Chrome Dub Graffiti Throw

More chrome and black dubs from Birmingham UK. Actually, close up it looks more like white than chrome / silver. Perhaps a lighter silver. Or just my tired eyes! Still, a nice straight one worder. Action. 200017. Very clean throw. See more of the same here.

Bubble Style Girly Graffiti

A quick picture I took last week. Bubble style pink Graffiti piece. Very girly. Lots of detailing like stars, circles, water splashes and 3D etc. Not the best piece out there, but its still quite appealing. I like it. It says TEKRA if you couldn't make it out. Must be quite new too, as its marked "2017". Good bit of bubble.

Sexy Graffiti Bikini Piece

Nice detailed Graffiti piece. Lot's of colours and effects going on. And of course, the sexy purple haired bikini lady to top it off. I'm not sure what it says but the end looks to read either ESC or EST.. Could it say Kwest or Quest.. Either way, a really nice piece that must have took some time to complete. This one has been burning well, most probably due to it being on the opposite side of the canal, where kids can only get to if they go through the shallow water or cross the bridge. The bridge is a bit out the way, and most aint getting wet unless the Police are chasing them ;-). Click the image to enlarge.

Simple UK Dub Style Throw Up

A quick picture I took a few months back. A Dub style straight one word throwie. Silver and Black, with simple blue outline. BORE. Don't be a Bore! Looking for some other DUB images? Check out this post.

How Is Graffiti Art?

I see this question get asked quite a lot online, and it confuses me because I can't see why people ask this. I think the question comes from people who are used to just seeing marker pen tagging / bombing, which to the untrained eye, can look terrible, and be considered as vandalism. I can see the argument. Just like anyone else, I wouldn't want a load of tagging right outside my front door. But then you have a whole other side to Graffiti, the piece side of things. You know, like a full on piece, most of the time with a combination of letters, characters and beautiful colour combinations drawn (or these days, some of the time stencilled) by someone who is obviously very good at what they do. So how can that not be considered as Art?

Some of it can be an eye sore

Have you seen some of the things these days that are classed as "ART". Most of which are drawn by adults but look like they were designed by a 5 year old.. One example: Have you seen the painting that sold for $81.9 million within the last few years. It's by Mark Rothko, called “No. 10,”. It looks like a brick wall. Or what about the Mark Rothko's, “Untitled (Yellow and Blue),” which sold for $46.5 million. It's basically two colours, Yellow at the top and Blue at the bottom.
It gets way too much of this..

If those are considered as art, and sell for millions of dollars, then anything can be considered as art. Some of the Graffiti pieces out there, even some of the ones that are just OK, blow "art" like the two mentioned above out the water. There is literally no competition what so ever. It seems like all the buyer is really paying for is to own a work of art that was created by a well "renowned" painter. Either that or they buy it for investment purposes. Maybe a mix of both.

Art in 2017 / 2018 is whatever someone wants it to be. Take a photograph of an old door with paint peeling off and it can be classed as art. Take a dump on a step and call it art. Create a nice plate of food, take a thousand pictures, like so many people do these days, and its art. I've seen some of the silliest things that are worshipped as unbelievable works of art that its ridiculous to even ask the question of whether Graffiti is art or not. Bottom line, all of it, whatever the subject matter, has the same things in common. Expression and perception.

Cool Graffiti Lettering Street Art

Really nice Graffiti lettering, and quite an intricate, detailed piece if you view the image at a larger size. Click it. Along this wall there's a few lettering pieces by someone called JASE. And this looks like it reads that or something very close to that, so I think this is his work. Jase has some cool artwork around. Shame someone had to diss / write over this work. Probably done by kids.

Colourful Canal Side Wall Art

Cool little piece burning nicely at the side of the canal. Not sure what it says (could it be "Soles" or "Roles") but I like it. Some simple but nice effect work with the blue bricks. And some fine grey colour combinations and shading going on. I can see CRY and Hated but Rated written on opposite ends, so I presume this is their handy work.


Derelict House In Saltley / Alum Rock

This derelict, boarded up white house sits alone on the side of the canal in Saltley / Alum Rock. Was it a house for someone who operated the canal lock doors, or the living quarters for some kind of canal / factory caretaker back in the day. I'm not sure. It's been on the receiving end of quite a lot of tagging, but that sort of adds to its character, at least for picture taking anyway.

Whatever way you look at it, this is certainly a strange house to have just sitting on the side of the canal, surrounded by old factory's and a scrapyard. It looks as though it belongs in a South Central Los Angeles Ghetto, or on the set of the film Death Wish II (1982), not in Saltley / Alum Rock, Birmingham. Quite an eerie looking house from the angle the picture was taken. Did you spot the surveillance camera?