I recently returned back to Boston after a 2 week West Coast hiatus. Here is a selection of graffiti I managed to get quick shots of along the way.
The West Coast is definitely on to something. Not so much on the bombing tip but the legal walls / public murals. Everything was painted and familiar names like GIANT, S.P.ONE and most of the cats from 7th Letter had their names at all the spots. I’m an East Coast purist and prefer bombed out trucks and quick fills, so I’ll always hold New York writers at the top of the list, but we are decades behind places like San Francisco and Los Angeles’s public acceptance of graffiti. It looks like the cities realized its impossible to stop graffiti so they stepped back and allowed it to develop into something the public could enjoy. Bravo.
One of the great things about seeing some of these pieces was hype already built around them. Work these days, especially in the SF area is very well documented. Check out some of the videos here covering it:
Alright, that last one wasn’t actually in SF, but NEMEL and EARSNOT rocked a couple of them there last year, pictures below.