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Photowalk: Murals and Graffiti, Documenting Houston's Beautiful Transient Art

For this event, I will provide a copy of my upcoming 2017 Houston-area Graffiti Locations eBook.  Its a list of approximately 30 to 40 outdoor mural locations in Houston.  This is a drive-around event, so grab your favorite carpool buddies, your gear, and your favorite mix tape!

Those who sign up will receive a copy of my Houston-area graffiti locations eBook that I sell on my web site for about $10.

START WITH LUNCH!

Where better to start a Mural Photo event?  We will enjoy a hearty meal at Graffiti's at Union Street.  This is a new restaurant with some great food.  Order up and then come meet us in the porch area outside the front door.  You can check out their menu on their web site.

While we are waiting for our food, we'll chat about photography, Houston, graffiti, etc., get to know our new folks ... and take roll call.

THE LIST

The list will be made available just prior to the event.  *DO NOT LEAVE HOME WITHOUT IT*  Keep a copy on your phone or print it out.  

Many of these locations are legal forms of outdoor expression -- either political art, social expression, or commercial advertisements.  A few are "redecorated without permission".

Most of the locations are within the 610 Loop, making them easy to enjoy without a lot of driving.  You may not be able to hit all spots, but that's ok, enjoy the ones you do find!

HUGE thanks to photowalker Ruben S. (flickr user i-seen-it), his outstanding graffiti documentation was the inspiration for this event!

BUT ISN'T GRAFFITI ILLEGAL?

Any type of damage to someone's property is illegal.  In many areas of our city "tagging" is nearly out of control. 

To combat "tagging", some companies hire professional painters and graffiti artists to create beautiful outdoor wall murals. These works of art are far less prone to be "tagged", since doing so is considered a serious breach of respect.

Not only do artistic murals reduce "tagging", some companies use paintings on their building to solidify their branding and as eye-catching, direct advertisement.  

Many/most of the locations on the map are legal, permitted, and/or commissioned works of art.  Some, not so much. :)

LOGISITICS AND SAFETY

Please consider carpooling for this one, have one person drive and another give directions.  Many of these locations won't have enough parking for a large group of cars.

Also, be aware of your location and surroundings.  Most of these locations are in large public areas.  However, a few locations may be in areas you are not familiar with or accustom to. Don't step out of your car with a bunch of expensive equipment all alone if you're in a location or situation where you do not feel safe.

SOME TIPS AND SUGGESTIONS

Since outdoor murals and graffiti are often removed after a short period of time, we may encounter locations on our route that no longer exist. That's ok, its part of the adventure! 

However if you get to a place and don't see something right away, don't give up. Here are some hints:

If you see a bunch of grey primer paint, you missed it.  

• Look around the corners and behind the building, or across the street!

• Some addresses are based on block number rather than actual address (example 11400, 1200, 100, etc).  

• If a building is near a railroad track, look on the side with the tracks.

• Large murals can often hide tiny gems.  Be sure and check the sidewalks, curbs, and lamp posts for tiny art like small tiles in the shape of cartoons.

• Sometimes the actual mural doesn't have an address, the address provided is a general location.

Photo by Rubin S. http://www.flickr.com/photos/iseenit/9271142771/

Photo by Joe Lippeatt http://www.flickr.com/photos/ext237/3917527866/in/set-72157622311057827

Photo by Rubin S. http://www.flickr.com/photos/iseenit/8720348222


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  • Lisa L.

    This was my first meeting with the group. Had a really nice time.

    1 · January 18

  • Doug

    My first outing with Houston Photowalks and I really enjoyed it.

    1 · January 18

  • Stacy P.

    Great meetup with (as usual) subject matter that I would not have considered before. Always nice to have other photographers around to chat with and learn from. And Joe knows his burger places!

    1 · January 18

  • Rob

    Lunch just took a little longer than expected so could not visit as many venues as I would have like to. Glad to get the list so I can visit at a later date.

    1 · January 15

    • Joe L.

      Thanks Rob. I noticed folks were still having a good time chatting, and even when I stood up to gather the troops, people wanted to continue being social (which is totally great). So I didn't rush things. :)

      2 · January 18

  • Laurie B

    Very enjoyable!

    2 · January 15

  • Lesley S.

    Thank Joe for such thorough graffiti hunting before the Meetup.

    3 · January 14

  • Joe L.

