MISSISSAUGA GRAFFITI RESEARCH leads to “VIRTUAL GRAFFITI MISSISSAUGA” (for All of Us “losers” with Nothing Better to do who need to “Get a Life”)
April 20th, 2009
Just tons happening right here in MYTHissauga.
What I’d only observed and duly documented was confirmed last week. Anyone who is serious about trying to understand Youth isn’t going to get the goods from your government —whether that’s your local crime prevention association or the latest “youth study” funded by your provincial politicos.
Since March 2007, I’ve witnessed for myself that what Youth say to “intermediaries” is not relayed to elected officials or to the Public. At each step in the communication channel, a Youth’s message is filtered, modified, manicured and as I’ve personally experienced, BLOCKED altogether.
What’s left? Primary research. Watching videos that Mississauga/Peel Youth have produced and posted to YouTube. Reading Youth comments to other Youth —no matter how racist or repulsive. Following up on some of those comments. Getting f**** ***s back and emailing them back again. Persevering, and sometimes being rewarded by a Youth who actually opens up.
Yesterday, I followed up on a Youth’s tip through YouTube and toured Brampton and Mississauga in search of graffiti. I can tell you this. The kid was right.
Just a reminder. Defniition of graffiti from the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary.
3 entries found. 1graffiti (transitive verb) 2graffiti (noun) graffito
Main Entry: 2graffiti Function: noun Etymology: Italian, plural of graffito Date: 1945
: usu. unauthorized writing or drawing on a public surface
The functional word here is “unauthorized”.
Didn’t take long to find some.
I knew I was on the right track right off the start. I’d settled into the back of Westwood Mall, set up my camera and tripod to compose a shot of “HELLRAZORS” when three kids (Grade 3 age) approached on bikes.
“You photographing graffiti?”
“Yeah,” I smiled.
Big grin back and— “COOL!”
and that was it.
Needless to say, there’s graffiti that I can’t share —no matter how artistically the F-word is sprayed to a surface. I offer the results of yesterday’s foray presented by order the photos were taken.
Being a bit of an artist myself, I’d sure love to have my say on a highly-visible slab of concrete but I’m not even capable of littering, let alone “unauthorized writing or drawing on a public surface“.
So I’ve decided to try VIRTUAL GRAFFITI! And sooooooooooooo….
And because, I have a lot of time on my hands and nothing better to do and haven’t got a life…
The Mississauga Muse