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Police Stencil Ads in Chch get Graffitied.

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Lee-looking-profound-1 by Artbasher
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"You can paint but we can't"

These stencils were originally a guerilla marketting campaign by the NZ police. http://www.metro.co.uk/news/872490-banksy-to-turn-over-a-new-leaf-with-street-art-praising-police-work

They were mistaken by the Australian Design Review for stencil art. http://www.australiandesignreview.com/features/15187-the-regeneration-of-christchurch

I remember first seeing these and being suprised at such "straight" graffiti. I'm glad to see and understand the full story.

Thanks to NZnancy for tip.


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Formerly
2 articles & 154 comments since 8 Aug 2011
Reminds one of Banksy.
Formerly
2 articles & 154 comments since 8 Aug 2011
Where thou do-ist thou wander.
Lee-looking-profound-1
Artbasher
137 articles & 705 comments since 12 Feb 2005
Reminds of Banksy with the images of flowers and police and with the medium. However, at any deeper level all similarity disappears. Banksy is always taking the piss and very critical.... Cops snorting lines, cops with smiley face heads, cops giving the finger. Such a sentimental image could never be his.
Formerly
2 articles & 154 comments since 8 Aug 2011
I'm pretty sure it isn't a Banksy either. In fact I think if Banksy were to see this he would shake his head disapprovingly. It has however got something at the level that it operates, and lets not forget that it does operate (two steps down and one step up.) But nevertheless I don't like it because it discriminates against painters while it flirts with the public at the expense of the NZ Police. I don't think it should be doing so because I for one would rather have the police operating then not at all. Secondly, I don't believe this person who made this art had a push and pull relationship with the police, like Banksy did.
benjamin
1 articles & 212 comments since 30 Nov 2007
they were done by otis frizzell and they are abhorrent
Formerly
2 articles & 154 comments since 8 Aug 2011
Are they abhorrent though? I know what the general public is likely to say and think about them, and I don't believe the response will be one of disgust and loathing. That makes what is important the conditions under which they were made important.
benjamin
1 articles & 212 comments since 30 Nov 2007
benjamin
1 articles & 212 comments since 30 Nov 2007
http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/5287612/Cop-art-pops-up-in-city

otis frizzell #65 01:59 pm Jul 15 2011

And... The funny thing is. People are whinging about how if they did this they'd be arrested. The cops don't have magic permission to do whatever they want. I didn't just go and paint these walls. We had to go through a hell of a process to get permission for this job. We had to find a lot of walls and talk to building managers and property owners to seek consent. Just like anyone would. so no. you wouldn't get arrested if you did this. You'd be allowed.
otis frizzell #64 01:47 pm Jul 15 2011

Pretty amazing, and interesting, and varied response. When I was approached to create the art for this campaign, I have to admit I was surprised... Cops using 'Street art' in a recruitment campaign... the irony wasn't lost on me. But I looked at it like this... It seemed to me like they were trying to communicate with a new type of recruit. Perhaps younger and more diverse group of people, and this style of art totally speaks to... I dunno, youthful, culturally aware people, perhaps. I was introduce to the officers featured and got a real sense of community morality. Spence, for example, was just a cool guy. I believed he gave a shit and he was there to help, and his actions during the minutes following the earthquake showed that. And Kylie, the detective from Wellington. That woman has dedicated years of her life to bringing down scumbag paedophiles. She's a dedicated and amazing woman. The more cops like her the better. I've had my teenage run-ins with the police, but whenever I met a cool cop I thought, "wish there were more like you." And theBe can be. And blah blah blah. Banksy rip off, blah blah. Bollocks. bamksy doesn't own stencil. He's just the most well known artist who does 'em. Yes i'm influenced by him. He's amazing. And yes the stencils I cut are bound to remind people of his work. THEY'RE MEANT TO. And finally... I'm an artist. Not a street artist. the art I do evolved from all sorts of street style art. I'm 40 years old and I've been a loud voice of support for the positive aspects of street art for over twenty years. Art is all I can do to pay my mortgage, and if a job comes up that looks interesting, controversial and tells storys of stand up people, I'm in.
Formerly
2 articles & 154 comments since 8 Aug 2011
I don't understand the significance of the stencil within a context where it is allowed.
allblackwinz
Flake
46 articles & 641 comments since 26 Jan 2006
Look shut up. The man is getting paid, Alright. An Artist is making a dollar. Be quiet.
Formerly
2 articles & 154 comments since 8 Aug 2011
"An artist is making a dollar." You say this as if it is a bad thing...?
benjamin
1 articles & 212 comments since 30 Nov 2007

flake, you too can do something extraordinary

become a cop.