    Next stop for me is 333 S Jensen Dr, Houston, TX. There's some hidden areas you might find interesting, but it's about a 3 block walk along the bayou. Come join if interested. :)

    January 14

    • Joe L.

      I'm parked over by the bridge. Anyone want to tag along? Sitting in my car waiting if anyone is interested.

      January 14

    • John M.

      Missed ya Joe. I went all the way out Harrisburg and back in via Canal. Lots of spots to shoot.

      1 · January 14

  • John M.

    Had a lot of fun.

    1 · January 14

  • Stacy P.

    This was one of my favorite times!!! We should do this every month or so... Just pick a few and focus on them. I got lots of inspiration and ideas from watching what had caught other folks' eyes and how they were composing shots. I will be heading out again soon. Thanks to Joe for all the effort in putting together the map and meetup!

    2 · January 14

  • Cindi

    Great job on the weather, Joe-not too sunny and not too hot.👍

    2 · January 14

  • Maria C.

    Has the ebook with locations been sent?

    January 14

    • Maria C.

      Hey Joe, i didnt get the email. The last email i got from you was about the facebook group. I checked my spam folder as well. Any chance you can resend? [masked]

      January 14

    • Joe L.

      I emailed it to the group again. Please contact me via PM so folks aren't getting too many emails. thanks.

      January 14

  • Charles P.

    Here's the link to the menu. I think the link that Google provided is a spoof
    http://places.singleplatform.com/grafittis-at-union-st/menu?ref=google

    1 · January 13

    • Joe L.

      Wish this menu showed pictures of the food so you guys could see it, the portions are huge. Think I'm going to get the Cadillac this time.

      January 13

    • Calvin H.

      On yelp are pictures of the food

      January 14

  • Brandilyn C.

    Sorry for the late cancellation. Hubby just informed me he has to work tomorrow... so I have to be momma.

    January 13

    • Joe L.

      Oh noooo! Just bring the kiddos, graffiti makes fun backdrops for kid candids!

      January 13

    • Brandilyn C.

      I would but one has a bday party to attend. I was going to pawn it off on daddy, but alas.

      January 13

  • Joe L.

    Ok folks, check your email, I just sent out the three versions of the map. Before leaving home, make sure version 1 works on your phone, OR print a copy of version 2 or 3 *before leaving home*. If you show up to the restaurant without the map (either on your phone or printed out), you buy the first round of drinks! :)

    January 13

  • Susan S.

    Anyone live in the Humble/Kingwood area that would like to carpool?

    January 10

  • Joe L.

    If anyone has any questions about payments, paypal, RSVPs or other similar questions, please send them to me via private message. Otherwise, everyone gets lots of emails, and everyone hates that. :)

    January 12

  • Rob M.

    When will we get the link for the ebook?

    January 11

    • Joe L.

      I will probably announce it at lunch so we can review it together as a group.

      January 12

    • Joe L.

      Oops, I mean it will be sent out via email to those who are RSVP'd "Yes" for this event.

      January 12

  • Maria C.

    I'm planning on going with a friend. The link hasn't worked so am going to use a computer to pay in the morning.

    January 11

    • Maria C.

      Just paid for me and my +1 :-)

      1 · January 12

  • Joe L.

    Tomorrow, I will be compiling the solid list of people who are confirmed going to this event so we can update the restaurant. For those that need the link, here it is. https://www.meetup.com/HoustonPhotowalks/events/236551388/payonlinenow/

    January 11

  • Kim T

    Is it just me or does the Graffiti's link go to a strange page in another language? :-)

    January 10

    • Kim T

      Thanks Joe! That is some strange maintenance.

      2 · January 10

    • Joe L.

      I know right? Not how I typically do maintenance for my clients. Very weird.

      January 10

  • Stacy P.

    I don't see a way to +1...Is it okay if I bring Jeff? He's great at "totin' that barge and liftin' that bale" and driving while I gawk.

    January 8

  • Gail S. M.

    Gail Meyer and Vivian Cardosa will be attending. We will be bring $5.00 cash each for this event.

    January 8

    • Joe L.

      Please RSVP and use the PayPal link. Thanks.

      January 8

  • Susan S.

    The Pay Online link goes to this page and I do not see a way to pay. Can you please post another link?

    December 30

    • Lori H.

      On this page, next to the price, there should be a pay with paypal link.

      December 31

    • Kim T

      You can't do it from your phone. Use a computer.

      December 31

  • John M.

    We can pay the 5 bucks in cash, too, right?

    December 30

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