Across trains and bridges, rooftops and billboards, the graff writer purges his pent-up emotions. His tragic losses unravel in streams and clouds of colorful paint. The nozzle becomes a vehicle for his catharsis, and he might as well be cutting for the paint is a synthetic blood. All across America, he cries out in wild […]
A Beautiful Collection of Graffiti Pictures
Several years ago, I photographed a lot of graffiti. I like to think of it as an act of listening. The writer Brenda Ueland said it's the only way to really love someone. And, graffiti artists need and want to be heard.
So, for a few years I documented their work and listened to what the graff writers and artists in my community had to say. I learned a lot from all that listening and a lot of graff writers wrote to me. They wrote to me more than anybody else ever has. Among the subjects I photographed were:
- Street and guerrilla art
- Sticker bombs
- Wheat pastes
- Cellophane graffiti
I hope you enjoy these posts. What do you hear? By the way, the cellophane graffiti was my favorite. First and last time I ever saw it was in the park that day.
Also, the more I listened, the more I heard. Everywhere I went for a two years, I saw nothing but this special form of street art. When I stopped listening, I stopped seeing it.
Masahiro Yamada is a Japanese sociologist (born in 1957), who coined the term Parasite Singles. It refers to people who mooch off their parents after the age of 20 and basically live a life free from responsibility and obligation. The artist Milline Low has extended the phrase to an entire generation. She features the parasitic […]
Oklahoma City Rush Hour: Trucks, Cars, Buses, Trains | Near the Oklahoma State Capitol
I was stopped at a train and saw this awful thing go by. I was just sitting there and decided to take pictures of the graffiti whizzing by. Meanwhile, two Black teenagers walked up. I liked the boy’s hot pink backpack and clicked a few pictures of him and the girl with my iPhone. They […]
I first spotted Turbeau’s sticker art in September. It was on a mailbox at the post office on NW 16th Street east of Portland Avenue. I posted a picture of the Radish on Instagram. Benny Jacobs responded, “Turbeau?” Later, Turbeau confirmed it was his (her?) work. Here is a screenshot of the exchange. You can […]
Graffiti Wednesday There’s a beautiful new wheat paste installation on the side of Raylyn Taylor Salon in Oklahoma City’s Automobile Alley. It’s by the artist Sam Douglas who I wrote about in May. He’s the guy who did the wheat paste on the Waste Management dumpster in the Paseo Arts District. You should click that […]
He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him. I saw this green smiley face on the old Osler Building in Oklahoma City’s Midtown District last night. For the most part, I’ve stopped photographing graffiti. My interest waned and my camera’s on the blink, […]