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The Often-Missed Beauty of Graffiti Tags

  |   Art, Politics, Video   |   3 Comments

Even folks who think of themselves as open-minded urbanoids who can appreciate a good “mural” – unlike these wankers – will often mutter about tags as being mere marking of territory – simple, unimaginative, unskilled fuck-you-ism.

The above visualization of the motion of tagging, however, seems to challenge this notion. Anyone who’s ever paid attention to the kids on Muni as they swipe their markers and fill the bus with dizzying fumes has had a chance to see this, on some level. And yet most cannot get past the criminality (or the smell).

Now they can. (There is, of course, an iPhone app.)

3 Comments
  • mattymatt | Jan 9, 2010 at 2:33 am

    This is so pretty. But gosh the association with “bad” graffiti — that is, writing your little nickname on someone’s house or windows — still makes it kind of hard for me to enjoy.

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  • Craig | Jan 17, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    If only the “real thing” covering the 14 looked anywhere near this cool.