Where it all Began…

December 4, 2008

Graffiti: is the name for images or lettering scratched, scrawled, painted or marked in any manner on property. Graffiti is sometimes regarded as a form of art and other times regarded as unsightly damage or unwanted. 

Graffiti has been around for a very long time.  It started in the ancient times, where graffiti was referred to as drawing on walls.  It was not destruction of property.   It was also known as carvings in rocks and boulders.  So even then it was considered art, even though it was not on paper, or canvas. 

Then as time went on graffiti traveled to different countries and in the late 1960’s it became a way for people to express political views. But then gangs started using graffiti as a way to set territories, and such.  What was “cool” to do was bubble letters and curly writing.   If you look at the graffiti we found it looks like much hasn’t changed.  Most of the graffiti we found was gang sings, and bubbly curly letters.

Between the years of 1969-1974 graffiti traveled to New York.  To gain some popularity and stuff the media concentrated on one famous graffiti artist, Demetraki.  He traveled by foot most of the time and almost everywhere he went he left his “mark” TAKI 183.   TAKI came from his name, and 183 was his street number.  It is pretty creative what they did as their names and stuff.  It was pretty well thought out is what I mean, and it was their own way of becoming known and “famous.”

My Opinion….

As we were out looking for pictures it was such a shame to see that a majourity of the graffiti was painted over.  To me that is such a discrace, because it is such beautiful artwork.  Although it is destruction of property, it makes Chicago so much more colorful.  Some argue and say it makes it look trash and such, but I disagree.  I love looking at graffiti, like under bridges when I am walking or driving by.  Maybe on sides of buildings is bad, but on places that are boring and plain, I think it would be nice to have some color!


The Doors

December 4, 2008

I decided to walk around Lincoln Park and Old Town to figure out what exactly I was going to take pictures of. I noticed all of the awesome architecture so I decided to choose doorways because of the crazy original doorways I saw. 



Red door in Old Town.

Door Chicago Ave Bridgehouse by Atelier Teee.

The Chicago Bridgehouse

Gateway to a backyard in Lincoln Park.

Portal Door 27 by Atelier Teee.

Ornamental Bronze door.

Excalibur Door by Atelier Teee.

Excalibur Club door


CTA subway door.


December 4, 2008

So I decided that one day I was actually going to walk around and look for street art for this project, and that is what I did. I realized that street art can really be defined as anything. So I spent my time looking around downtown, Lincoln Park, and Wicker Park for anything that caught my eye. And this is what I found!



Murals, Drawings, & Signs.

December 3, 2008

The majority of these images are from a lounge called Funky Buddha, which is on Damen off of the blueline. I thought the art on the building and the vibrant colors painted around the doorway were really intriguing. Anyone walking by can’t help but stop and look. There is also some art I found while I was in Wicker Park, as well as some pretty cool signs.

Murals in Oak Park

December 3, 2008

-This is part of the first mural I spotted while driving by Oak Park. There were a series of different murals painted by the Beye School 2nd Graders.  A lot of the murals are pretty reflective of work done by a child. Many of the murals featured a lot of aspects of childhood from the Girl Scouts, a child’s imagination, to even feelings of optimism.

-I also found more murals by some different artists. many of these murals underneath the El tracks on streets such as South and Wesley & South and Central.

-Many of the murals were also extremely impressive in terms of detail. Though I was not able find out who the artist(s) was for the following series of murals. Themes of community and urban life seemed pretty evident when the artist(s) painted them.


-I found more murals by some unknown artists that showed some influential figures such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela. The following murals featured more vivid, flamboyant colors along with a more urban look and feel. They also feature some emblematic images associated with Chicago, such as the El, skyscrapper buildings, etc.



November 13, 2008

This street art is done by an artist who created the labels for the Sprecher Brewing Company. They make beer, rootbeer, orange, cream, and many other flavors of soda. Some examples of the labels are at the end of the gallery.

What I find so fascinating is that “Jay Bird” is a local Milwaukee artist, who helped a local brewery with some amazing grahics. His work is one of a kind, and it won’t be found in other states, only Wisconsin. A little pride from home.