Not all graffiti can and should be filed under the "act of vandalism" label: some amazingly colourful, thrilling and stunning graffiti and murals are indeed real visual feasts and quite often in cities all over the world there are tourist trails to see the best artworks covering specific urban areas.
In Brighton you can spot some great examples of graffiti in different places and streets, from the North Laine to Kemptown, or the alleyway between Gloucester Road and Trafalgar Street.
Some parts of the town could be genuinely considered open-air galleries with a few graffiti created by well-known street artists such as Banksy, Snug, Aroe and Odisy.
Odisy and Aroe created for example what the locals call the "Run DMC Mural": painted in 2008 it shows Jam Master Jay playing chess and pondering about his next move over a black and white chessboard on which other pawns represent other members of the Run DMC band as well as rapper Rakim.
There's more to see, though, from Banksy's provocative Kissing Coppers to the telecom boxes turned into tapes or funky ghetto blasters by the Cassette Lord (not included in this post).
It is not rare to see graffiti artists being invited to collaborate with brands, yet it is even more common to see their artwork being stolen by fashion houses and brands and replicated on expensive garments and accessories. So here's today's question: is it legitimate and legal for the fashion industry to steal from graffiti artists? You will find our answer tomorrow in a dedicated post on this site.
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