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Monday, November 12, 2007

Flickr photo of the Day

posted by on November 12 at 9:27 AM

Has anybody noticed this interesting new trend in graffiti? It’s been cropping up around Capitol Hill for a while now, and I wholeheartedly approve. Who’s making this stuff?


Thanks to regular Stranger Flickr pool contributor Slightlynorth for today’s photo. Check out the pool for much, much more…

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That wheatpaste is No Touching Ground.

Posted by little bird! | November 12, 2007 9:51 AM

it looks like the stuff that's covering the Bridge Motel for that Motel art show event a couple months ago...

maybe Jen Graves knows...

Posted by michael strangeways | November 12, 2007 10:18 AM

My favorite is of a dude sitting cross legged, suspended by his flesh with hooks. It's on 12th, close to the Photographic Center NW.


Posted by Erika | November 12, 2007 10:19 AM

It's kinda Banksian, no? (Banksyesque?)

Posted by chrisdiani | November 12, 2007 10:39 AM

Me too.

Posted by Amelia | November 12, 2007 10:51 AM

Yes, this is done by No Touching Ground. He did some of the amazing collection of stuff on the Bridge Motel. He also does the wildlife you see pasted all around the city. I love seeing it!

Posted by Slightlynorth | November 12, 2007 10:51 AM
Posted by BC | November 12, 2007 10:53 AM
Posted by tamara | November 12, 2007 10:58 AM

I love this stuff too. There was a little girl by my old place that I loved.

Posted by It's Mark Mitchell | November 12, 2007 11:24 AM

Sincerest form of flattery. What Banksy Hath Wrought. Now if they'll start coating the sides of those ugly condos going up all around...

Posted by andy niable | November 12, 2007 11:56 AM

'It's Mark Mitchell'
Careful, you can be arrested for that...

Posted by subwlf | November 12, 2007 11:56 AM

"This is a reminder, you know, of what would be if we weren't living here."

So, I take it that if we weren't here, moose would be parading through Georgetown? I didn't realize moose were native to the Seattle area.

I appreciate his point and his earnestness, not so much his accuracy or art appropriation.

Posted by SDA in SEA | November 12, 2007 12:06 PM

Anyone who suggests moose are native to this area doesn't deserve to live. It makes me sick that anyone even thinks it. Ever. It's a terrorist attack on all of us to lie about the locale of moose habitat. We are victims of terrorism every single day and our leaders don't know or care. This is the end of our civilization. What's left of it.

What were we talking about?

Posted by elenchos | November 12, 2007 12:23 PM

It's not even remotely Banksian. Banksy paints over with stencils. These are printed and stuck on. They're also dull and unimaginative and appear to be always the same bird, or are they flying bananas? It looks like Seattle hippies trying to coopt something they are unequipped to understand. The art of the mentally damaged, not the art of smashing preconceptions. It doesn't have anything to do with the wall it's painted on, either. Banksy always does.

Posted by Fnarf | November 12, 2007 1:02 PM

I like it too. I've seen a lot of pasted paper graffiti over the last few years in New York, Washington, Barcelona, and this is the first stuff I've seen making an impact here at home. We still got a long way to go to get the level of geniuses like Swoon or WK Interact.

By the way, what's up with Fnarf these days? He's become so relentlessly negative. Did he develop a new tolerance to his antidepressant medication, and has he replaced by the anti-Fnarf?

Posted by Gurldoggie | November 12, 2007 2:16 PM

That is, has he been replaced by the anti-Fnarf?

Posted by Gurldoggie | November 12, 2007 2:18 PM

Wheatpasting is a "new trend in graffiti"????'s been going on for *QUITE* some time...I'd say it became popularized with the whole Obey campaign (see: Shepard Fairey). But that was awhile back? I figured he's in Cali and Seattle is West Coast as well and that you guys would have this?? Hmmm....just wondering.

Posted by cunei4m | November 12, 2007 3:04 PM

All things move in cycles, Gurldoggie. Negativity is the new positivity, and I'm cresting the bottom here.

That's not true. The fact is, it's a crummy-looking thing, and I don't like crummy things. I'd love to see a Banksy emerge here but that ain't it. I'm extraordinarily positive about things that merit kudos, but I don't see many of them in this place these days.

Posted by Fnarf | November 12, 2007 3:08 PM

i likee 'cause Fnarf don't likee..

hey, anything is better than fuckin' lameass tagging shit...

Posted by michael strangeways | November 12, 2007 3:15 PM

That much is undeniable.

Posted by Fnarf | November 12, 2007 3:56 PM


Moose, in Washington, are mostly limited to the northeast corner and the northeast Cascades, but are expanding their range and numbers. A few show up occasionally near Bellingham on the west side. In the Northeast Cascades, they are found along major water courses, primarily in Okanogan County. They can be found in coniferous and hardwood, closed canopy forest near stream bottoms, lakes and other wet areas. Must also have access to clear-cuts, burns, seed tree cuts, and other openings dominated by saplings and brush. If cover is available, may be found near alpine lakes.

Posted by jack ass | November 12, 2007 4:55 PM

(OvO), Sirkullay, Chicken Head Kid and a bunch of other graffiti/sticker/whatever artists are in on this. It's really beautiful because there's got to be at least a dozen artists if not more. What was cool was to watch it grow. It's only sad because it's hiding on the back of a building where no one sees it, unless you know where to look or you catch it out of the corner of your eye; at the same time, that's what is going to keep it safe from the graffiti removers.

Posted by skeletonandkey | November 12, 2007 9:06 PM

I think Fnarf has been extraordinarily cranky as of late, but he hit the mark on this one. This is a cheap copy of something that has been done far better by others. I don't hate it, but it does remind me that we live in a provincial backwater, where the best we can do is imitate others.

Posted by rb | November 12, 2007 10:06 PM

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