It’s Inspiring.

Back in 2015 I started writing about graffiti because I saw a lot of it around the neighborhood where I work and a lot of it was interesting to me and I thought it would make a good subject for blog posts. For a similar reason I had a short-lived stint writing about local art exhibits for a local magazine: there was a gallery near me and I went to it regularly and always felt I had something to say about the exhibits but until the magazine started up I didn’t really have a place for all my thoughts. And then the magazine folded after just one issue and I hope that wasn’t my fault, but that’s another story.

Obviously what I’m getting at is I drew inspiration from the graffiti and art I saw. And I really shouldn’t be making a distinction between graffiti and art since I’ve always argued that graffiti is an art form. Some of it’s great and some, well, isn’t, but then you can walk through almost any art gallery and say the same thing.

I started with the above picture even though I didn’t think it was great but I still felt I had something to say about it. It inspired me because it seemed like whoever scribbled that had something in mind and then lost it and sort of trailed off, or maybe they were just practicing.

Inspiration is a funny thing. Recently Mona over at Wayward Sparkles wrote about inspiration, specifically naming her muse, which I got a kick out of because muses personify inspiration.

It’s funny but when I started writing this I had a clear idea of where I was going and it was going to be elaborate and profound and, I hoped, funny too. I was inspired to say something about how personifying inspiration is…a thing. And now it’s just sort of trailed off and I’m pretty sure my muse is Thalia, the ancient Greek muse of comedy, because she’s got a sense of humor.

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  1. mydangblog

    I always find you both profound and funny so mission accomplished!
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    1. Christopher Waldrop (Post author)

      If there’s one thing I’ve learned it’s that talking to other writers about the craft of writing can be inspiring in itself. Since I also always find you profound and funny–and usually profoundly funny–your words are inspiring too.


    I especially notice graffiti thanks to your posts and perspective, Chris, and I’ve been seeing similarities between graffiti in Boston and Nashville.

    1. Christopher Waldrop (Post author)

      It really means a lot to me that I’ve helped you start noticing graffiti, and it is interesting how similar it is not just between Boston and Nashville but everywhere.


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