Part of the fun of this website, aside from all the photography, is the design aspect of it. We wanted a cool looking logo that gave a sense of the pizzazz and loudness of graffiti, while also acknowledging the shadowy people behind the creation as well as the city of origin: Santa Fe, New Mexico. Some of the graffiti artists who do this are taking huge risks in those cases where the “art” has NOT been approved or commissioned. What? Do they wear infrared goggles in order not to be seen at night? Maybe.
And look, I’m not praising all graffiti. It has been with us for thousands of years, literally. But, it is evolving into an art form. And it’s a ball to go out and photograph it and sometimes be able to talk with the Taggers or Artists.
This man with the painted face caught me off guard. It didn’t take but two seconds for me to LOVE it! I was envious in fact. Face graffiti, what a wonderful idea. And what an old one too.
I also liked the enormous drips on the side of this building. It’s so simple, but it’s one of my favorites and maybe that’s why. The “blue bird” graphic had to have been recent. The paint was shiny and vibrant. This is a LARGE graffiti/mural from the Albuquerque, NM area.
The cross is definitely part of a series that I have seen and photographed in other places. The concept is always the same: repeat of a basic module and then color it. I think they’re lovely. I still think that religion has a place in our lives and it’s not to be laughed at. You may not know this, but we’re all going to die someday, and religion can do a lot—not just to comfort us—but to reconcile us to that fact of life. I can promise you that the guy with the painted face knows about those kinds of connections. I don’t remember what country he was from, but he was not from the United States.OK, sermon over.
Am still trying to “figure out” just how they do this. I’ve gotten some insight from my internet research and from watching some of this while it’s in progress.
Some of these are pasted into position, almost like wallpaper, except that you can’t see that up close. So I never know which is which.
The trend I seem to be witnessing is: businesses and the owners of these buildings embracing the idea of graffiti as art and in this case, a mural. Some of these creations are too elaborate to have been anything else. Well, that’s my two cents worth. I’ll keep prowling streets and byways of New Mexico USA.
When you walk around with camera as much as I do, you start to recognize styles. I’ve seen these artists’ work elsewhere. But they don’t sign their work, so I can’t say for sure. It’s no mystery as to why they don’t sign their real names. I suppose they could be fined for “defacing” public property. Some of them use a “handle” instead. It’s often in the form of a “chop”, small, contained and easy to stencil into place.
The columns on the building where this Yellow Bull appeared, keep changing “style” every several months or so. I never see quite the same paintings on them. They are clearly decorated with the approval of the museum, whose entrance is to the right. The stampeding bull on the ground, how that happened, I have no idea. It seems to “go” with the rest, but in this State of New Mexico, you never know. This is the home of some of the world’s most amazing petroglyphs. So wall paintings, wall scratchings, or wall adornments of any variety are just part of the ancient zeitgeist of this place. And they are not only tolerated, they are expected!
And then of course there’s Frida, an enormous mural from the art museum in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She was gorgeous in the bright sunshine.
Sometimes I find the same image, well pretty much the same, in different places. I guess someone has something on their mind! This is one of the typographical designs that I was talking about on the home page. I’ve even seen this painted on a large rock. Sort of a metaphysical question, isn’t it? This was found in one of the small alleyways in the old town. I would think that it’s pretty easy to paint on a wall like this because it’s so secluded. And sure enough, these alleyways are often a treasure-trove of graffiti. I’ll be there.
But the owners of these buildings let it stay for a month or so, then it gets painted over. Give it a few weeks, and a new one will appear. Kind of like crop circles!
When do these people do this? Do they show up at night or what? Maybe they do it in segments. I saw some graffiti in Sicily that was so elaborate, that I wondered if it had been commissioned. Who knows? Maybe this was too. I’ve seen this style and very similar face in many other locations.