A greater crime than that of the graffiti artist
Unscrupulous companies have been known to pay graffiti artists to daub stencil logos in urban areas to promote their company or products. Considering that we, the tax payer, have to pay for the clean-up ultimately, we the tax payer, should demand that councils sue the perpetrators and boycott their products.
Banksy's view of advertisers and capitalism - an excerpt from Banksy's book 'Wall and Piece'.
People abuse you everyday. They butt into your life, take a cheap shot at you and then disappear. They leer at you from tall buildings and make you feel small. They make flippant comments from buses that imply you're not sexy enough and the fun is happening somewhere else. They are on TV making your girlfriend feel inadequate. They have access to the most sophisticated technology the world has ever seen and they bully you with it. They are The Advertisers and they are laughing at you.
However, you are forbidden to touch them. Trademarks, intellectual property rights and copyright law mean advertisers can say what they like wherever they like with total impunity.
Screw that. Any advert in public space that gives you no choice whether you see it or not is yours. It's yours to take, re-arrange and re-use. You can do whatever you like with it. Asking for permission is like asking to keep a rock someone just threw at your head.
You owe the companies nothing. You especially don't owe them any courtesy. They have rearranged the world to put themselves in front of you. They never asked for your permission, don't even start asking for theirs.
Develop your own view....
Banksy is controversial - that's how he became famous, courting controversy through images and words. Capitalism and marketing are likely to always be with us but we do not have to follow like sheep. We have a choice.
You can buy unbranded trainers and clothes. You don't have to have the latest mobile phone or ipod. Think about it.