Get Inspired by Graffiti

photo by Alexis Bonari

Today I’m offering this wonderful guest post by freelance writer Alexis Bonari:

A long underappreciated art medium is on the rise, receiving more acclaim than it has in years—and we’re not talking blogs.

Since Banksy’s release of Exit Through the Gift Shop, a documentary about street art disaster and featuring some of the world’s most infamous graffiti artists, the world seems to have taken a double-take at what has long been accepted as more of a nuisance than artwork.  This list of 15 recession graffiti artworks also suggests that the forbidden art form is, in fact, something deeper that art for art itself at times, and often a cry from the commons.  Check out these 40 others from Smashing Magazine.

As writers, we must often reach to other media for inspiration.  Don’t forget graffiti the next time the muse needs some stimulation.  The images above and below are snapshots along Via dell’Amore (Lovers’ Lane) in Italy’s popular tourist destination, the Cinque Terre.  Imagine what lovers have come, which ones married, which ones didn’t, which ones had affairs, which ones fought, which ones confessed their secrets, which ones kept their skeletons deep in closets.  Imagine how many secret admirers scribbled the names of those they saw in their dreams.  The potential for drama is great, but stories won’t tell themselves.

Bio: Alexis Bonari is currently a resident blogger at College Scholarships, where recently she’s been researching both the GM scholarship as well as the GMAC scholarship. Whenever she gets some free time, she enjoys watching a funny movie or curling up with a good book.

photo by Alexis Bonari

photo by Alexis Bonari


2 Responses to “Get Inspired by Graffiti”

  1. 1 Patrick Ross April 21, 2011 at 10:45 am

    What an interesting post! I like your connection of graffiti to writing and our muse.

    I just met someone recently who has a hobby of seeking out local graffiti spots when she travels. I hadn’t really appreciated until then that this is a vibrant art form, but I’m seeing graffiti in a different light now.

    • 2 stranglingmymuse April 21, 2011 at 2:17 pm

      I’ve always noticed interesting graffiti in San Francisco, where I live, but it never occurred to me to seek it out while traveling. What a great idea!

      I agree that Alexis made an interesting connection between graffiti and creative inspiration. And she also supplied some great photos of Italian graffiti.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Patrick!


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