Unenlightened

Black And White Photography, Emilio, Photography

“All the problems we face in the United States today can be traced to an unenlightened immigration policy on the part of the American Indian.” ~ Pat Paulsen

Why do I have such a fascination with graffiti?

It all started with my son.

When he was 4 years old he showed us a picture of Mickey Mouse that he said he drew. We basically called him a liar so he sat us down and drew Mickey again by first looking at a comic book, then drawing what he saw. When he was 11, a drawing he did of Batman was published in a comics industry newspaper. In junior high, he was caught vandalizing the local high school with his “tag” (his graffiti signature).

Some 20 odd years later, he has been commissioned to decorate store windows and also the exterior wall of the local pizza parlor’s parking lot. I’m very proud of him.

I think the people who practice graffiti are true artists. I love seeing their creativity. I even get enjoyment from the intricate “tags” they use. Unfortunately, the artist above did not tag his/her creation or I would have given him/her credit.

This photo was taken in 2015 in the Arts District of Las Vegas, where the artwork changes almost on a daily basis. This piece no longer exists.

11 thoughts on “Unenlightened

  1. This scene was perfect for b&w tonality! While back I posted a graffiti composition created by a graffiti artist who now lives in NYC. He championed federal legislation that protects graffiti for I believe 90 days. There are specific use cases but the law provides the public “a chance to experience” art before it is removed.

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    1. Well, I think it’s definitely art, and should be appreciated as such- but not used merely to deface private property! Thanks, C.S.

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    1. Thanks, Joe. I have two sons. I am equally proud of both of them, though the younger one says he has no artistic abilities, yet he is able to create amazing dinners for friends and family and enjoys cooking, as do I!

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