Don’t Write on My Wall

Wayward walls draw spray paint . . . urban gang artists risk capture.

Thailand, Bangkok, three young men painting grafitti

The drive to draw prevails.

Derelict venues allow youthful talent explosion. Amidst a moment’s calm in Bangkok, these kids appeared gutsy. Were guns in their pockets? Perhaps there was a knife under the belt. Watch out! Fast escape must be well conceived.

When risks risk Thai police, artistic flair magnifies.

The grip of a spray can. A glance over the shoulder . . . maybe . . . but I doubt it. The art of the thrill lies in potentially getting caught. Adrenaline. A trigger finger triggers release. And then they have done it. Paint is sprayed.

A masterpiece is created.

Thailand, Bangkok, black paint graffiti on a silver metal roll-up door

Most urban graffiti artists are virile young males. They raise a leg and a paint can to define their turf. When the cops neared, the kids split. I snapped my shutter. I did not run.

Afterwards, I freely wandered the hood searching artful creations.

Thailand, Bangkok, colorful grafitti painted wall

Photographers crop to control . . . at whim.

Beauty and power emanate from the fingertip, the eye, the soul.

Perhaps a streak of rebellion lies within us all.

Glen Allison

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