Graf Art

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This is in the middle of nowhere, but shows some of the graf art you see around here. In this one, you have your ordinary “Wild Style”, which seems always mixed in with cartoon characters. In this case, Disney’s, “Aladdin”. I’ve also seen strange purple smurfs and things like that. This piece looks like it was commissioned. It is strange, as we are in the middle of almost nowhere and it doesn’t really fit it.

A lot of the other street art I’ve seen is somewhat sad – it’ll be just somsone’s names – or even notes to other writers. Sometimes it’s on very old stone buildings where you really wish it wasn’t there. Trees seems to be a likely target for whatever reason.

Taking the train to Paris from the Airport, you do see a gigantic run-on sentence of tags, which is a spectacle in of itself, but the letters are all pretty plain and almost all of them are black outlines with white fills. In Paris, I did see things like Dunnys and vinyl toys for sale. I’m not the hugest fans of these things, but it was funny seeing them sold alongside minatures of comic book characters in comic book/video game stores.

I’m sure if I dig further, I’ll find better things. Any suggestions?

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15 years ago

look for community centers. The places i’ve seen the best graff stuff is on the sides of communist youth hang outs. Probably more in bigger citys. and trains (of course) but that bag is really mixed.

Justin Europe
15 years ago

Will do. Next down time, I may grab some sidewalk chalk. I can’t say I have the right to come to a different country and start putting something permanent up, but I’d like to make some sort of mark.

15 years ago

I like the sidewalk chalk idea. its kind of one of my favorite things to do at 3am. you should do it. and take pictres..