Australian street artist Buff Diss avoids problems with the law by working exclusively with tape. The transient nature of his work has allowed him to work publicly in such places as the Adelaide Central Market, although he also works on buildings, roads, and even trains. Hands pinching something are a common theme in his work, along with skulls and other line art.


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Non-destructive graffiti in the form of tape-art has been around since 1989, but its impermanent nature has made it less popular and difficult to document. Buff Diss himself first started with regular paint.

“Tape became my main medium in 2005 by accident,” Buff Diss says. “I’d meant to use it as a tool, but then I saw the lines of tape were drawings on their own—it saved a lot of time,” Buff Diss told FastCo.Create. On the transience, he says, “If a piece has long enough to bond to the surface, without weather getting to it first, it can hold for years. On glass, they become permanent. But a lot of pieces in the street will be gone the next day.”

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