All photos from the RiNo area of Denver.
Graffiti has long been considered an eyesore and often gang-tagging. There is obviously some beauty in it since many graffiti artists are being commissioned to decorate the sides of large buildings.
Denver has two areas with extensive wall art. River North, known as RiNo, on the north side of downtown has gorgeous work of graphics and bold colors. I’ve taken several photos and plan another trip for more. The colors just grab my creative soul. The other area is on West Colfax, known as the 40 West Arts District. They actually have painted a green line on the sidewalks and pavement for people to walk around and view the art. I haven’t done this yet, but I’ve driven past much of it.
The history of graffiti is attributed to Cornbread, a high school student in Philadelphia, who in 1967 started tagging city walls to get the attention of a girl. Sigh. Everything starts with love.
Graffiti is about getting attention, and probably for the purpose of feeding the soul of the creator. How many times have you sat in a meeting and doodled while you listened to some talking head? Feeding the need to quell boredom. Or maybe designing the next rocket ship.
Graffiti is the most raw form of creativity. Spewing out colors, shapes, swirls, maybe people or things. The contents of your heart spread out for everyone to see. I guess you could say posting a blog is some sort of graffiti. A bunch of nonsense on an electronic wall. Well, not everyone’s blog is nonsense. But really, don’t we write in the hopes that someone will “Like” it? No head trips here, just random thoughts.
However, I just might start adding some swirls and bright colors to my posts. Gotta feed my soul, you know.