Jail is right for vandal

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Simon Sunderland once told The Star he wanted to be known as an artist rather than for his graffiti.

Having just been sentenced to 18 months in prison for criminal damage it is more likely he’ll be remembered as a rather sad individual who ultimately couldn’t overcome his demons.

Sunderland’s criminal record for graffiti art spans convictions from 1990, 1991 and 1992 to 1996, 2002 and 2004.

Yesterday he admitted four counts of criminal damage by joint enterprise, using new monikers ‘Bloodaxe’ and ‘Eric Bloodaxe’.

Having first shot to infamy nearly a quarter of a century ago using the ‘Fista’ tag on buildings across South Yorkshire, Sunderland has refused to learn from his mistakes.

Classifying art is very difficult and for every mindless vandal like Sunderland someone will bring up Banksy.

The difference is that Banksy’s work has been judged to have some artistic merit by the majority while Sunderland’s has been dismissed as vandalism by the court, which has seen fit to jail him.

Hopefully, now as a man in his 40s, Sunderland will finally learn his lesson and find a more acceptable outlet for his passions.