Rare 1911 Newtown Art Work Defaced By Lame Tagger


Sydney’s rarest commercial artwork, the 1911 garage hoarding unearthed on a wall in Newtown, having not seen the light of day since 1915, has been defaced by a creep

See below to see what’s been done. No technique. No talent. No artistic ability. Simply embarrassing. Even my 8 year old described it as ‘scribble’. It’s the juvenile scrawl of someone’s spoilt little brat desperately seeking attention. “Look at me, Mummy. Look at me!”

Luckily, I’d taken some photos and reported on the history of this vintage mural before the dog cocked his leg on it. Here’s the link to the wall as finished by the original artists :https://gregpoppleton.wordpress.com/2011/11/28/840/

Feel free to put your guesses on what the moron was written in the comment box below. Defacing artwork is as stupid as burning books. I’d say little boy lame wrote,’KICK ME’. What do you think?

Rare 1911 Newtown Art Defaced By Lame Tagger
Rare 1911 Newtown Art Defaced By Lame Tagger
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23 Replies to “Rare 1911 Newtown Art Work Defaced By Lame Tagger”

  1. What a disgusting disrespectful thing to do. whoever did this needs a public flogging! I’d like to shove that spray can straight where the sun DONT shine!!! Hopefully it can be removed without damaging the original facing.

  2. There is a way of restoring it using a product called SoyGel which is a non toxic paint stripper. But a test first would be recommended in my opinion a couple of inches square at a time and only left on for a few minutes would probably do. If the owner of the wall would like I could do it, I would love to try to restore it!! What a stupid tagger he should be punished!!

  3. Flogged? I say we peel the skin from his entire body while he screams in agony before his grandparents – what other punishment could possibly fit the crime.
    Obviously someone was ignorant to the cultural value, sad but understandable. Lets kill them now because they deserve to die!!!!

  4. get over it! not every graffiti doer is an “artist” ….graffiti has been done throughout history, yeah all just so you squares and old farts could get your knickers in a bunch about it!, save may lane! but kick this guys ass! wheres the distinction? its ALL graffiti, all transient! geez there are real problems worth solving in this world.

  5. I’m a graffiti artist and it shits me to tears when idiots out there have no idea about respect! It’s unwritten law that you don’t deface heritage buildings, other people’s art or public property, but your always going to have a handfull of dick heads that ruin it for everyone! If I knew what it said or who it was done by I would report the person but unfortunately I can’t read the “scribble” either!

  6. I was going to write that something so gorgeous should have perspex mounted over it, but I went back to see the original photos you took, so I realise that’s not possible. Are the advertisements going to be covered up by the new building? Such a shame if they are. Art restorers can strip back to the original layer but I’m sure there’s been no covenant put on this wall, so it’s not likely.

    Recently near me on Parramatta Road, a 20s/30s building was demolished to make way for an extension to a hardware store, and it revealed a very large, beautiful ad for Siren Soap, up high out of reach. Unfortunately the extension included a brick skin which covered it back up. I don’t know if anyone else noticed or thought it amusing but the building the sign was painted on was/is being used for a brothel…

  7. Vintage commercial art vs. modern non-commercial art. I appreciate both.

    Nothing is permanent, soon that wall will be built over once more and it will be hidden away for another few hundred years, by the time anybody sees them again both of these works will be considered ‘vintage’

    1. There’s no comparison. This modern non-commercial art is just destructive vandalism. I recognise graffiti as a contemporary artform, but this effort is no more artistic than if I came and threw a brick through your front window.

  8. On Regent St Alexandria across the road from there was a nice advertisement sign/mural on the side of the iron Duke Hotel which was exposed when the building next door was demolished. It was exposed for a couple of years, but unfortunately has been covered back up by the new yuppy flats built next door.
    As for this idiot who threw up that piece of crap over a 100 year old mural, he needs to be ‘educated’ (not punished), peace.

