day 86 - i heart graffiti

I have a passion for graffiti. Photographing it, not creating it. Downtown Guelph has a lot of it and it's usually a mixed bag. Sometimes there's a lot of good stuff, other times it's a bit weak. Some times you can find lots of it and other times there's very little because it's been painted over by the city.

Each of the artists bring their own little flavour. There are the rebels.



Word, brother.

There are the romantics.



Awwww. I'm more of a flower girl, but this works too. And big points as he used you're. Ding, ding, ding. Not so easy for some people.

When looking for graffiti in Guelph you don't have to go too far. Today we walked from Goldie's Mill along the river, past the Matrix building to the courthouse and there was a pile of graffiti. But the mother lode of graffiti can be found at the bus station.



I'd heed the ominous "Abandon hope all ye who enter here" warning and please god, if you are going here don't go alone and do not go at night. There were a couple of sketchy individuals hanging out in the tunnel today. They didn't bother us but I am really glad we were in a group.



Make no mistake. We may be small but we're mighty and the one on the right swears like a pirate.

Here are some other randoms from today:






So overall it was a good day. Damn cold, but a fun day. Thank you my friends. It was nice to get out.

(Today I'm linking up with Monday Rewind and Mikayla's Photo Challenge. You should check out Mikayla's blog. She's 15 and absolutely brilliant. I could only dream of taking a self portrait this fabulous.)

Comments

Rachelle said…
I used to have a big book of graffiti art photographed by some "rebel" street artist and published. It was interesting to devour the culture behind the art. I think my brother - who is an amazing artist on paper and computer - stole the book to "bite" the styles within. Lovely photo walk!
These are all so cool!
Trish ~ ♥ ~ said…
graffiti is always so interesting, "everytime I make my mark on the wall, someone paints over it."
Checco said…
WOW, your new camera takes GREAT PICTURES! : ) The coolest part about graffiti is that it is always changing. Nice pics Jen.
Courtney said…
You would be in graffiti heaven where I live. We have a whole boardwalk covered in graffiti. I agree, it's super fun to see!!
These are very cool shots!!!
Dorian Susan said…
I love this post. I like shooting graffiti too-but there's not too much of it around here in Maine. We got trees and ocean-not bitchin'.
I like that first shot the best.
Thank you for linking up- So good to have you! I really love that second graffiti shot & the cafe is awesome!
Cedar said…
Great photos! I'd never think to photograph graffiti--not sure how much I could find. Fun!
Serline said…
I love the raw passion and energy that characterize most graffiti art. And the hint of danger and excitement every now and then...
L. said…
Your photos are amazing! (And the commentary isn't bad, either!) :D
Nicole said…
Great shots! Wonderful art.
snapshots2011 said…
I've said on numerous occasions that I love graffiti! There's something to be said for that form of art :)
And I too double checked to make sure the "you're" was used properly-- two points for us!
Mikayla said…
Really creative, I really love the macro shots as well.
Oferal Rever said…
We've long been inspired by urban art and have finally created a collection that pays homage to this secret addiction of ours!