Something happens here, later in the plot.
Yes, I get that several people are totally against the tagging because OMG DEFACING PUBLIC PROPERTY WHAT WOULD GATISS AND MOFFAT THINK
And I’d just like to raise a few points.
One, people seem to be under the illusion that they’ll be spray-painting school corridors, the outsides of hospitals or whatever shit. Sorry, but this is one of the most intelligent fandoms I’ve ever had the pleasure of being part of. It’s far more likely to be tagged on abandoned buildings, the backs of street signs, places where it’s not immediately obvious. The whole point of this is to be a reference, an in-joke. In-jokes stop being funny when you shove them in the face of the rest of the world.
Two, I’d just like to point out that there’s a tagger in Sherlock canon. And I guess whether it’s a positive or negative interpretation is up for debate, but it certainly wasn’t an out and out shaming of what he was doing. Some people think of graffiti as art, and others as vandalism. I personally think it can be both, depending on what you’re doing with it.
Three, there seems to be an assumption that everybody who supports the movement is going to be out tagging, which really isn’t true. Loads have turned to t-shirts and buttons and posters, and that’s really cool. I’m up for all of us doing this in our own way. Want to know who will be tagging? The taggers. The people who have done this before. The ones who, I hope, have sense enough to stay away from certain property, and do this in a way that quietly supports the movement rather than being outright vandalism. Not everybody is going to rush out and buy a few cans.
There’s a construction site near me that’s boarded up, and it’s home to a lot of graffiti art. When they’re finished building whatever it is they’re building, the boards are going to be taken down. It’s temporary. As far as I’m concerned, it’s an art exhibit, and I don’t think stencilling ‘I believe in Sherlock Holmes’ there would be any sort of problem. If somebody were to spray the same thing in obnoxiously large lettering across a road, then yes, I would have a problem with that, and a lot of other people probably would too.
I guess what I’m saying here is that I don’t want to think this movement is going to do anything that gives us a bad name. I think we’re all smart enough to keep our tagging unobtrusive, and to avoid getting arrested. To those doing things other than tagging, all power to you. That’s great. We’re a large fandom and variation is part of what makes us who we are.
But can we please stop shaming the taggers amongst us? Graffiti artists are artists too, and contrary to common belief are allowed morals and a sense of public decency as much as the rest of the fandom. If people start tagging in stupid places, or getting arrested and giving us a bad name, fine. Then you might be a little justified in your bad-mouthing. Until then, please refrain. We’re capable of making our own decisions, and our own art.
Henry: I saw a scary as fuck dog on the mooooors
Sherlock: lol I don't care
Sherlock: John get your coat we're going to Devon
Sherlock: I can actually drive I just like spending needless money on cabs
Sherlock: let's go
Innkeeper: so you guys are gay I'm gay too everything is gay in this show here have a gay room like the start of every holiday fanfiction ever -
John: FOR FUCK'S SAKE I AIN'T HOMOSEXUAL
Innkeeper: bye have fun I hope your gay boyfriend who you are gay with doesn't snore
Sherlock: hello quaint townsman I hear you saw a dog I bet my boyfriend you didn't
Townsman: fuck you I did tho
John: lol I get 50 quid for free
Sherlock: Let's break into a top secret military base using my brother's nicked ID which HAS A PHOTO ON IT lol they'll never guess it's not him for twenty minutes
John: I am a captain
~INVETIGATION IN PROGRESS~
John: hold the fuck up - rabbit?
Frankland: hello I am being introduced in a rather pointed way which suggests I am either the perpetrator of the crime or directly involved in some underhand dealings also have my cell number gurl
John: Your cheekbones are kicking right off in this shot, mate
John: Your coat
John: stop being attractive
John: I meant mysterious
Lestrade: HEY GURLS HEY
John: FAMILY HOLIDAY IN DEVON
Lestrade: just casually confirming my greg-ness and my possible association with your brother
Sherlock: I DON'T WANT TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR SEX LIFE
Henry: liberty in liberty in liberty in
Sherlock: let's take a man with mental health problems into the place which probably has a load of triggers for him because this episode is also called The Asshole in Baskerville
John: MY MILITARY SENSES ARE TINGLING MORSE CODE
Sherlock: HOUNNNNNND i saw nothing
Henry: SHIT SCARED THAT IS ALL
~TWO NERVOUS BREAKDOWNS LATER~
John: you're having an emotion
Sherlock: jkfeoadjfFUCK YOU I'M FINE
John: you're raving like a monkey on acid
Sherlock: FUCK YOU I DON'T HAVE FRIENDS
John: fine. okay. then. well. someone's sleeping on the rug tonight and it won't be me.
