I’m always hyper-aware of graffiti — I don’t know if it’s because I remember the time when New York subway cars were absolutely covered in spray paint and marker, or if it’s because I’m just plain attracted to bold graphics and color. The fact of the matter is that if it’s there, chances are I’ve not only noticed it but also stored away a mental snapshot. In the case of the graffiti in Bristol, I did more than remember an image — I stopped right there on the street with my camera.
Street art is huge in Bristol; Google it and pages of info comes up. According to my friends Judy and Dorian a great deal of it is commissioned, though there are a few graffiti that would be considered flat-out vandalism. There also were a few that are undeniably famous, like the Banksy pieces that are still scattered about the city; some have been painted over. Speaking of painting over, this photo here — which will redirect you to a short slideshow of Bristol graffiti, if clicked on — is of an artist covering someone else’s graffiti with his own. When we walked past on our way to the city center the next day, the storefront looked completely different. Even the dig at Gordon Ramsay was gone. Oh well… it’s temporary art, after all.