Squirl's Nest

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Grafitti and stuff

Ichabod and I took a walk a week or so ago. We walked around an area that wasn't terribly populated. There was some interesting grafitti there.

I really liked this one.

Here's the closeup.

Here was some more on the same building.

Here was an abandoned thermometer.

This was a painted over sign on a building. It reminds me of something from the Beatles Yellow Submarine.

I had to take this picture. Acme always makes me think of Wile E Coyote.

Then, a week ago Friday, we walked over to the west side and I got some pictures of a scrapyard.

Too hot to go for a walk today. Maybe I'm a Michigan wuss, but 94 degrees is a bit warm for me to exercise outside. :)


Blogger eclectic said...

Coooooooool!!! You find the best stuff to photograph!! There really is a lot to learn about sociology in studying graffiti sometimes, isn't there? Hope you get out of your heatwave soon!

Sun Jul 16, 07:14:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Thanks! Yes, there are some really interesting themes in this "artwork". And I think it's supposed to be in the 80s this week.

Sun Jul 16, 07:17:00 PM  
Blogger Mr. Bloggerific Himself said...

TV does not lie, now take that back!

Sun Jul 16, 08:49:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Mr B, where's your grafitti stating that sports = evil?

Sun Jul 16, 08:52:00 PM  
Blogger Mr. Bloggerific Himself said...

It's in my mind where all of my other good grafitti theories are, just floating around on clouds of cotton candy.

It's right next to the one that blinks that says:

Mondays+Work=Great Suckage

Mon Jul 17, 07:17:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Mr B, I think that one works superbly.

Mon Jul 17, 08:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Danielle said...

The angel and the TV lies were interesting. Some of the other faces and letters looked artsy too. Of course, I can never quite get over how destructive graffiti is. Or at least how expensive it is to remove it. But the artist in me does appreciate the talent the artists who do it must possess.

And if you are an MI wuss, than I am a MN wuss, because I think it is far too hot to go walking outside.

Mon Jul 17, 09:13:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Danielle, I know what you mean about the destructive part of grafitti. In the case of buildings that are practically deserted and in a little-used part of town, they do add an artistic touch. I like the artwork kind of grafitti, not the ones that are just the swear words.

I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks it's too hot. ;)

Mon Jul 17, 09:34:00 AM  
Blogger LadyBug said...

Acme makes me think of the old Looney Tunes cartoons, too! We have an Acme Brick here in Texas, and I always chuckle when I see one of their trucks.

Mon Jul 17, 10:18:00 AM  
Blogger Courtney said...

Okay, I have to say, I LOVE the angel! I think it's the only angel I'v ever liked. :/

Mon Jul 17, 12:09:00 PM  
Blogger Von Krankipantzen said...

I love the graffiti. It has a message. I like that.

Mon Jul 17, 01:20:00 PM  
Blogger Mr. Bloggerific Himself said...

Unfortunately we still have great suckage on this end. Anyone, anyone? Beuhler?

Mon Jul 17, 02:12:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Ladybug, I'm glad I'm not the only one. Again, another thing we have in common.

Courtney, I'm not always big on angels either. But this one really intrigued me.

Kranki, it really does have a message. It's not just a bunch of swear words that somebody scrawled. It is art, darn it. :)

Mr B, I hope the suckage is done for you for today.

Mon Jul 17, 08:41:00 PM  
Blogger tshsmom said...

It's amazing what some people can do with a can of spray paint. Too bad they're wasting their talent.

Danielle, I'm a MN wuss too. It's definitely too damned hot!!

Mon Jul 17, 10:52:00 PM  
Blogger Bucky Four-Eyes said...

The abandoned thermometer - I sure hope it wasn't the rectal kind.

And "Truth sits on the lips of dead men" reminds me of that part in Clerks where the dude is talkin' about his friend who died trying to give himself a blow job. "That's how they found him...balls restin' on his lips."

Tue Jul 18, 12:24:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

tshsmom, there really is a lot of talent in some of that grafitti. Too bad they can't do approved murals.

Bucky, if that's a rectal thermometer then I don't wanna know who could actually use it.

For some reason, I don't think that line was supposed to conjure that kind of image. leave it to my twisted little sister...

Tue Jul 18, 08:36:00 AM  
Blogger Bone Machine said...

There are few things in life more sad than an abandoned thermometer.

But that's some kick ass paintin' and such.

Tue Jul 18, 08:56:00 AM  
Blogger hellokittn said...

I'm a heat wuss too sweetie. Great pics!

I hope to see you tomorrow if this stomach thing goes away.

Tue Jul 18, 01:44:00 PM  
Anonymous wordgirl said...

Those are great pictures. New reader here. Come by and visit.

Tue Jul 18, 04:37:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Bone, isn't it just the saddest thing? I was hopin' you'd like the art work.

Kittn, thanks! I hope you're feeling better already. Looking forward to seeing you.

Wordgirl, welcome! Thank you. And I will definitely stop by.

Tue Jul 18, 07:43:00 PM  
Blogger greatwhitebear said...

You have such a terrific eye! I always love your pics!

Tue Jul 18, 09:44:00 PM  
Blogger Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

That was some unique and forceful art you photographed. I agree; today it has been too hot to go for a walk. It is too hot to go anywhere. Unfortunately, I went to a town called Shelbyville and was very hot.

Tue Jul 18, 10:09:00 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

I loved the angel. The cloud over the Acme building looks almost cartoony! Love it. We have some really good grafitti here in Seattle along the industrial section. Some of these people are VERY talented.

Tue Jul 18, 11:49:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Thanks, GWB, I really appreciate that.

Nick, some very interesting viewpoints in this artwork. I do think we're about to get some cooler weather by this weekend.

Jim, that angel is unique. I know you're busy, but that would be cool if you could get some shots of the grafitti in your area. I'd love to see it.

Wed Jul 19, 09:13:00 AM  
Blogger Nina said...

I love the graffiti ~ to me they are just like petroglyphs because they tell a story. Thanks for sharing these.

Wed Jul 19, 11:22:00 AM  
Blogger Effie said...

Still too hot to go out today (except in the office--I'm SHIVERING--the A/C is pumping through the building!)

I like the angel pic, but what's he saying?

ACME....aaaah Wile E. Coyote memories flooding back to me.....

Great pics--as usual!

Wed Jul 19, 01:00:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Nina, petroglyphs, I like that. I'll think of them as that now.

Effie, I think the angel might be saying the artist's initials. shrugging shoulders

I can't believe that they're not freezing me out here today. I'm wearing short sleeves and not looking for my sweater. :)

Wed Jul 19, 03:52:00 PM  
Blogger JD's Rose said...

I'm indifferent when it comes to graffitti. I think that some of them are so good, and it should be deemed art. Other times, when you have the little shits puting their tags all over people's cream fences, it shits me.


Thu Jul 20, 02:55:00 AM  
Blogger Bone Machine said...

In my mind, the grafitti angel is saying "YPS!!"

Thu Jul 20, 08:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Lori said...

I like the angel's picture squirl;)I think you ought to print that one and frame it.

Thu Jul 20, 10:51:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

JDR, on the backs of abandoned old factories the artwork is cool. There are places, though, where it's just vandalism.

Bone, and I can picture an approving gnome in the corner. :)

Lori, thanks! That angel really intrigued me.

Thu Jul 20, 06:37:00 PM  
Blogger Bone Machine said...

The gnome has retractible horns and tail.

Fri Jul 21, 11:55:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Then that would be the perfect juxtaposition.

Fri Jul 21, 12:51:00 PM  

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