Graffiti artist gives council a spray for not helping
A SUNSHINE Coast professional graffiti artist believes more public spray spaces would provide part of the solution to illegal tagging.
Shane Reilly of Unda Presha Art Supplies at Maroochydore is forging ahead with his goal to transform unsightly walls and alley ways into graffiti art.
He believes the Sunshine Coast has much to learn from Australia's urban centres like Melbourne, which has embraced the modern take on street art.
Having painted for most of his life, Mr Reilly has approached some local businesses with ongoing illegal graffiti problems with some success.
"I've got a niche business here and there is a real following here on the Coast for graffiti art. It's growing in popularity," Mr Reilly said.
"I am doing work for hairdressers, restaurants, gyms, all sorts of places, but what people need is more wall space to paint.
"We want to do it legally, with permission but council just aren't providing them, so we are talking to businesses.
"We want to do the right thing.
"It's shown that people are more inclined to spray on legal walls if they are available.
"People are already bombing up the sides of buildings. Why not give those who truly want to show their art have a legal space to do it?
"Those tags you see on toilet blocks and on telephone boxes are kids underage. So paint suppliers need to be more stern with supplying to those underage or lock the paint away, because the kids will steal them."