Last night, I received an email from the person purporting to be the street scrawler “YOU WOULD.” It originated from www.youwould.info and the subject line read: “NECK FACES SCHOOL OF GRAFFITI.”* The whimsical correspondence was brief and provided some rationale for the tag, which for some purists, is a detestable mark that represents everything wrong with graffiti, while others have a more lighthearted street artsy appreciation, and are just thankful they can read it. Anyway, without further adieu:
I’m rubber, you’re glue. Everything that bounces off me sticks to you. The “you would” tag has a meta, self-consciousness built into it.It is insurmountable; “You would” can be a question a statement or a reaction to anything. It’s nothing, it’s everything, it’s annoying, it reminds you of “that guy” or “that girl” that would say that to you. It makes you think about yourself, it brings up emotions, and creates a conversation. You laugh at it, you get pissed off at it, whatever it is; it’s interesting. The “you would” tag is less present on the streets than other tags but for some reason people take notice. They understand it and can relate to it.
Why you? Why did I write to you? I guess I have something different to say and I want to get it out. Why did you post that picture? I’m not sure why you posted the picture. It seems like you are engaged to a certain extent, I know you are, but what am I?
[Ed note: “NECK FACES SCHOOL OF GRAFFITI” is a reference to this post.]
(Photo: allan molho/flickr)