Read, Write, Run, Roam

Saturday Morning Cartoons

Okay, so it’s not exactly a cartoon, but I liked this collage that “Limbic” posted of Belgrade’s street art/graffiti.

Visitors and friends often ask if graffiti is a “thing’ in Belgrade, and I suppose it is. Aside from New York in the 1980s, I don’t recall living in or visiting a place that had so much scrawl on the walls. A lot of it is juvenile or uninventive tagging, but there’s enough political commentary and random stencils to keep it interesting. Like this one by Kalemegdan. Isn’t this Hercule Poirot? Why on earth did someone take the time and risk for this?

Perhaps that’s the whole point of graffiti in general: to get someone to stop, look at a wall they’d never notice otherwise, and ask questions. If that’s true, it’s better than any Saturday morning cartoon I can think of.


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