Mark Makers

Tags and posters on utility boxes

We don’t sniff every hydrant and telephone post like dogs. But we do mark our territory and leave indicators of our identity behind in the places we frequent.

There is a whole subculture of taggers and wheatpasters and ephemera artists that are eagerly and intensely plying their semiotics in the urban environment. Someone more au courant than I could probably decode the curiously intense agglomeration of signals left at this external wall adorned with utility meters.

There’s a conversation going on here, replete with jabs and ripostes, I’m sure. I can’t read it, but that’s because I’m not a member of the tribe. I get the sense that it’s quite witty.

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3 Responses to Mark Makers
  1. Patrick
    April 16, 2011 | 3:13 pm

    You might want to rent the flick “Exit through the Gift Shop.” It won’t answer a lot of questions, but it will give you some insight into that world of street art.

  2. NT
    April 17, 2011 | 2:06 am

    I have the Banksy movie in my Netflix queue, so I’ll surely see it eventually!

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