Horse Shit!” ” 2:56 min

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

UPDATE  June 29, 2010  Photo from CTV of the graffiti clean up. Yesterday afternoon I returned to Bay and King to see how long it took Toronto to remove the graffiti that I had documented. All gone save ghost images. Except the graffiti on the Bank of Montreal windows. Couldn’t document their removal. No windows!

A Toronto city worker spreads a cleaning solution over a sidewalk spray-painted with 'class war' along Bay Street in downtown Toronto, Sunday, June 27, 2010, following riots the night before during the G20 Summit. (AP / Carolyn Kaster)

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

G20 Toronto videos. Police cars set on fire and TRASHED at Bay and King –plus G20 graffiti “CLASS WAR ALL AROUND”

June 27th, 2010  

YouTube Video, G20 Toronto Video Eyewitness: Before the Storm –Police prep the Riot Gear ” 4:13 min

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

YouTube Video, G20 Toronto (PART 1) Video Eyewitness: Police cars set on fire then TRASHED at Bay and King ” 9:42 min

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

YouTube Video, G20 Toronto (PART 2) Video Eyewitness: Police cars set on fire at Bay and King ” 6:24 min

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

YouTube Video, G20 Toronto (PART 3) Police cars burn at Bay and King –Crowd cleared for Fire Department (6:26 min)

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

YouTube Video, G20 TORONTO: PEEL REGIONAL POLICE SERVICES IN RIOT GEAR ” 0:55 min

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

YouTube Video, G20 Toronto. YouTube-generation air guitarist poses for souvenir photo with police-in-riot-gear ” 0:55 min

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

And (no surprise) plenty of graffiti made its debut. “FUCK THE BANKS”, “BOMB THE BANKS”, “CLASS WAR ALL AROUND”, “MAKE THE RICH PAY”…

G20 GRAFFITI "CLASS WAR ALL AROUND"

Signed,

The (Loved the air guitarist) Mississauga Muse

EMAIL RECEIVED FROM A (perceptive) YOUTH THROUGH YOUTUBE

UPDATE: June 27, 2010. A reader complained that I had turned over the Blog too quickly today and that the videos have disappeared. She suggested that I dedicate a page to hold all G20 videos. So this is it.  What’s interesting is while this G20 graffiti video went up several hours later than any of the others, this one now has the most hits —and comments.

YouTube Video, G20 TORONTO PROTEST GRAFFITI: “MAKE THE RICH PAY”…”FUCK SECURITY CULTURE”…” 4:34 min

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

UPDATE Monday, June 28, 2010. Someone just subscribed to me over at YouTube. When that happens I always check out their channel to see if I want to subscribe back. Found this and several other videos. He shot this video on the front line that was approaching the front lines of police. The video has the subtitle, “Mississauga Truth Movement”. He now has a new subscriber.

You really need to watch this video of what I suspect was the Saturday night protest. A Mississauga youth on the front lines! Please click here to see all of Mississauga Truth Movement’s channel

YouTube Video, G20 Queen West “Horse Shit!” ” 2:56 min

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

Signed,

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

Email from a Mississauga graffiti artist: “youth are fighting with the system because it is CORRUPT there is no way to fix it.”

May 30th, 2010  

Morally beyond redemption. That’s what almost four years of research into Ontario Municipal governance has forced me to conclude.

Morally beyond redemption.

Today I wanted to know how many times I used “morally beyond redemption” and especially when I first coined that phrase. So I GOOGLEd, “morally beyond redemption” together with “MISSISSAUGAWATCH”.

It appears that I may have first reached my “morally beyond redemption” conclusion about a year ago and it first appeared in a comment I wrote to “fthrcast” on YouTube.

I sometimes surprise myself. In this phrase’s debut, not only did I use full capital “MORALLY BEYOND REDEMPTION”, I correctly identified why Ontario municipalities are morally beyond redemption with impunity —”the Ontario government LOOKS THE OTHER FRIKKIN’ WAY”. (What a perceptive first dash out the starting gate for me on that one! “MORALLY BEYOND REDEMPTION” —YouTube says “1 year ago”).

Other appearances include:

“morally beyond redemption. It can’t be fixed”, “Simply unfixable.  Morally-beyond redemption.” Stupid, dull me took to the age of 59 to figure that out. Ontario municipalities, the Province, THE SYSTEM is “morally beyond redemption. It can’t be fixed”.

On Thursday, May 20, 2010, I received an email from a young graffiti artist and we exchanged several messages thereafter. I asked permission to use his first email to me for today’s Blog because I felt what he had to say was too important to be kept just between two people.

One theme here at MISSISSAUGAWATCH is the observation that youth who need a voice the most are also the most-blocked from expressing their voice. That’s the irony and fraud of such initiatives as the Peel Youth Violence Prevention Network and Safe City Mississauga —youth don’t have a legitimate say any more than I do.

And Pastor Andrew King simply nailed the reason at Brampton’s November 2008 “Peace to Our Streets” meeting.

On all the panels I sit on? First question’s asked is “Where are the young people? We’re talking about them but they’re not with us.” Young people are very frustrated because there’s a lot of panels. Oh, there’s reports that are written about how much money we’re going to spend! And they’re very frustrated with the system right now.

With that introduction, here are the words of a Mississauga graffiti artist —a youth, called “Anonymous”.  Information that could potentially identify him has been removed. I’ve also cleaned up the few typos he had. We begin.

Hey,

Just checked out your website and appreciate the work you are doing. I really appreciate the graffiti you are documenting being a graffiti artist/writer in Mississauga and would like to share a few words with you.

Graffiti art is not recognized and acknowledged in Mississauga I have been writing since I fell in love with it the first time I ever heard Hip Hop, and hip hop would not be around if it weren’t for Graffiti , I was in Grade 4 when I started scribbling in my notebook my graffiti in the beginning was pretty bad but I never stopped and kept on drawing. I then discovered a whole new world outside of my notebook and black book.

Before moving to Mississauga in Grade 6, in Toronto the streets are filled with tags, throw ups, pieces, burners, murals, even little messages to the police and the government. I didn’t start my graffiti on the streets till just last year, working on my spray techniques and other things, I am only interested in pieces big colorful huge pieces that pop out and attract people’s attention.

