Tag, You’re It!

I took this picture on November 6th, 2021:And then I took this picture on March 15th, 2022. Same spot, but someone had added, or, depending on how you look at it, tried to cover, what had been there.

 

And then there was this, which I took a picture of a couple of weeks ago.

The addition of “Your move!” is a nice touch. The funny thing about this is, in all my years of looking at graffiti, I’ve noticed that even most taggers–the ones who just put up a name without doing more elaborate pieces–have a certain amount of respect for each other and even public art. They mostly go for blank spaces like empty walls, light poles, occasionally even sidewalks.

Here, though, are a couple of artists going back and forth. It’s not just a static work. It’s a work in progress.

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  1. ANN J KOPLOW

    We’re all works in progress aren’t we, my friend? Thanks for another artful and artistic post.

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    1. Christopher Waldrop (Post author)

      Art really is wonderful for reminding us we’re works in progress, and it provides both stability and a sense of time passing. Thank you for helping me pass the time here.

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  2. M.L. James

    Ha! I’m really enjoying this game! Thanks for keeping us looped in, Chris. I do hope you keep us updated on what happens next! Mona

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    1. Christopher Waldrop (Post author)

      I’m keeping an eye on that spot although it’s been a few weeks and there don’t seem to have been any changes. It’s just a block away from what used to be an abandoned warehouse where I found some amazing graffiti. They’ve turned the warehouse into shops and restaurants now, though, so there’s no graffiti there anymore, except for this little spot.

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  3. mydangblog

    It seems like a very good-natured rivalry–I can’t wait to see what the next move is!

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    1. Christopher Waldrop (Post author)

      I can’t wait either. Graffiti artists also seem to know each other too. A few years ago I learned through Instagram that a well-known and very talented Nashville graffiti artist died from an opioid overdose. Not long after that I found a lot of graffiti paying tribute to him. It was very moving.

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