Yeah, so I can’t post images in the Comments section, so here are two photos to complement Janet’s Gent graffiti. This first one is in Brussels by the Royal Albert Museum. I took it a few months ago when I was visiting. I used to live in Brussels 10 years ago and this place was spotless. Now it is covered with graffiti and trash. And homeless people. In fact, as I went up to take the photo, I realized that all the garbage and boxes laying around were part of a homeless encampment. When the flash went off on my camera, an angry voice started abusing me from a nearby box. There were lots more fantastic graffiti around but I chose to respect their privacy and shove off.
This next one is from Copenhagen, which I took a few days later. This is a picture of the new Youth House (Ungomshuset), taken from the road. The story of the Youth House is long and involved, but worth reading about. Short version: they squatted a house, struck a deal with authorities, the authorities reneged, massive street fights ensued, a new government eventually offered them a new house. Anyway, when I was there they were still working on the house to get it ready for full occupation. But Esben from Skarpretter gave me a tour and I took this photo of the graffiti one of the crusties painted out front depicting said street fights.
We did a piece in Geneva13 about how lame the graffiti was in this town — mostly just uninspired tags. We even included free DIY stencils in earlier issues but nobody ever seemed to use them.