Any reason I shouldn't let people use my house as a canvas?
February 23, 2012 10:27 AM Subscribe
What is the legality of commissioning graffiti art for a residence?
posted by komara to media & arts (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Here in New Orleans we have lots of skinny shotgun houses with long flat sides exposed to the street. I've often fantasized that if I owned one I would commission some of the more talented graffiti artists who have done work in this area to adorn the side (for example, something like this piece
from Reader). Aside from concerns that some jackass like Fred Radtke
will come along and helpfully eradicate the art without my permission, are there legal concerns? I frequently see businesses with murals painted on the side, but never any residences. I'm assuming most of it boils down to the need to paint over the art before selling the home because you can't rest assured the next buyer will want that kind of display, as well as the fear that some other uninvited artist may see it as a target. However, maybe there are some city ordinances of which I am not aware that prohibit this sort of thing. Any insight into why this isn't done more?