Making crappy tagging legible


#1

Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2016/07/23/making-crappy-tagging-legible.html


#2

Legible, in this instance, equals boring; and it’s still not adding anything to the overall aesthetic, so better to just paint over it.

Where I live, basic tagging is declining because there’s an initiative to include street art as an accepted element of the cityscape.


#3

They took away Herber’s crown! Boring is one thing, but Herber gonna cut you!


#4

Emoticons going the wrong way make me twitchy.


#5

I wonder if bbq and grilz work in tandem?


#6

American Culture in a nutshell. The outside becomes the in, slowly but inevitably.

Hot Topic is a great example of this.

(@milliefink, sorry about all this. I’ve posted a thread for @codinghorror to address this comment reply BORK).


#7

What’s not legible?


#8

With emoticons, every way is the wrong way…


#9

Different details are different.


#10

It’s a little sad to me that it’s losing some of its outsider status but I’d rather see it become accepted than disappear. Back in April I I took a picture of an empty restaurant that looked like this:

And now it looks like this:


Not as good as yours by any stretch but I still liked it so much better when it had some colorful tags.


#11

Idle curiosity: where is that?


#12

Nashville, TN. The corner of West End and 20th Avenue.


#13

I immediately thought, “HERBER(t)! HERBER(t)! HERBER(t)!”


#14

Wait…that Rally’s is out of business? When did that happen? It looks apocalypsed, but I swear I was there less than a year ago…Wait five minutes and it’ll become an upscale mustache repair shop, or whatever, knowing Nashville.


#15

It shut down sometime in January unfortunately. I miss the fish sandwiches although I don’t miss the long waits. Everything in the area is being turned into apartments nobody can afford so that’s probably what it’ll be by the end of the year.


#16

Herber’s probably keeping a respectful distance due to the unspoken threat of being Comic Sans’d. Dude should’ve abdicated when he had a chance.


#17

What would happen if you preserved their appearance but moved them to other areas?


#18

I’m not being a pretentious art snob, but that shows a very high degree of skill, humor, domain expertise, and damn near perfect execution.


#19

Think the link is broken it goes to a person’s Facebook page I can’t imagine you would send people there…


#20

Except that I bet it really pisses off the taggers.