Now I do not consider this vandalism as I am an artist simply coloring the streets with a message —a message that can only be seen through graffiti.

…the system is CORRUPT and this is why there is youth violence this is why there are guns on the street and drugs in the hands of children the youth are fighting with the system because it is CORRUPT there is no way to fix it because the people higher up are sitting nice in their big leather chairs, driving their nice cars, living their perfect life when some people in this world have to work hard to get by and even by doing so they get nothing, and after they realize how hard they have to work to get by they break down and no longer want to live life being part of the system because they realize that living life by the rules of the system gets you no where because it is CORRUPT!

Young people today sure are a lot smarter than I was their age!

Notice his “the youth are fighting with the system because it is CORRUPT there is no way to fix it”.  That Truth took me three years of intensive observation/research, a couple thousand in Freedom of Information and 59 years of being alive before I coughed up “ONTARIO MUNICIPALITIES ARE MORALLY BEYOND REDEMPTION. (And so is Ontario)” as a YouTube comment.

This video is for the “Anonymous” graffiti artist who’s the subject of this Blog. Just to show him Why he’s right.

To introduce him to (in his words) “the people higher up… sitting nice in their big leather chairs, driving their nice cars, living their perfect life when some people in this world have to work hard to get by and even by doing so they get nothing.”

Politicians’ Game of PRETEND.

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

Last, it was exactly one year ago today that I visited the City of Hamilton for the first time to conduct my first graffiti survey there. I’ll be returning today to document my May 30, 2009 Hamilton Graffiti sites and how they look One Year Later.

Signed,

The Mississauga Muse
MISSISSAUGAWATCH

GRAFFITI, CITY OF HAMILTON PARK, FIRST DOCUMENTATION (May 30, 2009) and comparative May 30, 2010

GRAFFITI near park. City of Hamilton, May 30, 2009 and again May 30, 2010 (comparative)

GRAFFITI (portion of graffiti wall), CITY OF HAMILTON PARK, FIRST DOCUMENTATION (May 30, 2009) and comparative May 30, 2010

Portion of GRAFFITI WALL near park. City of Hamilton, May 30, 2009 and again May 30, 2010 (comparative)

PEEL REGIONAL POLICE “POLICE DAY” videos, photographs —and an update on Mississauga graffiti-tagger “HACR”

May 9th, 2010  

Yesterday was Police Day at the Emil Kolb Centre. While the Mississauga News reports that the Centre is “Mississauga’s Emil Kolb Centre on Derry Rd”, it was only the City of Brampton that saw fit to provide shuttle buses for their citizens to that event. WAY TO GO B-TOWN!

Here is a compilation of videos and photographs from yesterday, with brief descriptions.

Video 1: Drove around the parking lot until I found a great spot right beside a Peel Police white Dodge Charger and behind two Peel Police Impalas. Noticed the Peel Regional Police Tactical Unit perched atop the roof. Realized there was no way to get to the building in time so I documented Tactical Unit’s rappel from the car.

Video: PEEL REGIONAL POLICE TACTICAL UNIT RAPPEL DOWN EMIL KOLB CENTRE (POLICE DAY May 8, 2010)

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

Video 2: Went to the outdoor displays and wasn’t at the event fifteen minutes before something a Tactical police officer said pissed me off so much I decided to leave —screw that noise. I packed up to cruise the haunts of the “bad guys” and document graffiti instead!

Headed for the car and noticed a band tuning up. The rich sound from their guitars made me decide to stay.

Weather now fell from the sky and police officers retreated inside. But the band hung tough.

They managed just this one song before a blast of wind knocked a guitar stand to the ground. The lead singer unsuccessfully tried to stop the guitar’s fall and then came the roll of thunder. Thus the Music Died.

If you ever have the opportunity to hear this Peel Police Rock Band, go!

Video: PEEL POLICE ROCK BAND play “OLD TIME ROCK AND ROLL” on rainy/windy POLICE DAY (May 8, 2010)

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

Video 3: It’s not often that citizens are allowed to videotape inside the Emil Kolb Centre so I grabbed at the chance to document the Centre’s display case on the History of Peel Police.

This video shows the old badges of (now disbanded) Township of Toronto Police, Mississauga Police, Port Credit Police, Streetsville Police and even Chinguacousy Police and Brampton Police.

The display also contains the uniform, keys and wooden head-bopper of former Chief of Police, Andrew Herkes who retired in September 1948.

1948… Different world!

Video: HISTORY of PEEL REGIONAL POLICE DISPLAY (Peel Regional Police Historic Committee)

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

Video 3: I absolutely loved what I saw happening inside the Kolb Centre’s gym. There were all kinds of law enforcement and safety displays, yes. But best of all there were all kinds of people —as in kinds-kind. The ethnicity that should be there, was there.

And as I said before, Brampton made sure that even those who couldn’t afford bus tickets for their brood could attend Police Day. It even occurred to me that Brampton’s poorest families would have this day for free transportation and free food/drinks! (Imagine what it would cost in a fast food place for hamburgers/hotdogs for four or five kids plus drinks.)

And the officers working those indoor displays were just finestkind.

This is video of Peel Police’s “Use of Force” display. Note, brief portions of this video are blurred to protect the privacy of kids interacting with police at the display.

Video: PEEL REGIONAL POLICE “USE OF FORCE” DISPLAY (POLICE DAY May 8, 2010))

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

Video 4: Also from the “Use of Force” display documenting the target used by Peel Police for shooting practice. I categorized this video on YouTube as “Comedy”.

Hint, to bad guys (and girls) —Bad News. Peel Police don’t just aim for your heart….

Video: PEEL REGIONAL POLICE “USE OF FORCE” DISPLAY: SHOOTING TARGET –THE BALLS!

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

And now for some pics.

Use of Force Display

PEEL REGIONAL POLICE "POLICE DAY" USE OF FORCE DISPLAY  (May 8, 2010)

Police Day —the only time it’s legal to pose as a police officer…

PEEL POLICE DAY: the only time when it's legal to "pose" as an officer

And…

PEEL REGIONAL POLICE SECRETS OF SUCCESS (PROUDLY AIMING FOR THE BALLS SINCE JANUARY 1, 1974)

That was it. I then decided to continue my research into the ambitious Mississauga graffiti-tagger “HACR”. For the last two weeks I’d been documenting his east-west range. I also knew how far south “HACR” reached. Fascinated by his impressive range, it was time to map how far north “HACR” reached.

