CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) - Graffiti is part of the landscape in many urban areas.
Whether it's out in the open or hidden along train tracks, the colorful tags evoke a variety of emotions.
Bud Stockwell, the owner of Cornucopia Market and Heavenly Chocolate in Northampton told 22News, "Mostly it annoys me and when I see tags in bathrooms and everything else it absolutely drives me crazy and it drives me absolutely bonkers."
Jennifer Rosiere of South Deerfield said, ""I think it depends on the situation and the intention that it was done in, I mean there are beautiful pieces of graffiti that are done by artists that can be commissioned by the city but sometimes it has negative consequences like gang affiliations."
Sam Gaskin works at the Guild Art Supply shop in Northampton, where aerosol paint cans are popular.
He told 22News, "I think there are all sorts of things around Northampton that are really exciting and look great."
Whether you consider it art or vandalism, many say cities and towns in western Massachusetts are coming up with ways to clean up what taggers leave behind.
Springfield has a long-standing ordinance requiring that residents and business owners keep their properties free of graffiti at all times.
There is a city program that helps make that happen.
In the past few months, Chicopee has followed suit.
It's all in an effort to end the expensive and often dangerous practice.
Chicopee City Councilor Jean Croteau told 22News, "I don't know how they hang and paint upside down or something or they bring some big ladder up there but I guess they do it upside down which seems kind of dangerous."
Whether your city or town has a ordinance or not, tagging and graffiti is still against the law.
It's punishable by up to two years in prison or a fine of up to $1,500 dollars on top of whatever it costs to clean it up.