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2008-03-01

daily photo theme day: graffiti

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Graffiti is not really a city thing in Stockholm. Never has been. We don't have the spaces for it. Tags (namewriting) are found everywhere though. But the theme says Graffiti - not taging. Graffiti is mostly found in Suburbia. So I went there, for the first time in many years. I used to be very fond of this kind of motive and have thousands of pictures from those days.

This particular picture was taken about 18 years ago. I returned there a few days ago and it's still there! The colours are not as vivid as then, but it is intact. Part of the secret may be that it's now surrounded by a 12 feet fence. There are also a lot of rubbish standing in front of it, so I couldn't take a fresh picture. You will have to believe me on my word.

There is a story to this also. The first time I saw this wall, there was a different painting on it. You will find it on plenty. I thought it was the best I had seen up to that date. When I got the pics, it hadn't turned out quite as well as I hoped, so I returned to make a better one. You can imagine my surprise when I found it like this instead. I have even spoken to the guys who did it. It was done on request, so you can call it a legal Graffiti (most are not).

Graffiti mitt i sta'n ? Skulle inte tro det. Det är mest skräp där. Taging, som det kallas (eller klotter som de flesta säger om all färg som inte satt från början). Ska man hitta snygg graffiti så får man ge sig en bit ut. Som här i Bromsten. Just precis denna bild är gammal men finns fortfarande kvar, om än något blekare idag än när den tillkom. Andra målningar som fanns runt omkring i detta område har dock försvunnit och finns numera bara bland mina gamla bilder. De som var med på den tiden kommer säkert ihåg att just denna vägg pryddes av en annan målning före denna. Kolla här.
andra om stockholm målning graffiti

Bromsten (map) 1990

Thanks for stopping by, be sure to visit our fellow City Photobloggers across the globe on this theme day. The March theme is "Graffiti or street mural". 144 blogs have signed up to join the theme.

Adelaide, Australia by Gordon, Albuquerque (NM), USA by Helen, Aliso Viejo (CA), USA by Rodney, American Fork (UT), USA by Annie, Anderson (SC), USA by Lessie, Arradon, France by Alice, Ashton under Lyne, UK by Pennine, Athens, Greece by Debbie, Auckland, New Zealand by Lachezar, Austin (TX), USA by LB, Bandung, Indonesia by Guntur Purwanto, Baziège, France by PaB, Belgrade, Serbia by BgdPic, Bellefonte (PA), USA by Barb-n-PA, Bicheno, Australia by Greg, Boston (MA), USA by Fenix, Boston (MA), USA by Sarah, Whit, & Leyre, Boston (MA), USA by Cluelessinboston, Brighton, UK by Harvey, Bucaramanga, Colombia by Fernando, Budapest, Hungary by Zannnie and Zsolt, Budapest, Hungary by Isadora, Buenos Aires, Argentina by Karine, Canterbury, UK by Rose, Cape Town, South Africa by Kerry-Anne, Chandler (AZ), USA by Melindaduff, Chateaubriant, France by Bergson, Cheltenham, UK by Marley, Chicago (IL), USA by b.c., Chicago (IL), USA by U R us, Christchurch, New Zealand by Michelle, Clearwater (FL), USA by Smaridge01, Clearwater Beach (FL), USA by Smaridge01, Cleveland (OH), USA by iBlowfish, Cologne, Germany by April11, Coral Gables (FL), USA by Jnstropic, Detroit (MI), USA by Taittems, Dunedin (FL), USA by Smaridge01, Durban, South Africa by CrazyCow, Evry, France by Olivier, Forks (WA), USA by Corinne, Glasgow, Scotland by Jackie, Greenville (SC), USA by Denton, Grenoble, France by Bleeding Orange, Guelph, Canada by Pat, Helsinki, Finland by Kaa, Hobart, Australia by Greg, Hyde, UK by Gerald, Inverness (IL), USA by Neva, Jackson (MS), USA by Halcyon, Jefferson City (MO), USA by Chinamom2005, Joplin (MO), USA by Victoria, Juneau (AK), USA by Gwyn, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia by Edwin, Kyoto, Japan by Tadamine, Larchmont (NY), USA by Marie-Noyale, Le Guilvinec, France by ds2944, Lisbon, Portugal by Sailor Girl, Lisbon, Portugal by Jsaltao, Lodz, Poland by ritalounge, London, UK by Ham, London, UK by Mo, Mainz, Germany by JB, Maple Ridge, Canada by Susan, Mazatlan, Mexico by Kate, Melbourne, Australia by Mblamo, Melbourne, Australia by John, Memphis (TN), USA by SouthernHeart, Menton, France by Jilly, Mexico, Mexico by Poly, Mexico City, Mexico by Carraol, Minneapolis (MN), USA by Greg, Minneapolis (MN), USA by Mitch, Monte Carlo, Monaco by Jilly, Montréal, Canada by Douber, Moscow, Russia by Irina, Mumbai, India by Kunalbhatia, Mumbai, India by MumbaiIteanu, Naples (FL), USA by Isabella, Nashville (TN), USA by Chris, Nelson, New Zealand by Meg and Ben, New Orleans (LA), USA by steve buser, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK by Cassie & Chris, Niamey, Niger by Dinabee, Norwich, UK by Goddess888, Nottingham, UK by Gail's Man, Ocean Township (NJ), USA by Josy, Paris, France by Eric, Pasadena (CA), USA by Petrea, Pasadena (CA), USA by Can8ianben, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia by Murphy_jay, Pilisvörösvár, Hungary by Elise, Port Angeles (WA), USA by Jelvistar, Port Elizabeth, South Africa by Sam, Port Vila, Vanuatu by Mblamo, Prague, Czech Republic by Honza03, Quincy (MA), USA by Cluelessinboston, Radonvilliers, France by Deslilas, Riga, Latvia by Prokur, Rome, Italy by Giovanni, Rotterdam, Netherlands by Ineke, Saarbrücken, Germany by LadyDemeter, Saint Louis (MO), USA by Strangetastes, Saint Paul (MN), USA by Kate, Saint-Petersburg, Russian Federation by Lark, San Antonio (TX), USA by Kramer, San Diego (CA), USA by Felicia, San Diego (CA), USA by Zentmrs, Santa Fe (NM), USA by Randem, Seattle (WA), USA by Chuck, Seattle (WA), USA by Kim, Seguin (TX), USA by Thien, Selma (AL), USA by RamblingRound, Sesimbra, Portugal by Aldeia, Setúbal, Portugal by Maria Elisa, Sharon (CT), USA by Jenny, Silver Spring (MD), USA by John, Singapore, Singapore by Keropok, Sofia, Bulgaria by Antonia, St Francis, South Africa by Sam, Stavanger, Norway by Tanty, Stayton (OR), USA by Celine, Stockholm, Sweden by Stromsjo, Subang Jaya, Malaysia by JC, Sydney, Australia by Sally, Székesfehérvár, Hungary by Teomo, Terre Haute (IN), USA by Zann, Terrell (TX), USA by Bstexas, Terrell (TX), USA by Jim K, The Hague, Netherlands by Lezard, Tokyo, Japan by Tadamine, Torun, Poland by Torun Observer, Toulouse, France by Julia, Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina by Jazzy, Twin Cities (MN), USA by Slinger, Vienna, Austria by G_mirage2, Wailea (HI), USA by Kuanyin, Wassenaar, Netherlands by Rich, Wellington, New Zealand by Jeremyb, West Paris (ME), USA by crittoria, West Sacramento (CA), USA by Barbara, Weston (FL), USA by WestonDailyPhoto, Wrocław, Poland by Loompi, Yardley (PA), USA by Mrlynn,