Here’s the irony.

It was only because I was at the Peel Police Day Kolb Centre event that my North-question was answered so quickly.

Mississauga's graffiti/tagger "HACR"s most northern range (May 8, 2010)

And my other question, “Is ‘HACR’ exclusively a Mississauga tagger?”. Given that I haven’t documented him (gender presumed) at the Toronto border or into Brampton, the answer appears to be Yes.

Also photographed this yesterday.

"DO YOU UNDERSTAND?" GRAFFITI LAKESHORE AREA, CITY OF MISSISSAUGA (May 8, 2010)

“DO YOU UNDERSTAND?”…  All this research is an attempt to try to.

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

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (guest Blogger) “A graffiti artist” writes about the adrenalin-lure of graffiti

September 14th, 2009  

This is a followup to our August 22nd, 2009, Blog, “(Email) conversation with a graffiti artist –”REAL graffiti” vs permission walls”

I ended that Blog with:

Then I asked him about the Toronto graffiti  “TOFU tagger” and I can’t wait for his response…

Well today “A graffiti artist” responded.

Rather than bury his writing as an update or a comment, I thought I’d give his reply the prominence it deserves. That is —a Blog in its own right.

I believe what “A graffiti artist” has to say is both important and relevant —especially in light of me conducting a graffiti survey in downtown Hamilton only yesterday. Also his comments regarding graffiti’s relationship to hip-hop are timely as well

“A graffiti artist” clearly disagrees with me about Toronto’s “TOFU tagger”. Readers will recall that I don’t feel that the tag “TOFU” has anything to do with soybean but rather is an acronym for “Toronto F*** You”.  T.O.F.U.  (Only the “TOFU tagger” knows for sure)

So this is a cut-and-paste from an email I received today. The only difference between what follows and his original Flickr email is the cleaning up of a few typos.

We begin.

From: A graffiti artist (note: not his real alias)

Subject: Re: Something else.

Hi,

It’s been a while, I finally got some free time to send you a couple replies.

I think its great that you are studying graffiti and exposing it to others who might not get the chance themselves to see it first hand. One thing I can say is that yes you are definitely studying another culture, I would say a sub-culture. People don’t really understand what graffiti is and why people do it.

Everyone does graffiti for their own personal reasons, some do it for fame, some do it because they enjoy destroying things and some people do it for the love of the art. Some even do it as a drug to get high off the adrenalin. Climbing a highway sign in the middle of the night can definitely get your adrenalin going but it’s not something you can count on, you will always be trying to top the high you had last time and eventually it will backfire. The real reason behind why graffiti writers paint walls is because they are looking for a voice. They are looking to make some kind of impact in society with what little power they have.

It started out as one of the 4 elements of hip-hop. When I say hip-hop I mean the hip-hop culture started in the late 70’s not the rap music you hear on MTV. That’s commercialized rap made to make money. The 4 elements of hip-hop were break-dancing, emceeing, DJing and graffiti. A lot of it is still alive today but not in the mainstream, real hip-hop music is underground and you would never hear it on the radio or tv.

This was their way of expressing themselves and they created an entire subculture that still lives today worldwide. Graffiti today has a lot less meaning, and most people do it to get their name up and get respect in the community. Just like that tofu guy you pointed out to me. People want to give it more meaning than it really has, tofu is just another graffiti writer, who chose a clever name that people would question. He writes in plain lettering so the average person can read it but it has no special meaning to it, he’s just putting his name up for respect and recognition. The regular citizens think there is something behind this and want to make it into something it’s not for their own enjoyment. It makes the story more interesting.

Anyways, I need to get going, I’ll try and send you something more meaningful later, but right now all I can say is keep up the great work, I really like the photography and artwork as well!

Without civil disobedience and graffiti in our streets, the world would be a very lifeless boring place to live.

Here’s something for your research… one of the most legendary pieces of graffiti was recently removed by L.A. authorities. I’ll send you some interesting links, in some of the pictures you can guage how large this pieces is, if you look closely at the letter “B” you can see the artists sitting down. A city that can’t afford to pay its teachers, but they spent millions of dollars removing artwork from a sewer drainage that no one can even see! Unbelievable!

animalnewyork.com/2009/09/sabers-la-river-painting-gets-rolled-over/

la.metblogs.com/2009/09/04/sabers-world-famous/

Take care for now.,

Here is a photo of the LA River graffiti that “A graffiti artist” was referring to. Now it’s all one massive white patch.

Description and image courtesy of graffiti.org

Saber did this amazing piece on the LA River. It took him a year and a half to complete. It was done with rollers, and you can see it from the air. It is one of the two largest illegal roller pieces ever done (that we know of) “.

Art Crimes: Los Angeles 33 - Saber  This image and artwork © copyright 1998 Saber.

(Click here for larger image)

You know people, I can’t begin to tell you how much more clearly I see the world once I decided to dig out my own news and let mainstream Traditional Media fall by the wayside. I haven’t turned on the television in weeks (give me the REAL of YouTube). As for newspapers, gah!

I know what “A graffiti artist” means by the adrenalin…

I find that I have an addiction to “I wonder if”…  Researching sea turtles. Researching humans. Same three words. “I wonder if”…

“I wonder if”…

Signed,

The (I wonder if this is real…) Mississauga Muse

GRAFFITI HAMILTON "BLOODZ TURF" September 14, 2009

GRAFFITI "BLOODZ TURF" September 14, 2009

Videos: Inside Peel Regional Police (11 Division) Young Offenders’ Jail Cells –and Hamilton Graffiti Update

September 14th, 2009  

Well, it was quite the weekend. Went to the Peel Police 11 Division Open House and then paid a return visit to Chinguacousy Skateboard Park. I love Chinguacousy Sk8park.

Today, I conducted a graffiti survey in Hamilton and got one major surprise. I don’t know when but someone went through Hamilton’s downtown core and took major action on the graffiti there. Gosh, most of the graffiti that I’d documented back in June is gone. Erased or totally painted over!

The transformation was so complete that it took me several passes to finally locate exactly where this picture was taken back on May 31st. That door and surroundings were completely free of tags and blight.

