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.
I’m sorry but you won’t find me on wordpress if you have a desire to see more of my work. I am on Facebook, though. And Flickr. Please visit me there and say hello. Emilio Pasquale Photography. Even though my name is not Emilio. Nor Pasquale. OK, so a bit of history…
When Monochromia first started, mine was the very first post. When I thanked Joe for the honor, he admitted that he had pulled my name out of a hat. Nice guy, that Joe. He couldn’t even lie? But I still feel honored.
Then, one day I admitted that I was not a thirty-something photographer, as my caricature logo and writings had lead everyone to believe. I am a child of the 60’s, now retired. I had chosen the name in honor of my grandfather, Emilio, and my uncle, Pasquale, who had passed through Ellis Island with my grandmother on their way to Brooklyn in the early 1900’s. My father was born here in 1923.
I picked up my first camera when I was 18. My dad built me a b&w darkroom in our garage in North Hollywood California back then. Straight out of college, I got a job working as an apprentice motion picture editor. I retired in 1999 and became a Realtor in Las Vegas in 2004. I am now fully retired and loving every minute of it!
So, please come visit me on Facebook or Flickr. I also sell artwork at Fine Art America and am working on getting a portfolio together. For my third career, hopefully.
Las Vegas NV
April 19, 2018
Architectural detail of Building A in the World Market Center in Las Vegas NV
Found at an old gas station off Route 66, not far from Kingman AZ. Joe will have to help with the make and model. There was nothing readable, no logos either, on this abandoned truck.
A long abandoned, and now defunct, camp just off Route 66 on the way to Oatman AZ.
OK, so it’s not really the New York skyline. It’s the New York New York Hotel and Casino skyline in Las Vegas NV.
But it will have to do!
… in a galaxie far, far away…
Graffiti on an abandoned Western Motel and Casino in beautiful downtown Las Vegas
It’s amazing that the amount of news that happens in the world every day always just exactly fits the newspaper.