You’re so gangsta. . .

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Douchebags are everywhere, I still shouldn’t run into them as often as I do though. Last night I was walking down West Silver Lake Blvd to meet up with some friends at the Edendale Grill. As I was walking down the street a car pulled up, stopped and some nervous hipsters started getting out and looking around. My suspicions were aroused, but ultimately I didn’t immediately care. Then as I was about to round the corner I heard hissing. I turned to see those hipsters tagging that big white wall right on the corner of West Silver Lake and Rowena! As soon as I rounded the corner I circled around the building and snapped their picture over a fence. I’m fairly certain my flash nearly made them poop their pants as they were acting pretty nervous before I dropped it on them. I snapped the photo and retreated to the Edendale. I examined the picture inside (after being creepily hit on by some dudes) and couldn’t believe my eyes. Did those kids seriously tag the wall with. . .a Joy Division lyric?! A lively discussion on graffiti and graffiti culture ensued but the conclusion was the same: Those kids were douchebags. Seriously, what kind of faux-gangster tags a wall in SILVER LAKE with “Love Will Tear Us Apart XOXO”?!?! Is that what the kids think is cool? Is there cred in that? Silver Lake isn’t THAT horribly hipster-gentrified that dropped Joy Division lyrics gets you street cred (though god help you all if ‘indie cred’ translated to street cred) If you know that black Ford Focus in the picture above, go punch the stupid driver and their stupid friends in their stupid necks!

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Kids, listen, you’re a bunch of chaches.
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15 Replies to “You’re so gangsta. . .”

  1. I dunno, when I see something like that I think about all the people who don’t know whose lyric it is (probably at least 50% even in SL) and it gives them pause. SO I’m not as down as you on the choice of words.

    The main problem is that it’s just ugly. If you’re not improving the space, it’s not art it’s just a tag.

  2. I live nearby and saw this tag while driving into work today. Like many, I appreciate art that makes me think — but this is nothing short of vandalism. Taggings and street graffiti can be reported by dialing 3-1-1. Simply tell the call rep the intersection in question, and the city will have the graffiti removed — even lyrics to well-liked songs.

  3. “So this is what yuppie hipsters do on their time off?”

    No, yuppie hipsters take pictures of people spray painting song lyrics on walls and then post about it in their blogs using a self-righteous tone.

  4. Hey Spergon,

    So the self-righteousness of gagbagtagfags trumps that of someone who writes about witnessing such miscreant behavior? Thanks, I’ll make a note of that.

  5. what does self-righteousness have to do with anything? This is ALL about the douchebaggery of tagging something like that in sucha neighborhood. C’mon, Spergie, the bitterness doesn’t make you look smarter.

  6. If this bugged you so much why didn’t you go up to them and say something, instead of being a coward and taking a picture behind a fence??

    wanker

  7. I’m pretty sure thats sweet.
    if only there was nice tags like that here.

    it’d make my walk to work a whole lot nicer.

    who doesnt want to read something nice like that?
    im pretty sure its way better than someone writing douche bag in big bold black letters….which is on the side of the bridge here.
    so i’ll swtich you guys,..your thugs for mine.

    deal!

  8. “If this bugged you so much why didn’t you go up to them and say something, instead of being a coward and taking a picture behind a fence?”

    Exactly.

  9. “Silver Lake isn’t THAT horribly hipster-gentrified that dropped Joy Division lyrics gets you street cred (though god help you all if ‘indie cred’ translated to street cred)”

    Um…yes it is! Silverlake is the ground zero of gentrification in Los Angeles and dumbass hipsters have meshed with the gay population to make Silverlake as we know it today. Watch the fuck out, Echo Park. Because you’ll be next if you don’t watch out.

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