Monday, April 1, 2019

Bangkok Graffiti

When I was a kid, I couldn't decide on a favorite color. When people asked, I'd say, "Rainbow." Part of that is probably a deep-seated issue with commitment, but I also just really love color. When we'd drive around, one of my favorite things to do was look at colorful graffiti. The majority of it was crappy little tags, and misspelled profanities. Who knew four letter words could be so difficult? Every once in a while, there'd be a really great graffiti piece to make all the rest worthwhile.

I don't pretend to have any actual knowledge of graffiti, because I'm too busy pretending to know about street art. I have a completely uninformed interest in both, primarily based on the fact that they are often colorful, and I really love color (see above). I know there is a difference between graffiti and street art, but if you asked me to explain it, I'd be lost. I also don't know the terminology, or the writers/artists. I am a fraud.

Nonetheless, it turns out that I can still pick out the good stuff. Bella and I went for a walk along the canal today to see if there was any new paint. Boy, howdy. A famous (infamous?) graffiti writer/artist from Brooklyn is currently showing some of his works in a gallery exhibition in Bangkok. I guess he and his also-famous buds had some time and paint, because they left an awesome back to back piece along the canal wall. I wasn't able to capture the full effect, and I also missed an entire panel on one end, but here it is!

"Got the Urge," by UFO907, CHIP7, and the MAYHEM crew:


I couldn't have written this post without the guys' clear signature tags that my ignorant enthusiast eyeballs were able to decipher; Google, for telling me how big of a deal they are; Bangkok's big, ugly walls that are ripe for painting; and the graffiti writers/artists who turn ugly into rainbow. Thanks, everybody!