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{India}N Graffiti{S}, Rishikesh

Found this (these) interesting graffiti (s) painted (carved) on a wall near a wire bridge that lead to a riverside beach camp some 35 Kms past Rishikesh.

Together they present a sharp contrasting mix of two different styles of Graffiti art. One comes from the west and the other comes from India. One believes in bright aerosol paint and the other in plain engraving. One is all about style, the other is all about content. In one, the artist believes in anonymity and in the other, anonymous believes in names - good, bad and profane. Both forms see  artists expressing their inner thoughts through graphic cryptic messages. One is all about...

Oh hell! I could go on; the Hindi carving on the wall are usual and a common sight in India, but the truth is that I took that photographs thinking that colorful graffiti (does that read M (i,b,l) PUB? ) to be a gang signal spray painted as a territory marker.

2 comments:

  1. Interesting observation. To learn more about graffiti in India check out this interview as well: http://blog.knowledge-must.com/archives/27-Interview-Bond-talks-about-Graffiti-in-India.html

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  2. Thanks for the awesome LINK. Interesting that he painted one even in Gulmarg at 4500ft. He says people can't see it any more. I bet the tourist dept. white washed it.

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