this isn't art it is advertising. (and the ads are really poorly executed, the faces are munted and 'flat' while the stencils are blurry.)

otis frizzell should stick to derivative pop screen prints or join the police, while enjoying his 'dollar'.

police-brutality
Formerly
2 articles & 154 comments since 8 Aug 2011
I agree with Benjamin. It is like Otis is saying 'buy now' but he doesn't actually mean it.
Formerly
2 articles & 154 comments since 8 Aug 2011
Oh shut up. You can't make that one work for ya.
allblackwinz
Flake
46 articles & 641 comments since 26 Jan 2006
It's a controversy that some how caught my attention, oh banality. Like Myself, here is someone being a dick and being paid for it. NOthing new there. show biz. But lets look at the show biz difference. Me, I was sticking up to a ball crushing ministry administering death to the invisible poor, lazy and fucked off as an organ of government, straight out of the American NWO book of plays, i.e slavery or nothing. And you have Otis, working for the man who is quietly implementing corporate industrial military rule, with cops being able to be 'elected" now, and routine increases in the militarization of our "civilian" protection. All in the absence of a "foe just the unseen terror of our selves. yeah ok so some difference there. Then if we skip the actual abuse, persecution, the 24 daily meetings in one month, 2 to 4hours a day of bullying and intimidation, oh did i mention the death threats. I ll skip the stages, levels and numerous high levels of political engagement and court cases (2) that were contacted, put in motion. (Who gets sent an email to their art opening at 5.30pm that their dole has been cut on the rumor of a front page spectacle speculation.) All because I promoted who paid my bills. YOU I made $65 a week for sixmonths doing that project. My partner and I were living on about $450 a week. rent was $280. It sucked. She working ful time in a bakery. Me jerking off trying to get my head around economic vidios and the narratives of a larger world picture. No fun. But hey you do what you do huh, make the best of any opportunity. I live by my art too, it is because of it that i have a roof over my head, food in my belly, a wife and child (to be). But I choose not to sell out so badly. I believe he's always been a classless star. I respect that. He's got energy. My work, I work with the best. And the best is far and far in between. White Fungus, Peter Mcleavey, Chris Kraus. Enough Said. It's good to know the diference. That way you can say it plainly. I sucked taking that job. Or I fucking Ruled. Otis sucked. I ruled. NZ art you'r so far from me you'r soft arrogant immaturity is pitiful and embarrassing, ) a little brag, I'm human, gas like insecurities, pilot light flicker)
allblackwinz
Flake
46 articles & 641 comments since 26 Jan 2006

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thanks_stab_vest_we_feel_so_much_safer_now
Formerly
2 articles & 154 comments since 8 Aug 2011

Its not easy going against the grain. I hold nz art very close, that is a part of the challenge. You can't just drift out into the ocean and say look at me now. If you do that, if you don't look ahead, what separates you from any other cooperation? What you become out there defines who you really are, but I think you're too far out.

Formerly
2 articles & 154 comments since 8 Aug 2011

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sw-33-30
allblackwinz
Flake
46 articles & 641 comments since 26 Jan 2006
nah you'r wrong, It is easy to go against the grain, I recommend an axe, great for kindling, i highly enjoy floating in a sea, I love even more Wild waves, I understand the currents, the rips and tides, I can see where I'm likely to be heading, and make plans for where I am going. You want to know what separates me from other cooperations? Corporations? I don't separate at all, I join, work with, no difference, same program I have products, value, values....
allblackwinz
Flake
46 articles & 641 comments since 26 Jan 2006
Oh i get it you're not buying.. and you'd like others not to, you part of the clergy, priest hood we've got here in NZ. the Academic mafia, Formerly?
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