Source Graf, Lower East Side

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For the graf writer, a clean storefront shutter is a tempting blank canvas just asking for Krylon. The shutters pictured here look fairly new, so you’ve got to pity the owner who’s just had them installed. There may be debate about whether or not this kind of graf is art. (There’s no question that is vandalism.) At any rate, as graf goes, this is a pretty good example of a work that was interupted while in progress or one in which the writer ran out of white spraypaint–look carefully at the letters and notice how they’ve been barely filled. Graf aside, there’s an interesting jux here: the Chinese characters on the awning, the names of the business (“888”) and the tag-annotation of “Fever.

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