06 Jan 2013

Graffiti in School

On a recent trip to Cedar Lake I came to realize that I have high standards for graffiti both in content and artistic representation.   Most of what I see in Gary is involved, detailed and actually artistic to some level, even when it is just tagging.   Of course, there are exceptions to this.

pay me


But even when you can’t read it you can appreciate the level of effort someone put into it.



There was only one small section of hallway where lockers remained, and this was the area that got hit by taggers the most.



Some decided that the stairwells offered the best canvas for their work.

graffiti stairs


Still others made a patriotic display.graffiti and flag


In other places it gave a even more surreal feel to an already odd situation.

trophies and sam




  • mmmuncy
    January 8, 2013 Reply

    Killer framing on a lot of these shots! I love the stairwell one. And I can NEVER read intricate tags. Is the point to be legible, or just identifiable and cool looking?

    • idiotphotographer
      January 10, 2013 Reply

      Thanks. I’ve often wondered myself about how hard tags are to read. I assume it kind of like listening to death metal. Outsiders can’t understand a word but those who are into it can, Otherwise it is just noise to be artistically interpreted by your preferences.

  • neverphoto
    January 18, 2013 Reply

    Your shot of the American flag & graffiti is amazing.

    • idiotphotographer
      January 18, 2013 Reply

      Thanks! It is one of my favorites from this trip so that really means a lot to me.

      • neverphoto
        January 18, 2013 Reply

        It’s a strong capture with social commentary and complexity. I wish I’d taken that. Hat’s off to you.

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