I don’t know what inspires people to not just graffiti bathroom walls, but actually write commands. And it’s ubiquitous — at least half of what you’ll read in any bathroom is a command of some sort. Bathroom graffiti-ers know that you’ve got nothing else to look at while you’re on the john (I mean, presumably), so it’s a good place to express an opinion. But commands? That takes an extra level of bravado.
One of the cafés where I occasionally work has graffiti ALL OVER their women’s bathroom (and, I assume, the men’s as well). For your benefit, I’ve collected the soundest pieces of advice from the young twentysomething women of Chicago.
Street artist Starchild Stela is not your run-of-the-mill graffiti enthusiast. She’s using her can of spraypaint to make feminist statements and “spread out radical cute culture.” This “Cats Against Catcalls” piece is a prime example of her aesthetic. Love. It. Check out more of her amazing art on her Facebook page. [Via The Clueless Girl]
Everyone’s favorite graffiti artist Banksy announced his month-long NYC residency on Instagram a couple days ago, and his subversive and witty take on street art has been popping up in all sorts of places from Chinatown to the West Side. Yesterday, he headed over to Brooklyn, where he added some cheeky commentary. This one’s our favorite, but click through to see the rest of his New York pieces! Keep reading »
Have you seen graffiti that’s kind of sweet (even if it is against the law)? In honor of Valentine’s Day, we’re reviving Love Vandal, in which we feature reader photos of love-inspired graffiti around the world. The next time you see a sweet message scrawled in a bathroom stall, lovers’ initials written or carved on the sidewalk or in a tree, a romantic platitude spray-painted on a highway overpass, or hearts, kisses, and the like plastered anywhere they’re not really “supposed” to be, snap a pic and post it to Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #lovevandal. In addition to being added to the Chute gallery after the jump (click on the thumbnails to see ‘em large), we’ll choose our favorites to specially feature on The Frisky. Check out some existing Love Vandals after the jump and start keeping your eye peeled… Keep reading »
When Mo Gelber took an impromptu photo of the couple being hauled off by the cops a few weeks ago, he didn’t think much of it. Then he entered the photo in a contest run by Ron Howard, and got pretty far. But! He needed the couple in the picture to sign a release allowing him to use their image in order to move forward in the rounds. He somehow got ahold of the chic, blonde girl, Alexis Creque, but Creque refuses to give up the name of her boyfriend.
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Drew met Chelsea when his band, Drew and the Medicinal Pen, came through Perth, Australia. Chelsea wasn’t supposed to be working that night, and she had just broken up with a long-term boyfriend that day, but the connection between the two was clear. After years of writing letters and swapping tapes, Chelsea moved to Brooklyn to be with Drew. And earlier this summer, Drew risked death to write a graffiti proposal to Chelsea on a billboard overlooking the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. To find out what she said, and how it all went down, you need to listen to New York Stories’ awesome radio tale. [Mary E. Harris]