A couple weeks ago I noticed a nifty bit of stencilwork on a crappy old building near where I work.
I really dig graffiti, especially when it's something other than a poorly-made half-assed gang sign.
Years ago when I was visiting my brother in Atlanta, I saw many instances of stenciled graffiti of André the Giant, which I really loved.
Graffiti-by-stencil is obviously not the same thing as freeform graffiti, but it really pops out at me when I see it, and often resonates really powerfully for me.
I decided to drag my camera to work today to take some pictures of Barack Obama, his microphone, and the USA. I have seen this graffiti one other place, near the old stockyards on South Halsted Street. The instance near where I work is a little cooler in my opinion, in that the stencil is actually on two sides of a corner rather than on a flat piece of wall.
Obama addressing South Clinton Street
A little closer
Stencil on the corner. I might be interpreting the graffiti incorrectly, but I think it's intended to be supportive of Obama. Was it made by an inspired graffiti artist? A covert Obama campaign tactic? I have no idea.
The United States is bleeding a bit, which reflects a little negatively on the graffiti
Even in silhouette, Obama is a fine-looking fellow
Some posters for the Rambo movie coming out pasted on the same building as the Obama graffiti. The posters have not been altered. They should have gotten the Obama graffiti guy to do Stallone's stencil, eh?
I see that someone has posted a question regarding the artist of this graffiti on Craigslist.
a35mmlife commented on this post as to the artist's identity, but I guess it's still not that obvious as his/her ID is not in the body of the post.
So... the artist goes by the name CRO, and has a website, Go Tell Mama! I'm For Obama.