If there’s anything that watching television has taught us, it’s that serial killers are everywhere. The Pacific Northwest, the beaches of Miami, Belfast, 1950’s London, you name it. Hell, Chloe Sevigny turned up scads of them right here in Pittsburgh–imagine if she could have finished the season!
We street bloggers can learn a lot from the fictional hunting of these seemingly very normal monsters: trust no one, collect as much material evidence as possible, we all need to take a long look at our own mothers, and mainly that we’re always looking for patterns.
When The Orbit photography staff started going through their deep back-catalog of photos, one such interesting pattern emerged. Photos of places that had all the hallmarks of graffiti: the crude, quickly-executed messaging, raw emotion, paint applied directly to wall surfaces. But these weren’t graffiti in the typical sense; they all appeared to be committed by the owners of the buildings, too in-a-hurry or just too cheap to have a sign created, instead scrawling the messages directly on their own property. We’re calling these “un-graffiti“.
Not only were there no non-customers parking at the Open-Pantry, there were no customers, there was no open business, and there were no human beings anywhere to be seen for blocks around this former convenience store in Lincoln.
PAULs is a little different in that the medium isn’t paint, but rather recycled letters from (likely) commercial signage, fixed to plywood. So maybe this is more like “un-street art”, but I think it counts.
This message obviously predates some heavy-duty rewiring of a commercial building on Butler Street. On this day there was no problem with unwrapped garbage.
This one is the mother of all un-graffitis: a homeowner’s desperate plea/demand for the scofflaws of his or her Bloomfield neighborhood to cease and desist their assault on this small cinderblock garage. The request seems to have gone unheeded.
Update: since this photo was taken the entire garage was repainted a deep blue and I don’t recollect any new tags on it (yet).