Sunday, June 29, 2008

Benchmark

A bench at the corner of Flushing Road and Ballenger Highway photographed by Clio's Terry Doyle

UPDATE: Smurfs, inc. offers up some background on the photo:

Now there is true street art. Its the work of this weird, kinda crazy, older guy, dunno his name. Downtown used to be chock full of his bizarre, paranoid rants and ravings.

Years back a somewhat well-known downtown figure threatened this guy with violence if he ever scribbled on his business. Peace was made when the scribbler was offered a free sandwich in exchange for abstinence. Now the same dude who issued the threat has his house decorated with his work.

Forget all of the wannabe taggers and fake hip-hop graf "artists" (half of whom are from Grand Blank.) In my (correct) opinion, this dude has created some of the most thought-provoking pieces since Straight Bob's wheatpaste screeds and the early ‘90s "Mor Devils" campaign.

He is quite fond of using the word "truther", something I try to use daily.

Here are some quotes from a few of his previous pieces. I've attempted to reproduce his ee cummings-esque structure:

"LIARS
VERSUS
TRUTHERSTOP

neatabeata
meata"

"Terrancehalloweenegroidal"

"ATHE
SUPREMEST

CREATOR UN-
CREATOR
CREATING
UNCREATING
EXISTENCE"

"ATHE
CREATOR UNCREATOR
WAS
AND IS EVERYWHERE !

IS MY SELFISH
GUESS!"


3 comments:

  1. Now there is true street art, its the work of this weird, kinda crazy, older guy, dunno his name. Downtown used to be chock full of his bizarre, paranoid rants and ravings.

    Years back a somewhat well known downtown figured threatened this guy with violence if he ever scribbled on his business. Peace was made when the scribbler was offered a free sandwich in exchange for abstinence. Now the same dude who issued the threat has his house decorated with his work.

    Forget all of the wannabe taggers and fake hip-hop graf "artists" (half of whom are from Grand Blank. In my (correct) opinion this dude has created some of the most thought provoking pieces since Straight Bob's wheatpaste screeds and the early 90s "Mor Devils" campaign.

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  2. I wish I could make out all writing. All I can read is "Truths Versus Lees Games" and "A Unit."

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  3. He is quite fond of using the word "truther", something I try to use daily.

    Here are some quotes from a few of his previous pieces. I've attempted to reproduce his e.e. cummings-esque structure:

    "LIARS
    VERSUS
    TRUTHERSTOP

    neatabeata
    meata"

    "Terrancehalloweenegroidal"

    "ATHE
    SUPREMEST

    CREATOR UN-
    CREATOR
    CREATING
    UNCREATING
    EXISTENCE"

    "ATHE
    CREATOR UNCREATOR
    WAS
    AND IS EVERYWHERE !

    IS MY SELFISH
    GUESS!"

    Poet, performance artist, philosopher. The dude writes some heavy shit. Yeah, he's crazy... but still.

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