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.