Have you ever walked around in Lower Manhattan and noticed a trail of paint on the sidewalk?
About 3 years ago, one of my friends in school decided to follow the trail around and noticed that the trail produced the image that you see above; a strange-looking rendering of what appeared to be the word “momo.” MOMO, we found out, was the name of an artist that used to be based in NYC, and sure enough, the one responsible for tagging his name across the width of Manhattan.
After requesting a meetup, MOMO told my friend that he accomplished this task by fixing 5 gallon paint buckets to the back of his bike, poking a hole in the bottom of the containers, and riding though the West Village, SoHo, Greenwich Village, East Village, and Alphabet City. Momo made the tag in 2006. Some parts of the line have been covered up by roadwork and redone sidewalks but most of the line is still visible.
To me, the interesting thing about the line is how both similar and different it is to regular graffiti. Essentially, most graffiti writers enjoy seeing their name on things. The bigger they can paint it and the more visible their tag is, the more people will notice their conquering of the city. MOMO created the largest tag in New York, yet the scale of his work here, so massive that it can’t all be viewed at once, means that thousands of people will walk on it each day and never even notice it. It’s simultaneously the biggest and smallest artistic statement I have seen in my time here.
MOMO made a video about the line which you can see here.
If you ever walk over it, now you’ll know what you’re looking at.
I will never not reblog this, because it just gives me so many feels.
This… Is how ever artist is - whether we draw, write or even roleplay… Our characters speak to us, they let us know how they feel, how they think… It’s why I cherish each character I have ever rp’d because… They’ve become a part of who I am. All of the characters I write as… I give life to and that to me is a beautiful thing.
I agree with this full heartedly. My roleplay characters become parts of myself, my own children who have snarky attitudes, who grow, and develop. I love everyone of them, and when they pass away, I know they will never fully be gone.
So many feelings. My characters are my babies and I will always love them, even if they choose to do stupid shit.
this isn’t just for artists. writers feel the same way. i love the characters in each story i write, whether they’re good or evil, because they all have a life. it may be a life that isn’t real, but to me each of them are real. just to me.
I’M SICK AND TIRED OF YOU RAPSCALLIONS NOT TAKING THE TIME TO SOURCE YOUR ART. IF YOU LIKE THE ART SO MUCH, WHY DON’T YOU TAKE THE TIME TO CREDIT THE ARTIST WHO DREW IT? THERE HAVE BEEN PEOPLE CONSTANTLY IMPLORING FOR SOURCED ART, BUT THEIR PLEAS HAVE BEEN IGNORED BY YOUR CARELESSNESS. I HOPE THIS DOESN’T OFFEND ANYONE BECAUSE I’VE BEEN WAITING QUITE A WHILE TO SAY THIS.
I know I dont usually reblog stuff on this account anymore but this seemed relevant. c:
yes please for the love of god
please and thank you
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