Some graffiti can be seen from cars. Some graffiti is designed to be seen from El, Amtrak, and lightrail trains (see under: the stretch between the Central West End and Union Station Metrolink stops).
And then there’s the small stuff. Some graffiti, due to size, location, or subtlety, can really only be caught if you’re on foot.
I present to you three of my favorite tags from this year: a trifecta of psuedo-signage graffiti. (And I’m really not looking for an argument on the ethics of graf writing, but thanks anyway.) All three of these pieces try to create an aura of authority and official-ness by aping the style of signage that was put there by someone legally permitted to do so. I spotted all three of these while in Chicago over the summer, on foot. Both the smaller size of these works and their psuedo-legit camoflage mean there’s no way I could’ve seen these from a car.
Just west of Clark, in front of Cupcakes.
Under the Blue Line tracks adjacent to Milwaukee, just a bit east of the big North, Milwaukee, and Damen intersection.
On Milwaukee, on an underpass below some train tracks, a little east of Western.
[I love ya, dear readers, I’m turning comment screening on for this one.]