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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

The Art of Street Grafitti

I think it'd be very difficult to understand grafitti as an artform for Malaysians. I mean we're talking about a country where the only grafitti in existence are the ones that goes like this:

1) For Gay sexy time call XXX-XXXXXXX
2) The Hokkien collection of profanities: CB, LC, LP, TL
3) The Western collection of equivalent profanities: F.U.
4) The Malay/Sarawakian Malay set of equally offensive profanities: P*K*M*k
5) The visually stunning & artistic expressions of pornographic artwork behind the toilet doors

I hope you are beginning to see my point here. How can those ever be art? And you're right.

But I was pretty much surprised that even though you can find street grafitti almost everywhere in Melbourne, they're basically limited to incomprehensible words which have nothing to do with profanities.

I basically shot all these from my train rides from Flinders Station to Prahran, or maybe it was Glenferrie.
I also realised something else.


I was at Swinburne Prahran & so I checked out their toilets.


I realised that their toilet grafitti was of superior standard than most that I've seen before.

Well, it was quite obvious, with Swinburne Prahran being one of the best design schools in Australia, you'd tend to have better quality grafitti, no mater how profane & obscene they'd be.

So I asked one of the Swinburne Prahran lecturer, 'Do you know where the best toilet grafitti is?

He was stunned & looked at me like I was a hilly-billy who just came down from the mountain, or in my case, a long lost, just-recently-discovered, Borneo tribe who just climbed down from a tree in the rainforest.

And so I said, 'The best toilet grafitti has got to be from a design school!' That is so right-in-your-face obvious.






And of course I didn't take any pictures of the toilet grafitti, for fear of being reprimanded by Malaysian Customs for carrying pornographic materials back into the country.

4 comments:

Abdullah said...

I bet you've been guilty of leaving a few pieces of art on public toilets huh?...hehehehehe...

Greg Wee said...

I'm not good at doing two things at one time. I'm usually too occupied in the toilet to resort to this leisurely activity with no direction & cause.

Abdullah said...

HAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

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