City Paint 8 – 7th West and Genesee

This is probably more “typical” of what comes to mind when we think of graffiti in the neighborhoods of a city.  I took these photos in the Glendale area of Salt Lake City…an older part of town that is home to many Hispanic and Tongan families.  This is also an area that has its share of difficulties with gang activity….

These last two shots contain messages from the building next door….

16 responses

  1. I can just imagine how annoying graffiti might be and yet there’s still a touch of artistry and sheer exuberance that I enjoy. Well, mostly the sort of stuff like the first two shots. Then it sort of goes downhill from there. Enjoy the weekend!

    May 5, 2012 at 8:31 am

    • Yes, Gunta, kind of went downhill after the first two…was hoping to be able to decipher the words for all of them, but didn’t get past “Devil” for the first one. This building seemed to be “allowed” to be painted. I had to reach the camera over the wall blindly and take some shots and then look at what I found on the other side to know that there was more over there. There were no tags on any of the other nearby buildings (except the one right next door that asked for it) or up and down the street, so I don’t think this was just random tagging. Anyway…hope you have a nice weekend, too. 🙂

      May 5, 2012 at 10:30 pm

  2. Nicely documented Scott. Are these gang tags? I know little of that world These look like I should be able to read them but I can’t. Is it a language only those that need to know have access to?

    May 5, 2012 at 9:11 am

    • Thank you, Chillbrook. I have to say that I honestly don’t know if these are gang-related or not…they “appear” to have a cryptic something going on with them, so maybe they are, but that’s just guessing.

      May 5, 2012 at 10:32 pm

  3. Some very interesting shots, Scott. I like the last two in particular.

    May 5, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    • Thank you, Melanie…and yes, the last two are quite interesting…almost an invitation. 🙂

      May 5, 2012 at 10:33 pm

  4. I think a sign saying “No Paint On This Building” would be just about the same as saying I dare you to paint this building. Nice paint job though!

    May 5, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    • I agree, Allen…like they’re asking for it. 🙂

      May 5, 2012 at 10:34 pm

  5. victoriaaphotography

    Having spent a lot of time photographing street art and graffiti over the last year, I have gained a certain amount of liking for the better artists. Particularly the ones who have permission from the building owners.

    What I dislike is seeing & photographing a really stunning piece of art and the following week find it defaced with ugly scribble. Looks like Salt Lake City has as much Street art /Graffiti as we have here in Melbourne, Austr.

    May 5, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    • Yes, Victoria, it’s nice watching the “legal walls” come together as murals unfold…watching the artistry develop and then admiring the finished work. I haven’t seen anything defaced yet, but that would be sad.

      I’ve only got a few more posts for the City Paint series…can’t seem to find anything more. I’ve asked the folks in the “Tucked-Away Alley-Way” alley, and they don’t have any idea, either. I’ll just keep looking…driving the city and hoping to find some.

      I’d be interested to see some of your artists from Melbourne if their work is something you’d like to share with us.

      May 5, 2012 at 10:43 pm

  6. That last one is funny. It is funny, not haha funny, to see areas where there are new immigrants, catching on to certain aspects of the culture they are assimilating too, if that makes any sense. Graffiti, I would have thought, is a very western thing, yet there area, or where they live is covered in it. I have never really understood the need to leave your mark every where, but maybe I am not trying to be noticed that way. Interesting.
    I think I would be too scared to go and photograph in an area like that.

    May 6, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    • Yes, Leanne, it’s kind of funny, curiuos, interesting. I don’t understand the tagging thing either…and it was a nice and quiet Saturday morning…bright sun and old ladies out working in their yards…didn’t feel too threatened. 🙂

      May 6, 2012 at 9:17 pm

  7. elmediat

    The graffiti art is very eye catching and the uninspired tagging is eye distressing. You did a very good job of documenting both. The sequence shows the continuum of the the art form/social-expression media. Well done. 🙂

    May 6, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    • I happened to have found them both at the same place, Elmediat…same building and outside wall around it. I think this might speak more to the skill of the people with the spray-cans.

      May 6, 2012 at 9:21 pm

  8. yeah! great!

    May 19, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    • Thank you, Rikszto…I’m glad you like the art. 🙂

      May 19, 2012 at 2:18 pm

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