By The Numbers.

number269Most graffiti consists of words, or a single word, and the most striking examples are always elaborately drawn. Maybe this distracts from the message but I always think it emphasizes it. Even when I don’t know the meaning, or even if it’s just a person’s name or their tag, how it’s being said is just as interesting and important as what’s being said.

Numbers, on the other hand, are really unusual in graffiti. That’s part of what makes this piece so interesting to me. I also really love the vivid and sharply contrasting colors.

And then there’s the question of meaning. What’s being said here? I think it’s a little risqué—or maybe a lot risqué, depending on how sensitive you are. The meaning here, I’m pretty sure, is it takes two to tango. And to do other things.

If you think you’re missing the joke here’s an alternative version that was nearby. Apparently the artist took at least one practice run before the final work.

number269aSeen any graffiti? Send any number of pictures to

And now here’s a fun little number.

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  1. Michelle

    Ooo that reminds me I have some more for you! And I didn’t know numbers were unusual so I’ll keep my eyes peeled for them. You have totally gotten me obsessed with finding graffiti – it’s like my Pokemon Go except the pokemons are out vandalising and tagging the place. And it’s getting me out in unusual places as well; cow fields, under bridges, industrial estates. AND back on my bike! So thanks for that. 🙂

  2. Ann Koplow

    Great numbers, Chris.

    1. Christopher Waldrop (Post author)

      And I appreciate the number of your comments, as well as their content.

  3. John Pearce

    In my neck of the woods the numbers are a gang tag. But then I met one and he told me he was just imitating a gang tag

    1. Christopher Waldrop (Post author)

      Maybe those numbers I took a picture of were a gang tag, but it seems like kind of an odd place for a gang tag–behind an abandoned building surrounded by a fence topped with razor wire. If a gang is having trouble defending that turf they need a lot more than a tag.


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