“A wall is a very big weapon. It’s one of the nastiest things you can hit someone with.” ~Banksy, Banging Your Head Against a Brick Wall
While surviving indoors trapped by ‘little boxes‘, we missed the little things otherwise unseen, or that we can become blinded to because our blinders are the blur of the outside as we speed past on our way to another little box. These past few months, though, while outdoors, perambulating by the power of our own legs and feet, Stephen and I have seen more beauty than inside any museum. This so-called graffiti located around the city and outskirts, tucked away in little areas that can only be reached by foot or bicycle (certainly not by any car), are more like modern heiroglyphs than the connotations conjured by the name graffiti. Graffiti implies vandalism which implies crime, but it could be that whomever painted these pieces had something more to say than a criminal act. The following photographs are just a few of the interesting, and in some cases (such as the pixel figures) mysterious, pieces we have noticed on our walkabout.
“Art is an evolutionary act. The shape of art and its role in society is constantly changing. At no point is art static. There are no rules.” ~Raymond Salvatore Harmond, BOMB: A Manifesto of Art Terrorism
“the people who run our cities dont understand graffiti because they think nothing has the right to exist unless it makes a profit…
the people who truly deface our neighborhoods are the companies that scrawl giant slogans across buildings and buses trying to make us feel inadequate unless we buy their stuff….
any advertisement in public space that gives you no choice whether you see it or not is yours, it belongs to you ,, its yours to take, rearrange and re use.Asking for permission is like asking to keep a rock someone just threw at your head..” ~Banksy
“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 ultimately wins out over proper art because it becomes part of your city, it’ s a tool; “I’ll meet you in that pub, you know, the one opposite that wall with a picture of a monkey holding a chainsaw”. I mean, how much more useful can a painting be than that?” ~Banksy, Banging Your Head Against a Brick Wall
“Imagine a city where graffiti wasn’t illegal, a city where everybody draws whatever they liked. Where every street was awash with a million colours and little phrases. Where standing at a bus stop was never boring. A city that felt like a party where everyone was invited, not just the estate agents and barons of big business. Imagine a city like that and stop leaning against the wall – it’s wet. ” ~Banksy, Wall and Piece