My blog friend Jen has been posting on Wednesdays about graffiti that she finds in and around Oklahoma City. She has spent a considerable amount of time learning all about the subject. She has become quite passionate about the subject and I love reading about her trespassing and running down trains in order to document good examples of graffiti.
When she started posting about graffiti I was a little apprehensive. To me a lot of it is vandalism with paint as opposed to an art form. Although I have to admit many of the practitioners have talent and I wonder why they haven't been more productive with their talent.
(This isn't graffiti, it's a commissioned mural.)
With Jen one gets insight, summaries of research, access to deep thinking, insights, and great photography. Me, you just get snapshots, and a link to Jen!
Above is the worst possible graffiti. On a rock face on my beloved Turkey Mountain in Tulsa. Ughh.
I ventured to the Elm Creek Tunnel discharge into the Arkansas River. I had two purposes. One was to check out the graffiti, the other was to find a geocache hidden there. I find some graffiti, I have yet to find the geocache.
Lets just say that the most of the talent of the graffiti artists here is still rather undeveloped.
They are pretty good sloganeers though. I bet you didn't know sloganeers was a word. Try it on Words With Friends if you get a chance. Let me know how it works for you.
I'll have to do some more research to find the vivid examples that my friend Jen finds.
I like this sentiment, but the art needs a little work.
Tulsa's storm drain system also fascinates me apparently we have a very extensive drainage system that attracts urban explorers from all over. Below is a video of a party that was thrown about a half mile into the tunnel in 2010. Personally, I think those attending the party are nuts. Attending the party in ankle deep water in the dark?
So, I'll be on the lookout for a lot better examples of graffiti. My dream of unifying graffiti blogging and geocaching is getting off to a rough start.