If you’ve stepped outside your house in the last month, you know about the book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Japanese organizational guru Marie Kondo. The gist (for those of you who live in a cave) is that if a possession doesn’t bring you “joy,” then toss. Reading this book has left all my friends with bare closets, a warm glow and ten pounds thinner. Maybe a mild exaggeration. “So what does this have to do with the graffiti wall, Cara?” Well, the dress I wore (see below) had been lying on my floor in the “No Joy” pile ready to donate. No, I have not read the book but through osmosis- or maybe guilt – have jumped on the Kondo bandwagon. However, Monday morning I picked up the very dress and it suddenly brought joy, lots of joy! What better color to wear? A white dress would be perfect! So, what I’m trying to say, is either read the book and toss your shit or write a blog and start using it.
Did you know that one of the largest graffiti festivals takes place in St. Louis every year? Well it does- along the roughly 1.5 miles of flood wall lining the Mississippi, just south of downtown. It began back in 1995 as “The Paint Louis Jam” – started by a group of friends who wanted to see graffiti-as-art get the attention it deserved. Since then it’s evolved into what it is today… bands and artists from all over the country gather to celebrate street culture in a weekend long soiree. This year over 100 artists made the pilgrimage to St. Louis to claim their stake on the wall and showcase their skills. One San Diego artist I talked to called Paint Louis, “The biggest graffiti fest and best graffiti wall in the country”… which might actually be true, since the wall was named the Largest Graffiti Mural by the Guinness Book of World Records back in 1998. Images ranged from the occult to almost whimsical and will last for a few weeks or months until other, non-sanctioned, graffiti is painted over it. Then the whole process will begin again next year.