A long, long, long vacation. Tons of fun from fairs to beaches and from city to city. Summertime fun with family and friends. Just a smattering of it all from New York to New Jersey. I hope you enjoy. I know I did!!
I always have fun in The City, but I especially and specifically have fun with the street art.
This week while traveling through Istanbul I ran into probably the city most packed with interesting, and beautiful in some instances, examples of street art. There also happened to be a Street Art Exhibit going on while I was there. I hope you enjoy
“Graffiti is one of the few tools you have if you have almost nothing. And even if you don’t come up with a picture to cure world poverty you can make someone smile while they’re having a piss.”
― Banksy, Banging Your Head Against a Brick Wall
“I spray the sky fast. Eyes ahead and behind. Looking for cops. Looking for anyone I don’t want to be here. Paint sails and the things that kick in my head scream from can to brick. See this, see this. See me emptied onto a wall.”
― Cath Crowley, Graffiti Moon
“Graffiti is an impulse to get recognized”
“I was here but now I’m gone
I left my name to carry on
Those who liked me
Liked me well
Those who didn’t can go to hell'”
-The bathroom wall”
―E.M. Crane,Skin Deep
“Ink to paper is thoughtful Ink to flesh, hard-core. If Shakespeare were a tattooist We’d appreciate body art more.” ― Terri Guillemets
Not a lot to say on this one. I’m as fascinated with tattoos as I am with graffiti or street art. I may one day get a tattoo.. or not.. but I love looking at them and watching others get them. Lucky for me I found out by accident that the 4th Annual Nepal Tattoo Convention was going to be in town. I might have even finally found that tattoo that I will have put on my body someplace.. or not..
Oh where to go with this one? So many places so little time. I’ve decided to play a small game of catch up and combine 2 different photo challenges from 2 different sources. Let’s begin.
UNIQUE – I loved this first photo challenge from the Daily Post on Feb 1 and Walls– from Where’s My Backpack on Jan 25. As I have reflected in a few of my past posts, I really love street art. I do understand there is a fine line between street art and destructive graffiti. I would say that there are many who only understand street art as a negligent form of graffiti and relate it only to poverty, disrespect of property and criminal activities. There is that and it cannot be denied. However, when connected to a project and when an attempt is made to include the opinions and participation a community it can turn into an amazing array of artistic expression.
Street art can be a manner and means to draw attention to a specific topic and raise awareness around political issues? It can be the start of a community based arts program that supports young minds, especially since many arts programs have been removed from schools. It can also just be an amazing means for communities or groups to express themselves.
Included in the following photos are some of my favorite walls and graffiti-like advertising signs. I hope you enjoy.
Colour is fun, colour is just plain gorgeous, a gourmet meal for the eye, the window of the soul. – Rachel Wolf
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. – Pablo Picasso
White Walls Say Nothing -This film is about empowerment through urban art & activism, and how the walls of Buenos Aires became the voice of its people. The link above was produced when the project was still trying to raise money the below video is a preview of the documentary.
As I reviewed my newest post I realized that I do have more than just one obsessive photo shot addiction..
Street Grafitti or Street Art?
I was inspired to go through all of my graf/street art pictures after reading Monkeymuesli’s blog Friday fun: art trail blog. The blog as a whole is a fun read with some very interesting photos but the art trail blog was especially interesting as I have an absolute love of street art and graffiti (even if I don’t know how to spell graffiti.. it took me 3 times, thank goodness for spellcheck.) Painted walls have been a fascination of mine for quite some time. I love the rawness of graffiti and street art and so I decided to post some of my favorites from Venezuela, New York, San Francisco, Ecuador, Chile, Colombia and I’m sure a few other places will pop up as I move through this blog. I hope you enjoy.