THE MISSISSAUGA MUSE POSES BESIDE AN IRONIC ANTI-GRAFFITI POSTER INSIDE A CITY OF HAMILTON BUS SHELTER (PANORAMIC SHOT) 090531

And it wasn’t just one or two streets. Even major graffiti sites behind buildings have been obliterated. It made getting around difficult for me because in all prior visits, I’d used unique graffiti for navigation —not street names! But still, that’s one impressive clean-up effort!

Don’t get me wrong. once you gravitate to the Beasley Park area, and work its cramped side streets, there’s still plenty of “photo-ops”. More about that in later Blogs.

At yesterday’s 11 Division Open House, a Peeler graffiti-specialist was absolutely generous with his time. He taught me how to recognize gang tags. So imagine following a park wooden fenced walkway and you see your normal “F***” this and “F***” that’s and then you recognize the very symbols your Peeler told you about.

GRAFFITI, HAMILTON (September 13, 2009)

Take your pics. Get out fast —but with dignity.

By far, the most interesting thing I did this weekend was spend quality pondering-time in jail. First a brief visit inside a jail cell for female Young Offenders and then about 20 minutes inside the males’ holding cell. (It took me a long time to decipher and document all the graffiti scratched into the glass —plus file a video report.)

So here we are. Two videos today complete with transcripts. The first, Peel Regional Police 11 Division’s tiny female jail cell, followed by video of the males’ cell.

TRANSCRIPT of YouTube video: PEEL REGIONAL POLICE (FEMALE ) YOUNG OFFENDERS JAIL CELL 11 DIViSION

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

This is September the 12th, 2009. I’m here at Peel Regional [Police] 11 Division. Shooting down on the floor to protect people’s privacy. And what I’ve got here is I’ve asked and received permission to videotape. This is where the Under-18’s… I think it’s Under 18.. Excuse me, Officer? What is this again —the Under-what-age?

PEEL POLICE OFFICER

Ah, Young Offenders [inaudible]

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

Young Offenders 18 and under [Ed. ERROR. Young Offenders are Under-18] and this would be female. And this would be their holding cells so to speak. And this is what they get. And what we’ll do is just go here and kind of step… these look like 6-inch tiles. But 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and then you got the can.

And there’s where you wash your hands. Although I suspect there’s soap there.And this is what you get to sleep on.

So the actual room you have is 1, 2, 3 steps. And I don’t think I have to tell you that…wow.

Let’s see what we got up here. Light bulb. I’ll tell you something. There’s no way I could fit and try to escape from there.

I wonder if they give you a metal cup that you could bang across here.

Video: PEEL REGIONAL POLICE (FEMALE ) YOUNG OFFENDERS JAIL CELL 11 DIViSION 1:40 min

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

TRANSCRIPT of YouTube video: PEEL REGIONAL POLICE YOUNG OFFENDERS JAIL CELL 11 DIVSION (MALE) 090912

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

[Sitting inside the male jail cell with video surveillance camera over right shoulder] It’s not quite what I expected. [looks around]

Uh, I guess, I guess it’s something that I needed to see based on the research that I’ve been doing about City [of Mississauga] Security and how they would call in an arrest. And of course that involves Peel Regional Police.

So you’ve got uh, my concern of course, is that ah, there’s no accountability mechanisms in place for City [of Mississauga] Security and then they’re handed over to Peel Regional Police…

And these are the male cells.

We’ve got a video surveillance camera there [inaudible] We’re gonna go here a bit. A place to take a p*** and a dump. And two beds. So I guess if there’s more than that you got a problem.

And what’s interesting is you get the graffiti and the scratching here. OK. Now I can finally —took me a long time to figure out what this says. This right here. OK, even though there’s a video surveillance camera right there somebody (laughs) managed to scrawl in a complaint in glass that reads, “NO TOILET PAPER”. Finally figured out now.

So there’s a complaint there, etched in glass that there was no toilet paper… is that true?

[camera swings over and around the toilet…] There’s gotta be toilet paper.

[Reaches into a toilet-paper sized hole with no toilet paper in it] I suspect it’s there…

Tell ya, if you want to know the truth in society, there it is. NO TOILET PAPER However, there is a video surveillance camera.

I mean it’s bare.  And it’s, I mean you don’t expect posters up. A jail is supposed to be a place where you have nothing to do but to contemplate how you got in there. And the video surveillance camera… at least you know that the video surveillance camera right here, try pointing to it, yah, right here. Um, that is a Peel Police video surveillance camera and you’ve got Police Services manning that thing instead of Mississauga Corporate Security that have no accountability mechanisms in place.

Trust me. This is what Freedom of Information has confirmed. And that’s what I got a problem with.

Video: PEEL REGIONAL POLICE YOUNG OFFENDERS JAIL CELL 11 DIVISION (MALE ) 090912 3:12 min

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

Signed,

The (Warning to Youth. There’s no INTERNET access in Jail!) Mississauga Muse

Time to lighten things up a bit!

PEEL REGIONAL POLICE DODGE CHARGERS (11 DIVISION) CARTOON September 12, 2009

UPDATE: Monday, September 14, 2009. 9:06 am. The video PEEL REGIONAL POLICE YOUNG OFFENDERS JAIL CELL 11 DIVISION (MALE ) 090912 was replaced because I forgot to dampen the audio of a rather crude word regarding the jail cell’s  toilet arrangements. Also, a viewer hated the original enough to give it a 1 out of 5. He/she may wish to go back and click on the 1 again. Sorry for the inconvenience.

SKATEBOARD SUNDAY preliminary report: Turner skatepark (Hamilton), Chinguacousy skatepark (Brampton) and Iceland skatepark (Mississauga)

September 7th, 2009  

Yesterday as part of a MISSISSAUGAWATCH Skateboard Sunday survey, I visited three major “flagship” municipal skateboard facilities, Turner in Hamilton, Chinguacousy in Brampton, and Iceland, Mississauga. The Sunday before (August 30, 2009) we wrapped up our summer’s observation of Maui’s three skateboard parks.

We’ve already reported on the Maui skateboard scene in previous Blogs and especially in “MISSISSAUGAWATCH reports on three Maui Skateboard parks (StoneWave-Paia, Kalama-Kihei and Keopuolani-Kahalui)”.

