connotation that graffiti carries with it because of media influence or the fact that people affiliate graffiti strictly with abstract letters, but one thing I’ve noticed is that Toledoans’ minds change real quick when I mention the words spray paint in relation to creating potential public or commissioned works! I think it’s just a matter of time before we catch up to what others are doing abroad with graffiti art. It’s nice to see that in bigger cities that the advertising industry has begun to embrace aerosol a viable tool for reaching people. It seems that businesses are recognizing the fact that a lot of people are really drawn to the style of this art form and that it can be harnessed in a successful effort to promote products or ideas. Hopefully Toledo follows this trend. There’s nothing like a unique mural to brand your product, business, or message in the minds of potential consumers or supporters of your cause! Everything seems to be all digital and following the already established trends in advertising these days. I feel something that sets you apart from the others in the open market can only help you stand out in the over-saturated sea of billboards, bus stops, and vehicle wraps. We’ll see in due time if our city embraces this art form from this perspective or not though? As for just having free walls where graffiti artists, muralists, and street artists alike can create, there are none that I know of here? It’d be nice to see something like this created so that people who are curious can come check it out and watch artists do their thing, and even experiment themselves if they ever were moved to do so. It’s been a few months, but the community garden mural on Jackson Street is about to be unveiled at the end of this month. Tell me a little about your involvement with the project, and how it feels to have your work be cast in such a positive light.
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