The debate about whether graffiti is art or vice-versa is a bit tedious, if you don’t mind us saying so. There are certainly instances where some young wastrel’s poorly scrawled tag amounts to little more than a dog lifting his leg on a hydrant. That said, the hideous paint-roller cover-up jobs (usually in brown or Navajo white) perpetrated by anti-graffiti gangs are often atrocities unto themselves.

The images in this slideshow–crude spray paint stencils all–may fall far short of the artistry displayed by someone like, say, Banksy, but they have an intelligent charm of their own. Ralph Waldo Emerson, Spy vs. Spy, Joan Crawford, “El Cuchillo,” John McCain–we found them mostly on sidewalks and cement walls on the Colorado College campus, probably created by some co-ed scamps or bookish local vandals for the understated thrill of it.

Here’s a little shoegazing 8track for the occasion!


2 Responses to Street Level Pseudo-Subliminal Programming or Manifest Destiny?

  1. Mary Ellen says:

    FUN & funny. Thanks for bothering to record these.

  2. Lonnie says:

    Wow, it doesn’t take genius to see where you fall on this topic! Perhaps a little bit more understanding of the other side is needed? I mean, those who see graffiti as just plain vandalism and as an eye-sore have a perfectly legitimate ground to complain.


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