Once back in Mississauga, it became clear that it would be absurd to now compare the Maui Three with the skateparks we’d been observing and reporting on back in May and June. For example, while observing Beasley Park in City of Hamilton, we were not aware that the new $500,000 Turner Skatepark had opened. (Plus back in May/June I preferred neighbourhood skate plazas to observing a larger City-wide facility.)

No more. The Maui Three forced me to turn my attention to local Flagship Parks.

Yesterday, as part of back-to-back Skateboard Sundays, I first visited Turner Skatepark in Hamilton. (I’d been tipped to the existence of this new facility by a commenter here.)

I ran a quick check of City of Hamilton Council’s decisions as to how Turner Skatepark got located where it did, and surfed a tour of what Google Maps suggested was an affluent surrounding neighbourhood (it was).

TURNER SKATEPARK CITY OF HAMILTON

By far the most surprising thing about Turner Skatepark came from a conversation with one of several parents sitting around watching their kids skateboarding. This mother enthused about how the skatepark was right next to the police station (and I mean right-next-right-next).

I responded that such close presence of police must make parents feel comfortable letting their kids skate there.

Her response was, “Oh no, I’d never leave him here by himself!”

That made Turner Skatepark the most fascinating park in our 6-facility study.

After Turner, I traced out the Upper James route that a kid living around Beasley Skatepark would have to take to reach the flagship Turner. There were only three kids skateboarding that day at Beasley and only one had an actual skateboard. A pervert waxed poetic into my video camera about the number and quality of his testicles while three other suspicious characters were sitting on a park bench watching me videotape graffiti.

Now with two months of Maui skatepark observation behind me, I see Beasley Skatepark for what it is. One ramp. One small depression for a “bowl” and some concrete to smear a board across —that’s Beasley.

BEASLEY SKATEBOARD PARK (CITY OF HAMILTON) 090906

Two small girls were on swings unsupervised and I was reminded of the Turner Park mother’s comment, “Oh no, I’d never leave him here by himself!”… Hamilton: A Tale of Two Cities.

I then set off for Chinguacousy Park, City of Brampton. I heard more F-words in my observation time there than at all Maui skateboard parks the months of July and August combined, plus Turner that morning. Not a good start…

However, Chinguacousy surprised me the most of the three local skateparks I visited yesterday. And surprised me in a good way.

CHINGUACOUSY SKATEBOARD PARK (CITY OF BRAMPTON) panoramic shot 090906

(Click here for larger version)

Chinguacousy reminded me of Kahalui’s Keopuolani Skatepark.  More about all this in later Blog entries.

It was getting deep into afternoon and I reluctantly headed for Iceland in Mississauga. I say “reluctantly” because 1: I have the City of Mississauga Corporate Security database printout of all the bans and arrests issued at that City Property, plus 2: I’d visited the skatepark there on several other occasions.

ICELAND SKATEPARK (CITY OF MISSISSAUGA) 090906

On this visit, there were perhaps 20 boys, with about an even split of bikes and boarders. Being just fresh from Chinguacousy, I found Iceland the bore. I videotaped a bit, narrating into the camera and then once I was done, a parent supervising his two kids talked me up.

“You mentioned a skatepark in Brampton?”

“Yeah, Chinguacousy. I just came from there.”

I mentioned Chinguacousy’s attributes (like that it was in a park and not beside the 403) and then provided directions. He gathered his two kids and B-lined it for B-Town.

I saw Chinguacousy as a cool mix between Maui’s Keopuolani and Kalama skateboard parks.

CHINGUACOUSY SKATEBOARD PARK (CITY OF BRAMPTON) TRUE TO THE SPORT 090906

Even a Chinguacousy conversation between a kid and a BMXer reminded me of the New York Times article “The End of Falling” in memory of Skateboard pioneer, Andy Kessler.

The BMXer rested his bike on a ramp ledge.

CHINGUACOUSY SKATEBOARD PARK (CITY OF BRAMPTON) close-up BMX BIKE 090906

The kid asked, “How did you get so good?”

“I fall down a lot,” and he sped away.

Having observed all six skateparks now, I’m confident in rating them as if I were a Middle School kid committed to skateboarding. But I recognize that what this almost-60 year old white female might look for isn’t the same thing as a real skateboarder (or for that matter a male!).

For me, the Skatepark Rankings were based on architecture, respect and supervision. Did the parks have the kind of ramps and bowls to attract the serious big-boy skaters? Was there a culture of respect among the park users?  If two parks’ architecture and respect rated equal then the ranking came down to a skatepark’s supervision.

I hope you’ll agree that a skatepark where kids are respectful of others and is unsupervised, is infinitely preferable to a supervised park. Unsupervised means it’s the kids’ skatepark where they are free to be respectful, inclusive and solve inevitable conflicts —on their own.

Signed,

The Mississauga Muse

New York Times and Toronto Star REMEMBRANCE: Skateboarding pioneer, Andy Kessler (48) dies of wasp sting

August 23rd, 2009  

I had meant to post this a week ago. Andy Kessler…

The thing  is that for readers to understand the importance of skateboarding pioneer Andy Kessler, you have to know something about the skateboarding culture. Far too many of us see skateboarders as thugs-on-wheels.

And when we see graffiti and tags, we make an immediate connection to skateboarders.

I can tell you this from my summer research here on Maiui. Real skateboarders have the same contempt for the “thugs-on-wheels” as real graffiti artists have for taggers.

Real skateboarders are athletes and like top tier surfers, they’re Alpha-Male-fearless-crazy. (Expect skateboarding to become an Olympic sport.)

While I began my study of skateboarders and skateboard parks in Mississauga —and then Hamilton, it took quality time at Maui, Hawaii’s three skateboard parks for me to GET it. Get real skateboarding.

I didn’t know who Andy Kessler was until I read his Obituary in the Toronto Star. He was a skateboarding pioneer, died at age 48 from a wasp sting.  I can’t emphasize enough that to understand real skateboarding, you have to know that the first skateboarders were surfers.

Thought I’d share a portion of this Blog commemorating Kessler —“The End of Falling”, from the New York Times first.

What’s interesting is Bret Anthony Johnston’s comparison between the East Coast skateboarders and the West Coast ones (“gritty, dirty, and beautiful, the shadow-version of the breezy West Coast surf-style”).

