Vandalism or art? Talented Gloucester teenager "Flava" defends his work
TEENAGE artist Flava is calling for more legitimate spaces for people like him to exercise their talents.
Graffiti by the 15-year-old Gloucester pupil, who doesn't want his real name revealed, is painted at various locations around the city.
The Citizen has been sent these images of his work including a tribute to Cain Westcarr on the wall of Parry Hall in Tredworth.
Cain died aged 12 in June and Flava said: "His mum approached me about doing a piece for him because I did one before when he died.
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"That one is above board and I've got other ones dotted around Longlevens but there definitely needs to be more spaces we can use legally. I think around Greyfriars, on the boards down there at the moment, would be a good start.
"Some people think it's vandalism but to me it's definitely art."
Flava sells artwork too and has customers in Europe and America. He said Gloucestershire's graffiti art scene is burgeoning, with talents emerging in the likes of Cheltenham and Stroud as well as others around the city.
He is branching out to Bristol soon having been asked to contribute some of his work there and is optimistic it can make him a career in the long-term.
"It started really with me just doodling and scribbling and I got inspiration from an artist in America and a guy in Glasgow called Smug, they are big inspirations," he said.