Local street art proves perfect antidote to graffiti woes

Ying and Yang Designs co-owners Yolande Stirling and Jenny Vellnagel commissioned the art on the front of their shop late last year after repeated graffiti vandalism on their walls.

�As quickly as we could get it off, it was back up again,� Ms Stirling said. �Now we don�t get tagged; there is a code that once a street artist has signed their name, it deters people from putting graffiti there.�

Ms Vellnagel said they wanted to add vibrancy to the shopfront on Fitzgerald Street so they got in touch with Perth street artist Steve Browne.

�For an old area, North Perth is on the brink of becoming great; we want to work as a team with other North Perth businesses to bring vibrancy,� she said.

�I�d seen one of Steve�s murals in a Mt Lawley laneway as part of a project with the Beaufort Street festival and I loved it.

�So, when we decided on an edgy design for our facade, I knew he was the best person to turn our vision into a reality.�

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