Paint It, Unblack
As I travel this series of tubes we call the internet, I’m not always sure how I get where I sometimes end up (and no, it’s not always porn). Today I’ve landed on this site called Inhabitat.com, namely, this page: It’s about reverse graffiti in San Francisco, where graf artists take eco products to clean city buildup like, dirt, smog, exhaust, etc. from city walls and turn the newly, strategically cleaned walls into artful, natural depictions.
I may not be hood or street, I can be nerdy and I don’t even listen to most rap these days, but I will always be hip-hop. No matter what I listen to or do, I will always be the kid from Jersey who remembers the first time I heard ‘Rapper’s Delight’ and Run-DMC, I’ve had most of the “must have” hip hop hair-do’s, good and really bad, from super hightop to bald, lines, words and pics carved in and we’ve all seen the dreads. I’ve been screamed at by my mom about how I’m gonna break my neck from doing headspins, I still wistfully think about my first pair of shelltoes and my suede Pumas, I’m not a half bad DJ (I was once a professional) and regardless of public opinion, I find graffiti to truly be art; but this reverse graffiti is something higher, it is more substantial. It kinda hits you unexpectedly with the message it carries. Graffiti in it’s most basic form is a scream from the nameless and a way to claim a canvas you don’t, you can’t own, but Reverse Graffiti is a scream from the planet pointing out the canvas it didn’t ask for. The buildup that isn’t cleaned up against the washed out image of trees and foliage that could be there, adds such an exclamation it simply can’t be ignored and it all just yells “Wake the Fuck Up!” So I’m all for it…until some asshole spray paints his name over it.
Many more pictures at the actual reference site (I figure they should get the credit they deserve for actually, you know, posting the article that I’ve tacked my opinion onto. http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/06/18/reverse-graffiti-san-francisco/ Thanks Inhabitat, you eco friendly sunzabritches!