Dan Smyth wrote in to give us some feedback on stencilling. He tell us about London council’s plans to ban the use of stencilling for advertising. He says,

“Personally I quite like the odd bit of stencil graffiti, but as a local government officer also understand the huge cost of graffiti removal (London local gov’s = approx £5M taxpayers’ ££ a year).

London council’s are currently gearing up against flyposting – with actions being taken against some of the bigger records labels and distributers – but to see this new trend of defacing by their advertising companies is a bit of a worry. The odd bit of independant art I like, but I am not sure about this new tactic – if my streets become a board of trivial ‘adverstencils’ I won’t be happy!”

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