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Thursday, May 15, 2008

71st St Vs. Argentina: Graffiti Wars

posted by on May 15 at 14:56 PM

This is what passes for wall art just down my street:

(“I just wanted the rush of putting something on this wall … Coincidentally, I didn’t get a rush - - - ain’t that a bitch”)

And this stop-motion video shows the wall art they get in Buenos Aires:

(Hat tip to Penny Arcade for the video link.)

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Now that's wall art!

Posted by inkweary | May 15, 2008 3:03 PM

Can we post the home addresses of Stranger staffers so we can tag them?

After all, it's art ...

Posted by Will in Seattle | May 15, 2008 3:05 PM

that was amazing!

Posted by jim | May 15, 2008 3:16 PM

The artist must have destroyed half the remaining ozone layer with all that spraypaint

Posted by Just Sayin' | May 15, 2008 3:17 PM

Or you could go to a free wall and see some really nice street art. Of course the art on the streets here isn't as elaborate because people can't spend a great deal of time on it. The second the spray can comes out they'd probably be busted.

Posted by lunge | May 15, 2008 3:17 PM

fuck your graffiti.

Posted by j-zeezer | May 15, 2008 3:17 PM

First one's better.

Posted by Arniold Palmer | May 15, 2008 3:28 PM

First one's better.

Posted by Arnold Palmer | May 15, 2008 3:28 PM

heyyy - I posted the same Buenos Aires video yesterday

Posted by KELLY O | May 15, 2008 3:29 PM

Stop it, Will. You're embarrassing yourself.

Posted by Jonah S | May 15, 2008 3:31 PM

Sorry Kelly; I even sent it along to someone else at The Stranger before posting it, and he didn't flag it as a repost, either. Hat tip to YOU!

Posted by Sam M. | May 15, 2008 3:55 PM

That's actually way above average for a Seattle tagger. We have the lowest-wattage graffiti artists in the world.

Posted by Fnarf | May 15, 2008 3:55 PM

not to worry - that video's so nice, we posted it twice!

Posted by KELLY O | May 15, 2008 3:59 PM

Sadly, I have to say that @12 wins, which is why I posted @2.

Posted by Will in Seattle | May 15, 2008 4:07 PM

Seattle taggers are the lowest scum of the earth. Bastards, the whole lot of them. I would love to catch one of those guys some day and beat the living shit out of them

Posted by TCO | May 15, 2008 4:10 PM

the only place they seem to have the time to do good work is on the express lanes on sunday night.

otherwise, if they tried that buenos aires stuff, in broad daylight, they wouldn't get the first 10 seconds of animation done.

Posted by max solomon | May 15, 2008 4:27 PM

No, @14 - because what you say makes no sense.

Posted by Liston | May 15, 2008 4:32 PM

--in the comment, in the comment. The comment makes no sense.

Posted by Liston | May 15, 2008 4:36 PM

Anybody who has been to any non-sterile urban environment knows how glorious graffiti can be. There are stencils in Barcelona that would blow your mind; tags in Tokyo that would take your breath away; murals in Mexico City that would make you cry. Graffiti doesn't flourish in Seattle because of the abundant idiots who equate cleanliness with culture. Writers here have little chance to hone their skills when know-nothings like Will call the authorities at the first sign of art outside the lines.

However, I'm heartened by the amount of graf I'm seeing recently. Tags and cool images seem to be popping up (and sticking!) in Seattle for the first time in recent memory, and it bodes well for a colorful future.

Posted by Gurldoggie | May 15, 2008 4:41 PM

how is it a coincidence?

Posted by Bellevue Ave | May 15, 2008 4:41 PM

@18 - he who lives by the atrocious "art" that passes for Graffiti here in Seattle, "dyes" by the "tag".

It's called comeuppance.

Or payback.

You choose.

Posted by Will in Seattle | May 15, 2008 5:04 PM

i have seen a few of FNARF'S tags on walls in local bars, they look remarkably similar to the tag in this post; he's right very low wattage indeed.

Posted by misspennycandy | May 15, 2008 5:11 PM

The only thing I ever write on barroom toilet walls is "this gum tastes terrible" on the condom machines, or "I'll wash my own goddamn hands, you bastards" on the "employees must wash hands" sign.

Posted by Fnarf | May 15, 2008 5:37 PM

Cool video and all, but would you let a tagger do that on your building? What if somebody did it without your knowledge or permission? Still okay with that?

Posted by Greg | May 15, 2008 6:07 PM

Problem is that this is not an example of wall art, but rather video art. in the end you have a wall and sidewalk with white paint sploches.

Posted by afsaf | May 15, 2008 6:40 PM

Penny Arcade, Wii, Penny Arcade, Wii, my girlfriend really likes Viva Pinata, Penny Arcade, Wii.

Posted by Mr. Poe | May 15, 2008 8:58 PM


I noticed that. T_T

Posted by tabletop_joe | May 16, 2008 12:20 AM

He should stick to music. He's really a sub-par gamer.

Posted by Mr. Poe | May 16, 2008 9:06 AM

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