The Unintentional Beauty Of Graffiti Removal – Design You Trust

The Unintentional Beauty Of Graffiti Removal

New Mexico-based photographer and artist Mattie Kannard has spent the past eight years photographing graffiti, but only after it has been painted over by the building owners. The results often resemble an unintentional pastiche of Mark Rothko’s style of abstract expressionism.

More info: Mattie Kannard, Flickr (h/t: dangerousminds)

“I love graffiti. But I love buff even more. When graffiti is removed, it is “buffed.” It gets painted over. As in, “Man! That tag I did last night was buffed this morning.” Before I knew the correct term, I called a buff “paint over,” and in 2009 I started taking and collecting photographs of graffiti that had been painted over. Over the last three years I’ve amassed almost two hundred pictures of beautiful buffed pieces,” she said.

If you want more awesome content, subscribe to 'Oh, Design You Trust,' our brand new Facebook page! Trust me, you won't be disappointed.

More Inspiring Stories

Real Glitches In The Matrix That Will Freak You Out
Creepy Giants and Gentle Beauties: Illustrations by Sungmoo Heo
Enchanting Illustrations And Animated GIFs By Sparrows
Ivan Khafizov Captures The Beauty Of Russian Hand-Carved Wooden Window Frames
Classic Disney Characters Reimagined In The Beautifully Eerie Style Of Tim Burton
George Orwell’s 'Animal Farm' Illustrated By Ralph Steadman
Valentin Pavageau, the Traveler of a Psychedelic Universe
Artist Creates An Installation That Takes From The Rich To Give To The Poor
"I am who I am. And I have Down Syndrome."
French Street Artist Paints Stunning 3D Graffiti And It’s Not For The Faint Of Heart
This Woman Had Her Face Photoshopped In Over 25 Countries To Examine Global Beauty Standards
This Artist Uses His Skills To Create Magical Worlds And Whimsical Illustrations
Artist Aditya Aryanto Continues To Transform Animals Into Geometric Shapes – Meet Animal Balls!
Photo of the Day: A River Of Smoke Passing Over The Greenland Sea
Creative Photo Manipulations Of Animals By Indonesian Digital Artist Aditya Aryanto
A Helpful 1930's Guide On How To Avoid Electrocuting Yourself
How To Look Smart In Zoom Meetings, an Illustrated Guide by Sarah Cooper
Artist Leaves Funny Signs Around City For People To Find
Bizarre Scotch Tape Portraits By Wes Naman
Stuck In The Real World: Characters From Cartoons And Movies Placed In Real Photos
Artist Imagines How Pop Culture Characters Would Look If They Were Saints
This Is What Disney Princesses Would Look Like If They Were Anime Characters
This is What Happens When Donald Trump is Cast as The Princess in Classic Disney Films
Funny Illustrations About Two Kinds of People