Working under a pseudonym, Ghostpatrol (David Booth) is a Tasmanian-born self-taught artist who rose to quiet prominence around 2007 by covertly installing hand-drawn graffiti paste-ups in the nooks and crannies of Melbourne streets and alley ways.
Ghostpatrol shares a creative partnership with fellow street artist Miso (Stanislava Pinchuk). They work independently on their own projects but also draw on each other for creative advice and inspiration, frequently collaborating on joint projects.
So is it Street art or Vandalism? This is quite a controversial topic as everybody has their own views on the topic and how the particular piece comes across in their eyes, whether the person critiquing has a significant connection to this particular place and many other factors come into play.
Vandalism – An action involving deliberate destruction of or damage to a public or private property.
Street Art – Street Art is visual art created in public locations, usually unsanctioned artwork executed outside of the context of traditional art venues.
So with the definitions described above, in my opinion i do not think it is vandalism at all. There is a grey area and that all depends on who is viewing the artwork. But these people are artists in their own right who are trying to express themselves and due to lack of resources street artists have they improvise with what they do have, such as the buildings which they have pummeled into the earth to build which is a far greater case of vandalism in my eyes.
I do believe there are forms of graffiti which should be illegal and punishable which are offensive and is something that should not be portrayed in the street for everyone who walks past it to see.
Ghostpatrol is not one of these artists, his work is quite uplifting and somewhat brings you back to when you were a kid. His images are often very simple and are just something nice to look at, personally i would like to see something like his art pieces if i was a tourist or just getting on with my day to day work.