Thursday, June 27, 2013

Stencils versus graffiti, part 2

Back in spring, after being chided by a commenter for conflating stencils, street art and graffiti, I asked for clarification on the whole thing. Last week an anonymous commenter said the following:

street art is all the dumb shit people do like stencils of flowers, knitting things around light poles, bad stencils, good stencils, wierd stuff that people spray paint when they're really drunk etc...graffiti in the modern sense is for the most part based on having a name, and you make that name for yourself by painting it as big, as stylishly, and in as many places as possible. street art is something to dabble in that looks ok and most people ignore. graffiti is something that consumes your every breathing second and pisses most people off when they see it.
So, as you can see, the above is street art. Also, it clearly refers to the pygmy marmoset and its tiny paws.

H/T DKatz for sending in the above picture of a new stencil in the Old Fourth Ward.

2 comments:

  1. This is a quote from a Woody Allen movie. I think it was "Hannah and Her Sisters".

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  2. And they are pygmy marmosets, right?

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