落書き in 東京:代官山

Graffiti in Tokyo: Daikanyama

(Mostly stickers & tags)

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*Naka-Meguro

*Actually this might have been in Shibuya

*Actually this might have been in Shibuya

What do you think of stickers & tags like this? Generally I like all the stickers, and the creative/artistic tags. I think they add color and character to buildings, although I’m sure the building’s owners tend to disagree. Its funny a couple months ago when I was back in Seattle I took a lot of pictures of this building Tubs, which was taken over by a bunch of local street artists (see here), and a local news site (Seattle’s King 5) contacted me about using the photos. They put them on the King 5 website in a slideshow and also did a short news report. They sent me the link for the video and it was a very negative portrayal of the Tubs thing – which is funny to me because I thought my pictures were obviously glorifying the artwork! Although they didn’t use my photos in the video, just the slideshow..

Anyways, I wonder what the people who live and own business in Daikanyama think of the rakugaki…

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^This is a sign right outside of Daikanyama Station. Rough translation: on the left – “Don’t throw around trash, keep the town clean,” and on the right – “No Graffitti!”

I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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**thanks for viewing!

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5 responses to “落書き in 東京:代官山

  1. well, in a place as clean, sanitary and under control as tokyo, it’s refreshing to see that some people still have to urge to mess poop up and disturb the peace. if it weren’t for them, tokyo would feel cold and totalitarian i think.

  2. The last photo struck me. I wonder how many people follow the sign about not dropping rubbish compared to the amount of people that flaunt the second sign… It’s a strange parallel to have drawn – between the visual aspect of material pollution (as opposed to its more pressing effect) and the visual ‘pollution’ of graffiti – obviously someone believes that the two are on par.

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