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North Portland’s Graffiti Gold Mine

"Besa." North Portland. Feb. 2013 Photo By: W.C. Lawson

“Besa.” North Portland. Feb. 2013 Photo By: W.C. Lawson

At the same location where I found artwork from “The Bear,” I stumbled upon huge canvas space. It looked as if it were ruins from the underground artists of Portland.

Each piece is sectioned off by concrete pillars and columns making an advantageous canvas for artists. As you can see from the above image, each artist is offered a frame in which allows artists to integrate an even background color canvas for the textual image. Of course, this makes cover ups easier for the artists because they can cover a whole image with on color as a backdrop for their tag.

"Escape." North Portland. Feb. 2013 Photo by: W.C. Lawson

“Escape.” North Portland. Feb. 2013 Photo by: W.C. Lawson

Once again, I found another piece by one of my favorite local artists, Escape. I can tell that this is a newer tag done by him recently, not only because it appears that the artist did a cover up tag, but there is little weathering to it.  It’s bold with the blackest blacks, and the whitest whites. Of course, lighter paint will have a better grasp in exposing how long the piece has been up, as it it is easier to see weathering on lighter colors.

I’m extremely excited to see this new spot, and more work from Escape. This leads a trail like a scavenger hunt, where the more clues I find the more parallels I can infer about each of the artists I discover.

-W.C.

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