I’m sure we all have a different take on the question. Someone tags my bridges and I instantly see artistic expression and some funny pictures. I gloss over the illegible text, the gang affiliated emblems and the generally lame parts of the graffiti.
I can do that because it gets blasted away fairly quickly. Often just as quickly replaced, but as a living exhibition it takes on a brighter feel for me than if I lived in a place where it never got removed.
Just chipped away over the years during harsh winters and brutal summers. New graffiti piling up atop the old until it looks more like a kindergartener’s version of a Jackson Pollock than it does whatever it was intended to resemble.
There is no doubt, however, that seeing an old date marked on an old structure feels like something a bit special. A window between our two nodes on the continuum.
This is what I pondered near the top of a decently tall tower amidst the green woods of the Mille Lacs Kathio State Park of Minnesota.
- Graffiti history (mimisioux.wordpress.com)
- Graffiti artist Basquiat work for sale (news.com.au)
- Egypt’s Tahrir graffiti removal stirs anger, artists return to paint more (bikyamasr.com)
- Melbourne street art shinning a light during a period of darkness (webmobilize.net)
- Bristol graffiti police at See No Evil (bristolculture.wordpress.com)
- Why Graffiti (davishighmedia.com)