Graffiti in Tokyo: Daikanyama
(Mostly stickers & tags)
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…
^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!