One of the unexpected benefits of my interest in graffiti – photographing it and seeking to understand it as an art form – is how well received my posts have been among graffiti artists and train writers. I’ve only written about graffiti 33 times on this site, but I now receive more email about these posts than I do about all other subjects combined. In the last 24 hours, graffiti searches have led more people to my site than the search term, “Generation X.”
Recently, a graffiti artist in Oklahoma City reached out to me on Facebook and shared with me links to some of his work. This is the first graffiti of Christ I have come across locally.
Graffiti Stencil of Jesus: It is finished.
The artist has a Facebook page, Fame Tetelestai. That second word is Greek and it means “It is finished.” Those are the last words Jesus spoke before he died.
The artist uses graffiti as a tool in ministry. He uses methods based on folk art to spread the message of salvation. Most of his graffiti appears in south Oklahoma City.
I’ll be sharing more of this graffiti artist’s work in the near future! He’s a wonderful young man and I really like his stencil of Christ. Meanwhile, check out Tulsa blogger Yogi’s latest Graffiti Wednesday post, Graffiti Permission Zone Revisited.