Weird Universe


Have Sharpie, Will Draw

Need thousands of dollars worth of renovations in your home, but only have a handful of magic markers? Not a problem, if you're Charlie Kratzer. Mr. Kratzer, of Lexington, Kentucky, wanted something unique to cover the sea of endless cream-colored paint on his basement walls. He started the project mid-wall, by drawing a copy of the "Salon" by Picasso, and the idea took off. Through most of the spacious basement there is black line-drawing — around the pinball machine and the pool table and over the bathtub and toilet. You can view the entire basement artwork here, and see if you can spot Sherlock Holmes, Winston Churchill, The Walrus and the Carpenter from Alice, the Marx Brothers, and R2D2.
Posted By: Nethie | Date: Fri Jul 02, 2010 | Comments (4)
Category: Art, Crafts, Design and Designers, Graffiti

Weird Graffiti



Perhaps longtime WU readers will recall this weird Providence poster that I featured some time ago.

Well, now we get some matching sidewalk graffiti. "He is greater than I?" Scary!

(Click on each image for better viewing.)
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Apr 05, 2010 | Comments (6)
Category: Graffiti, Fictional Monsters

Creepy Animated Graffitti

You have to admit this is some really cool, but creepy graffitti animation. This is the kind of posting the readers of WU could help go viral even though it's two years old. Forward to everyone you know, and let's see if we can't get the creepy man-headed spider to fill the screens across the world!!

Don't you hate it when you open the door to your stomach and someone else crawls out?
Posted By: gdanea | Date: Sun Oct 18, 2009 | Comments (4)
Category: Graffiti

“Now It’s Personal!”


I took this photo yesterday on my walk around Providence. It's an abandoned factory that used to be a Florist Supply Center. Actually, I have a personal connection with this building. Thirty-five years ago, one college summer, I drove an ice-cream truck. This building was the ice-cream wholesaler where I would restock.

In any case, it's half-gutted now and unreachable behind a fence. I was disappointed, because I wanted to capture the weird graffiti I could see. But I took a shot from the street, and, with magnification, the spray-painted message faintly visible right-of-center in the big photo does indeed show up. (And actually, if you click twice on the whole photo, you can see the legend in context.)

What can this possibly mean? The building shows a little fire damage. Maybe the owner suspected arson, and was warning the culprit.

Any suggestions welcome!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Jul 27, 2008 | Comments (3)
Category: Buildings and Other Structures, Graffiti
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