SW 29th east of Western Avenue Woof. Woof. I’m positive his name is Vicious. I am having too much fun with photography, friends. I am working on my first card collection not to mention the somewhat fledgling Oklahoma Color Project and This Oklahoma Life. Also, Graffiti Wednesdays. Woohoo! Last Friday, I landed within two feet of a moving […]
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.
Dear Mom, I thought it was time I come clean and confess to you the three illegal activities I’ve engaged in during my lifetime. 1) In 1987, I accompanied friends on a quest to remove a handicap parking sign from Bethany First Church of the Nazarene. We propped it against the car of a college […]
For the second time since I began photographing graffiti in Oklahoma, someone mentioned that I needed to checkout this alley off Broadway in Oklahoma City where the owner of an old brick warehouse provides freelance graffitists a canvas to practice their art. I’ve only visited it one time, but I assume the artwork is painted over with new graffiti on a regular […]
“…When you sing before him don’t you worry, you’ll be good enough.” –Kevin Costner on Whitney Houston singing before God I watched Whitney Houston’s funeral off and on yesterday, and like all of the TV journalists commentating, I was very taken with how homegrown it was. It was very inspiring, especially Costner’s eulogy along with […]
Back in 2009, I wrote a blog post about my so-called muse and how it was leading me to lost art. Crazy, I know, but at the time, I’d found seven noteworthy pieces of art in six years. All at garage sales or junk stores. The se days, my muse is working overtime, because I’ve […]
Will everything be ok? I came across this graffiti in Oklahoma City’s Paseo Arts District recently. It’s a graffiti stencil of a little boy laughing and across several buildings the message, “Everything will be OK.” Is this guerrilla art? Graffiti? I think it’s both!