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 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