The Graffiti Eaters does not condone graffiti vandalism, especially by celebrities such as Justin Bieber who created controversy in Queensland recently with his illegal acts of graffiti tagging on a Gold Coast hotel.

The boutique Gold Coast hotel where pop star Justin Bieber sprayed graffiti over an external wall continues to defy requests from Mayor Tom Tate to remove the colourful display. The QT Hotel at Surfers Paradise has gushed about the Canadian-born star’s decision to redecorate one of the walls next to its tennis court when he stayed in late November last year.

The Bieberfiti includes highly colourful Pacman-style ghosts, disembodied faces and even a Spongebob Squarepants -style creature. Within hours of Bieber’s daub appearing on the wall, which is visible from the busy Gold Coast Highway, Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate ordered it be removed, even delivering one of the council’s graffiti removal kits to the hotel.The hotel has refused to comply and has gone so far to promote a graffiti competition on its Facebook page, for budding artists wanting to display their skills on another wall of the hotel.

However, the operators have indulged Cr Tate by covering most of Bieber’s artwork with black plastic, held in place by duct tape.QT refused to comment on the graffiti and the competition when contacted by Fairfax Media on Monday but it is understood the hotel has no intention of removing Bieber’s contribution to the tennis court wall.That does not bode well with Cr Tate.Covering up is not good enough,” he said.The public … and ratepayers won’t be satisfied until QT Gold Coast starts listening and cleans up.

“Cr Tate said the hotel had set a “terrible example”, with at least one other holidaymaker arrested for graffiting just a short distance away and the graffiti angers local councils with Public property including trees and safety signage being repeatedly vandalised along the footpath directly opposite the QT Gold Coast’s graffiti,” he said.There is no question this city block has become graffiti prone and is costing ratepayers every time city cleaners respond.”

Cr Tate said the council was still considering forcing owners of properties with significant graffiti – including the hotel – to offset the city’s $2 million annual graffiti removal spend.

This could include levying higher rates on those who own derelict buildings and fail to report graffiti on and in around their property,” he said.

*Article sourced from The Brisbane Times report by Marissa Calligeros
03/02/2014