Thursday, September 17, 2009

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All this talk of Graffiti...

... is making me want to sketch out some ideas.

First I did "Peace," then I got into making things out of the letters in a more literal way - which led to this:

Then I got even more into forming the letters into things, and got this:

This is fun. I may feel the need to make an alphabet.

In Honor of Healthcare Reform...

This one is actually framed on the wall of a waiting room of a doctor's office. That's how far we've gone into the land of not-healthcare. So here's to all you folks out there filling out your various forms (or sitting there on hold to your provider) and hoping it will be worth the effort...

Graffiti IS art, when it's done well.

This is a really nice video in which the artist explains what he's doing - and it's got good music, too (try to ignore the "subscribe" thingies that pop up).

I've always been fascinated by graffiti and street art, maybe because I grew up in the SF Bay Area where you see a lot of tags and murals (especially in places like the Mission in SF). I notice that kids' eyes light up whenever they see art on a wall also.

In college I spraypainted the basement of my dorm. I did not do a respectable job in terms of art or lettering, and watching this guy reminds me of the fumes -- which were not good.

But check out the way he layers the lines and shapes, and how he visualizes what he's going to do before he does it. It's really neat.

And, this is super cool too - a Taxonomy of characters used in graffiti in Paris. Click on a word, then click on the red character to see examples of it on the street. 

Good graffiti is definitely art, bad graffiti is, well, bad art. Tags with no care or creativity get on my nerves. And irresponsible painting of things that should not be painted stinks, too. It's hard to separate the graffiti form from its roots of course, and I'm not sure that's what's desirable. But it would be nice to hit a middle path where the art can be developed and appreciated minus the class and culture baggage. Yeah, I'll get right on that. Sigh.

Funny Cartoons: The Shankapotomus Hippo

All hail a the discovery of the Shankapotomus. That's right a golfing hippo who's inspiration came from the term "Shank", (which in golf refers to a shot that comes off the club and immediately takes off right if your right handed. Much worse than a slice which just fades of to the right if your right handed), and of course the Etrade baby who uses the term Shankapotomus in possibly one of the funniest commercials I have ever seen.

Here is a clip from the movie "Tin Cup" which illustrates what one might feel like after shanking a golf ball.
(Funny movie)

Here is our boy on a t-shirt with the appropriate text:

Then of course who can forget this clip:

Our boy on a Mug, also with the appropriate text:

That's all for now, enjoy and have a great day.

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