That’s the same difference that I’ve observed this summer between the Mississauga/Hamilton skaters vs those at the three skateboard parks in Maui, Hawaii.

Excerpt from the New York Times Blog, “Happy Days, The Pursuit of What Matters in Troubled Times”

Image Courtesy of the New York Times

Andy Kessler, West 30th Street, Manhattan, 2005. Image courtesty of the New York Times

Andy Kessler, West 30th Street, Manhattan, 2005.  Ivory Serra

The End of Falling

August 13, 2009, 11:15 pm

By Bret Anthony Johnston

I’ve been skateboarding seriously for more than 20 years, and while I never met Andy Kessler, I know his life story. Most skaters over the age of 25 do. Born in Greece and raised on West 71st Street in Manhattan, Kessler started skateboarding when he was 11. This was in the 1970s, a time when skateboarding was so alien to New York City that he had to mail-order his gear from California. Significance-wise, think: Prometheus and fire. When other kids saw Kessler carving around the Upper West Side on his board — which would’ve been three inches wide with metal wheels — they followed, and just like that, the East Coast skate scene was born. It was gritty, dirty, and beautiful, the shadow-version of the breezy West Coast surf-style.

And now, with special thanks to the Toronto Star.

COURTESY THE TORONTO STAR:

REMEMBRANCE

TheStar.com | Obituary |

Andy Kessler, 48: Skateboarding pioneer

Aug 15, 2009 04:30 AM

DANIEL DALE
STAFF REPORTER

The next time some punk skateboarder cuts you off on a downtown sidewalk, curse Andy Kessler.

California’s skateboarding pioneers were surfers, kids who rode in empty backyard swimming pools when they couldn’t ride the waves.

YOUNG SK8RZ, STONEWAVE SKATEBOARD PARK, PAIA, MAUI, HAWAII

Because there were fewer pools in New York, young rebels there were forced to pioneer city skating. In the late 1970s, a group of a few dozen teenagers turned the features of the urban landscape – stairs, poles, flower planters – into obstacles to be challenged and conquered.

“It was about making that action happen with your imagination,” J.J. Veronis, one of those rebels, told The East Hampton Star. “And Andy was king.”

Kessler, born in Greece in 1961 and raised in New York, was the unofficial leader of the Soul Artists of Zoo York, the city’s first skateboard crew. The Upper West Side was their laboratory – and their fishbowl. When they began skating, they had to order their gear by mail from California; in large part because of their rolling advertisements for the sport, New York developed its own burgeoning scene.

Kessler received his first skateboard from his mother at age 10. Like most Zoo Yorkers, he dabbled in graffiti and drugs as a teenager. After the crew disbanded in the 1980s, he became an addict. But he recovered. He then helped take skateboarding off city streets.

Keopuolani Skate Park, Kahului. Maui, Hawaii August 16, 2009 0043

Despite his dedication to street skateboarding, Kessler long advocated the creation of a haven where New York’s skaters could ride unbothered. In the mid-1990s, his lobbying persuaded the municipal government to build its first public skate park. The city hired him as lead designer, and he eked out a living creating several more.

Keopuolani Skate Park, Kahului. Maui, Hawaii August 16, 2009 0027

Kessler continued skating into his 40s. While young skaters tended to be unaware of his contribution, an ignorance that sometimes bothered him, the older ones never forgot. In 2005, dozens helped raise thousands of dollars for his medical care when he broke his femur in a wipeout.

Keopuolani Skate Park, Kahului. Maui, Hawaii August 16, 2009 0044

Though he could be unpleasant – “Some days you caught him and he was a jerk, some days you’d sit and talk for hours,” skate-park builder Tim Vander told ESPN – he was widely beloved.

Keopuolani Skate Park, Kahului. Maui, Hawaii August 16, 2009 0037

Kessler died Tuesday of a heart attack following an allergic reaction to a wasp sting at a cottage on Long Island.

He was 48.

This pic is dedicated to Andy Kessler. I’m sure he’d know what the kid on his back and under his skateboard is doing. But up until my husband and I witnessed it, we wouldn’t have been able to guess.

Keopuolani Skate Park, Kahului. Maui, Hawaii August 16, 2009 0043

Signed,

The (Special mahalo nui loa to the skaters at Keopuolani Skate Park, Kahului. Maui, Hawaii) Mississauga Muse

“Often, especially when Kessler was nurturing what would become the East Coast scene, the kids who gravitated toward skateboarding were misfits and malcontents, the shy outcasts who’d been intimidated and sullied by the complex pressures of social interaction. Skateboarding gave them an identity and voice, and Kessler, by example, gave them the confidence to declare themselves to society.”

“This is who he was and how he’ll be remembered, as a man who understood the abiding and cathartic power of resilience. You don’t give in. You take every run —on the ramp, with recovery, at City Hall.”

Bret Anthony Johnston from “The End of Falling” New York Times Blog, “Happy Days, The Pursuit of What Matters in Troubled Times”

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MISSISSAUGAWATCH reports on three Maui Skateboard parks (StoneWave-Paia, Kalama-Kihei and Keopuolani-Kahalui)

July 7th, 2009  

Over the weekend, MISSISSAUGAWATCH visited StoneWave Skateboard Park in Paia, as well as Kalama Skateboard Park in Kihei and Kalahui’s Keopuolani Skateboard Park (Maui, Hawaii).

Having conducted “Skateboard Sundays” at various City of Mississauga skateboard plazas as well as City of Hamilton’s Beasley Park, we were immediately struck by the huge difference between Mississauga/Hamilton skateboard facilities and those on the Hawaiian Island of Maui.

Fact is, Maui sk8rz would find both Hamilton’s Beasley Park and Mississauga’s Iceland, pretty “lame”.

As for MISSISSAUGAWATCH, both my husband and I were gob-smacked by the huge difference in skill levels between our local skateboarders and the Maui breed. And we’re talking even the youngest keiki (kids).

It quickly became clear to us that the more challenging the skatepark, the more skilled and daring the kids. And MY what accomplished, dedicated skaters! Get this. At Kalama Skateboard Park in Kihei, we witnessed one 13-14 year old skateboarding with his left arm in a cast! We were enthralled.

We thought we’d share what Maui/US skateboarders were doing during their Independence Day weekend holiday.

