Do you remember the movie American Graffiti
?... Well I’m not really sure what that movie had to do with graffiti, but this article is about the popular painted art
that brightly decorates our "Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky/Indiana“ tri-state area. The word is graffiti, and 30 years ago if you were caught with a can of spray paint in your hands it could have gotten you into a world of trouble, but now in the year 2010 that same can of spray paint could get you noticed as a talented artist.
Just another name on the wall
We’ve come a long way since the days when “Robby T. Loves Alisha H.”
was the most common type of decoration found on town water towers. These days, with the increasing number of street gangs and their habit of “tagging
” every flat surface in sight with their own version of a “no trespassing” sign, colorful
blemishes have been left on most every urban block in America. But just as not all that glitters is gold, not all that is painted is larceny. An art form of sorts has arisen from these controversial beginnings, and many otherwise bland buildings, bridges, and other structures now proudly display the work of legitimate local artists, often sponsored by their communities.
Art, inside - out
Not only do art centers/galleries
display paintings on the inside of the building, but now visual arts are truly visible on the outside too… it’s free, it’s colorful, and it’s fun. Sometimes the artistry takes on a whimsical look, while others reflect pride for their community. Please view the slideshow attached to this and take a look for yourself. Remember this is just a handful of art graffiti. There is so much more too see and photograph. It’s amazing how many photo subjects are out there right under your nose. Open your camera case, take that lens cover off, and just begin looking for the art in the streets.
As to the image shown above… I did not know at the time that I captured these pictures what this place really was, just that the building was fun and that a lot of hard work had gone into the exterior. You really must click on this link. It is amazing. Visionaries & Voices Northside Gallery
, 3841 Spring Grove Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45223.