It is no secret we are inundated with urban art, graffiti and tagging. It’s our primal instinct to leave our mark on the landscape and communicate our story. I for one am at least intrigued by their artistry. Could someone find me the Rosetta Stone for the banger’s alphabet? A pocket size would be perfect.
Seriously, I’d like to understand what they are trying to tell me. Including the meaning of the symbols would be nice. If it’s telling me that the crazy-old-gabacho-with-camera to get the hell out I would like to know.
This skull is common in the San Gabriel River that runs through eastern Duarte near Encanto Park and the bike trail. Over the last few years, even when the river was turned on and flowing, it had incredible murals and graphics that were signed DEG or alternatively DESG which I understand is the “Duarte East Side Gang”. The incredible murals are pretty much gone, painted over with large letters and then smaller letters. Only occasionally do you see the skull anymore.
A few more pics and ideas after the jump.
420 is obvious. As is fetish. After that I am lost. Am I to presume the 3 letter combos are their monogram?
OK…BUX is new in the area. He painted over TCS whomever that was. I like the paint can idea. New here and the first I have seen it in the 5 or so years I have been documenting the area. But what does “BUX XLX BUTTLE THROWER” mean?
All photo’s by me. Shot RAW, post processed with Photomatix HDR and Tone Mapping then converted to jpeg for here and run through Optikverve’s Virtual Photographer for the final image clean up. I do have to thank eecue for turning me on to Photomatix.