First, here are some photos of StoneWave Sk8 Park, Paia, Maui.

STONEWAVE SKATEBOARD PARK, MAUI, HAWAII

The stone waves form deep bowls at beautiful StoneWave Skateboard Park, Paia, Maui, Hawaii

The stone waves form deep bowls at StoneWave Skateboard Park, Paia, Maui, Hawaii, July 5, 2009

There was surprisingly little talking during our two and a half hour observation period. Skateboarders were intent on skateboarding.

Not once did we hear a swear word of any kind.

YOUNG SKATEBOARDERS AT STONEWAVE SKATEBOARD PARK, PAIA, MAUI, HAWAII JULY 3, 2009

Young skateboarders observe and learn from elders. The most daring sk8rz —referred to as “crazy” are the most admired.

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This young man was by no means the smallest skateboarder. He brought his little brother!

ACCOMPLISHED YOUNG SKATEBOARDER POISED TO DROP AT STONEWAVE SKATEBOARD PARK, PAIA, MAUI, HAWAII JULY 3, 2009

For fun, we encourage you to watch our video of this small young skateboarder and his little brother co-exist peacefully and respectfully among the Paia Sk8 Big Boyz.

SKATEBOARDING MAUI, PAIA STONEWAVE SKATE PARK  (1:47 min)

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

Yesterday, we visited Kalama Skateboard Park in Kihei and Holy Jumpin’! WHAT A FACILITY!

The Ramps! The sheer drops! (and yes, The Graffiti!)

HIGHEST RAMP AT KALAMA SKATEBOARD PARK MAUI, HAWAII JULY 3, 2009

Kids in all sizes came and went and again, very little talking. They had important skills to practise and practise and practise.

RAMPS AT KIDS AND KALAMA SKATEBOARD PARK MAUI, HAWAII JULY 3, 2009

And kids barely in their teens took up the challenge of The Intermediate Ramps

YOUNG MAN DRAGS SCOOTER UP AN INTERMEDIATE RAMP AT KALAMA SKATEBOARD PARK MAUI, HAWAII JULY 3, 2009

scooting over them grabbing the highest air they could as a friend measured just how high! Crazy!

YOUNG MAN FLIES A SCOOTER OVER A RAMP WHILE A FRIEND MEASURES HOW MUCH AIR HE GRABBED AT KALAMA SKATEBOARD PARK MAUI, HAWAII JULY 3, 2009

We were delighted to spot our first girl. This is the only girl we saw skateboarding at any of the three Maui sk8 facilities we are currently observing.

FIRST SK8R GIRL WE'VE SEEN AT ANY FACILITY HERE AT KALAMA SKATEBOARD PARK MAUI, HAWAII JULY 3, 2009

And then we visited what we immediately proclaimed the “tamer” Keopuolani Skateboard Park in Kahalui, Maui.

While this skate park featured the highest ramp we’ve seen anywhere (one and a half story with a measuring stick to mark jumps higher), certainly none of the skateboarders (all in their late teens) that we observed went anywhere near it.  We found Keopuolani quite a letdown.

For one thing, unlike the Paia and Kihei skate parks, Keopuolani has the unfortunate feature of not being right by the beach. Surrounded by buildings and constant reminders of almost-urban sprawl, the Keopuolani/Kahalui  site reminds us somewhat of Mississauga with palm trees. (Yes, we know. We’re jaded.)

We have to give credit to the Kahalui graffiti types though. They sprayed the challenge, “Try grind dis brah” (Try and grind your board along this post, brother) into the concrete and then…

KEOPUOLANI SKATEBOARD PARK, MISSISSAUGAWATCH

sprayed the outline of an anatomically-correct body of a skateboarder (complete with squished nasty bits) precisely where someone would land face down if he wasn”t successful in “grind dis brah”.

*SPLAT*!

Graffiti: Sprayed outline (police style) of an anatomically-correct body of a skateboarder (complete with squished nasty bits) precisely where someone would land face down if they weren't successful negotiating a challenging maneuver. KEOPUOLANI SKATEBOARD PARK, MISSISSAUGAWATCH

Signed,

The Mississauga Muse

MISSISSAUGAWATCH

Photo Credits:  Peter Bennett  ( Kalama Skateboard Park, Kihei and Keopuolani Skatepark, Kahalui )

“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”

ONTARIO MUNICIPALITIES: MAJOR ROOTS OF YOUTH VIOLENCE

MISSISSAUGA GRAFFITI RESEARCH leads to “VIRTUAL GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA” (for All of Us “losers” with Nothing Better to do who need to “Get a Life”)

April 20th, 2009  

Just tons happening right here in MYTHissauga.

What I’d only observed and duly documented was confirmed last week. Anyone who is serious about trying to understand Youth isn’t going to get the goods from your government —whether that’s your local crime prevention association or the latest “youth study” funded by your provincial politicos.

Since March 2007, I’ve witnessed for myself that what Youth say to “intermediaries” is not relayed to elected officials or to the Public. At each step in the communication channel, a Youth’s message is filtered, modified, manicured and as I’ve personally experienced, BLOCKED altogether.

What’s left? Primary research. Watching videos that Mississauga/Peel Youth have produced and posted to YouTube. Reading Youth comments to other Youth —no matter how racist or repulsive. Following up on some of those comments.  Getting f**** ***s back and emailing them back again. Persevering, and sometimes being rewarded by a Youth who actually opens up.

Yesterday, I followed up on a Youth’s tip through YouTube and toured Brampton and Mississauga in search of graffiti. I can tell you this. The kid was right.

Just a reminder. Defniition of graffiti from the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary.

graffiti

 

3 entries found. 1graffiti (transitive verb) 2graffiti (noun) graffito

 

 

 

 

Main Entry: 2graffiti Function: noun Etymology: Italian, plural of graffito Date: 1945

 

 

 

: usu. unauthorized writing or drawing on a public surface

The functional word here is “unauthorized”.

Didn’t take long to find some.

I knew I was on the right track right off the start. I’d settled into the back of Westwood Mall, set up my camera and tripod to compose a shot of “HELLRAZORS” when three kids (Grade 3 age) approached on bikes.

“You photographing graffiti?”

“Yeah,” I smiled.

Big grin back and— “COOL!”

and that was it.

