Header Attribution

The header photo is a wall in the Depot Art District in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Street Art #11: Monterey

No idea who "dweeb" is (or was)
but whoever it was
at one time found it important
(or otherwise appealing or compelling)
to advertise themselves
on the side of this abandoned building.
This looks like relatively old work
because it is faded
and because it appears to have been
applied before the growth of the
scraggly weeds almost
obscuring the tag.

I know many would agrue
that this should in no way
be glorified as "art."
It is straight up vandalism
and not particularly aesthetically attractive.

My interest is not so much in the artistic value of this obscure "piece."
(and we can have the conversation about what constitutes "art" some other time and place)

I am interested in the social statement(s),
about which we admittedly can only speculate.
What is the story behind "dweeb"?
What does this form of expression
say about our society in general?

Here are a few more pics of the abandoned area
around this grafitti to provide context.

These broken windows are directly above "dweeb."

Standing in the same place, but turning to the right.

These pics (above and below)
are from a similar building across the courtyard.

These pictures were taken early on the morning of 8 October 2010.


  1. Interesting commentary as always...

  2. Weird building! But I agree that first photo is very interesting. :)

  3. The broken windows are actually quite aesthetically pleasing, particularly the last shot. If this were a movie set and one was attempting to recreate an abandoned building scene, I can't think of a better way to portray broken windows than in the patterns that were created in this last photo.

    Just came across your blog. Nice work.

  4. I also find this kind of tagging very interesting. Some of the graffiti I have come across is fascinating. Nice composite of this interesting building.