Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The Colors Of The Street


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 The local academic bookstore now stocks an irresistible line of spray paint that seems to have evolved in the graffiti vandal community. A few weeks ago a locked, rolling cage of metal shelves with outlying fire extinguisher appeared under a permission slip from the fire marshal.


Lipstick colors have always represented a particular kind of poetry, often ridiculous. The paint cans are labelled with barely legible titles that would never fly in a big box home improvement center: Nato, Bazooka Joe, Vampirella, Gonzo, Lakers, Flipper, Venom, Smaragd, CAN2 Cool Candy, Duck Season, Concrete, Rusto Coat, Lip, and best of all, Teen Spirit.

I would spend long minutes zoned out in front of the display, but the security mesh is so dense I can barely see the samples. It’s worth the trouble to grope through the obstacles, though. The household is now set up to take small paint jobs to the next level.

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