SURFACE REFLECTIONS

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Everywhere you go there are marks left by people who write themselves onto the pavement. In some ways, pavement inscriptions are just like other kinds of graffiti. But they are also different because they are written on the ground. The pavement itself adds meaning to the message.

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SURFACE REFLECTIONS :

SURFACE REFLECTIONS

This slide show complements the essay ‘Surface reflections: Personal graffiti on the pavement’ by Megan Hicks published in The Australasian Journal of Popular Culture, 1(3), pp. 365 – 382.:

This slide show complements the essay ‘Surface reflections: Personal graffiti on the pavement’ by Megan Hicks published in The Australasian Journal of Popular Culture , 1(3), pp. 365 – 382.

INTRODUCTION Everywhere you go there are marks left by people who write themselves onto the pavement.:

INTRODUCTION Everywhere you go there are marks left by people who write themselves onto the pavement.

ADDED MEANING In some ways, pavement inscriptions are like other kinds of graffiti on public surfaces. But they are also different because they are written on the ground. The pavement itself is part of the message. :

ADDED MEANING In some ways, pavement inscriptions are like other kinds of graffiti on public surfaces. But they are also different because they are written on the ground. The pavement itself is part of the message.

Immortality Most wet concrete inscriptions are rich in autobiography.:

Immortality Most wet concrete inscriptions are rich in autobiography. Skateboard rules Stanmore, Sydney, 1999

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Aboriginal flag superimposed on outline of Australia Stanmore, Sydney, 2010

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Pom power St Peters, Sydney, 2007

Resistance Any unofficial mark on the pavement is an act of subversion, even if it appears to be only a joke.:

Resistance Any unofficial mark on the pavement is an act of subversion, even if it appears to be only a joke. Cars kill – RTS Reclaim the Streets event, Newtown, Sydney, 1999

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Burnout and tag on roundabout Marrickville , Sydney, 2009

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Parking space Redfern , Sydney, 2009

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Cyclist Redfern , Sydney, 2009

Control In the crowded city, people assert themselves by marking the pavement with their own rules and admonishments.:

Control In the crowded city, people assert themselves by marking the pavement with their own rules and admonishments. No parking Enmore , Sydney, 2008

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No bins – Place all bins on other corner Newtown, Sydney, 2002

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No parking Surry Hills, Sydney, 2010

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Hand-painted pedestrian crossing Newtown, Sydney, 1999

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Bread is making birds sick Enmore , Sydney, 2010

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Filthy dog owner Enmore, Sydney, 2001

Passion The pavement adds subtext to expressions of love, spite, disappointment and friendship.:

Passion The pavement adds subtext to expressions of love, spite, disappointment and friendship. I will always love you [and I worship the ground you drive over] Stanmore , Sydney, 2008

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Trish is a slut [and I am so angry with her I want her trampled underfoot] Newtown, Sydney, 2000

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Please come home. I love you! [even though you look down on me] Surry Hills, Sydney, 2005

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Kylie is a dog [and she hurt me so much I want her name smeared up and down the street] Stanmore, Sydney, 2005

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Dale 4 Shell [I would die 4 you] Bulli Pass, New South Wales, Australia, 2010

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F--- the Pigs [and run over the bastards] Marsfield , Sydney, 2008

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I do love U zeitgeist despite being junky scum [ and despite people thinking I deserve to lie here on a back lane] Newtown, Sydney, 2003

Performance The act of making a piece of pavement graffiti is important to its meaning, and is sometimes more important than the finished product. :

Performance The act of making a piece of pavement graffiti is important to its meaning, and is sometimes more important than the finished product. No war Chippendale, Sydney, 2003

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I love you Forest Lodge, Sydney, 2011

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Bats (paint roller) Newtown , Sydney, 2008

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Tags (line-marking paint) Warringah Expressway, Sydney, 2009

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Sacred heart (concrete bleach) Stanmore, Sydney, 2002

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Creepy (drip) Newtown , Sydney, 2008

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H20E (splash) Newtown, Sydney, 2008

HIGHWAYS AND BYWAYS Pavement graffiti can be found in cities around the world.:

HIGHWAYS AND BYWAYS Pavement graffiti can be found in cities around the world. Foetus 3e arrondissement, Paris, 2010

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Romane JTM signé : Raf Beneath the Reformation Wall, Geneva, 2010

But it is not only an urban phenomenon. It also occurs in outer suburbs …:

But it is not only an urban phenomenon. It also occurs in outer suburbs … R.I.P . Alex Wildman 1993-2008 … Your our angel Macarthur, Sydney, 2008

… coastal byways …:

… coastal byways … Tim P is gay Boolambayte, New South Wales, Australia, 2009

… country towns …:

… country towns … 1000 Altered speed limit sign Walcha, New South Wales, Australia, 2004

… remote areas …:

… remote areas … Shity road Walgett, New South Wales, Australia, 2006

… rural cities …:

… rural cities … Penis Council carpark , Orange, New South Wales, Australia, 2010

… minor highways …:

… minor highways … I heart U Bec Temora, New South Wales, Australia, 2004

… and major national highways.:

… and major national highways. ‘Twister’ game Hume Highway, between Wagga Wagga and Gundagai, New South Wales, Australia, 2003

REFLECTIONS Beneath the everyday world there is another one, familiar but strangely distorted, like reflections on wet pavement.:

REFLECTIONS Beneath the everyday world there is another one, familiar but strangely distorted, like reflections on wet pavement. Rest in peace Alex Wildman Macarthur, Sydney, 2009

Pavement inscriptions float on the surface between the real world and the distorted one. Like marker buoys they indicate the presence of unconscious aspirations and anxieties submerged below. :

Pavement inscriptions float on the surface between the real world and the distorted one. Like marker buoys they indicate the presence of unconscious aspirations and anxieties submerged below.

©Megan Hicks 2012 See more about pavement inscriptions on the Pavement graffiti blog www.meganix.net/pavement :

©Megan Hicks 2012 See more about pavement inscriptions on the Pavement graffiti blog www.meganix.net /pavement

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