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Nowadays Bristol is internationally known as a centre of graffiti and street art culture. I met with John Nation – pioneer and promoter of graffiti culture and its artists since the early 1980s – to discuss how perceptions of the culture have changed. From being despised as ‘vandalism’ to hailed as a cultural export of the city, graffiti continues to elicit strong opinions, not least because it raises questions about who gets to have a say in the visual culture of the city.

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