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Aerosol Artiste

by JD Clay

My shit is published
on every bridge
from Coronado to El Cajon
in a cultural duel with
tagger Aldo Vega

It was pistols at
twenty paces
for lifting the veil and
exploiting his turf
until I got pinched
for carrying a concealed
spray bomb

Chicano's recognize
cool shit
when they see it
but they just can't hang
when you jack their barrio
outwit the razor wire and
kiss their trestle
on the lips



Posted on 04/29/2006
Copyright © 2023 JD Clay

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Ulyss Rubey on 04/30/06 at 02:43 AM

cool $#%@

Posted by David R Spellman on 05/01/06 at 12:20 AM

Quite an interesting piece of graffiti you have cleverly painted here JD. Too cool!

Posted by Julie Adams on 05/01/06 at 05:42 PM

I love this piece, reminds me of Saul Williams' Dead Emcee Scrolls, which I am reading at the moment (worth a peek, if not familiar with him)...I love the duel you set up in stanza one, set off by "It was pistols at/ twenty paces"...also loved: "outwit the razor wire"...nice to read u again, peace, *jewels*

Posted by Bethany Lee on 05/03/06 at 01:48 AM

wow, jadi, a new side to you i've never seen before. indeed intriguing. can't say i related to a lot of the lingo, but it definetly set some enjoyably described scenes to bloom in my head.

Posted by Elizabeth Jill on 05/03/06 at 01:26 PM

U R a tHriLL 2 ReAd • banderolé genius poem!

Posted by Graeme Fielden on 05/04/06 at 01:07 PM

A bad-ass tag of a poem, jadi. your colours shine true as a wordsmith. ;)

Posted by Leslie Ann Eisenberg on 05/04/06 at 04:54 PM

stunning piece. love the second stanza for sound language and line, but the whole thing is tight and fresh. fab!...PK

Posted by Maria Terezia Ferencz on 05/09/06 at 03:40 AM

A review well written of underground artists. Hopefully one day they will spray it...

Posted by Rula Shin on 06/08/06 at 02:32 AM

How interesting it gets when ego enters the equation, it surpasses all recognition and respect...in fact, it creates that fine line between love and hate. Love the art, hate the artist, and it's not necessarily the space you choose to use, though it's always a good justification for the ill will haha Well it surely IS the writing on the wall that speaks closest to the common man's truth. Cool $#%@ indeed JD :-)

Posted by Alisa Js on 12/18/06 at 10:18 PM

what a clever way to admonish the ways of graffiti...

Posted by Philip F De Pinto on 01/04/07 at 01:43 PM

as far as state of the art is concerned, sometimes an aerosol can beats a brush and sometimes it don't. for my money I still prefer a brush. and sometimes it is better to turn a bridge which has battleship grey written all over it's face, into a rainbow, just for the principle or the mean fact that that bridge is tolling your pocket book out of existence. and when my pocketbook goes out of existence then so will I, as will my need to cross that bridge, when I get to it, but at least my aerosol can will still be sufficiently alive perhaps to spray another day in cooler hands than mine.

personally, I am no big fan of aerosol art. I think those aerosol cans stink. I don't know how those artists can stand the scent. but then again art is not about scent, but is about the pot of gold you find at the end of its rainbowing. lest it is about scent, and if it is, then watch that scent stirred dog get all exited, enough to sniff that sort of art to the hilt. as of yet, I ain't that kind of dog.

Posted by Michelle Angelini on 02/10/07 at 02:13 AM

Have you ever heard that taggers never grow old they just fade away...? jadi the tagger, huh? Well, I must say I'll have to find some of your work and photograph it for future generations. ;-)

Posted by Mara Meade on 08/17/07 at 12:23 AM

Whoa! This one's goin' down in my books as another favourite...

Posted by Bethany Lee on 10/05/07 at 02:33 PM

I can see the grafitti all colourful in my head...fun read, as always, jadi.

Posted by Lalo Kikiriki on 02/04/08 at 05:30 AM

!viva la revolucion de los poetas! manana escriben en el rio!

Posted by Melissa Panther on 12/27/08 at 11:50 PM

I love the movement here, the spatter and spray...throw it down. Great piece.

Posted by Glenn Currier on 06/19/09 at 07:28 PM

Now that is a determined poet! You got my imagination going with this one. Makes me feel a little better about all those tags. Maybe they too are artists.

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 12/15/10 at 03:53 PM

Ha! Graffiti wars is too funny, except for them, I suppose. I was looking at a train passing by recently, all the cartoon bubbly words painted on the box cars - amazing stuff.

Posted by Uriel Tovar on 04/26/11 at 12:23 AM

i remember hearing you read this one..great stuff.

Posted by Kara Hayostek on 03/05/12 at 12:38 AM

Fascinating! Had to google trestle, but that's ok....learned something new, never heard of graphiti wars LOL

Posted by Michael Faraday on 08/01/14 at 03:15 AM

Outstanding! Enjoyed it. cheers, m

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