In Edinburgh, Scotland, police blame most of the stencil graffiti on two rival gangs. In Oaxaca city, Mexico they were making political statements just before state elections. In Columbia, Missouri, the community is trying find a creative ways to deal with it. Stencil graffiti, popularized by Banksy in England whose works are now considered art, is now an International Phenomenon.
Implications - According to Bernie Reid, the international movement is rapidly gaining traction in every continent around the world. Recently hired by Habitat to produce graffiti-style artworks for interior and exterior applications, Bernie attributes some of the growing popularity of street art "tags" to the fact that it is quicker, easier and more easily done than traditional graffiti.