Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada.
The impulse to tag and mark is deeply ingrained in Canadian culture, so much so that the names attached to impulses become meaningless and the gesture that passes through is not the gesture of intent and is relative to the observer. It would be a mistake, however, to comment on the irony of the graffiti artist, because it’s not irony. It is their work to effect the change from one identity to another, in a consciousness in which place is identity, but only for a transient time. That’s why tagging is vital to graffiti craft: one must be present, in just the right space, to enter the gesture. If one moves a metre to the right or left, one is in a different gesture. It is a dance, this means of hanging onto an identity in a world that has invaded human social space with markers meant to stand in for people. When those markers are used for another intent, they change their relative stance, and mark something entirely different. Graffiti is the art of resistance.