Four or five months ago I went on a graffiti photographic shoot. I went through parts of the the city to find the best graffiti artwork to use them on my website and so forth. In my two day effort I found many high quality pieces and photographically recorded them. Included were 16 photographs I took of famous work of Despicable me which were by far the best.
In the last week there has been a uproar because the council painted over this piece of graffiti artwork. It is only since this has come out in the press, that I found out it was painted by Stormie Mills, a famed graffiti artist.
But a friend of mine has told me I must watermark the photos I took. I photographed Despicable me 16 times all in high definition and all from different angles and so forth. She said I probably have the most extensive photographic record of Stormie Mills famous Despicable me artwork, that has now gone forever.
As you can see my watermarking abilities need a little bit of help but you get the idea.
Yesterday Stormie Mills produced another piece of graffiti where his previous Despicable me had been. He says he used a symbol of a skeleton because of the death of his previous work.
However I am left at an impasse. The graffiti movement is all about giving the artwork away for free. It’s a rejection of the mainstream society’s self ownership mentality where everything is owned by somebody. The graffiti movement is a rejection of this mentality of individualism and says lets look at society in a collective way. A rejection of the idea of individualistic ownership and moves towards the philosophy of collectivism as a society.
If I use watermarks then I am taking ownership of a piece of artwork that comes from a non ownership philosophy of collectivism.