    BJ21

  9. I have to say as a member of the graffiti movement alot of writers are not happy about this and alot of my friends who are also writers are very angry that some lowlife could do this to such an historic piece of newtown history……it is attacks like this one that makes good and respectful writers look like bad guys….we hope that you can see past this attack as a portion of sydney writers would never do this.

    1. that’s a good guess, and I’m glad at least some writers aren’t happy.

      I wonder if Newtown’s local council keeps a record of writers/taggers? I know Canada Bay council works with Burwood Police and keeps photos to try and record various taggers. they have a clean up crew who automatically do the rounds and remove tagging and also respond to calls from residents. I hope someone gets the local council and/or police involved to at least record what’s happened.

      I love good graffiti: this isn’t.

  10. Just because something is old doesn’t make it a ‘historic piece of Newtown history’ (what?)
    This advertisement for tires and oil has been covered up by a building since the 40s and is only visible now due to a building being demolished due to fire.

    Let’s be honest, if that wasn’t the case and this old advertisement (hand painted and beautiful typography or not, that’s what it is) had been visible to the street for this entire time, does anybody honestly think it would still exist? Or would it have been buffed back and repainted long ago, or the prime street level space sold to Adcorp as a nice billboard space. Money talks. Besides as mentioned, this is going to be covered back up again by a new building in no time. You guys are talking as if he has just shredded a Monet.

    Btw ‘anon oner’, don’t claim to speak on behalf of the ‘graffiti movement’ if you can’t even read a clean throw up. Dude has style for days. You probably do stencils

    1. “Just because something is old doesn’t make it a ‘historic piece of Newtown history’ (what?)”

      History is the discovery, collection, organization, and presentation of information about past events (Wiki)

      “This advertisement for tires (sic) and oil has been covered up by a building since the 40s and is only visible now due to a building being demolished due to fire.”

      Since 1915. Read the story, get the facts, then make an opinion

      “Let’s be honest, if that wasn’t the case and this old advertisement (hand painted and beautiful typography or not, that’s what it is) had been visible to the street for this entire time, does anybody honestly think it would still exist? Or would it have been buffed back and repainted long ago, or the prime street level space sold to Adcorp as a nice billboard space. Money talks.”

      Let’s be honest. Forget the lame hypotheticals and blaming others. The artwork is a time capsule unviewed and untouched since 1915 – that’s the point

      “Besides as mentioned, this is going to be covered back up again by a new building in no time.”

      Walled up and possibly to be preserved for another 100 years as a first-hand historical account – or until the building it’s painted on is demolished

      “You guys are talking as if he has just shredded a Monet.”

      No-one mentioned Monet. But people have mentioned ‘respect’ and ‘history’, ‘technique’ and ‘craft’

      “Btw ‘anon oner’, don’t claim to speak on behalf of the ‘graffiti movement’ if you can’t even read a clean throw up. Dude has style for days. You probably do stencils”

      Is a ‘clean throw up’ like vomit without the carrots? ‘Dude has style for days’ – Until he sprays over one of your ‘throw-ups’

    2. On this argument perhaps there should be a motorway through Pompei? The point is it was still there and now due to poorly executed graffiti it isnt. Does the writer even know if the council has heritage listed the property? I fail to see that the writers cynical approach to development in Newtown justifies defacing(oops tagging) the fabric of a buildings history and Newtown has a wonderful history of small business that continues.

  11. i have always hated so-called art critics who say, My child could paint better than that, usually about some no-talent like, ummm, Picasso … but seriously, style? no, none, not a skerrick. it looks like the kind of bubble writing we all probably used for headings on our Year 5 projects.

    as far as ” … this old advertisement (hand painted and beautiful typography or not, that’s what it is) had been visible to the street for this entire time, does anybody honestly think it would still exist?”, that is KIND OF THE POINT! no it wouldn’t have, and as such it offers us a glimpse into something inherently linked to a point in Local History (the poor and oft-negelected cousin of World History).

    i will restrain myself from a tedious list of what we might learn from the uncovered artwork, as i am sure you all have enough imagination … the bottom line is Respect, and that IS the alpha, but here clearly NOT the omega. xt

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