Atlanta Graffiti

My husband often accuses me of not paying attention to my surroundings, and to some extent he is right. I tend to be immune to advertising, and sometimes to people who are talking to me. I can be in my own little world. However, for some reason when I am driving around intown Atlanta, my eyes are always drawn to the graffiti on underpasses, in tunnels, and on buildings throughout town.

I am so in tune to it that I actually recognize specific artists’ tags: Goat Ravisher, Hense, Born, and, my personal favorite, Sever. (Or, as my husband and I refer to him, “Old Man Sever.” As in, “Old Man Sever is at it again!”) So, out of curiosity, i did a Google search on the tags and found this really interesting website on Atlanta graffiti artists. You can view the archives by alphabetical name. (Check out Old Man Sever! He really is as prolific as he seems.) And for some really interesting insight into Graffiti artists, check out the “20 Questions Archives.”

6 Comments so far

  1. a. non (unregistered) on July 19th, 2006 @ 5:37 pm

    yeah, yeah… the whole judging a book thing. whatever. i love that you appreciate graff and want to share.

    yay for the s-a-h-m.

    me likey hense.


  2. tiffany (unregistered) on July 20th, 2006 @ 9:13 am

    fyi: if you ride the northeast-bound marta train, you’ll see some cool graffiti between lindbergh and chamblee.


  3. Annie (unregistered) on July 20th, 2006 @ 9:25 am

    You’re right, Tiffany! Some of the best graffiti is seen from Marta trains.


  4. ed (unregistered) on July 20th, 2006 @ 10:40 am

    does anyone remember this? When driving on Trabert Ave behind the old steel mill now Atlantic Station, there was a huge awesome gorilla that was up there for years with “urr” identifying it.

    Shortly before AS was built, someone spraypainted over it with a terrible terrible piece and was shunned I could tell.

    Does anyone know who would have done the “urr” piece?


  5. George Burdell (unregistered) on July 20th, 2006 @ 4:16 pm

    I remember the Gorilla!! He was awesome. If you took some time to walk around the old abonded warehouses and steel mills, there was some great graffiti to be found. Lots of large mural peices. I remember scaring an artist half to death one day back there.


  6. Oliver (unregistered) on July 21st, 2006 @ 2:06 pm

    I went to school with these guys back in the day. Good to see they’re getting recognition. They are very talented artists.



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