I get Ideas and I fail to write them down, so often I re-idea. Something akin to the original inspiration will by chance revisit me and I will have the idea all over again. One of those is Public Domain.
Public Domain is what I’m going to call a sister project to Graffitti Park, an assistant-project if you will.
It’s simple- Take good high quality photographs of graffitti that has been done illegally (not mural work, commissioned work, or anything “official), and market it for sale.
T-shirts, Framed Art, Posters, Limited Edition Prints- you name it, use this “free art” that’s out there and make a dime off of it. Dedicate a percentage of that dime to the public side of Graffitti Park.
This will also serve to show the Graffitti Artist that unless you are truly trying to make a socio-political statement, your expression is better served in a format you can profit from as an artist and as an example for others to follow.
PD would act as a sweeper in a way, shuffling the artist on the street toward Graffitti Park.
Start up backlash
Yes, there’s bound to be the artist who will resent the fact PD will profit from their criminal activity- sure. But that’s the point. Using the angst ridden anarchist rebellious intent and turning it against the self destructive and art-crippling aspect of unorganized dirt-graffitti as I like to call it.
Don’t do it unless you can claim it, preserve it, market it and profit from it. That’s the message.
And like a child misusing a toy theyve been given, PD will snatch that toy away by saying- “you broke the law so you can’t claim it without turning yourself in- so we’re going to take a picture of it as Public Domain, and profit from it right in your face, and you can’t do anything about that- but if you want to learn how to make art for profit, we’ll show you over at Graffitti Park.”
What’s to prevent the artist from doing a “throw up” on a store gate and taking a picture themselves, putting it on a shirt and selling it?
It’s simple; If they do that,
1. they may be claiming it, and confessing to a crime.
2. They may not have the means to reproduce that art and profit from it as significantly as a marketing machine such as Graffiti Park can. If they found another marketer and producer, same as 1- they’re self-incriminating.
3. Public Domain will actively work to produce a higher quality product surpassing that any independent artist can come up with- and mass produce it on a level beyond the small entrepreneur’s capability.
Witht he same tenacity and ferocity some vandalism is committed, this branch of Graffitti Park will aslo police the streets so to speak. As art is collected and compiled, it will be documented and recorded of course. As a matter of self interest as well as community service, graffitti that is “claimed” in a way imitating Public Domain’s efforts will be reported to the authorities, further influencing the dirt-graff artist to come in from the cold and off the streets with their expression, or stop doing it altogether if their reason isn’t artistic expression at all.