Stock Market, Meet Sewer

Posted by Katherine | Monday, October 20th, 2008

The stock market rose today, but not enough to overpower the forceful message in this video by globetrotting street artist ABOVE. It shows California graffiti of the market taking a nosedive... into the sewer. (Thanks to volunteer curator Roshan Abraham.) [ABOVE / Vimeo] One of the big questions for undecided voters, of ...

Financial Crisis: What We Can Agree On

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

Sue Salinger found this Minneapolis graffiti photographed by Ian, who says, "It's the little, odd things that make my day." Well this little, odd burst of free speech expresses something about Wall Street that surely we all can agree on: [The Joy Of The Mundane / Flickr] It's of course harder to ...

Katrina-FEMA Trailer in Denver

Posted by Katherine | Saturday, August 30th, 2008

New Orleans is evacuating ahead of Gustav, which is currently a Category Four storm moving towards Cuba. Less than a week ago in Denver during the convention, wan · der · lust (see more of her photos featured here and here) saw this FEMA-esque trailer drive by the convention hall. (Thanks, ...

Protesting McCain (and Obama) in Denver

Posted by Katherine | Saturday, August 30th, 2008

Wan · der · lust -- featured in the last post -- spotted this duelling graffiti in Denver during the convention (hat tip to Misa Dayson): [© wan · der · lust / Flickr] She also chatted very briefly with Manny the ostrich in the 90-degree heat last weekend, just before the ...

Homeland-Security Street Art

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, August 14th, 2008

Hat tip to Sarolta Cump for all of these Homeland-Security finds. Some of the photos were taken before the presidential race got going, but they present issues that have very much carried through into the campaign. First: John Ryan Brubaker from Portland, Oregon, captured this street commentary a couple of ...

McCain Graffiti in Florida

Posted by Katherine | Monday, August 11th, 2008

Seen by Orlando-based Cavale in a Florida campground she wasn't fond of, this car-window graffiti (thanks, James Mills): [Cavale / Flickr] Cavale ended up leaving the campground even though she had a new tent and couldn't get her money back. It seems this car wasn't directly to blame.

McCain On the Attack

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, July 31st, 2008

In the last month or so, to inject his campaign with new energy, John McCain promoted several staffers who were part of Karl Rove's hard-hitting re-election bid for Bush in 2004. Since then, McCain has accused Obama of wanting to lose the Iraq war, insinuated that he's a socialist, and juxtaposed ...

Middle-East Peace Stencil Art

Posted by Katherine | Friday, July 11th, 2008

Despite reports that the Bush administration is expanding covert operations in Iran to "destabilize the country's religious leadership," despite the recent (photoshopped) Iranian missile tests, and despite Israel's vigorous aerial exercises over the eastern Med last month -- despite that, people in the Middle East are asking for peace. Ask? is ...

Obama Graffiti: A Misquote

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, June 26th, 2008

James Mills found this photograph. Eric Adolff (aka Buzz Killington) -- failed musician turned graffiti hunter -- took it in Denver. At first view it's just another example of great Obama street art. If you look a little more closely, though, you'll notice that the quotation isn't what Obama ...

Tributes to Clinton

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, June 12th, 2008

Keight hails from Portland, Oregon, but she apparently photographed this street art in New York City two days after Obama clinched the Democratic nomination. It seems safe to assume the drawing was intended as a tribute to Clinton's candidacy. (Thanks Ann Raber and James Mills.) [keight / Flickr] Across the country in ...

Clinton’s Concession

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, June 12th, 2008

On Saturday, Hillary Clinton conceded the Democratic nomination. And in so doing, she put on her Obama cap, so to speak. Educator and writer Lois Stavsky is passionate about street art and discovered this representation on the streets of her hometown, NYC (thanks, Ann Raber): [LoisInWonderland / Flickr] If you check out ...

Obama Graffiti in Bay Area

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

Even if you're an Obamamaniac, the angel wings in this photo may seem a little over the top -- but the graffiti is on an old sewage drain, so maybe that balances things out. However you read it, it's a great picture, no? PixelHoundSF took it somewhere in the Bay ...

Obama Graffiti in Chicago

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

Shawn Econo, a Utah librarian, a lover of bike culture, and a "rabid evangelist for all things Cool and Beautiful," took a trip to the midwest last month, where he spent some time in Chicago. He said: OMG there's a heavy pro-Obama vibe all over the city of Chicago right now! ...

Go Tell Mama

Posted by Katherine | Friday, April 18th, 2008

Go Tell Mama is one of the most interesting viral Obama campaigns out there. (Thanks, Tate Nova and Ghidewon Arefe.) This street art, signed CRO, was dreamed up -- during some soul searching after a terrible 2006 bike accident -- by Chicago graphic designer Ray Noland. His iconic posters, stencils, ...