When targets at E.T. Seton range got tagged a while back, lots of people were like, "People are filthy." I admit, I thought, "Dazzling!" They even had legible words, with just the right dose of sleaze.
Now, an appreciation of graffitti 'art' is more common these days and people tend to say, "I can appreciate the good stuff but tagging is a blight." I guess not everybody grew up wanting to climb down rusty fire escapes and take the subway to Yonge Street to see the punk rockers. Fair enough. A lot of beautiful murals in our city have sprung from efforts to pre-empt taggers and there are projects to give legitimate work to graffitti artists.
The tags annoyed a lot of people who found it hard to focus on their targets. Characteristic of the spirit of the Seton Folk, the dialogue quickly shifted from complaining to constructive: taking a page from the 'better graffitti handbook' they thought of painting over them. Rather than being counter-vandals, they even got the ok from the city, and really, the retouch is pretty simple and functional. I give it a total thumbs up. It still looks totally badass, too.
Upper photo courtesy of Bryan Steele. Lower photo courtesy of Derek Wong. Thanks a million, guys!