~CHATTING UP TEH LADIE~
Frankland: just casually ruining everything
John: oh goddammit i can't get off with anyone
~THE NEXT DAY~
Sherlock: John I don't have friends. I just have one.
Sherlock: John you're amazing. John you're fantastic.
Sherlock: casually performing traumatising experiment on my self confessed only friend
Sherlock: i have the internet inside my head MIND PALACE hound indiana liberty frankland cell
John: therapist danger shit
Sherlock: TO THE MOORS
Henry: fuck this shit I'm out
Frankland: JOKES JUST ME
John and Lestrade: FIGHTING EVIL BY MOONLIGHT
Sherlock: Look henry it's just a dog and everything is going to be fine also I am still a jerk
Moriarty: SHERLOCK <3 JIM SHERLOCK <3 JIM SHERLOCK SHERLOCK SHERLOCK SHERLOCK
You're now chatting with a random stranger. Say hi!
Question to discuss:
You: Did you fall asleep on the keyboard again?
Stranger: No! I'm awake.
You: Good. We're out of milk.
Stranger: Then go bloody get some.
Stranger: Yeah? Well I'm busy too Sherlock so you'll either have to get it yourself, or wait.
You: What? What could you possibly be busy with? You haven't even had a date for the past week.
Stranger: I'm busy with...things. What are you busy with? Blowing up the microwave again?
You: Don't be stupid. I finished with that experiment yesterday. And let me guess. You're busy /blogging/.
Stranger: Yes, I am busy blogging. You aren't busy so YOU should go get milk.
You: I am busy. I already told you that.
Stranger: With what? If I come downstairs you'll probably be sitting staring at the wall!
You: Mycroft's sent me a case.
Stranger: And you're actually looking into it? Instead of ignoring it to spite him?
You: No. Don't be absurd, John. I'm trying to think of a snide enough reply.
Stranger: Well you can think and go to the store for milk.
Stranger: We also need tea.
You: What would we need tea for?
Stranger: To drink.
You: Drinking. Drinking's boring.
Stranger: Boring it may be but I know you like tea. Now are you going to go? I'd quite fancy a cuppa right now.
You: Then you have more motivation to go to the store, don't you?
Stranger: You're going to continue to make this difficult, aren't you?
You: Buy a newspaper while you're there. Times, not Telegraph.
Stranger: I hate you.
You: Run along, John.
Stranger: You're obnoxious. Why do I put up with you?
You: You can't find another flatmate, and life would be dull without me.
Stranger: Fine. Don't steal my computer while I'm gone. I mean it Sherlock.
You: I never steal your computer.
You: I confiscate it.
You: According to some, yes.
You: But I'd rather we stuck to first names.
Stranger: You're ridiculous. I'm going now.
You: See you in a minute.
Your conversational partner has disconnected.
MOFFAT AND GATISS ARE IN MY FLATMATE’S PLACE OF WORK
CINEWORLD IN CARDIFF
I CANNOT CONTAIN MY FEELS
CUMBERBATCH AND FREEMAN MAY BE THERE ALSO
So, I’m actually fairly certain this makes Sherlock asexual and possibly, to some degree, aromantic.
He definitely had some affection for Irene
And (not to be a screeching fangirl) he definitely loves John
You won’t see him taking John’s pulse anytime soon
But I think he loves people, despite his claims of sociopathy
But maybe he’s incapable of loving them romantically?
He definitely loves Mrs Hudson, I think that was achingly obvious with all the moments we had between them.
He loves John
He - to some degree, I think - loves Irene. Because it’s someone on his level of intellect, someone who he felt a definite kinship with.
He probably loves Mycroft.
I think this is why Gatiss described this as Sherlock and love, not Sherlock in love.
Sherlock, in this canon, doesn’t do the whole monogamous romantic love stuff: but god, does he Love. Entirely platonically. But it’s still Love.
yes this forever
this is my headcanon
aromantic asexual =/= incapable of love