KOSU: Graffiti Essay

Purple graffiti tops a food mural on a carniceria (meat market) on SW 25th Street | Oklahoma City

At 7:35 a.m. CDT I’ll be on KOSU (Oklahoma Public Radio) talking about graffiti. Click here to listen live. In OKC, tune into 91.7 FM and in Tulsa, 107.5 FM. Thank you for listening!

Here is an excerpt:

My first memories of graffiti belong to the tender years of four, five and six when my family lived in a suburb of Los Angeles. Profanity scrawled on freeways and playgrounds were symbolic of dangerous and rebellious people about whom my father warned.

These also included the orange-haired lady with cat-eye glasses who sold me candy cigarettes, and the grouchy old man with big tattoos who drove a banana yellow van. It was a treasure trove of Wacky Wafers,  wax lips and other relics of my Generation X childhood. 

If graffiti had a smell it would be that candy truck.

Graffiti Blog Posts

If you heard me on KOSU and this is your first time to visit jenx67.com, thank you for stopping by. I blog about all generations, but primarily Generation X, which by broadest definition includes those individuals born between 1961 and 1981. I also blog a lot about Oklahoma City life and culture. Click here to get posts delivered to your inbox.

Below are links to some of my favorite posts about graffiti, some of which I mentioned in my essay. One awesome example of graffiti talent in OKC that I really regret not mentioning in my essay is a mural of the Stations of Cross*, which is located by permission at Hunter Battery Shop on SW 25th west of Walker Avenue. I can’t believe I failed to mention it. It is so worth the drive to see this magnificent creation.

Graffiti By Permission
Everything Will Be OK
Union Pacific, St. Patrick’s Day, Gaddafi Graffiti
Wheat Pasting
People Look Down On Me
Sonic the Hedgehog
Tattoo Shop
Storm Drain Graffiti
*Stations of the Cross Mural 
Woman’s Face on a Train
Graffiti Jungle or How To Have An Adventure
Plaza Festival

Check back tomorrow for Graffiti Wednesday, a weekly meme and linky. I’ll be featuring more work from the graffiti artist “Jeremiah,” who painted the Stations of the Cross Mural at Hunter Battery in Oklahoma City.


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  1. jenx67 says

    I learned about Banksy when the Xvala graffiti appeared about a mile from my house. I don’t exactly move in graffiti circles. From the first time I began reading about him I have seen his name 100 times and have always “seen” BANSKY. The brain can play tricks on people, Tim. Just because I didn’t pronounce his name correctly doesn’t make me any less of an admirer of his work and it doesn’t diminish my desire to make people aware of the value of street art and graffiti as a legitimate art form.

  2. says

    Jen, isn’t it wonderful how children can allow themselves to enjoy simple pleasures like the smell of the candy truck and the colors of the graffiti, without the angst that plagues the adults about such surroundings?  I so wish I could listen in to you at KOSU–but I don’t think I can pick up those airwaves in NW Alabama!  Just love it that you are doing this show!

  3. Trfall says

    BAN-SKY?? Are you kidding me?  BANKSY is a quick google search away if you’re really unaware of his work yet need to include him in your commentary.  

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