Knights On Prawns And Other Sights

I apologise to everyone for being AFK for the last week or so (Away From Keyboard) but it has been cuhrazy around here with lots of non-keyboard, non-internet related things to take care of.

I discovered one thing over the last week, however. That graffiti is there for a reason – it is not just visual noise or there to cover up broken bits on buildings. Graffiti is profound. It might even be prophetic. In addition, I am going to go so far as to say graffiti might just be my life coach.

I’ll show you what I mean.

There I was feeling all overwhelmed with too many jobs to do and not enough time to do them in and what did I see?

BUSY. An acknowledgement by some unknown artist of the stresses and strains of modern life. Sometimes just knowing other people feel the busy-ness too is enough to make you feel better.

There was so much to do I didn’t know where to begin.

And then I saw this –

The very best place to start.

And on a day where my sense of humour seemed to have deserted me I saw this. It makes no sense whatsoever, but it is hilarious. It completely cheered me up.

Knights riding prawns (or are they lobsters?) I have no idea what it means, but it is very funny.

Someone wrote Tickle Me Pink on the footpath near my house the other day. The laughs continued when I noticed another colour had been added –

I’ll need to go back in a few days and see if any other colours have been added.

Finally, I came across something very soothing, that made me smile.

Whose spirits wouldn’t soar at the sight of a gentle dragonfly?

So much meaning in street art.

That’s why graffiti is my life coach.

New month, new attitude.

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33 thoughts on “Knights On Prawns And Other Sights

  1. Knights on prawns? Too funny. My son went to a college where the knight was their mascot. They had a cement wall that was allowed to be used by the students for grafitti. Once a month, they painted over it and let them start again, so it was an everchanging art board. I thought the idea was brilliant. Give the students a place to deface and they’ll leave the rest of the campus grafitti-free. It seemed to work well. And much was portrayed in creative ways.

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    1. I think that’s a really good idea about the cement wall/art board. A lot of fledgling graffiti artists deface buildings because they need somewhere to practise their art, so an art board wall is fantastic. I bet there was some great art on that wall, writingfeemail!

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  2. Hi Selma,
    That is just amazing that you came across that sort of graffiti. πŸ˜€
    I agree with you about the knights riding the prawns, who would of thought up such and idea, it looks great. πŸ™‚

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    1. I am always on the lookout for a good blogging oppportunity, shoutabyss. I think some people around here think I am a private eye of some sort πŸ˜†

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  3. Graffiti is often profound. I always wonder about the artists (and many of them are) who “tag” any available vertical surface — and some horizontal ones like your footpath — with their words of wisdom and fantastical art. Who are they? Why do they do it? What lies behind some of those obscure messages?

    And another place I’ve found some pretty wise notes is on the ladies room wall. Yep.

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    1. I wonder about that too, Patti. I see a lot of politically motivated graffiti and the usual stuff like John Loves Lisa. But it’s the clever stuff, the poetic stuff that gets me. I love all that.

      I would love to do a post about graffiti in Ladies’ Rooms. Looks like I’ll be taking my camera into the loo from now on….. 😯

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  4. New month and I’m trying for a new attitude… not doing so well twelve hours into it… phones ringing off the wall today, paper mountain threatening to avalanche, and the house looks like no one cares enough to make it clean. I think I need to go for a walk and find some positive inspiration, just as you did! I think street art is amazing too, some of these took a lot of time and effort… and that dragonfly is so incredibly beautiful! I would love to get to see the artists who did them!

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    1. My new attitude didn’t exactly last for the whole day, Josie, so I know exactly what you mean. Sometimes there’s just so much to do, it does affect your level of motivation. I have found that walking helps a lot. It has kept me sane on many an occasion.

      I am also very keen to know who the artists are. Some of them are fabulous!

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    1. I thought it might have been an insight into chess too, Gabe. In an Alice In Wonderland kind of way. It’s just brilliant!

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  5. I would love to see you do a piece on the graffiti in women’s restrooms, and compare them with what’s on the walls in the men’s rooms, (you might have to go incognito with a mustache and a hat in there for your research) and then draw some conclusions on the psychological makeup of the genders and how they may differ or coincide.

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    1. You know what, Timoteo? I am going to do that. If I have to wear a fedora, moustache and have to grunt a bit, I’ll do it. All in the interests of research, of course πŸ˜†

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  6. A perfect example of listening and seeing the signs that are all around us if we only take the time to look and hear. Your walks are certainly productive girl!

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  7. Fabulous!

    I used to work in a building that abutted a train yard. I loved walking back there to see the graffiti from all around the country arriving at our little city on the train cars.

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