Goat Graffiti Officially in the Running for World's Lamest Tagging

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Actually, I think he's getting better.
In case you haven't noticed the latest menace haunting Houston's streets, someone keeps spray-painting the word "goat" on stuff along Washington Avenue and in a couple other areas around the city. This week they hit Kung Foo Saloon and the corner store by Blue Moose.

This is annoying for a lot of reasons. First, it's covering a lot more area than normal tags. City workers are running all over town trying to wash off the paint and keep Houston in (relatively) clean condition, although they don't help out with vandalized private property.

Second, it's not good. Unlike the warped, out-of-another-universe graffiti on Elgin and Crawford, this goat stuff looks like mindlessly lazy work. Marco Torres, a photographer who knows the graffiti scene, used the word "toy," which Urban Dictionary defines as "a graffiti artist's term for a novice," as in "that fuckin' toy threw up some shitty tag all over my graf."

But Gregory J. Snyder, a professor of sociology at CUNY who studies graffiti and graffiti writing, said he saw some potential in one of the goat tags. No need to crush the tagger's artistic aspirations, I guess, just direct him to the nearest canvas and away from other people's property.

"I'm a big fan of the arts. But I don't want people to use my building. I'd appreciate it," said Virgil Cox, who's dealt with his share of vandalism as the owner of Cox Hardware.

Back in 2000, LL Cool J came out with an album called "G.O.A.T.," which stands for "Greatest of All Time." No one knows if that's what the tagger means, or if it's just a name he picked up, though everyone I talked to agreed it isn't gang-related.

Taggers like this usually don't get caught by police, and the four-letter word allows whoever it is to finish the strokes quickly. The best the city can do is paint over the tags fast and remove the fame aspect that taggers look for.

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The Thief
The Thief like.author.displayName 1 Like

You have already given him the fame that is desired.

Layer4cake
Layer4cake

I am positive you have missed the point. Graffiti started as a middle finger to the establishment. Every time you saw someone's tag that was a message to the establishment that you are out there and pissed off. Guys put up their tag based on their address to tell everyone who they were. Over time graffiti has been co-opted by the artsy fartsy crowd. If you see some pretty pictures painted on a wall and feel good when you see it you have missed the point. The Banksy is so cool mentality that has caused the mainstream to accept graffiti as art if it is pretty, is totally anti graffiti. Graffiti is a message to you that the tagger is not happy with his view of the world and that you all better wake up. So you don't like GOAT because his work is not up to your standards of "Art". He is a complete success. He did it to piss you off and in the Mothersbaugh world it is true DEVOlution. The revolution will eat it's children and graffiti will consume itself.

howie
howie

fuck washington keep going goat thats what those yuppies get for turning washington into a douche ass hood!!!!!  keep it up toy or not your getting up!!!

Adam
Adam like.author.displayName 1 Like

This is the same mentality exhibited by the putz who defaced the Picasso. A true artist doesn't need to shove his work in others face to be noticed.  

hou135
hou135

i tought he was caught, has anybody heard anything?

Ed Hulse
Ed Hulse

GOAT is a term used by an online gammer named Whiteboy7th street.  He has tshirts and every thing.  This could be releated...its blown up on youtube.

DA
DA

The businesses should leave the work up but add the line "gayest of all time" right underneath.

Abcdefg
Abcdefg

There are different "schools" of graffiti, if you will. This goat kid is obviously new and from my sociological standpoint, I am almost sure he will do his damage and disappear like most seasonal writers in Houston.  I just don't see enough foundation in his graffiti career as far as crews wanting to recruit him and such, which will consequently curtail the drive to continue his ventures and pursuit of one day actually being "the greatest of all time". While most of us would like to see pretty graffiti, we must accept the fact that graffiti culture also has it's own sub-categories and agendas the artists carry out, such as: The piecer (yikes, siego), the illegal piecer (abels, lingo); the aesthetic burner (machine, color); the destructive bomber (howie, heam); the aesthetic bomber who goes for destruction whilst making it look good (verb, etc. for a lack of): the illegal burner (unfortunately n/a/); the wheatpaste artist (dual, cutthroat) and the list goes on. Sometimes these subcategories will even clash over their own values and artistic principles as members of the subculture, igniting "beef". We may not like it, but it IS the dynamic and we shouldn't be biased to the variety thru our own personal preference. Afterall, it's just another form of art with it's own set of politics.

Jon
Jon

I like your thinking.

Houston Wins
Houston Wins

I just saw the "goat" tag yesterday on an overpass bridge of I-45 really far north towards Spring.

Nightmare on Bagby
Nightmare on Bagby

Hey Huffy - By any chance do you know Rail Dog? I think he's local - only works in white on black rail cars (usually tankers) - but does a wonderful 7-line cartoon of a hound-dog pup to comemorate significant dates - anniversary of 9/11, opening day of the baseball season, his mom's birthday (pup holding flowers - too cute!). Thought he had left the scene but I saw a recent one of his with the pup reminding "Don't forget the vets." Several notches above most taggers and if I could buy a Rail Dog tee I would even thoughlast thing I need is another black T-shirt.

Geezy
Geezy

When getting on the feeder of 59S/Chimney Rock someone a few weeks back someone put up 2 styrofoam cups full of lean and it looks like one of them says "Paul Wall". Any idea who did that? 

Jon
Jon

Ceno from eh crew. Google him

WASTE
WASTE

We don't talk about the Post Office.

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