Graffiti

Nov. 8th, 2007 01:17 pm
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I love graffiti, by which I mean marking a public space with the intent of conveying or challenging ideas, or just for the sheer decorative pleasure of it. But give me something witty, artistic, whimsical, interesting (aesthetically or conceptually) or just plain odd-- none of this tagging business or "call XXXXXXXXX for a good time".

I go around taking pictures of graffiti, too! I got off my butt and uploaded a whole bunch of graffiti photos I've taken (or ones that friends have found for me)- some from London, the rest of them from Perth- so if you're interested, do take a look around. ^^

Date: 2007-11-08 09:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thornsmoke.livejournal.com
That... really reminds me of the picture books in Chobits, for some reason. What were they called, The City With No People?

Anyway, oddly bereft and sweet. Of course, I may just be reading too much into it.

Date: 2007-11-09 01:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] invocations.livejournal.com
I wasn't familiar with Chobits and had to google it (found all the picture book volumes here! (http://www.animeyume.com/chobits/chobook.html))...and ohmygosh. I've been woobling at the screen for the past 5 minutes! Glad you mentioned those picture books. ^^

Nah, I don't think you're reading too much into it; I feel the same way about that particular lot of graffiti (the ones with the white background and line drawings- I think that's what you're referring to). There's such a simplicity of line and the whimsy of the figures that is just so bittersweet and compelling. Easily my favourite set of graffiti!

Date: 2007-11-09 05:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thornsmoke.livejournal.com
Ooh, thanks for the link!

But wait, you haven't read Chobits? o__o I assume you've read /some/ CLAMP, at least? (Since it is inevitable. Like a virus, only chocolate.)

They're lovely. They should be what 'graffiti' means. The word has a certain raw charm about it if considered phonetically - at least, I think so - and those pictures are now what I think of when I say the word. So thank you! :)

Date: 2007-11-09 02:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] invocations.livejournal.com
You're welcome! A-and, um, I haven't read either of those series. ^^;; Are they worth reading? Is Chobits an anime series as well? Someone had recommended CLAMP to me a while ago but I wouldn't know what it's about. ^^

Yes! Graffiti can be so beautiful but it tends to refer to mostly defacing, vulgar-looking tags. ;_; At least I think it must mean that to most people because they look affronted when I say I love it. You're right, the word itself does have that raw charm- dictionary.com tells me it comes from graffiare (to scratch) and graphīare (to write). I like the sounds in these! And, you're welcome- I'm just glad someone else likes them as much as I do. ^__^

Date: 2007-11-09 09:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thornsmoke.livejournal.com
Chobits is an anime series, but I don't remember if it was any good or not compared to the manga. And CLAMP is the name of an all-female mangaka group. xD They've created a lot of hits over the years; Cardcaptor Sakura, Chobits, xxxHolic, Tsubasa Resrvoir Chronicle... I'm actually very surprised that you haven't read any of their work. It's rather hard to dodge those fandoms.

Hmmm. Graffiare is a lovely word, too.

Date: 2007-11-10 06:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] invocations.livejournal.com
Oh, RIGHT! What a doofhead I am. ^^ The four manga you mentioned are ones that I only know by name. You're right, it is hard to dodge those fandoms- well, not that I know how ubiquitous they really are, as I'm just going by the frequency with which people on my flist mention them. I guess I'm not a big manga reader. ^^ Perhaps that's due in part to its limited availability here in Perth (on Australia's wesside)- I mean, there's Borders but I'm usually pretty broke. XD

Are you a fan of any of CLAMP's series?

Date: 2007-11-10 07:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thornsmoke.livejournal.com
I don't buy them, unfortunately; as a poor student, my reading is strictly limited to what I can stuff into a three-hour session at Borders.

But yes! I love CLAMP's work, mostly because they never fail to deliver on adventurous plotlines, wacky-ridiculous moments, and characters that have yet to fail in nailing me through the heart. They are ridiculously good at what they do. If I could read only one series for the rest of my life -- well, I'd probably choose Shaman King, which is not one of theirs, but CLAMP's stuff would be a close call.

So that's a long-winded way of saying that I'm a fan of nearly everything they've done. If you're looking for something specific, though, I'd probably recommend xxxHolic? It has a sort of lush dark fairy tale air, even if the proportions are absurdly stretched.

Date: 2007-11-10 08:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] invocations.livejournal.com
Buh, I fail at not using emoticons that get mistaken for html tags! Sorry about that. This must be the 3rd notification you've gotten!

Exactly. Being a poor student also, I haven't actually bought anything from Borders yet. All my recent reads (novels) were from second-hand book stores or gleaned from libraries. And comics? Downloaded. I think it's time I become one of those people who hog the couches in Borders with manga in hand! I just feel like I'm going to get into trouble all the time. XD

A lush fairy tale air sounds fantastic. I'll definitely seek that one out! And you make the rest of CLAMP's line sound rather enticing. Now I have things to keep me occupied during my holidays besides work, yay! Thanks, Thorn. XD

Date: 2007-11-10 08:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thornsmoke.livejournal.com
It's fine! I'm pretty sure I've done it a few times myself.

I shouldn't be buying anything from Borders, but I can't help succumbing to the lure. (Particularly since I go there virtually every weekend to sit on the couches. Which are meant to be sat in, by the way, so you should do it too. =P) Some of the books are so shiny... and won't be used for ages.

And I prefer looking for used books online, actually. Even with the shipping, if you shop selectively it tends to turn out cheaper than second-hand bookstores. Although they don't have that quiet bookstore air, which is a loss.

Trust me, it's not me. It's all CLAMP. They're amazing. x)

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