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Graffiti Hunting

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A fellow blogger and graffiti admirer mentioned there was a Shepard Fairey piece in graffiti alley. Goofy me thought it was literally an image of a shepharding fairy for about 5 minutes. My friend had to help clarify that the Fairey was not at all the fairy I was thinking of. I wondered why I’d missed it after I’d visited the alley a few times.   It never occurred to me to look up. Thanks for the graffiti hunt hint Logatag!

Hidden Fairey

T’is the Night Before NPS 2011

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T’is the night before the the official start of the National Poetry Slam 2011. Not a creature was sleeping, not even the poets. Tonight, Middle East, was rocking until well after midnight. Tonight, one of Cambridge ‘s most popular hub for music, food, and Boston culture was host to Bee-Cool Poetry/Music Mashup . I happened to head over to the Middle East around 8:30 last night to get a lil sampling of local and national talent. I got more than I bargained for and then some. Since it was free to get in, I was more than thrilled about the experience already. But then… there were poets.  Junior performers whose hands still shook and the long timers whose voices bellowed through the crowd and commanded attention. There were singers and rappers and those who love to support them. Mosaic played too! They peppered the poets powerful prose with complimentary notes. With standing room only for much of the night you could have mistaken it for a semi-final. Working my way up through the crowd took some time, but eventually I was directly in front of the brave folks who let their voices be heard.

I was so hyped I quickly forgot the plans I’d made of “heading home early since I have work tomorrow.” Hours after ‘early’ and I’m still up after 1:30 because I couldn’t drag myself away to cuddle up warm in my bed while the poets “spit hot fiyah” haha. I couldn’t resist sharing some of tonight’s energy with you. While I didn’t record any of the poets I did note one that I enjoyed.

Please meet, Regie Gibson.


So ready and inspired for the competition this week!

Graffiti Alley, Central Square

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Remember... Smile Everyday

As a supporter of graffiti art, I had to pay homage to the 5 Pointz of Boston – Graffiti Alley. Now I’m not sure if it carries the same status as that of 5 Pointz but it’s still worth a mention.  If you’re going to check out Graffiti Alley, take your time getting it to it because you might pass it. Located in an alleyway near Libby’s Liquor Mart, you might feel a little apprehensive about walking down a random alley a stranger tells you to visit. But there’s a pleasant surprise, especially during the day. There are transparent, colored awnings over-hanging the alley. On a clear sunny day the sun casts colorful hues across the artwork. The day I visited the alley, a handful of eccentrically dressed young people were posed alongside the wall while a photographer was preparing to roll by on a skateboard while taking their photographs. Sensing that their work in progress was more important than my explorations, I continued along my journey; planning to come back later.

Patience sometimes yields good rewards. Some of those rewards happen to be nature itself. When I went back to take some photos of the alley, the moonlight was shining brightly in the background. It was one of “those moments.”

Located @: Alley off of Libby’s Liquor Mart

Sign of the times
Moonlight Graffiti Night
Classic D oh F