…things the bastard liked about 5pointz
…THING the bastard DIDN'T like about 5pointz
so on Friday night,
the wife days to me, "bastard, you like teh graffiti, yes?"
"why yes wife… I likes teh graffiti"
so she schemes to me on having us walk up to the graffiti installation known as 5pointz which is STUPID touristy these days but the bastard has accepted this as a known quantity.
that way, I can digest the bullshit well enough.
so I agree and we take the family up there. the boy hasn't seen reasonable tagging since we were at the river wall in at Louis in 2009 and we were much more preoccupied with eating cold Arthur Bryants at the time.
so we headed up.
and while at first blush a family of four with a stroller looked out of place at an abandoned building covered in some fair to excellent work, the bastard has to say that he was a fucking breath of fresh (F-R-E-S-H. fresh fresh fresh fresh fresh) air compared to the pack of wild kuwaii girls and there attempts at myspace style self portraiture in front of the graffiti.
a breath of fresh air compared to the eurotrash who asked my son to get out of the way of "thaa peece" he wanted to photograph.
and a goddam sight better than the black turtleneck crowd who ogled the same stuff they scorned 10 years ago when this stuff was the symbol of urban blight rather than that of urban renewal.
but what took the cake for me was this…
a monster truck pulls up the block
with the monster logo on it and a bunch of chuckleheads swarm upon the place in monster energy drink shirts on.
and a couple walk by and the man says to the woman , "the attention to detail is incredible".
"yeah", she concurs and then I kind of went back in time for a second.
I was at the Greene street gallery with art school and we're looking at a crappy sculpture of an apple core made of plaster and the guy in the black turtleneck leans over to the girl half his age and says in a throaty voice, "it's so dynamic. it's very indicative of the fall of man."
meanwhile back in 2011, the bastard is getting a laugh at how all of these white folk who would have never given this a second thought 10-15 years ago sees this stuff I grew up around as full of attention to detail.
don't get me wrong, it was some dope looking examples of wild stour circa the mid to late 80's and definitely more evolved but I would never quote anything out of artspeak to elevate it to anything more than what it is…
and I wouldn't paint three murals for any of the ass this guy was trying to pull down. unless you like that sort of thing.
oh well, it was still good to look at and I made burgers later on.