Mon 28 Sep, 2009 05:25 pm
An old one:
"I like grils."
Grils was crossed out and replaced with "girls."
To which was added "What about us grils?"
good one...was that in C'Ville?...cause I remember some brilliant stuff was posted at the Univ.
Many years ago I used to drink my lunch at a place known as the "no-name bar" at 41 E. 41st St. in NYC. That was the only sign on the door -- 41 East 41st Street. Proprietor Randy Hoag was an ex-Marine with a wonderful sense of humor. I wish I had saved some of his hand-written and mimeographed lunchoen menus. They carried items such as "A lovely green salad all overcome with a vinaigrette dressing."
Early in his career as a publican, Randy had decided that there was no sense in trying to discourage half-sloshed patrons from writing graffiti on the wall over the urinal(s). So what he did, he actually encouraged his patrons to use the wall for this purpose. Ah, but a canny lad was old Randy Hoag. Every morning he would tape a large white sheet of wrapping paper over that one wall, just large enough to cover anywhere a man could reach. At closing and cleanup time, if the wall was well-decorated, he'd take the paper down and put it in the dumpster. Next morning -- new wall. Go to town, boys.
I wish my memory was better or that I'd routinely carried a camera in those days.
There is a guy here in town by the name of Art. He knows a lot about military history, particularly about Vietnam. Forgive me for repeating this to those of you who may have read this before.
Art was hired to do research on the troop ships carrying soldiers to VN prior to 1969. The producers of a movie wanted to know about that. When I went in 1969, we flew, but prior to that guys went by ship. 3 or 4 pretty miserable weeks in cramped quarters and often rough seas.
Art and his wife went down to the coast of VA, MD and NC and found some of the soon to be scuttled ships. What a treasure trove of graffiti it turned out to be.
On the underside of the fabric of the bunks above them, scared young men on their way to war wrote poems, letters and drew cartoons with Sharpie pens.
To its credit, the Navy delayed destroying these ships for awhile so that the memorabilia of the time could be salvaged.
I have gotten pretty involved in preparing state-specific displays of this stuff which may show up in your area. I will find a link.
It is pretty awesome graffiti.
That last two were from minds of geniuses.
Realy bring much more fun.