There’s been questions here about the difference between graffiti and tagging (see photo above) and the the difference, even if you don’t want to believe it is graffiti is someone trying to make art, while tagging is someone trying to send a message. If you live in Silver Lake like I do, you’ve seen a lot of messages around recently. And in case you can’t translate it, these messages say there’s going to be a war.
Two gangs – Silver Lake 13 and 18th Street (XV3) are arguing over territory. The past few days there’s been more tagging than I’ve seen since I moved into Silver Lake. Tags are up in the morning, counter tags are on top of them by afternoon, walls are painted over by evening and the whole thing has started up again by morning. Every surface on Michaelterina about a block north of Sunset is covered. You can barely tell that the walls used to be tan due to the insane amount of brown and red spray paint covering every inch. People are pissed, and I’m not talking about building owners.
What does all this mean? Well unless you are in one of those gangs not a lot. There will probably be a lot of tagging, a lot of repainting, and probably some gun shots. I’ll try to take some more photos later on, I was kind of in a rush this morning and couldn’t get a clear shot of the wall I really wanted. I’d like to get a few shots of the same wall and show the progression. I’ll see what I can do.