Graffiti is usually spoken of as if it is an urban phenomenon, but of course people in non-urban areas do graffiti too. Often it is of the â€˜I wuz hereâ€™ variety, some of which can be extremely elaborate. The graffiti on the Vee Wall at Nambucca Heads, painted by holidaying families, belongs to this category. But even this kind of folk-art graffiti is hated by people who dislike all graffiti on principle. They think it spoils the natural environment.
There are other people who use graffiti in campaigns to preserve the natural environment. For example, large messages painted on the road to Seal Rocks were made by locals protesting about a resort-style development proposed for the area.
I have written about how people see things in different ways in an article called Perceptions â€“ Graffiti Rocks Â in Macquarie Universityâ€™s Scan Magazine.
Hicks, M., 2010. Perceptions: Graffiti Rocks. Scan (Journal of media arts culture).