In an earlier post reflecting on my experience trying to learn the language of tagging in my back lane I made the passing comment about wanting to create my own tags that might, at least for an instant, give some fence-sitting kid pause. Well it looks like someone beat me to the punch. A couple of tags have shown up down my back lane that look to be from the same individual.
I have to say that I actually quite like these tags. When I thought of doing one I considered creating some expression of care; some sort of ‘I love you’ sentiment. It seemed so ridiculous to me. Why would such a sentiment scrawled on a dumpster mean anything? In thinking about a tag I was always assuming myself as the subject. In these tags, however, symbols prominent in First Nations culture create the orientation for the text. I do not assume to know what some First Nations youth might associate these images with but so far as spreading constructive images I thought these were not half bad.