I have written on this topic before but now I am readying my pictures for a show at the Paterson Museum.  If in the area from 10/1 - 11/15, please take a look if you can.

I was in school in NYC when graffiti stopped being an occasional annoyance and became instead a monster, with the entire subway system and much of New York’s public spaces defaced by “tags.”  Yet the tags were intriguing.  When riding in a bombed subway car, I watched in fascination as we passed stations that were like living cartoons.  It was both terrible and wonderful to the eye.

I hadn’t expected graffiti when I wandered into the old ATP site to photograph the Colt Gun Mill.  I found the ruin, but I also found an astonishing collection of tags and such.  The site itself had been long abandoned and I pass no judgement on those who decided that here, they would be free to make their mark.

I look forward to when the ATP* site is restored to allow visitors to the Great Falls to enjoy our history, but it as it is restored, these glorious marks will pass into history. 

*The ATP site is the old Allied Textile Printing site that was destroyed in a series of fires in the 1980s.  It contains some of the oldest ruins in Paterson including the ruins of the mill where the first Colt Revolver was manufactured.  The Colt family was from Connecticut but they made their mark in Paterson too.  

The techniques of Graffiti artists have been incorporated into the world of public art and many of the mural makers are counted as graffiti artists.  Since words are flexible then so be it.  But I see a difference between working in a place where you are allowed to be there, and the illicit work done here in a site that is chained off.  (But easy to break into). 

The old Colt Gun Mill:

Then I encountered the rest:  

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Comment by koshersalaami on August 6, 2017 at 6:27am

These guys are good

Comment by Terry McKenna on August 6, 2017 at 7:22am

So is the photographer.

Comment by koshersalaami on August 6, 2017 at 7:32am

And he's really refreshingly modest

Comment by Terry McKenna on August 6, 2017 at 7:47am

No point in that. With no real audience I need to get praise from somewhere.

Comment by alsoknownas on August 6, 2017 at 8:03am

I really dislike graffiti and despite what I recognize sometimes as graphic artist ability, it bothers me.

In this county one has to provide a driver's license, sign a form and be over 18 to purchase spray paint. It doesn't matter. Graffiti still appears on public buildings at will.

My nephew did some jail time for his prolific public works. Stooge.

Comment by koshersalaami on August 6, 2017 at 8:07am

Ok. I like some of these shots. The second one because of the arboreal/graffiti juxtaposition. The next one because of its geometry. Same with Our Daily Krimes. The nude because of those planes and other shapes at multiple distances, including the water in the background, and because of those vertical turquoise dots. The nude is the most visually interesting photo; in fact, it would be interesting even without the nude. 

Comment by Terry McKenna on August 6, 2017 at 8:18am

also: however all that may be, this was and remains in a site that has been abandoned for 35 years... so there you go.

Comment by koshersalaami on August 6, 2017 at 8:28am

Someone must go there. Either the artists expect to be seen or they're just doing it for the Kilroy Was Here aspect. 

Comment by Foolish Monkey on August 6, 2017 at 8:52am

I was once commissioned to do some drawings of revolutionary war sites and one of them - the vechte cortelyou house was in red hook brooklyn, buried in shrubs, boarded up and completely neglected at the time and covered in graffiti - and this was before graffiti was popular.   graffiti has been around forever.  I think there's graffiti in ancient rome done by ancient romans.  

Comment by Foolish Monkey on August 6, 2017 at 8:53am

terry these are really good.  clean and beautiful contrasts.  the graffiti on graffiti one cracked me up!

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