Graffiti artists define the line between art and vandalism


“Smel” tags his tag name on a wall in Ocean Beach Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015 (Screenshot by Carlos Guerrero and Cody Wright / Xpress)

Xpress dove into the struggle between street artist battle for expression, and the custodial staff that is tasked with “buffing” this expression off of SF State property. Although the graffiti community feels that the simple tags students see around campus are merely a spring board for an artist to progress, the burden of removal fall on SF State custodial staff that invest more than $1500 every week to combat the tags that spring up on bathroom walls and any surface that makes a decent canvas.