Friday, September 30, 2011

There's Graffiti, and Then There's Graffiti ...

Up along north Division in Spokane, set back from the main road is a very large building that appeared to be deserted. However, those large expanses of wall are obviously a tagger's dream!

Evidence of graffiti is all around the building, from ground level to about 10 feet up the walls. Some graffiti is quite sophisticated and attractive, but others are just ugly black marks. Someone is trying to discourage taggers from marking the walls, because all have been painted over, or plywood and paint rolled on to cover the graffiti.

Now, this, appeals to me, because the marks painted to obliterate the tagging offer some interesting compositions and colors. I think it appeals to me because the cover paint is meant to cover, but instead it is essentially another kind of graffiti.

I could add a whole slew of photographs; here are but a few examples:

September 29, 2011

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