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A Walk on the Wild Side

Watching a goods train pass by one day, David wondered why the colourful graffiti lettering on the wagons was so illegible?

It turns out that it’s meant to be like that – and on further investigation he discovered that it’s called “Wild Style” graffiti.

It also transpires that most of these “Wild Style” inscriptions are based on the individual’s name, which in its most basic form is also used for “Tags” – smaller, simpler bits of graffiti, often done with marker pens.

But it’s not as easy as it looks! (Above and below) as David discovered when he tried for himself – see “Davidtag” below

Whilst ‘wild style’ is very widespread and can commonly be seen on many available walls or railway wagons, it is only one of the many kinds of graffiti. For instance stencil graffiti (think Banksy) is another whole variety.

David’s first efforts are only moderately wild (they can be read!) and they cause no damage to property as they are sprayed digitally onto virtual textured ‘walls’!

A special request from David’s daughter Lauren – nicknamed “Loz” by her brother Sam produced “Loztag” (below)…

Somewhat more challenging, David’s beloved wife and muse “brenda” (below) features interlinked 3-D letters, each one a specific colour to match the palette of Brenda’s synesthesia….  quite a revelation for something which has until now remained in her mind’s eye!!

“A Walk on the Wild Side” was is a 1956 novel by Nelson Algren. It was made into a film in 1962, and in 1972 Lou Reed recorded a song of the same title. For a bit of flavour, here is a verse from the song:

Sugar Plum Fairy came and hit the streets

Lookin’ for soul food and a place to eat

Went to the Apollo

You should have seen him go, go, go

They said, “Hey Sugar,take a walk on the wild side”

I said, “Hey babe, take a walk on the wild side”


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