What a shame that these artists feel they have no other option open to them other than violence to protect their work. I guess one can only hope that function of art would be to inspire, communicate and educate peacefully. Do you view graffiti as art, or do you view it as a blight on the urban landscape?
Graffiti artist George Curiel, 38, is seen next to his mural artwork in the central Los Angeles area Thursday, July 10, 2008. Once armed only with cans of spray paint, graffiti crews have taken up arms in recent years to protect their work.