I love the continuous battle the exists between those that graffiti and those that paint over it. It is one of the things that adds to the organic nature of alleys and helps make them these growing and ever-changing things that I am always fascinated to watch. It is an on going battle that is this crazy mix of folks that are compelled to create and to vandalize these spaces and the counter attack of other folks that are literally doing what ever the absolute bare minimum is to not receive a fine from the city or attract more graffiti.
No where is this better illustrated than this wall on the side of a Market on Commercial Drive. While is not uncommon to have the paint not match the existing paint on the wall and also not uncommon to see the graffiti though the outline of the coverup paint, but this is the best as you can see the original colours in the cracks and crevices.