Needless to say, there’s graffiti that I can’t share —no matter how artistically the F-word is sprayed to a surface.  I offer the results of yesterday’s foray presented by order the photos were taken.

GRAFFITI WALL BRAMPTON DOWNTOWN April 19, 2009

GRAFFITI BRAMPTON DOWNTOWN April 19, 2009

GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA HURONTARIO EGLINTON April 19, 2009

GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA HURONTARIO EGLINTON BRIDGE April 19, 2009

GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA HURONTARIO EGLINTON BRIDGE April 19, 2009

Being a bit of an artist myself, I’d sure love to have my say on a highly-visible slab of concrete but I’m not even capable of littering, let alone “unauthorized writing or drawing on a public surface“.

So I’ve decided to try VIRTUAL GRAFFITI! And sooooooooooooo….

VIRTUAL GRAFFIT MISSISSAUGA: MISSISSAUGA CITY HALL

And because, I have a lot of time on my hands and nothing better to do and haven’t got a life…

VIRTUAL GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA: MISSISSAUGA CITY SECURITY KNOBUNIT

Signed,

The Mississauga Muse

GRAFFITI update and the Peel Regional Police 2009 Public Opinion Online Survey: express your views on key safety and security issues

April 5th, 2009  

Hey Missy Dudes and Dudettes,

I’ve been thinking a lot about graffiti and scribbles on walls quickly wrenched me back to the mid-60’s and the immediate impact that Simon and Garfunkel’s song “Sounds of Silence” had on me.

And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon God they made.
And the sign flashed out its warning,
In the words that it was forming.
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.

Today I want to concentrate on the “And the signs said, the words of the prophets Are written on the subway walls And tenement halls.” part.

You see over the last two years I’ve also been documenting graffiti in the City of Mississauga. Unfortunately many flash the F-word and just as many contain obscene drawings (an expertly drawn fully-erect penis  pencilled onto a ramp at Mississauga City Hall’s Skate Plaza springs immediately to mind. And yes, pun intended.)

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not being moralistic, just bemoaning that it’s difficult to share these sexually-explicit graffiti offerings when it’s my hope to provide MISSISSAUGAWATCH as a resource for Peel Youth currently (to put it charitably) not resourced.

And the signs said, the words of the prophets
Are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls.

Graffiti. Tagging. Vandalism. What’s it all mean?

And why is there so much of it in Ottawa? And so little in Mississauga —but now it’s growing.

Who even does graffiti?  Why do some sprayers just limit themselves to initials?

Used to be a time when I needed to learn something I’d reach for a book or (scientific) literature on the subject. Now, more and more I turn to YouTube and the primary information that can be found there —videos produced by “the prophets” themselves.

This purpose of today’s Blog is to invite people to send up pics of graffiti in and around Mississauga, Brampton (Peel Region). I’m really interested in documenting the material before it’s sprayed over.

When you go to Flickr and word search “GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA” you get 69 results. No surprise that the “graffiti wall” mural at Mississauga City Hall’s Skate Plaza shows up. But I don’t really consider that graffiti. Here’s why.

graffiti

Main Entry: 2 graffiti
Function: noun
Etymology: Italian, plural of graffito
Date: 1945

: usu. unauthorized writing or drawing on a public surface

See why I don’t consider that City Hall Skate Plaza mural to be graffiti?  Bet your boots some Big Yellow “suit” in Communications approved that mural from beginning to end.

Now this is graffiti (found in Newfoundland).

PEACE SIGN GRAFFITI NEWFOUNDLAND

Sure. “Unauthorized” but the gentle message made us smile.

By contrast… graffiti photographed on October 1, 2008 at the Mississauga  Hurontario/Dundas Transit “hub”…

VIDEO SURVEILLANCE FAIL --GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA, OCTOBER 1, 2008

And the signs said, the words of the prophets
Are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls.

And then there’s temporary graffiti like this one I documented at the Mississauga Transit Creditview Road bus shelter directly opposite St. Joseph Secondary School back on January 16, 2007.

"temporary" graffiti documented at the Mississauga Transit Creditview Road bus shelter directly opposite St. Joseph Secondary School baclk on January 16, 2007.

I see more of this stuff every day. What’s it mean?

And there’s an entire youth culture that I didn’t want to know existed —how to describe…

I can tell you this. No book, no canned TV documentary delivered the message that watching YouTube graffiti videos did.  Holy jumpin’.  (What police have to deal with!)

I had to struggle with whether to share this here.  It’s video of a subway train “graffiti bombing” in the Paris subway videotaped by the perpetrators (in what I figure to be 1998) . It shows the shocking damage that a half dozen Youth can inflict between stations during  an orchestrated rampage.

I examined the video carefully and could see no video surveillance cameras about. Maybe that’s because it was 1998. Don’t know.

I can’t imagine how scary it was for the female passengers or the lone female transit employee  when two perps tagged the glass of her kiosk.

This YouTube video “Graffiti: Dirty Handz” packs a powerful message especially in light of the McMurtry/Curling Roots of Youth Violence Report and its “we are at a crossroads” warning.

PLEASE do not view this video if you are offended by the F-word, let alone the F-word in offensive song and in every possible offensive variation.

(WARNING: HIGHLY OFFENSIVE CONTENT!)

Graffiti: Dirty Handz (4:32 min)

(WARNING: HIGHLY OFFENSIVE CONTENT! Click here to go directly to the clip on YouTube)

Somewhat related topic… communicating.

Posted this yesterday at Mississauga Blogs and hope all readers living in Brampton and Mississauga help out by filling in this online survey .

Peel Regional Police 2009 Public Opinion Survey online: express your views on key safety and security issues

PEEL POLICE PUBLIC OPINION SURVEY

PEEL POLICE PUBLIC OPINION SURVEY pic 2

Citizens are asked to fill out the survey between MARCH 23 AND APRIL 20, 2009.

Peel Police write that “the survey process is being managed by an independent market research company” and for more details about this survey, (including a message from the police chief) check out: http://www.peelregionalpolicesurvey.com/

This survey is presented in several languages so here we go. To start the Peel Police survey, just click on your preferred language.

English

Punjabi

Chinese

Urdu

Polish

Spanish

Arabic

I filled out mine yesterday.

PEEL POLICE TACTICAL UNIT

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