hooks for additional axis customization?

Hi all,

There are a couple of properties I'd like my plot axes to have by default (tick2On=False for the x and ytics, and having no 'right' or 'top' spines). These seem a bit obscure to put into the rcparams, but it would be nice to not have to call some function to fix this up every time I make a new set of axes.

Is there a good way to get this to happen automatically? Some sort of callback I can register? Or would I need to subclass Axes and monkeypatch that in as the default or something?

Any suggestions welcome!