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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

I Heart Street Art: Another Tag I Like

Posted By on Tue, Aug 18, 2009 at 11:20 AM

Last week's I Heart Street Art, which I'd thought was the height of both critical analysis and street credibility, drew the ire of a trio of anonymous commenters. Today we respond to their concerns and look at pictures of a big purple tag I like on Jack London Alley in the SoSo District of San Francisco. (That's South of South Park for those outside the know.)

Anonymous commenter number one:

it might do you well to use a real camera, not a camera phone. pictures could definitely improve yuor piece.
Well, the thing is, I think you're wrong. While I love the professional-quality photographs folks like Steve Rotman and Plug1

take of professional-quality street art and graffiti, I believe lo-fi

tags like this (and last week's subject) are better served being

photographed lo-fi style with a falling-apart, 3-year-old flip phone.

Then again, I think everything looks better lo-fi, so I might be biased.

Anonymous commenter the second:


may also do the Weekly well to hire someone who has some sort of clue

about graffiti and street art to write this column... I cringe every

time I read it.

So if I talked about this stuff

like I was some kind of know-it-all insider you'd like it more? I hope

you're in the minority because I for one fucking hate when

writers know what they're talking about. (And that includes

biographers.) And I mean, have you ever heard in-the-know people talk

about graffiti? It's worse than listening to wine dorks talk about

wine! So if anybody reading this wishes I knew more stuff, please feel

free to stop reading.

Furthermore, it's pretty hard to impugn

the Weekly's hiring practices when they've got a homerun hitter like

Joe Eskenazi on deck.

Anonymous commenter number three:

it's just done by a dilettante - they can't help it


so this one's not ire exactly, but I took umbrage at first because I

feel like "dilettante" carries with it a negative connotation or two.

So I looked it up and found that it means an appreciator of the arts,

or maybe an appreciator with a somewhat superficial knowledge of the

thing they appreciate. A dabbler. And that's fine, I'm a dabbler. This

feature is not called I Have Dedicated My Life To The Study Of Street Art.


for this tag I like, it rules right? Confident lines, compelling

spacing, fun curls. I dig it. And I prefer its being on this big ugly

door to the big ugly door being big, ugly and blank.

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