graffiti

New "Cz" Tags Downtown

I'd like to offer a big FUCK YOU to all the punks who tagged buildings in downtown Olympia this weekend, mostly along 4th Avenue from the closed Schoenfeld Furniture all the way up near the fire station.

Do people know how much this deteriorates the downtown area and how much work goes into removing that crap?

If I ever find out who did this, mostly with the Cz tag, I'd like them to be held accountable.

And I'm fully supportive of street art that is endorsed by local businesses.  The crap I saw this weekend falls way outside of even my submissive limits.  If anyone can photograph this stuff and add to this post, it will make it that much richer.

Apologies for the profanity,

Howard

Hi, Please Give Me Your Money.

Hi,

  My name is Daniel Wilson. Yes that guy. My house was attacked with gallons of paint and I don't really have very much money to help clean it up, my landlord isn't helping and I'm paying everything out of pocket. I'm not a rich kid with a parents' bank account and I want anyone who cares to donate whatever they can to my Paypal:

daniel.k.wilson@gmail.com

  I know that a lot of you might hate me or whatever, this plea is not for you. I'm talking to those that want to help out a struggling father who just had a whole bunch of mess happen to him because he was stupid enough to talk to the corporate media. Please just give me, like, twenty dollars right now. I'm not above asking people I don't know on the internet for money, so how about it Olympia?

PS-

If you're a rich pervert who gets off on unloading money into bank accounts in ten to twenty minute sessions (yes these are just some of the people capitalism creates) just do it with my paypal. I'll take all your money, I have no shame.

What are the issues in downtown?

   So much to consider and to say something intelligent in as few words as will keep one focused. To begin with let's understand that being homeless is not a crime and people, generally, don't dislike people for being homeless. No, what people mainly object to is the behaviors of those who hang out downtown, whether homeless or not. Spreading one's earthly wares all over the sidewalk for one. Aggressively demanding money for another. Urinating and defecating anywhere other than a bathroom or a porta-potty.  These are three of the behaviors that turn people off about downtown. There are more.

    Citizens asking nicely for those things to stop, since they are done in public spaces, has not worked. In fact some who have requested politely have been cussed out or yelled at. So it seems that asking for common courtesy and some social code of interaction has not worked. And this is where the police come in.

    City council members, who are responsible for governing, are constantly barraged with requests to make our downtown safe and accessible to all. They are not going to personally walk the streets handing out lollipops to do-gooders. Their task is to use the resources available to them to satisfy business owners who lose customers because of the panhandling or loitering along the sidewalks. Their task is to make it safe for families, including chilldren, to spend time in downtown without having to put up with drunks, obscenities or walk around people and their dogs sprawled all over. It is not too much to ask. In the old days we referred to the ways we acted in public as manners. Have we forgotten what the word means?

A Shot of Olympia - Series IV

Series I II and III if you've missed them. If you don't know what this blog is supposed to be about, give the first entry a read.

All photos posted in the default 'medium' size: link to access other sizes provided.

Small print: All photos posted are from my Flickr account and were taken by me. All rights reserved and all that noise.

Click the post title to read the whole post.



Series IV - Photo I - Asbestos Storage [Link]



Danger
Do not enter
Asbestos
Cancer & Lung Disease hazard
Authorized personnel only!
Oxygen or breathing apparatus required

This had an, erm, unique smell to it when I passed by.

Downtown Olympia, WA

A Shot of Olympia - Series III

Series I and II, if you've missed them. If you don't know what this blog is supposed to be about, give the first series a read. 

All photos posted in the default 'medium' size: link to access other sizes provided.

Small print: All photos posted are from my Flickr account and were taken by me. All rights reserved and all that noise.

Click the post title to read the whole post.


Series III - Photo I - King of Olympia [Link]



King of Olympia upholstery window.

Downtown Olympia, WA

A Shot of Olympia - Series II

Series I, if you missed it. If you don't know what this series is supposed to be about, give that post a read first.

All photos posted in the default 'medium' size: link to access other sizes provided. Click the post title to read the whole post.

Small print: All photos posted are from my Flickr account and were taken by me. All rights reserved and all that noise.


Series II - Photo I - Any Tagger Worth a Damn... [Link]



Found in an alleyway.

Downtown Olympia, WA


A Shot of Olympia - Series I

Howdy. First post.

Photography is one of my hobbies. Well, not the artsy kind... I'm more into taking snapshots of interesting subject material, and anyone who's lived here for a while knows there's lots of funky stuff around Oly to photograph, to say the least.

My idea for this blog is to post a maximum of three photos per post in a series, showcasing Olympia's local graffiti, wall-art, murals, mosaics, paste-ups, stickers, and... unique artistic activism.

All photos posted are from my Flickr account and were taken by me. All rights reserved and all that noise. All photos will be posted in the default 'medium' size, and a link to access other sizes will be provided as well.

On to the first series of three... click the post title to view the whole post.


Series I - Photo I - Obama is a Cracker [Link]



Lyndon LaRouche supporters stirring the pot with the president's head on a parrot's body and some incendiary rhetoric, MLK Day, 2010.

Downtown Olympia, WA


Graffiti Abatement as Vandalism?

graffiti abatement?

In the past week or so, someone has covered up some graffiti downtown with ugly, dark gray paint.  In some of these locations (perhaps all), they haven't bothered to talk to any of the businesses affected.  Shown above is the west-facing wall of Great Cuisine of India.  Some of the other marked up businesses are Barnes Floral and Lemongrass.  The City of Olympia, the O.D.A. and other groups that do graffiti abatement swear this isn't their doing. 

The big question is:  WHO is doing this?  A slightly smaller question is:  Is this any different than regular, ol' vandalism?  On white paint, covering dark colors takes a lot of elbow grease and several coats of paint.

I spent an hour today, walking around western downtown, snapping pictures of similar blotches of gray paint.  It seems clear that -someone- has been covering up graffiti in the same way, for a long time.  Most of the gray coverup was confined to alleys, but several spots on corners were in evidence.

Here are a few other photos from this investigative tour:

fear of extinction

Interesting bit of graffiti in downtown Olympia - thought provoking.

fear of extinction
fear of extinction (4th Avenue)

I also received a timely email today, which I want to plug. It's from the WHYS radio program. Today's question asks about those among us who are climate change deniers.

Why is the world full of climate change deniers?

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