I have a certain love of good graffiti artwork. I always have. Working for a railroad has allowed me to view up close some very talented works of art as well as just plain old vandalism. There is even graffiti that I must photograph whenever possible. That is because it features my son’s name: Theory.
Most of the art I have seen in the past few years is on rail cars. Those cars cycle around the country and sometimes into the USA. There are times that I will see the same car on more than one occasion. It is like a traveling art show. Some artists who paint on railcars have also been known to hop on and off trains to travel to other destinations, à la hobo style never staying in one place.
Over the past month and a bit I have been working in downtown Vancouver. The railroad runs through dark areas and past back alleys. The graffiti I see in those areas differs from what I see on the rail cars. Probably due to the fact that there are numerous other artists spreading their visions. Many are just sharing a word or a quick image in great detail. I have become quite prolific in being able to decipher the words written out.
I have watched documentaries about the art form and even begun incorporating and emulating their techniques. My fascination with graffiti has spilled over into my cosplay making abilities. I love using spray paint to add depth and character into what I make. Seeing shading techniques used with just colour draws my attention.
Even though graffiti is considered vandalism, I hope those urban guerrilla artists never stop spreading their message.