This wall is constantly being overpainted, and the graffiti keeps on coming back.

I like the ghosts of earlier tags – its kind of like looking through a thick fog.




Olympus XA2, Kodak Gold 400, commercially processed, scanned at home.


2 thoughts on “Overpaint

    • Hi Ashoke, I am quite familiar with Banksy’s work – brilliant bit of marketing on that artist’s part. And sometimes it is great communication. And sometimes it is painted over, but more often someone tries to shamelessly make money from it.

      I don’t think I would compare the early cave paintings to graffiti – they most certainly had ritual importance and other cultural significance much different from a bunch of tagging for the sake of making public art, or “art”. Also, artistic endeavours predated the cave paintings by many 10s of thousands of years. The cool thing about the cave paintings are the symbolic markings that are abstract in form but seem to communicate concepts or information. They may be a precursor to writing.


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