Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Playground Graffiti

This past weekend, Nelson and I took Oscar to a playground in our old neighborhood, about two miles from where we live now.

The last time we were there was maybe five or six years ago and we were running our remote control hovercraft over the basketball court. We couldn't remember what the playground equipment looked like at all, and being as Oscar wasn't even a twinkle in our eyes yet, we had no reason to ever notice.

We were pleasantly surprised. The equipment was nice, not more than a few years old, and there was a play gym specifically for toddlers and one specifically for elementary aged kids.

We spent most of our time over at the toddler play gym, but decided to go over to the big kid gym so Nelson could take Oscar down the tall slides.

And that's where we encountered it. Playground graffiti.



"Toy Story 2 was OK!" It wasn't awesome, it didn't suck; it was just ok. I like this piece of graffiti. It's honest and to the point, but not without enthusiasm. No mincing words here. Just a child-about-town's review of the film.



"Spider Women was Hera." Appropriately, this piece of graffiti was found on the rock climbing wall, because where else would Spider Women be playing? Notice that there was not one Spider Woman but MULTIPLE Spider Women. Note the charming improper use of "was" for "were." And likening Spider Women to Hera, queen of the gods, is quite clever. Clearly this tagger is an amateur, but I think she has real potential.

I've been to my fair share of playgrounds but this is the first authentic graffiti I've seen. I like it - these are kids with a message. They have something to say and they're gonna say it.

I like it. I'll be on the look out for more.

13 comments:

Cameron said...

Now, that is funny. At our playground, the only graffiti reads, "John is a douchebag." Clearly unimaginative.

steenky bee said...

What? Someone tagged with "toy story 2 was ok"? I am laughing my guts out! I love it!!! Hey chica? Do you need any girl clothes for your little one coming? Let me know. I'll send some your way...

Sprite's Keeper said...

Oh, that is funny! Grafitti and a review! Although I have to disagree with Toy STory 2, I thought it was much better than ok.
Love your masthead by the way!

abdpbt said...

Hah! That is precious--"Toy Story 2 was OK."

Kat said...

I remember back when I was in elementary school I wrote on the slide one time...with pencil. I was so afraid I was going to get caught. Yeah that is me, the rebel with a conscience.

Casey said...

That's the best graffiti I've ever seen. We get a different kind around here...

moo said...

That graffiti was awesome! on our playground, it says things like "Tiffany is a bitch." =(

NOT what I want my kid exposed to , thanks very much.

EllenMarie said...

Ahahahahahahahaha. I love it! "Toy Story 2 was okay!"

kittyconcerto.com said...

That's hilarious. Now if you can critique the men's restroom graffiti.....

bsouth said...

Fantastic - I wish we had such intellectual and critical taggers round our way. It must make for a very interesting trip to the park.

Captain Dumbass said...

I found "The cake is a lie" written in chalk today. It was so weird I had to take a picture. Maybe I'll post it tomorrow because I'm too lazy to do anything else.

I got your picture and it's ready to go for Friday. Thanks!

Veronica said...

They are fantastic! Heaps better than any graffiti I have ever seen in our playgrounds.

Stimey said...

Hilarious. Way better than gang tags. :)