Aerosol Texting: The Power Of Words On City Walls

Brief Analog Messages On Walls Ape Our Digit-Driven Discourse

Whether satire, slogan, or soliloquy, the anonymous street scribe shapes our experience while we walk through the city.

Boffo or blustery, a piece of poetry can sling or sting your unsuspecting heart as you round the corner or look above your head and a rallying cry will bring color to your cheeks or dread into your head. A well-crafted counterpoint can clearly confound and a cleverly flipped script will turn up your lips, but no-one can crack some cryptic confessionals or meandering non sequitors that pop and squirm under your quizzical gaze.

2013-11-13-brooklynstreetartartistunknownjaimerojo1113web15x.jpg Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Whether cute or contentious, the hand-rendered words that we daily see on walls throughout the city are all speaking to us in a cooly comforting lo-fi handwritten way across the bricks and mortar, but somehow they often obey a 140 character limit too. Mercifully brief, as if targeted to our hurried pace and tightly tailored for the twitter-brained among us, these textual communications are looking for a more general audience, but an audience nonetheless.

And here we are. Today we look at a kaleidoscopic collection caught by photographer Jaime Rojo, cobbled together here for you.

2013-11-13-brooklynstreetartartistunknownjaimerojo1113web2.jpg Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

2013-11-13-brooklynstreetartrambojaimerojo1113web1.jpg Rambo (photo © Jaime Rojo)

2013-11-13-brooklynstreetartrambojaimerojo1113web2.jpg Rambo (photo © Jaime Rojo)

2013-11-13-brooklynstreetartartistunknownjaimerojo1113web4.jpg Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

2013-11-13-brooklynstreetartartistunknownjaimerojo1113web21.jpg Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

2013-11-13-brooklynstreetartelsol25jaimerojo1113web2.jpg El Sol 25 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

2013-11-13-brooklynstreetartelsol25jaimerojo1113web1.jpg El Sol 25 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

2013-11-13-brooklynstreetartartistunknownjaimerojo1113web11.jpg Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

2013-11-13-brooklynstreetartartistunknownjaimerojo1113web13.jpg Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

2013-11-13-brooklynstreetartlovemejaimerojo1113web.jpg Love Me (photo © Jaime Rojo)

2013-11-13-brooklynstreetartartistunknownjaimerojo1113web12.jpg Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

2013-11-13-brooklynstreetartartistunknownjaimerojo1113web5.jpg Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

2013-11-13-brooklynstreetart3ttmanjaimerojo1113web.jpg 3tt Man (photo © Jaime Rojo)

2013-11-13-brooklynstreetartartistunknownjaimerojo1113web1.jpg Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

2013-11-13-brooklynstreetartartistunknownjaimerojo1113web14.jpg Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

2013-11-13-brooklynstreetartbdwhitejillyballisticjaimerojo1113web.jpg B.D. White & Jilly Ballistic (photo © Jaime Rojo)

2013-11-13-brooklynstreetartartistunknownjaimerojo1113web7.jpg Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

2013-11-13-brooklynstreetartartistunknownjaimerojo1113web6.jpg Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

2013-11-13-brooklynstreetartbanksyjaimerojo1113web2.jpg Banksy (photo © Jaime Rojo)

2013-11-13-brooklynstreetartbanksyjaimerojo1113web1.jpg Banksy (photo © Jaime Rojo)

2013-11-13-brooklynstreetartartistunknownjaimerojo1113web23.jpg Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

2013-11-13-brooklynstreetartartistunknownjaimerojo1113web9.jpg Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

2013-11-13-brooklynstreetartpeskjaimerojo1113web.jpg Pesk ACK (photo © Jaime Rojo)

2013-11-13-brooklynstreetartartistunknownjaimerojo1113web10.jpg Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

2013-11-13-brooklynstreetartgilfjaimerojo1113web.jpg Gilf! (photo © Jaime Rojo)

2013-11-13-brooklynstreetartenzoniojaimerojo1113web2.jpg Enzo & Nio (photo © Jaime Rojo)

2013-11-13-brooklynstreetartenzoniojaimerojo1113web1.jpg Enzo & Nio (photo © Jaime Rojo)


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