Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Of Oaxaca, Part the Thrid

One of the most distinctive features of Oaxaca is the graffiti war being waged publicly on the center's streets. I suppose there may be taggers competing against each other, but the most noticeable battle is between the taggers and the property owners or perhaps municipal clean-up crews. Almost every building has been tagged, painted over, and tagged again. The re-painting usually doesn't match the original color of the buildings, resulting in some striking patchwork paint jobs... almost all with a fresh batch of graffiti tags on top. The staff photographer dedicated a fair amount of his limited time in Oaxaca to capturing Oaxacans in their natural tag-infested environment.

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