Seen around Seattle.

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When things go wrong for no reason.... must be that ol' devil SNAFU

When things go wrong for no reason…. must be that ol’ devil snafu!!

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left

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middle

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right

mosquitos!  (left)

mosquitos! (left)

mosquitos (middle)

mosquitos (middle)

mosquitos  (right)

mosquitos (right)

left    (Partly painted over. Did the artist forget to not paint over the car's info numbers?)

left ….(Partly painted over. Did the artist paint over the car’s info numbers? This results in problems for the railroad, gets your work painted over and creates a lot of animosity. See 3rd photo after this. )

right   Looks like a jailbreak!

right      Looks like a jailbreak!

oh, and while we're on the subject of 'crime' - jerms would appear to be a crook 4 life

I think this is a tribute by Jerms to Crook 4 Lyfe. I think the halo means deceased. R.I.P.!

2016-07-21 17.11.31

Somebody wrote “Kill all Taggers” over this. A railroad worker, maybe? Geez!…

2016-07-18 16.11.26

MYASS!

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2016-07-18 16.10.21

“a rusting Picasso” – modern art!

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Sequence:

Sequence:  four cars

car one: troubling times

car one: troubling times

detail one

detail

detail 2

detail

on the right of car one: not exactly Picasso... something new

car one, right side
Take a gander at that! Not exactly Picasso… something new!

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car two  (left)

car two (left)

car two (right)

car two (right)

left

car three – left

middle

car three – middle

right     Space 1134

car three – right / signed “Space 1134”

car four – signed “Glare Cloud” (with a heart)

left -

left – “Leper”

right -

right – “Serup”

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subway art

“Training Days: The Subway Artists Then and Now” by Henry Chalfant and Sacha Jenkins

A must read primer on graffiti art, if you have any interest in it at all. Maybe even if you don’t. It really gets you inside the minds and motivations of the kids that put their safety – and more – on the line. First person accounts of what it was like in its heyday. Includes a glossary.

These kids were outlaws who fought to make a space and identity for themselves; sometimes (if not by definition) making wry comments on society in the doing of it.

Co-Author/Editor Henry Chalfant was one of the most important people (if not the most) to document this phenomenon with his photography.

Some of the pictures are kind of tiny. “Subway Art: 25th Anniversary Edition” by Chalfant and Martha Cooper has many of these same pictures in a big coffee table book format.

Another book I’ve seen that I like is “Freight Train Graffiti”. It’s impossible to look at these pictures for any length of time and not improve your own handwriting… These people are heroes to me. Delve beneath the surface to see the beauty, if it’s not in fact obvious to you at first. The level of courage and dedication is high…

What do I like about the graffiti in this book? I like the way it was done with a certain code; working within artistic strictures. There’s some amazing artists. I’ve seen enough on the streets and freight cars of Seattle to appreciate this.

A lot of it was done just to get one’s name up in the public eye. But it couldn’t necessarily be legible. Artistic, yes – but often legible only to the few or the knowledgeable.

Also, to be legitimate, many writers felt that you had to steal the paint. And there was so much more of a technical aspect to it than you might think.

I’m not looking to make any converts. But I think you’ll have to read and digest this book if you want to know the ‘ifs’ and ‘whats’ of the social and artistic impact this movement had.

the book

the book “Freight Train Graffiti”