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Examples of Fantastic Graffiti
July 27, 2008, 5:54 pm
Filed under: alphabet, art, text

"Q" by Eine

"Q" by Eine

I’ve recently been feeding my obsession with all things textual by considering the role of text within graffiti. From the story in Daniel where King Belshazzar’s doom is spelled out by the cryptic message “mene mene tekel parsin”, through to Life of Brian’s “Romanes eunt domus” scene and beyond, illicitly writing on walls seems to be a good way of getting your message across. Sometimes, text is valued for its artistic merits and its message is beyond the conventional linguistic meaning. Eine is an artist who clearly values letters for both meaning and form and specialises in writing on walls and other public places. Eine’s alphabet series is written on various shop-shutters in the East End of London. Nighttime photographs of the complete alphabet can be viewed here, and on this page (whence I stole the above ‘Q’) a devoted fan has compiled the letters into a ‘rude word search’ – most amusing. Eine also uses his distinctive font to leave messages – vandalism is my favourite.


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