There’s no doubt that graffiti in urban landscapes has been legitimized not only as cool (think Futura 2000 in the ’80s) but also as fine art (think Banksy). The best graffiti artists are legends; but when they start creating their art on natural features of national parks, is it still cool? The LA Times questions the trend:
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Andre Saraiva is an internationally known graffiti artist. He owns nightclubs in Paris and New York, works as a top editor of the men’s fashion magazine L’Officiel Hommes and has appeared in countless glossy magazines as a tastemaker and bon vivant.
Two months ago he showed up on the decidedly un-fashionista website Modern Hiker, along with a photo of a boulder he tagged in Joshua Tree National Park. Since then, Saraiva, who lives in France and is known by his fans as Mr. Andre and Mr.