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.
Graffiti on an abandoned Western Motel and Casino in beautiful downtown Las Vegas
Two weeks ago, when I posted some graffiti in black and white, Joe Giordano commented that he thought it was a “Bold move to display this artwork in B&W but it really works.” Well, I think this piece works even better. In black and white, the artistry is even more obvious. You’re struck by the talent of the artist rather than just the colors. You can more appreciate the texture of the surface these artists deal with. What do you think?
“The American people never carry an umbrella. They prepare to walk in eternal sunshine.” ~~ Al Smith