Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Graffiti = = Art?

I don't like graffiti, but if I need to see it, I'd at least like to see ART!

I should start off by saying that I NEVER liked graffiti, so I might be a bit biased here... but for me, little is  worse than the graffiti all over Beijing - and the patches of color from the painter that comes by once a week to cover it up!

In the first picture here, they actually painted the whole wall because there was so much graffiti on it (that's the gray/white stripe you see in the middle) but alas, days later it was covered again, so you can see the multi-patched paint over it, to cover the graffiti again.

I wonder how many layers are there? :)

Even the street is not safe!

The second picture shows that it's on the street too! And the same game goes on - with the painting first, then it's covered up, then painted again, then covered up...

So what is this graffiti?

Telephone numbers....!

Things like:

"lose weight - call this number"
"air conditioners - tel #"

 "pirated (stolen) satellite TV - tel #"
"fake tax receipts (for government taxes) - tel #"

Sometimes they JUST have a number!!

I guess Chinese people know what it's about?

I personally would prefer little flowers painted on the street or sunshines on the side of a building to this!

I don't like graffiti, but if I need to see it, I'd at least like to see ART!

I've only seen art graffiti in Beijing once, although I've heard there is a "place" where there is a lot of it.

3 years in a city and only phone numbers painted everywhere ;-)


  1. Graffiti is out as far as I'm concerned also. Just telephone #'s huh? That's strange.

  2. Graffiti is an art to some folks....I really enjoyed reading the posts on your blog. I would like to invite you to come on over to my blog and check it out. God bless, Lloyd

  3. Wow, that is so interesting, I did not know Chinese people do grafitti:)

  4. where is graffiti pictures i think this is only dates or numbers ..

  5. @graffiti artist: That's the point... that's about as close as it gets to graffiti in almost every part of Beijing~