There are many reasons why some people cannot control their urge to write graffiti. Young people see graffiti as a thriving network and sub-culture that supports their identity and reveals important artistic, social, and political values.
While some write them just for the adrenaline, others see graffiti as a form of therapy, and companies use it for advertising, many use graffiti to express their freedom, to rebel, and speak up unpopular or underground views of a political nature.
A Manchester resident could no longer put up with racist graffiti around the city, so he decided to act and turn them into something beautiful.
Someone in Manchester came up with a creative way to turn racist graffiti into something beautiful
While graffiti can be seen on the streets of numerous cities, some of them are really degrading and insulting to some social groups. Therefore, someone from Manchester decided to cover racist graffiti in the city with a poster of a cat.
Yet, the best way to fight against racism is not to hide these messages, but to acknowledge the problem and face it head-on
The racist graffiti were covered with a picture of a cat
All around the city, hoax Extinction Rebellion posters with disrespectful messages about immigration and race were covered with these creative posters.
Each sticker says: ‘There was some racist rubbish here but I covered it up with this picture of a cat.’
While the person behind this action is unknown, the stickers seem to come from an Australian organization called Cracks Appearing Distro.
This is not the first time people fight against negative graffiti in European cities
When swastikas started appearing all around Berlin, someone came up with a creative way to act against them
There are various stickers offered by the anti-Fascist group, with these ones selling at $14 for a pack of thirty. That’s a great price for making a change!
They are printed on white gloss paper measuring 7 inches by 3.5 inches, and they are intended to erase negativity in the form of racist propaganda and other hateful speech.
The heroic move came to light after the popular Twitter account Lorenzo The Cat posted a picture of the placement, and users applauded the use of the creative stickers.
As one user commented:
“Not all heroes wear capes. Some carry posters and flour paste!”
Nazi symbol graffiti were turned into funny paintings
Most people loved the stickers
Yet, not everyone was happy about the idea