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5,519 hits 3.3 (4 votes) Share Favorite | Flag 11 years ago by mysocks

Is writing on restroom walls the purest form of art?
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11 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Sunday 8/22/10 - 9:50:37 PM EST (GMT-5)
That sh** scares me.
11 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Monday 8/23/10 - 6:23:31 AM EST (GMT-5)
Most of what I've seen isn't really artistic....just profanities with no sense of irony or pretension, random phone numbers, etc. The only latrine grafitti that intrigues me are the ongoing debates- its like toilet stall twittering.

Someone writes "Life sucks and then u die"
Someone writes below it: "Jesus is life!"
Someone writes below that "Jesus sucks"
Everyone puts their 2 cents in.

11 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Monday 8/23/10 - 6:27:02 AM EST (GMT-5)
Some of it is I guess, most isn't.
11 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Monday 8/23/10 - 9:43:34 AM EST (GMT-5)
Not at all. Although I did see a good one once. "We all dance in circles and suppose, while the secret is in the center, and knows.
11 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Monday 8/23/10 - 3:50:11 PM EST (GMT-5)
No not from what I've seen. Seems to me like a bunch of bored people who spend too much time in a public bathroom
11 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Monday 8/23/10 - 7:46:29 PM EST (GMT-5)
I always wonder who the hell takes a pen into a public restroom. I know sometimes writing on the walls are just key scratches indented in, but a lot of it is clearly written in pen or marker sometimes. Who the hell takes a marker or pen into a public restroom?
11 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Tuesday 8/24/10 - 12:13:38 PM EST (GMT-5)
it's moron art.
11 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Tuesday 8/24/10 - 12:40:48 PM EST (GMT-5)
I see swasticas, or pentagrams, rascism jokes, call me for a good time, sh** like that on the wall.

This one I read I will remember for awhile.
"Your afaid to admit how happy you are"
11 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Tuesday 8/24/10 - 12:41:02 PM EST (GMT-5)
*afraid*
11 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Tuesday 8/24/10 - 12:54:41 PM EST (GMT-5)
I scribbled the first few terms of the Fibonacci sequence on a stall once, and noticed a couple of months later someone else was adding terms to it. It made me happy.

Re: Pens - I have one in my pocket almost all the time.
11 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Tuesday 8/24/10 - 4:13:48 PM EST (GMT-5)
What a nice way of looking at it, yes I think so lol
11 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Friday 3/25/11 - 7:22:12 PM EST (GMT-5)
I love the writing on the walls of buildings.
when I was a kid I drew on walls, but when my parents confronted me I blamed the cat in the hat.
11 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Saturday 3/26/11 - 6:53:29 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Monday 8/23/10 - 6:23:31 AM Absynth wrote:
Most of what I've seen isn't really artistic....just profanities with no sense of irony or pretension, random phone numbers, etc. The only latrine grafitti that intrigues me are the ongoing debates- its like toilet stall twittering. Someone writes "Life sucks and then u die" Someone writes below it: "Jesus is life!" Someone writes below that "Jesus sucks" Everyone puts their 2 cents in.



I remember being in a bathroom on campus up at Kent State and there was an entire pro-life/pro-choice debate going on all over the walls.
11 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Saturday 3/26/11 - 7:11:36 AM EST (GMT-5)
Sometimes workplace bathrooms are the great leveler of class warfare.

I woked with a bunch of New Zealander carpenters on a site with a lone Australians labourer.

That guy took so mmuch sh*t in silence untill one day the message apeared in the site bog.....

Kiwis are so inbred even their airplanes have square wheels and hairy armpits.
11 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Saturday 3/26/11 - 7:48:13 AM EST (GMT-5)
i don't see how either of those things = more artistic
11 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Saturday 3/26/11 - 7:54:05 AM EST (GMT-5)
I didn't think we were discussing the comparable merits of art but "pure" art.
11 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Saturday 3/26/11 - 8:01:01 AM EST (GMT-5)
that's what i mean
11 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Saturday 3/26/11 - 8:05:58 AM EST (GMT-5)
Movies are art, but as they are changed due to executive meddling and marketing, they become less pure in terms of art.
11 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Saturday 3/26/11 - 8:08:18 AM EST (GMT-5)
Well more artistic isn't the criteria.

Purer art would be.

For example Michelangelo painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel as a commission. He was given a project to work on and produced an artistic rendition to order.

Is that so different to being the interior designer of a 5 star hotel?
11 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Saturday 3/26/11 - 8:12:54 AM EST (GMT-5)
maybe i'm not getting what 'purer' means in this context, because for something to be 'purer' to me would mean 'more art' ie more artistic
ignore me
11 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Saturday 3/26/11 - 8:23:39 AM EST (GMT-5)
Well the poster was talking about "not done for money or acclaim".

Altough many artists do struggle with the idea of selling their work and many musicians struggle with performing their work.
11 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Saturday 3/26/11 - 8:54:56 AM EST (GMT-5)
Most of the "art" I've seen in public restrooms are primitive renditions of an erect dick ejaculating, with a text saying "Looking for a good time? Call 555-12345"

On the other hand, I've found some philosophical gold nuggets written on restroom walls, but they are few and far between.
11 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Saturday 3/26/11 - 9:00:30 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Saturday 3/26/11 - 8:12:54 AM morbo wrote:
maybe i'm not getting what 'purer' means in this context, because for something to be 'purer' to me would mean 'more art' ie more artistic ignore me
We're saying it's more artistic to do something for art's sake rather than for the sake of money or fame.
11 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Saturday 3/26/11 - 9:47:44 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Saturday 3/26/11 - 8:54:56 AM sander wrote:
Most of the "art" I've seen in public restrooms are primitive renditions of an erect dick ejaculating, with a text saying "Looking for a good time? Call 555-12345" On the other hand, I've found some philosophical gold nuggets written on restroom walls, but they are few and far between.


Acually I've seen a few brown nuggests on bathroom walls and wondered if they were depositied during a golden philisophical moment.
11 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Saturday 3/26/11 - 9:51:12 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Saturday 3/26/11 - 8:12:54 AM morbo wrote:
maybe i'm not getting what 'purer' means in this context, because for something to be 'purer' to me would mean 'more art' ie more artistic ignore me
On Saturday 3/26/11 - 9:00:30 AM Mat wrote:
We're saying it's more artistic to do something for art's sake rather than for the sake of money or fame.


Actually that's almost what the question asks. But not exactly what anyone has supported.

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