Graffiti Artist 'Legally' Paints the Town

Businesses in the area are being covered in graffiti and most of it is legal, according to the city codes department.

By Ashley Hinson

Lubbock, TX -- Businesses in the area are being covered in graffiti and most of it is legal, according to the city codes department. 

Stuart Walker, the code administration director, said as long as the artists get permission from the property owner, aren’t drawing gang signs and are following the city sign ordinance they can paint whenever they want.

“It can’t be constructed as a sign because the city of Lubbock has a pretty strict sign ordinance,” said Walker.  “But if a property owner wants something like that on their property as opposed to just vandalism, being tagged, that’s perfectly fine.”

Joey Martinez has been painting the town for 22 years and is grateful people are starting to see graffiti in a new light. 

“In the past it wasn't very popular,” Martinez said.  “People saw it as graffiti, vandalism, gang graffiti, but it’s gotten really popular.  A lot of businesses have been asking graffiti artist to come and paint their walls.” 

Martinez started painting graffiti as a way to honor his friend who was killed in a gang fight.

“My mission was to paint graffiti around town and to paint graffiti art over gang graffiti,” said Martinez.

He said he hopes the colorful and creative trend continues to grow.

“I’m hoping in the future people will see this more of an art form and more people will start to do this because it’s beautiful,” said Martinez.

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