22 comments:

Jilly said...

Like your city, we have almost no street art either. I love this tho. Good choice.

Nathalie said...

It's amazing that this is still there 18 years later. It's a nice piece !

Avignon is not in the list (still having trouble registering with CDP) but nevertheless participating in the theme day. I hope you come and visit.

April said...

This is one where I'm thinking about: is it beautiful or ugly? I can't decide. Here you can find graffitis especially at train stations, on trains and walls.

Neva said...

This is very nice....aren't you surprised it is there after all these years?

Clueless in boston said...

I can't decide if it is beautiful or ugly either, but it looks like it certainly took a lot of work. Amazing that it is still there after so many years; equally amazing you were able to find your old picture! I doubt I would have been able to find one of my pictures that old.

Denton said...

I think this should be classified as a mural not graffiti. mainly because it was done on request (I assume from the owner of the building) ... Very impressive ... Also very impressive that you can find a photo from 18 years ago.

lena said...

Most times grafitti makes me sad but this one was nice, well made and colurful.

Bernt Seipl said...

Neva: I was surprised. I thought it might be there - but "destroyed".

Denton & Clueless: I have a special place for those negatives, so I had no problem finding it. I also have a few binders with the photos as well. I once had them on display at work, so many of them are enlarged too. Looks much better that way. B T W Denton, I don't agree on mural (even if it fits the month-theme too). This is definately a piece.

Thanks to the rest of you commenting so far.....

Southern Heart said...

This one is very pretty...I'm glad that you took a photo when it was "at its best".

Ben said...

I imagine this is a quite large one. Compare to the one you posted on another blog, it's really filled up the space and complete the project.
Nice one!

Gordon said...

A nice piece of graffiti; so much detail. Amazing that it is still there after all that time.

Joe said...

bello

joe

gizelle said...

It looks so cool when I enlarged the photo! very nice street art! great thing its preserved and you preserved your foto. well done!

Bernt Seipl said...

Ben: It is large. Without having the real measurements right now, I'd say about 15 by 5 meters or so. I was amazed by the size of it. I've seen big ones before, but not in one piece.

Gordon: You should see the original picture.....

Gizelle & Gordon: I am glad too that it's still there. I needed to go there first to make sure. My intention was to take a fresh photo, but as I said - it was not possible.

Hyde DP said...

I always thought "tagging" was just a particular kind of "graffiti" a subset of the species rather than a different genre.

George Townboy said...

I love it!

Isadora said...

Great colors and it is decorative rather than oppressive. Nice shot.

Joy said...

A well taken photo! I like the blue and the yellow!

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Bernt Seipl said...

Thanks to all of you kind enough to leave a comment, and took the time to get to the bottom of the list. We were very near the bottom, so I fully understand if not everyone managed to get there :-)

R&R in The Netherlands said...

Amazing to think it could last that long.

Steffe said...

Wow.

Squirrel said...

VERY nice!

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