July 19, 2004

Greepoint Graffiti

POST #    1163

So am I making more use of my bike? Quite possibly. This Saturday, I took my bike and ventured North of my apartment to do some exploring. Admittedly, I didn't really look at too much of the area, but I saw some pretty cool things while I was out. In the process of taking the last photo in this entry, a man approached and asked me to take his picture and wondered if I could mail it to him. Of course, I was thinking, maybe I can e-mail it to him, but he had never heard of e-mail. He had also never heard of a fax until recently. We chatted for a few minutes before parting ways, but it's somewhat of a shock, you know? I'm thrilled that I finally got my Internet connection, but this man doesn't even know what e-mail is. (Yeah, I know this happens all over the world - I'm not that sheltered.) Anyway, Keith, your print is in the mail, hopefully you like it.

So all of these photos are of "graffiti", the former scourge of society, but I would consider a lot of this graffiti art and no longer something to be painted over. Perhaps, that's why the building owners where these were taken didn't paint them over either. This isn't the work of some punk who just takes some spray paint to a wall, but something that should be preserved. At least in photos anyway.

See also, Rion's photos of Greenpoint graffiti.

Posted by tien mao in NYC, Photos at 9:05 AM

 

 

Very beautiful pictures. Even better artwork

Posted by: Sam at July 19, 2004 11:24 AM

I agree, the pictures are great. This is truly living art unlike the dead stuff we see soaked in alcohol and stuck on pins in our museums. These people are into art because they wish to pursue beauty not because they care about the price tag attatched to it or to impress their friends with the names anonymous dead guys.

These artists take great risks to bring beauty to the world and I applaud their courage and their skill.

Posted by: Fred Ollinger at July 22, 2004 9:49 AM

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